Senna (2010)

An artist of racing in the rain. I’m not much of a racing fan, in fact I used to make fun of it a lot. I’ll never be a Nascar fan but I do have a newfound appreciation for Formula One racers. Ayrton Senna was incredible on a track. This documentary about his racing career was full of victory and drama. Senna was handsome and really talented. He represented his country of Brazil really well. I loved the rivalry he had with that mean ol’ Frenchman Prost. An inspiring and sad story, God took Senna from us too soon, but at least he lived life in the fast lane.

88/100

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Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015)

This was quite an interesting documentary. There are for sure many problems with many religions… none are perfect and sinless in their histories, but Scientology goes to a whole new level. I thought they were exaggerating in South Park when they talked about aliens and dropping atomic bombs into volcanoes but wow… Really though, the things that upset me the most were the cult-like behaviors going on. The constant needling for more money from people who probably couldn’t afford it, the abuse (Physically, they never mention any sexual allegations) and the shunning that they do when they “disconnect” from members who leave. I’m a little embarrassed that  L. Ron was born in my state, not too far from where I live. I’ve never read his books, but I’ve heard Battlefield Earth may be one of the worlds worst movies. I also think that Tom Cruise and John Travolta are pretty insane. This is a pretty in-depth look into a dwindling religion that seems to possess great amounts of wealth and power. This documentary was my cup of tea, but the organization of Scientology is closer to toilet water.

88/100

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My Amityville Horror

I love the topic of this documentary but man it was a very slow moving movie. The worst part was that Daniel Lutz just wasn’t very interesting to listen to. He sounded a little burned out from drugs or something and was just randomly quick to anger over dumb things. Once the Warrens got involved the film got a lot better. I find those two fascinating. Even though this documentary didn’t work out for me, I think I will go back and watch the other Amityville films for fun.

64/100

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English: The house from the film The Amityvill...

English: The house from the film The Amityville Horror, built circa 1924, at 112 Ocean Avenue, Amityville, New York, United States. By the time this photo was taken, the address had been changed to discourage curiousity-seekers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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My Amityville Horror (2012)

The Last Exorcism Part II

A sad disappointment compared to the first film. I did like that they moved away from the found footage documentary style and ditched the shaky camera footage. I also still really like Ashley Bell in the lead. The movie just didn’t go anywhere interesting like the last one did. I’m not sure if they are making this into a trilogy, I hope they do so I can at least have the satisfaction of a proper ending to this story. Pretty bad writing and directing. Very forgettable.

58/100

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Undefeated

A very great sports documentary about a poor school in Tennessee who has never won a playoff game in their school’s history. I thought that this movie had everything that a good sports movie should. Drama, excitement, ups and downs. The documentary didn’t go the direction I thought it would by the end but I was satisfied. This also makes me wish it was football season already! The coach Bill Courtney seems like an amazing man to do what he did. I wish him the best of luck in the future.

90/100

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Searching for Sugar Man

This documentary was amazing! Not only was the subject matter wonderful, which by the way the story is about a failed singer in America ends up being bigger than Elvis in South Africa… but the music in it was just glorious. I really do want to buy this mans music. Not only because of his life struggles but because he really does have good music. I thought all the people in the documentary were likable and there is a great twist added in. I’m glad this won the Oscar.

95/100

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Catfish

An incredible documentary on how you should be wary of who you befriend over facebook or the internet. A documentary team follows their friend and his relationship with this girl “Megan” and also his interactions with Megan’s family including the younger sister Abby who is apparently a great painter. As the team delves deeper into this family they find out that things aren’t what they seem. This is set up so perfectly and has you hooked right away. A great, great documentary!

90/100

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