Road DocRoad

This 2014 documentary profile on the Dunlop brothers gives a fascinating insight to the world of motorcycle road-racing – a sport that is fuelled by sheer passion bordering on madness, and quite often, riddled with tragic results. Narrated by Liam Neeson, the film centralizes around brothers, Joey and Robert Dunlop and illustrious road-racing careers that began in the ‘70’s with famous street races such as the Isle of Man TT. The film is spectacularly well-balanced between adrenaline moments that see racers hurling themselves at speeds beyond 300km/h, and grief-stricken interviews and archive footage of spine-tingling crashes.

I had no clue about the Dunlop brothers and their incredible legacy that now extends to Michael & William Dunlop, sons of the late Robert Dunlop, but after watching this gripping 102 minute flick, both my love of motorbikes and respect for racers has trebled. This is definitely one film that despite it flying under the radar, deserves a viewing. Make sure you hold onto your seats for this one…

 

everest_movie_poster_2Everest

Based on the true-life summit adventure in 1996, Everest captures both the majesty and drama of that fateful expedition in which eight lives were lost. I watched this film at IMAX 3D theatres and perhaps it was the splendour of the cinematography more than the actual script that blew me away. Regardless, it is a sensational film that cruelly depicts just how harsh nature can be, and in this case, how Mount Everest always has the final say.

There’s a great cast and as mentioned, the film-making is on another level where Mount Everest is certainly not romanticised in anyway and the film’s intent is poignantly felt – respect the mountain. If you’re going to watch this movie at home, make sure you have an HD TV large enough to do this nail-biting film justice.

 

southpaw-poster-2-digitalSouth Paw

It’s no secret that I am a huge boxing fan. The art of being able to coordinate rhythmic movements between hands & feet whilst delivering neck-snapping punches completely amazes me. It’s not so much the violence of boxing as it is the strength, skill and most of all, heart that always tells a greater story. When I heard that South Paw was going to be the greatest boxing movie since the Rocky saga, I immediately organised a group of my manliest mates to hit the movies in anticipation I had not felt since a teenager watching the very first Fast & Furious film.

In truth however, the movie is largely centred on the love and tragedy that boxer, Billy “The Great” Hope endures in a rather clichéd professional boxer stereotype. Despite the fact that there is more ‘drama’ than actual boxing (maybe I expected too much?), it is incredible to see the physical & character transformation actor, Jake Gyllenhaal went through for this movie. Gyllenhaal not only looks the part of a junior middleweight boxing champ but he personifies it acutely.

It might not be everyone’s cup of tea but it sure made for a great guy flick that I reckon even the ladies would endure, if not just to ogle over Gyllenhaal’s proper physique.