The Siege of Fort William Henry (2021) Movie Review

Director: Erik Swanson

Plot: In 1757 a French army of 9,000 men, including almost 2,000 of their American Indian allies, laid siege to Fort William Henry, on Lake George in the New York Frontier. These event inspired “The Last of the Mohicans”

Runtime: 1 Hour 3 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Thoughts on The Siege of Fort William Henry

ThoughtsThe Siege of Fort William Henry is a documentary that looks to tell a more neutral story to what happened in the Siege of Fort William Henry, showing the lead up to the battles, along with how the English and French saw the events unfolding, showing that the conflict was built up from the English behaviour to the much calmer French, leading to the famous side to the bigger battle in history. This documentary does a good job at showing the balance between two of the three sides involved in the battle, showing how neither wanted the body count the battle left. This will give out a more accurate history lesson to what most people have been taught, which is important for showing everyone that we can learn from the past, rather than continuing to make the same mistakes.

Final Thoughts The Siege of Fort William Henry is a interesting history lesson.

Becoming the G.O.A.T. The Tom Brady Story (2021) Movie Review ‘By the Book Documentary’ 

Becoming the G.O.A.T. The Tom Brady Story – By the Book Documentary 

 

Director: Johannes Guttenkunst

Plot: Tom Brady is arguably the greatest quarterback of all time with stats that surpass even Peyton Manning, Joe Montana, and Dan Marino. With seven Super Bowl rings and a legendary 60-plus MPH rocket arm, he is the GOAT. Learn the backstory of how this champion rose to the top from his childhood friends, high school and college teammates, coaches, and fellow NFL players.

Runtime: 1 Hour 7 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Thoughts on Becoming the G.O.A.T.: The Tom Brady Story

ThoughtsBecoming the G.O.A.T.: The Tom Brady Story is a documentary that will see how Tim Brady rose to super stardom in American Football, with interviews from his high school coaches and teammates, before he entered the professional game, not at the top, as just a number in the draft, not a first choice, meaning he would need to earn his stripes to make it to the top. With plenty of interviews from the people Tom has played for or with, we get to see the impact he had on their careers, seeing how the steady determined Eddie would go on to make history, without bringing too much flash about his life. When it comes to sports documentary, it would have been nice to see more of the major plays, incidents that made Tom the global superstar, rather a few pictures, which will go down to rights on the footage, but to highlight how amazing the plays were meant to be, we need a visual of what these moves were. If you are a die hard Tom Brady fan or even NFL fan, most of this you would already know, which why this does come off on the more basic side, not getting into enough of the true drive and desire from the history maker.

Final Thoughts Becoming the G.O.A.T.: The Tom Brady Story is a by the book documentary of one of the greatest athletes the world has seen.

Smoke and Mirrors: The Story of Tom Savini (2015) Movie Review ‘Essential Viewing for the Horror Community’

Smoke and Mirrors: The Story of Tom Savini – Essential Viewing for the Horror Community

 

Director: Jason Baker

Plot: A documentary about the life of Tom Savini. The film covers his early days in Pittsburgh, and his rise to stardom as Hollywood’s most sought after special effects wizard.

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Smoke and Mirrors: The Story of Tom Savini starts as we start to learn how Tom Savini the youngest of a big family, would get inspiration from his siblings, where he first found his passion for cinema and horror.

We get to see the life of Tom, from his military services, his family problems, but most importantly for the fans, how he used his abilities to create new designs in horror to become the icon of the special effects world in horror.

Thoughts on Smoke and Mirrors: The Story of Tom Savini

ThoughtsSmoke and Mirrors: The Story of Tom Savini is the documentary looking through the life and career of the incredible iconic figure in film Tom Savini. The documentary will focus on the linear look at his career, with some of the biggest names from that world, Tony Todd, Bill Moseley and Robert Rodriguez. Each person that Tom has met in life will have stories that showed the enjoyment of working with him and away from the film industry, we get to see the family man he is, with his children being the most important parts of his life. This is the type of documentary that might well feel like a show reel of Tom’s career, but it shows that you can a career you love in a world that can be cruel and hard.

Final Thoughts Smoke and Mirrors: The Story of Tom Savini is one of the most interesting career driven documentary of a horror icon.

I Am Belmaya (2021) Movie Review ‘Important Documentary’

I Am Belmaya – Important Documentary

 

Director: Sue Carpenter, Belmaya Nepali

Plot: Silenced and subjugated all her life, an educated young Dalit woman in Nepal takes up the movie camera to tell her story.

Runtime: 1 Hour 21 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: I Am Belmaya starts as we get to learn about Belmaya’s early life, from the girls home, where she was first given a camera to operate, falling in love with photography and filmmaking. Belmaya finds herself trapped in a world where these dreams are frowned upon, where she is married with a child, not in a position to be able to walk away or risk getting herself an education.

We see over the 14-years of Belmaya, what she fought for, continuing making movies to highlight the struggles women would have in Nepal due to previous beliefs and lack of opportunities.

Thoughts on I Am Belmaya

ThoughtsI Am Belmaya is a documentary that highlights the lack of opportunities being offered to women in Nepal, as we follow one woman record her struggles to follow her dream of being a filmmaker, getting trapped in the world of an abusive marriage. This isn’t just a film, it is campaign to help raise awareness of troubles that women have been through for years about just wanting a chance to enter a film. This doesn’t just show how Belmaya fought for her chance, it will also show her success, the boundaries she has broken down along the way. This is an important documentary, which will continue to show the changes the world is adapt to, with this needing to make it happen quicker.

Final Thoughts I Am Belmaya is a very important documentary that will show the changes happening.

I AM BELMAYA is now in cinemas and on demand at Curzon Home Cinema and BFI Player.  www.belmaya.com

Shakespeare: The Truth Behind the Name (2021) Movie Review

Director: Robin K Phillips

Plot: Literary history’s greatest mystery? Who created the greatest works of iambic thunder in the English language, and who lived the courtly life that is written about in the works of Shakespeare. An uneducated tradesman from Stratford?

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Thoughts on Shakespeare: The Truth Behind the Name

ThoughtsShakespeare: The Truth Behind the Name is a documentary looking into the mystery surrounding the William Shakespeare name, diving into the ideas that he wasn’t the figure history has left us to know, in fact a completely different person. When it comes to history, we will always see different points of view, with this one looking deeper into the history of social relevant people for the era of Shakespeare, over what we take for granted for the famous writer. This documentary will show how deep Robin K Phillips has gone into researching the stories to find the facts for their discussion, which is an interesting discussion, but with the distance in time since the event and with the writings being considered some of the greatest in history, people will be left to wonder if they want to learn more or not. While the facts placed forward could offer up an interesting discussion, it does end up feeling like we might not get as much from it as people are willing to hear.

Release on September 13 to VOD.

Final ThoughtsShakespeare: The Truth Behind the Name is a documentary wanting to show a new narrative, only it feels like not enough people will want to hear it.