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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Amy (2015)

Poor Amy. I remember seeing some kind of spoof comedy where it shows Amy Winehouse as a cave-woman. She was swigging from a bottle and taking pills I think and then belching. At the time, I thought it was hilarious. I mean, what a hot mess right? After watching this film, I feel bad that I took glee in someone’s problems. She seemed like a nice girl that just wanted to write music and perform in small spaces. She didn’t want to be an international superstar. The problem was, she was immensely talented and her handlers wanted to make more and more money… pushing her to the extreme. A tragic movie, and pretty well made. The music was all really good and it made me remember that even though celebrities have interesting lives that we like to make fun of… they are people too. Don’t say no, no, no to this film.

73/100

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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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Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

You know you are deep into your craft when you dream about the food you make. This is what happens to Jiro Ono. This movie follows Jiro around his business and the wonderful Sushi that he makes. It may seem simple compared to other sushi concoctions but in it’s simplicity an explosion of flavor comes out of that fish and rice combination. Jiro is and adorable man and his sons seem to have a good head on their shoulders. I would love to someday sit in this ten-seater restaurant and have some delicious grub. I’ll just have to make sure and make my reservation a year in advance. This isn’t the most entertaining documentary out there, but you’ll fall in love with the characters and the food.

75/100

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Citizenfour (2014)

A real snore for a citizen like me. I don’t watch an incredible amount of documentaries but this one dragged on forever. It was slightly less than two hours long but it felt like at least four. It seemed forever before they got to Edward Snowden in the film. I got to hear from some journalists that I really don’t care for and had to watch some sort of strange symposium from Occupy Wall Street. When it finally got to Snowden it got a little more interesting until he starts talking in techno-jargon and loses you, and all the stuff he is writing down or typing isn’t shown to the audience (obviously for security reasons) but still, it isn’t enthralling entertainment. My favorite scenes (and I’m being sarcastic here) are where Snowden is sitting and watching television, or shaving or just staring at his computer. I started this movie sort of late and I almost never fall asleep unless I’m tucked into a bed, laying in the dark but I was about to succumb to slumber. I don’t like to inject politics into anything but I’ll say that I’m glad he brought up the subject of privacy in our modern world, but I wish there was a more legal channel he could have taken (maybe there wasn’t one) to bring this information out. Still, I’d skip this as I learned nothing I didn’t hear in the news already and I can watch more interesting things than personal grooming habits and television-watching.

20/100

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Jodorowsky’s Dune (2014)

A documentary with not a lot of grit but is refreshing like an oasis out in the desert. I thought the idea of this was cool, talking about this fantastic Sci-Fi flick that was never made. I like how they pointed out that the team Jodorowsky put together, came together to make other great films. His films look really crazy and now I want to see some of them. I hope that someday Jodorowsky’s Dune is made. I had a good laugh when he talked about how bad David Lynch’s Dune was, it wasn’t horrible but this film sounded like it could have been much better, and I love David Lynch so that’s hard for me to say. Loved seeing H.R. Giger. What a cool man and excellent artist. If you like movies, Dune or just a decent documentary I would say you should watch this. If not just to be uplifted by Jodorowsky’s undying enthusiasm.

81/100

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What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

Who would have thought vampires are hilarious? I really liked this mockumenentary about vampires who are struggling to figure out the modern world… but with the help of a newly turned vamp and his human best friend who is a computer programmer they are able to bring the internet to these diabolical dudes. This is a film from New Zealand and I must say, I love their sense of humor. I laughed out loud on several occasions. I love when the vampires run into werewolves and how they interact. Some great quotable lines to be had. Make like a bat and fly to this comedy, it staked me with laughter.

84/100

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