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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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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