The Wednesday Review: TT3D: Closer To The Edge

In celebration of the 2012 Isle of Man TT race which is currently taking place, here is my brief review of TT3D: Closer To The Edge.

  • Director – Richard De Aragues
  • Starring – Guy Martin plus a number of other very brave souls
  • Written by – Documentary
  • Year – 2011
  • Running Time – 103 mins

The annual Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) race is simply the greatest motorcycle event in the world and the ultimate test for man and machine.  The race was first run in 1907 and since 1911 has been run over 4 laps of the “Snaefell Mountain Course” covering 150 miles of narrow country lanes, containing over 200 corners with stone walls, lamp posts and other hard and unforgiving surfaces waiting for any rider that makes a mistake.

It is by far the most dangerous course in the world.  There are no run-off areas which seem to dominate todays MotoGP tracks.  At the TT one mistake and its over, often literally.  The lap record is currently held by John McGuinness with an average speed of an incredible 131.578 mph. (more…)

The Week That Was 13 May – 27 May

Apologies for missing last weeks ‘The Week That Was’, I have been bouncing around on quite a lot of planes recently which has restricted my ability to post, but it has given the opportunity to catch up on a few films.  So here is the tale of the tape for the last two weeks, as always you can check out my full 2012 watch list here:

Cinema Screenings

None (boo!)

Couch Screenings (in various locations)

Shame – Simply astonishing.  Michael Fassbender produces the years standout performance so far in Steve McQueen’s amazingly honest portrayal of one man’s struggle against addiction.  Check out my thoughts here, but be warned they are heavily spoilerific.  Highly Recommended. 

Young Adult – The latest Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody match up starring Charlize Theron.  Not as good as Juno, or Up In The Air (still one of my favourite films), but still pretty good. Watch it.

Shaun Of The Dead – Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg.  Genius and still stands up 8 years later.  Pub anyone?  Highly Recommended.

Hot Fuzz – Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg Part II.  I still prefer Shaun, but Hot Fuzz is pretty damn good as well.  Highly Recommended.

TT3D: Closer To The Edge – Up there with Senna as one of the best docs from last year.  Amazing camera work, amazing stories.  Highly Recommend.

Plane Screenings (Up In The Air….)

Contraband – Pretty nuts and bolts action/thriller with Marky Mark, a reformed smuggler trying to go straight (you can guess the rest)  Good fun, but nothing else.  Watch it.

Haywire – Steven Soderbergh’s latest non-linear flick with an all star cast, this time including Gina Carano, a mixed martial arts fighter who packs a mean punch.  A little confusing, and too complicated for its own good.  Bin it.

We Bought A Zoo – The latest Cameron Crowe cheesetastic affair about Matt Damon and family who buy a zoo with Scar Jo as head zoo keeper.  Some say too cheesy, personally I thought it was wonderful.  Highly Recommended. 

The Muppets – I just don’t get The Muppets.  Growing up in the UK it was never really a big thing so whilst the film was good fun, I just didn’t really connect with it in the same way that others have.  Bin it.

Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol –  Still ridiculous and still with more plot holes than swiss cheese, but still such fun.  Watch it.

2012 Score Sheet

Cinema Screenings – 15
Couch Screenings – 24
Total (new films) – 39
Re-watches – 9
2012 Total film count – 48    

How about you guys, how’s your week been?



Some thoughts on Shame (Significant Spoilers)

There are some significant spoilers contained within this article.  Please do not read if you haven’t seen Shame.

  • Director – Steve McQueen
  • Starring – Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan
  • Writer – Abi Morgan, Steve McQueen
  • Year – 2011
  • Running Time – 101 mins

Addiction to anything can be truly terrifying.  It can produce deep and powerful feelings of enslavement, leading to an all-encompassing world of worthlessness and ultimately  self-disgust.   Addiction is also deeply personal; if it has its claws deep into you it doesn’t matter which master you serve, you just need to feed the beast.

Addicts often describe the worst part of addiction is that it still feels somehow like a personal choice.  The logic in their mind is clear; they don’t physically need what they are addicted to, as other wise why are they able to sleep?   Therefore, somehow, it must be a personal choice.  A truly terrifying situation to be in.  Mind over matter, but in reverse.

Shame is a powerful, courageous, but above all else honest portrayal of one man’s struggle with addiction.  Michael Fassbender is simply outstanding in his portrayal of Brandon Sullivan, a successful New York 30 something, who although outwardly successful, is inwardly struggling to contain, survive and hide his sexual addiction. (more…)

Skyfall: Teaser Poster

The week of teaser posters continues with this gem.  The more I see of Daniel Craig as Bond the more impressed I become.  He brings a element of realism to Bond, if that’s not an oxymoron, by managing to get inside the man in a way that no other Bond actor has really acheived so far, not even Connery.  Apparently Craig is happy to continue to make more Bond films, so he should be around for a few more.