I Am Heath Ledger (2017)

Director: Adrian Buitenhuis, Derik Murray

Writer: Hart Snider (Screenplay)

 

Plot: Friends and family of the late actor Heath Ledger remember his life and career.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fascinating Documentary

 

Story: I am Heath Ledger starts as we hear from friends and family about the drive from a very young age that Heath had, we learn how he would record his life and we see these previously unseen recordings of his own adventures, as he continued to learn his craft.

We learn how the fellow stars from Australia would come together to support each other through their time in Hollywood.

Seeing how many people both in personal and in the Hollywood world were touched by Heath is fascinating and showed us what a great man Heath was and how he should always be remembered.

 

Thoughts on I Am Heath Ledger

 

Final ThoughtsHeath Ledger is easily one of the biggest losses in modern Hollywood time, he potential was just coming through after The Dark Knight but he was taken from us too soon. Seeing how his life goals were achieved, how he went out with little to no experience to become a lead in a Hollywood. Seeing how he helped people, always wanted to learn and improve his craft is fascinating to see. This is a must watch for any of the fans of his, actors and Hollywood.

 

Overall: One for everyone to watch.

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Faberge: A Life of Its Own (2017)

FABERGÉ: A LIFE OF ITS OWN will be released On Demand, DVD & Blu-ray from 10th April

 

Director: Patrick Mark

Writer: Patrick Mark (Screenplay)

 

Plot: This feature-doc tells the epic story of the Faberge name, from Imperial Russia until the present-day, spanning one hundred and fifty years of turbulent history, romance, artistic development and commercial exploitation. From the bejewel led Easter eggs of the Romanov Tsarinas to the 1970s allure of ‘Brut by Faberge’ aftershave, and from the Russian revolution to today’s high-fashion glitz in New York and London, the film explores a multi-faceted world that began with one man: the prodigiously talented Peter Carl Faberge, Court Jeweler of St Petersburg. Shot at locations across Russia, Europe and USA (including the collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II), the film features interview contributions from the world’s foremost Faberge authorities, as well as personal reminiscences from Faberge family members.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fascinating Documentary

 

 

Thoughts on Faberge: A Life of its Own

 

ThoughtsWe have all heard of a Faberge Egg Correct? Well learning about the history of how one designer Peter Carl Faberge studied European culture before designing his own style of jewellery, eggs and antiques. Seeing how the name became a worldwide name before the Russian revolution left nearly all the history destroyed but seeing the popularity of the Faberge name continue to rise, be it for the collection or brand new marketing using the name.

watching how everything in the history of Faberge has unfolded is a fascinating watch for all the history fans out there, the jewellery fans as well as the Russian historians.

 

Overall: When you come to watch documentaries, this is one well worth watching.

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Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo

MISSION CONTROL will have preview screenings and is available On Demand & DVD from 14th April.

Director: David Fairhead

 

Plot: At the heart of the Apollo program was the special team in Mission Control who put a man on the moon and helped create the future.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fascinating Look at the Men in Mission Control

 

Story: Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo starts as we meet the men who were part of the original Mission Control unit, we see how they reacted to learning of Russia’s achievement to get an unmanned spacecraft into space. We see how these men were almost drafted to work in NASA to make Kennedy’s promise of a man on the moon happen.

We learn the ups and downs these men had to go through during the race to the moon, be it the tragedies NASA faced, the successful mission and of course the most famous mission of success Apollo 13.

 

Thoughts on Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo

 

Documentary/HistorySpace travel has fast becoming one of the most interesting achievements in modern human history, so taking a look at different views on the achievement is always a great thing to look at. Having this in documentary format gets the interviews with the men who were involved in some of the biggest and most impactful moments in space travel.

Final ThoughtsWith Hidden Figures recently becoming one of the most popular films of 2016/17 space travel achievement has gained a new audience. This film gets to show us the men behind the mission that made household names of Neil Armstrong, John Glenn, Buzz Aldrin or Jim Lovell as these men were just as important to the achievement in space travel. The household names are the faces of the mission, these men were the brains behind it all. This is refreshing to watch because it doesn’t focus on the astronauts through the situations, it follows the technicians as they all have pressure placed on them to keep the astronauts alive through all of the missions.

