One More Orbit (2020) Movie Review

Director: Terry Virts

Plot: As a tribute to Apollo 11 which took off 50 years ago -former astronaut Col. Terry Virts and crew depart from Cape Canaveral in an attempt to break the round-the-world speed record for any aircraft flying over the North and South Poles.

Runtime: 1 Hour 12 Minutes

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Story: One More Orbit starts as we meet former astronaut Col Terry Virts, who is looking to honour the Apollo 11 mission by putting together a team of pilots to try and break the world record for round-the-world speed flying over the North and South poles.

We get to see the plan and follow the crew on their attempt, which will see them having to face different problems along the way.

Thoughts on One More Orbit

Final Thoughts One More Orbit is a documentary that will put focus on the vision of trying to break world records, using the memory of one of the greatest achievements of all time Apollo 11 mission as the motivation to target this mission. The plan is set out, with moments to look at each locations historical impact of the Apollo 11 mission, being part, we have the international crew, proving that working together will be the reason any of this could be achieved, not one country should get the credit for what was trying to be achieved. The biggest problem with the mission, is the fact that everything runs smoothly, it is a record that doesn’t have any major peril moments, it is just a routine attempt to break a record, which isn’t going to be the most thrilling thing we could expect to see. We can’t take away the record itself, it is an incredible achievement, that we could have all watched along during the attempt and is the movie that spends the most time in Mauritius that I have ever seen.

Head over to the website for more information on the journey and check out the movie yourself from 6th October.

 

Gatsby in Connecticut: The Untold Story (2020) Movie Review

Director: Robert Steven Williams

Plot: The summer Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald lived in Connecticut inspired one of the world’s most beloved novels: The Great Gatsby. We know the book, we know the films and series, but do we know the truth? Track down the mystery millionaire who threw extravagant parties, uncover new evidence of the location and players, and dig deep to discover the untold story of the real-life Jay Gatsby himself.

Runtime: 1 Hour 10 Minutes

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Verdict: Documentary 101

Story: Gatsby in Connecticut: The Untold Story starts by looking back in the history of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald summer in Connecticut, where they were neighbours to a billionaire, which would letter become the inspiration to the great novel The Great Gatsby.

We see how the marriage happened, the lifestyle of the two authors and what made their lives like a living version of the Great Gatsby.

Thoughts on Gatsby in Connecticut: The Untold Story

Final Thoughts If you have heard of The Great Gatsby you know the story of the wild parties the story gives us, with the question always being about where the inspiration came from. This documentary deep dives into the life of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, did Scott write a character in his book about the twos interactions with another billionaire who lived across the river from them or not. Did their lives have other mentions in both their novels or were they in fact the centre of attention when it came to parties. We see a host of different historians that have studied the two for years, the family members that heard the stories from their grandparents. We do get to learn about the people involved, only we don’t seem to get enough answers to the bigger theory going on.

Overall: Nice TV Documentary.

 



The Speed Cubers (2020) Netflix Movie Review

Director: Sue Kim

Plot: Discover the special bond — and uncommon competitive spirit — shared by the world’s Rubik’s Cube-solving record breakers in this documentary.

Runtime: 40 Minutes

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Verdict: Rubik Cubing Becoming the Highlight

Story: The Speed Cubers follows the build up to the 2018 world championship of Rubik Cube solving on different size levels, from 3×3 rising up through 4×4, 5×5, 6×6, with one- and two-handed styles being used. We see the two favourites lives Feliks Zemdegs the original superstar in the sport, who held all the records before Max Park arrived on the scene, started breaking records and taking the world title in the previous event.

The two are friends, with Feliks encouraging Max to continue to break his records, while getting to show the reality of what is happening with the players, growing up, becoming adults, they must face the reality of life and getting a job, while the younger players have the time to become the best in the world.

Thoughts on The Speed Cubers

Final Thoughts The Speed Cubers brings us into this world with ease, showing how much the competition means to the players, how much this world has helped Max Park develop, as his autism had given his parents problems, this world bought him friendship and even understanding social situations like never before. Seeing what this means to the players, while maintain the friendship created between Feliks and Max is great to see and we do get to see in other competitive worlds. To make this seem like an event we would like to watch is great and showing the art behind perfecting the skill shows us just how much it means to everyone involved.

Overall: Entertaining Documentary.

The Color of Medicine: The Story of Homer G. Phillips Hospital (2018) Movie Review

Director: Joyce Fitzpatrick, Brian Shackelford

Plot: About the rise and fall of St. Louis, Missouri’s premier black hospital that trained the largest number of Black doctors and nurses in the world from 1937 through 1979, before and after desegregation.

Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Interesting History Lesson

Story: The Color of Medicine: The Story of Homer G Phillips Hospital starts at the history of how the black community in St. Louis first started to come together with Homer G Phillips looking to create change and opportunity in the growing world, including pushing for the end of segregation, before needing to settle with a chance to get the first Black ran hospital, giving doctors a chance to learn for the future.

After Homer G Phillips is murdered, the hospital gets named after him, which soon starts to see the increase in movement in creating opportunities for the black community and a safe place for the patients where they wouldn’t be judged.

Thoughts on The Color of Medicine: The Story of Homer G Phillips Hospital

Final Thoughts This is an important history lesson about one of the most important buildings in American history, we see how the hospital got its name, from an important activist Homer G Phillips, who fought for equal rights and how his efforts were able to get the hospital opened. We hear different stories of what the hospitals meant to members of the community for the decades, as well as doctors who were given opportunities they would never have gotten at the time. We once again have the spotlight shone on the behaviour which held back certain people potential for such a stupid reason, in a world where if we could have worked together for years, we could have achieved so much more in life. If you want to learn more about history in America and how one building helped in a movement that could have helped the future for many going forward.

Overall: Must watch History.

Maserati: A Hundred Years Against the Odds (2020) Movie Review

Director: Philip Selkirk

Plot: Celebrate the long and storied history of one of the world’s most recognizable icons, Maserati. From humble beginnings into a small Italian garage to the coveted and luxurious automobile we know today, witness the evolution of the business, the brand, and the cars themselves over 100 years. Featuring interviews with the Maserati family, world-famous racers, collectors, and more.

Runtime: 1 Hour 23 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Interesting Documentary

Story: Maserati: A Hundred Years Against All Odds starts as we learn about how the Maserati brothers worked together to create the fastest race cars, dominating the sport of racing in the era of racing, they faced different competition through the years, financial problems and World Wars, they must learn to evolve to survive the every growing change in the car industry, be it in the racing or commercial use.

Thoughts on Maserati: A Hundred Years Against All Odds

Final Thoughts When we look at documentaries, we need to learn from them, in this film we need to squeeze in 100 years of history, which is already going to be difficult with the length of the film, being less than an hour and half. We do learn the key moments in history, the rise in racing, the move into commercial use before others and the big decisions which saw the company go in different directions. While we do learn the basics, which I would imagine anyone who has done basic history in Maserati would know, it does feel like this could have been a mini series that could have dived into more details, with certain moments being, this happened, things changed, then onto the next chapter, we don’t get enough time to dive into the impact on these moments. If you wanted to get into the small details of the company and its history, you will feel like you have missed out on big moments, which could have shown the true struggles and successes the company had.

Overall: History Lesson 101.