Modern Day Miracles (2018)

 

Plot: Three children with correctable disabilities, living in the Dominican Republic, Niger and the Philippines, find healing in hospitals of CURE International


Tagline – How Jesus is still healing 2000 years later

Runtime: 46 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Wonderful Look at the Good in the World

 

Story: Modern Day Miracles starts as we learn about CURE, a charity that has doctors mostly in Africa as well as the Philippines who are helping sick children get the surgery they require after suffering injuries that never healed medically.

In this film we follow three stories, one in Dominican Republic, one in Niger and one in the Philippines, we get to see how the team operate with the communicating and rehab process which will be long. They use the power of belief in God to help remain positive through the problems they are suffering from.

 

Thoughts on Modern Day Miracles

 

Final ThoughtsWe need to look at this documentary in two different directions, first we should praise the work the charity workers are doing for the children who don’t get the medical support in the small villages they are living in, this documentary shows how obstacles including language barriers and home grown beliefs about people of different races. We see how committed the team is to make this happen. On the other side of the documentary comes the religious side of CURE, where the people working use their belief in God to bring a spiritual happiness to the patients to make their time at the medical centres more comfortable. While I personally have no belief in any form of religion, seeing how giving the patients extra hope and smiles using it, shows how important it can be for somebody who is suffering. This is a documentary that should be watched by anyone that wants to see the good being done in the world and one that gives you hope about the people in it.

 

Overall: Documentary that gives us all hope.

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Inventing Tomorrow (2018)

Director: Laura Nix

 

Plot: Meet passionate teenage innovators from around the globe who are creating cutting-edge solutions to confront the world’s environmental threats – found right in their own backyards – while navigating the doubts and insecurities that mark adolescence. Take a journey with these inspiring teens as they prepare their projects for the largest convening of high school scientists in the world, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), a program of the Society for Science and the Public.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Makes the Future Feel Bright

 

Thoughts on Inventing Tomorrow

 

ThoughtsWe get to see teenagers from around the globe, two from Indonesia who are planning against the illegal dredging of the coast of their island, one from Hawaii who has been studying the arsenic levels after tsunamis have moved the original areas. We have one from Indian who is from a city which has grown beyond its capabilities and now the once great clear lake is a sewage wasteland. We got three from Monterrey Mexico who has worried about the air pollution. These teenagers are all preparing to head to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair to see if the younger generation could offer the answers to the big problems to their corners of the world.

We do follow just the four different locations and it could easily have followed 100s to 1000s of different projects, which shows us the promise that we are getting to see from the next generation of scientists and problem solvers, these young people are giving up large parts of their childhood just for this moment to try and make a change to first, their cities and soon the world.

The biggest plus side of this comes from seeing both male and female teenagers given this chance, we know in the past in some of the countries we are visiting we won’t have seen these opportunities for the young women to share their ideas. We do get to focus more on the idea of the next generation of minds over a true study of the ideas they are planning which is good, because certain elements of the science could easily go over people’s heads.

For a documentary this is one of the most educational any adult could have, because it shows ideas can come from different locations around the world, for children this could motivate them to be the ones to make the difference in the future. This is one of the inspirational passionate driven documentary, it doesn’t tell us a story of what happened, it tells us how we could find the solutions to the world’s biggest problems.

 

Overall: Must watch documentary that will bring hope for the future of our planet.

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Murder on the Reef (2018)

Director: Allen Dobrovolsky, Alex Fitzwater, Nicole McCuaig

Writer: Nicole McCuaig

 

Plot: For the past 4 years, scientist Dr Allen Dobrovolsky has been testing the waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Concerned with the degradation in water quality, his research has led him to believe that the reef could be facing an environmental disaster of enormous proportions.


Tagline – A Natural Wonder of the World brought to its knees!