 

Overall: This is a must watch for all the space buffs out there because it is another look at the biggest achievements in modern human history.

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My Amityville Horror (2012)

mmyDirector: Eric Walter

Writer: Eric Walter (Screenplay)

 

Plot: For the first time in 35 years, Daniel Lutz recounts his version of the infamous Amityville haunting that terrified his family in 1975. George and Kathleen Lutz’s story went on to inspire a best-selling novel and the subsequent films have continued to fascinate audiences today. This documentary reveals the horror behind growing up as part of a world famous haunting and while Daniel’s facts may be other’s fiction, the psychological scars he carries are indisputable. Documentary filmmaker, Eric Walter, has combined years of independent research into the Amityville case along with the perspectives of past investigative reporters and eyewitnesses, giving way to the most personal testimony of the subject to date.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Simple Documentary

 

Story: My Amityville Horror starts as we meet Daniel Lutz one of the children of the Lutz household that went through the Amityville Horror, he has struggled for years and continues to look for help. This is his story about what happened and how this effected his life.

We get to see how Daniel reacts to the accounts that were reported while giving his side to the story in what shows that this could be a mix of his belief in what happened or abuse he suffered. We also follow the journalists involved with the case as they look back on what they do believe to be true from what they reported.

My Amityville Horror is a documentary behind the films that became iconic because of the ‘based on actual events’ tag. We see how the grown up man is still damaged by what has happened and how it could be in his head too. Really this should just have been on television because well it just comes off very plain with it just being how people see what happened without being too interesting. This is nothing more than a discussion about what might have happened nothing more nothing less.

 

Director Review: Eric WalterEric gives us what would be a good television documentary but as a full film it just doesn’t reach the full levels.

 

Documentary: My Amityville Horror reaches the tele level of documentary standards without being overly compelling.

Suggestion: My Amityville Horror is one to watch just when you see it late night on television but not to go out your way to watch. (TV Time)

 

Best Part: It does open the idea of the outside victims.

Worst Part: We get no real answers.

 

Believability: It is all up to you what you want to believe.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $205,000

Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

Tagline: The lost witness to a world famous haunting.

 

Overall: Average documentary that should just be a television hour at best.

Rating35

 

 

American Rodeo: A Cowboy Christmas (2013)

Director: H.D Motyl

 

Plot: The two weeks before the Fourth of July are unofficially called “Cowboy Christmas,” as there are 65 rodeos across 25 states and that many chances for the cowboys to win money. “American Rodeo : A Cowboy Christmas” follows four professional rodeo cowboys (steer wrestlers) as they travel the rodeo circuit looking for fame and fortune. From small towns in bustling cities from Arizona to North Dakota follow the cowboys participating in the 150 year-old tradition of bucking broncs and roping calves.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Good Documentary but Barbaric entertainment

 

Story: American Rodeo: A Cowboy Christmas starts as we join the rodeo tour where all the rodeos are competing in one of the most important time of their careers because the most prizes are up for grabs through July. We follow Matt Reeves who is a steer wrestler.

We go on to meet three fellow rodeos Jule, Darryl and Sam who travel around together and with this we see just how much these men put into this.

American Rodeo: A Cowboy Christmas shows just how much commitment these men have to put into this form of ‘entertainment’. Everything works for what world we are being put into but I can’t help but think this is a barbaric form of entertainment where these men just wrestle calves to the ground, it comes off kind of sick really. Once again I don’t have anything bad to say about the film making process just why these men would do this.

 

 

Director Review: H.D MotylH.D does a great job showing us these men’s journey to do what they see as fun.

 

Documentary: American Rodeo: A Cowboy Christmas can’t be faulted as a documentary because it does show the subject matter as his best.

Settings: American Rodeo: A Cowboy Christmas does show us all the locations where you would see these men.
Suggestion
: American Rodeo: A Cowboy Christmas is one to try if you are a fan of the rodeo scene or ever wanted to learn more. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Looking at these men’s form of entertainment.

Worst Part: It comes off very sick watching the steer wrestling.

 

Believability: Yes

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 14 Minutes

 

Overall: While the documentary can’t be questioned the subject matter really leaves plenty of questions about why this is classed as entertainment.

Rating51