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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Bowling for Columbine (2002)

Director: Michael Moore

 

Plot: Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America’s predilection for gun violence.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Important Documentary

 

Story: Bowling for Columbine starts as Michael Moore explores the gun culture through America, we see how you can purchase guns through in a bank just by opening an account. We see how certain states encourage people to have guns which led to the main incident Michael is looking at.

When two high school kids went on a shooting rampage through their school of Columbine. We see how America reacted by blaming music, video games and movies while others want to tackle gun control.

 

Thoughts on Bowling for Columbine

 

DocumentaryThe investigating style of Michael Moore is always one sided and while this is about looking at the naivety of needing a gun, this does show how outlets can make things very one sided from the people involved but this is important to the people to realize how people can be miss-led.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the most important documentaries you will see, it shows how America is still living in fear and guns are the excuse to defend themselves. We see how people can blame different sides of culture while the rest of the world has barely any gun crime, while I would have liked to have seen more of the personal effects to the main tragedy it is sold on but otherwise this does send the important message.

 

Overall: Important Documentary that still hasn’t has the message pushed through.

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The Bill Murray Experience (2018)

Director: Sadie Katz

Writer: Sadie Katz (Screenplay)

Starring: Sadie Katz

 

Plot: At a crossroads in her life, actress Sadie Katz embarks on a year-long quest to have a magical experience with legendary comedian Bill Murray.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 21 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Interesting Documentary

 

Story: The Bill Murray Experience starts as actress Sadie Katz who has recently broken up from an engagement who on learns about the idea of a Bill Murray experience, a moment where Bill Murray turns up on random locations giving people a moment that will never be forgotten.

Sadie gets her friends and connections in the business in an attempt to have her own moment with Bill Murray, which involves research to where she could bump into him while balancing her own career, this is set in a documentary of this year long quest.

 

Thoughts on The Bill Murray Experience

 

Final ThoughtsThis documentary follows our actress Sadie Katz (who I most knew from Wrong Turn 6, one of the good ones in the franchise) that has become obsessed with have an experience with Bill Murray, a unique story that many people have been had through the years. This could easily go down as casual stalking, but it just about lands on the level of dream chasing for Sadie, to help inspire the next stage of her career. With everything going on we are left to wonder if this is worth it or not, we know what super fans can be like and this shows us how committed to meeting their idols.

 

Overall: If you are a documentary fan you will be enjoying this one.

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ABC Film Challenge – Oscar Nominations – # – 20 Feet from Stardom (2013)

Director: Morgan Neville

 

Plot: Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we’ve had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.


Tagline – Meet the unsung heroes behind the greatest music of our time.

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Nice Documentary

 

Story: 20 Feet from Stardom starts as we meet different backup singers that have worked with the biggest names in music, Mick Jagger, Sting and Bruce Springsteen to mention a few, we follow these backup singers that have always wanted to sing, but not perform not giving them the fame the lead singer would get, despite the effect their singer put towards the songs.

 

Thoughts on 20 Feet from Stardom

 

Final ThoughtsThis is a nice documentary about the people that add something to the songs you know and love with their backup vocals, there stories of how they learned from the more famous performers while also aspiring to become the big names on their own stage. This is a documentary that shows that talent comes from each position on the stage.

 

Overall: Good documentary about the lesser known talents.

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Strong Island (2017)

Director: Yance Ford

 

Plot: Examining the violent death of the filmmaker’s brother and the judicial system that allowed his killer to go free, this documentary interrogates murderous fear and racialized perception, and re-imagines the wreckage in catastrophe’s wake, challenging us to change.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 47 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Strong Documentary

 

Thoughts on Strong Island

 

ThoughtsFollowing the Ford family before and after the murder, we learn how they ended up in the neighbourhood they did, the barriers they crossed that their parents never could, and the life William was going to be having. We learn about the incident which led to the murder and how the justice system tried to reflect the crime to be William’s own fault with the man responsible for the crime let walk free. Now we see how the family continued to search for answers to why the murderer was let free, this examines this as the siblings were going through their own issues at the same time. We mostly only see how the family believe this is the wrong outcome in the Secret Jury case, but as things unfold we get to learn more about what was presented to make this become the outcome, which however hard things can be to see and hear, this feels like a case which will only be going in one direction.

 

Overall: This is a look at the justice system once again, we have another case which hasn’t been treated the way the family of the victim had planned, now we get plenty of these documentaries of late, each piece of evidence we get presented does seem to follow the correct path, but the fact we never saw a true trial means people will not be happy with the outcome. This fits in the idea of criminal cases not always being treated fairly and ends up just coming off like the family wanted more from the case.

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