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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Focus (2015)

I must admit, it did hold my focus. I won’t give any credit to Will Smith though. I think they could have replaced him with anybody and we wouldn’t notice. The person who took all the oxygen out of the room and made your head turn was Margot Robbie. She is stunning as usual in this crime movie. I loved all the little plot devices and back-stabbings that went on throughout the film. I was never really able to guess where they were going, even though some clues were dropped here and there like breadcrumbs through a forest. I normally don’t love crime movies, because they are basically just mobster films. This one was at least different having some small time things happen like wallets and watches being stolen. I saw in the credits that they even had a professional pickpocket give them tips. I won’t say that this movie will be the focus of anyone’s lives in the next few years… but I’m not mad that I saw it.

71/100

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Mad Max (1979)

I wasn’t very mad about this film, but it took some stunts to the maximum. Mel Gibson (extremely young Mel Gibson) is great as Max, a cop in the near future who has to take on an evil biker gang that attacks his family. The movie doesn’t feel very futuristic but it is pretty fun just from a zany/stunt-filled perspective. I love when one biker loses his hand and his boss asks for it back and I love how George Miller uses a very Hitchcockian direction when it comes to the violent moments of the film. Some of the Australian accents are hard to understand and I felt like I missed a lot of lines, especially when there were engines revving or sirens wailing (which was about 90% of the movie). Still, I had a lot of fun in this near-future where Mel Gibson is running smelly bikers off the road for vengeance.

76/100

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Rush (2013)

I should have rushed out to see this one. Normally I couldn’t care about cars driving around in circles but when it comes to the high-octane rivalry between Niki Lauda and James Hunt in Formula 1 racing I can get on board. Both Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl were great. Bruhl was especially great because you could hate him at one point of the film and love him the next. The drama was excellent and the direction done by Ron Howard was superb. If you like sports movies this one is worth a look.

87/100

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