Runtime: 1 Hour

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Important & Impactful

 

Thoughts on Murder on the Reef

 

ThoughtsIn England we have one of the icons in nature in Sir David Attenborough who for over half a century as been giving us warnings about human involvement in the destruction of nature, in 2015-2016 he did his own warnings over the Great Barrier Reef, now we look at the political side of the destruction. Two years later we learn how scientist Dr Allen Dobrovolsky continued to share this message with his own research after his own 4 years of research.

We get to head to the tourist sites along the Great Barrier Reef, that has been giving the profit needed to keep the tourism an achievable business. The problems came from increased industry along the coasts which have caused long-term problems, climate change and demand on job security that is running through Australia.

We focus on searching for the people who won’t help rather than looking for a sensible answer for a solution to the constantly decreasing health of the Reef. The government’s different attitudes toward whether saving the Great Barrier Reef compared to continuing to increase profits coming into the country only lead to petty arguments instead of ideas.

The documentary wants to send a message, it achieves that and now the simple question must be, Can people work together to find a solution before it is too late?

The one thing that must be noted about this documentary, is that you won’t be getting endless beauty shots of the Great Barrier Reef, we are only looking at the worst moments surrounding it and seeing interviews with people trying to look for solution mixed if parliament discussion.

 

Overall: Sir David Attenborough showed us the visual destruction, Dr Allen Dobrovolsky showed us the political cause of the destruction.

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Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018)

Director: Marina Zenovich

 

Plot: An intimate look into the life and work of the revered master comedian and actor, Robin Williams.


Tagline – This intimate portrait examines one of the world’s most beloved and inventive comedians.

Runtime: 1 Hour 56 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Must Watch Documentary

 

Story: Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind starts as we learn about Robin Williams’ childhood, from different parts of the country which gave him different cultures for him to grow up in, how he learned that he can entertain and started to study acting, we see how he learnt to cope with not having work by showing his improv ability.

We see how he got his first break with the role of Mork which launched him to superstardom, which also gave him the addictions of drug, where he does get to meet and see his friends fall victim too and the early stages of his battles started.

 

Thoughts on Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind

 

ThoughtsRobin Williams is easily one of the actors I respected the most, for me he is an icon of the modern cinema and comedy. In this documentary we get to look at the highs and lows from his life from his childhood to the tragic end. We get the interviews from the people that become friends, co-stars, directors that he worked with through his career and how they saw the changes in his life, we learn how he would always want to be happy to meet and entertain new people. I only have one part of this documentary I wasn’t keen on and that was the timeline we can jump between events even though we are focusing on the same time of the career. If you do want to see another perspective of the great man, you can see how his own words can help guide you through his life, one man that will forever be missed.

 

Overall: This is a wonderful documentary about one of the greatest humans to walk this Earth.

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Perfect (2016)

Director: Jeremie Battaglia

 

Plot: Perfect follows the Canadian synchronised swimming team beyond the beauty, to the brawn it takes to qualify for Rio 2016.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 17 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Interesting Sports Drama

 

Story: Perfect starts as we watch the first training camp for the Canadian synchronised swimming team, the coach is firm and doesn’t care what your status in previous years have been, she will only select the best performers. With the team selected we watch their preparation with the world championships, specialised training camps, the injuries they have suffered through all in the hope to quality for Rio 2016. We see the highs and lows this team goes through and the unity they show through this ruthless athletic demand.

 

Thoughts on Perfect

 

ThoughtsWhen it comes to sports documentaries I find myself drawn to them on a regular basis even if it is a sport I know nothing about. I will always have respect for any athlete that is trying to master their sport of choice, this documentary shows how important this moment is for the coaches and the athletes preparing. Seeing how the Canadian team has a team of unique looking women have to overcome this because other countries seem to get bonus points for having the similar look. This shows the reality of the sport to the athletes. Seeing the sacrifices that are needed to be made for the Olympic dream with the idea of failure leaving them almost broken as to where their future will be is important too. The idea to follow the team is interesting because it gives us an intimate look at the preparation, rather than just looking back. This is a very well-directed movie that should get the praise it deserves.

 

Overall: Sports documentary that needs to be watch.

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