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This is a Formula 1 documentary mostly about the history of F1 safety. I found it at Tsutaya.

It is very well made, has lots of footage I have never seen before, and interviews with many drivers past and present.

Some of the footage is hard to watch though, Formula 1 was an incredibly dangerous sport in the 60’s and especially the 70’s. So many drivers lost their lives because of almost non-existent safety in the cars and on the tracks. There was also the attitude in many drivers that the danger was what made the sport great, and that dying is preferable to slower but safer cars. Jackie Ickx was one of these drivers and he made no apologies for it, but drivers like Emerson Fittipaldi and Niki Lauda were champs. Niki tried to stop the race he had his accident in, but most drivers including Ickx insisted it go ahead.

A very good watch for an F1 fan, but it is gruesome in places.

Date watched: May 10th
Score: 9/10
Film count 2015: 66

Iron Maiden: Flight 666

This is a documentary film of Iron Maiden’s 2008 world tour in which Bruce Dickenson flew the band around the whole in a chartered Boeing 757, quite a chap is Bruce. I bought this a couple of years ago on DVD after seeing another documentary by the same film crew about metal around the world which was really good too.

They started in India and finished in Canada, with Australia, Japan, L.A., Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, New Jersey in between. The nuttiest crowd was in Chile, they were rather mentals. There was a great shot of a guy in the crowd in Colombia just after the show crying with joy, that scene summed up a lot really.

The film looked at their live gigs of course but also at the flight itself, talked with each band member, the logistics of putting the show on and other bits and pieces. It was well done really. I can’t say I’m much of an Iron Maiden fan although I do have one of their albums, but this was a good watch. Each member came across as being very genuine and not egotistical at all, they are though all in their mid to late 50’s so may have mellowed out a bit. The size of some of the crowds was staggering.

At the end of every show they play ‘Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life’.

Date watched: September 16th
Score: 8/10
Film count 2012: 92

Hearts and Minds

This is a 1974 documentary about the Vietnam war, and was very anti-Vietnam war.

It shows quite clearly just how wrong America was to be involved in this conflict, and how much they didn’t understand or respect the Vietnamese people. One great quote in the film was ‘the real enemy is America’.

There was a lot of footage I had never seen before, some of it shocking (no killing or anything too gruesome), with the scenes of American troops burning villages while the elderly Vietnamese villagers watched on was quite damning.

One of the better Vietnam documentaries I’ve seen.

Dare watched: May 19
Score: 9/10
Film count 2012: 52

Nanook of the North

For a very long time I have been aware of Nanook of the North but never tried to find out more about it. But recently I did a search and found out that it is a 1922 documentary, the first full feature documentary as a matter of fact. So I watched it.

And it was pretty good. It was silent of course with a fitting soundtrack. Nanook was an Inuit hunter in Canada and this documentary followed him and his family in their never-ending quest for food. Things sure were tough for the Inuit in those days, they just tore around the ice looking for food all the time. But they seemed to be happy and pretty healthy. The most interesting bit was the making of an igloo. It took an hour to make quite a big one and it even had a window made of solid ice, complete with a reflector to bounce the sunlight inside. Nifty.

But, after watching this I checked it out on Wikipedia and found that a lot of it was staged. For a start Nanook was not his real name, and the wife he had in the doco was not his wife but actually the director’s wife, and the other woman in the doco was also the director’s wife…no idea what is going on there! Also, Nanook used spears and knives to kill animals, but in those days the Inuit were using guns. Some other things were staged or faked as well so that is disappointing.

But, still, it was interesting to see these people from such a long time ago doing mostly what they actually did back then, surviving in the snow and ice using whatever they had and not wasting anything.

Frank Zappa wrote ‘Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow’ after seeing this.

The kayak scene at the very beginning is a must see.

Date watched: April 7th
Score: 9/10
Film count 2012: 40

You can watch it here:

Age of Stupid

This film scared me a bit. If it is all true what they say will happen to the Earth and when, then we are in a bit of trouble.

According to the film, we have to get CO2 levels down to a safe level by 2015 or else global warming is going to spiral way out of control. This was made in 2007 so maybe that figure has changed, maybe not, but either way it is scary stuff.

Something that really got me mad was the stuck-up snooties in a place called Bedford or something in the U.K. They didn’t want a bunch of wind powered genrators near their houses, saying they would ruin the view. I imagine this kind of crap is going on all over the place, people just don’t care about the environment as much as they say.

Anyway, a darn good documentary.

Date watched: February 19th
Score: 9/10
Film count 2012: 28

When You’re Strange

This is a Doors doco narrated by Johnny Depp. Pretty good and seems to tell the story accurately. The remaining band members were pissed at Oliver Stone for his Doors film a few years back but said this one tells the real truth.

Scenes from a film Jim Morrison made in 1969, which looks rather boring, are used throughout the doco and is apparently the first time it has been made public. You can see bits of it here.

Jim Morrison was out of control for quite some time, always drinking and doing acid and stuff, while the other band members seemed like decent chaps who just wanted to make good music.

Worth a watch.

Date watxhed: January 22nd
Score: 8/10
Film count 2012: 12

Triumph of the Will

A long Nazi propaganda movie filmed during a Nazi Party Congress in 1934 in Nuremburg. Mostly it was a lot of speeches by Hitler mostly, and a lot of marching. The locations were huge, especially the rally at the Zeppelin field which held about 200 000 people.

The German people were obviously totally taken in by Hitler and the Nazi party. Hitler himself seemed extremely confident in himself and his speeches were quite powerful. Nothing in the movie though hinted at what was to come as far as the Holocaust, there was not a single word said about the Jews but there were a few lines in speeches about the superior German race.

The photography was well done and apparently this movie has influenced diectors including Peter Jackson and Ridley Scott.

An interesting Wiki article is here.

It started to get boring at about 90 minutes in which is not bad I suppose as most of the movie was either speeches or marching. It is 1 hr 50 mins long.

Score: 7.5/10
Movie count 2011: 85

The whole documentary can be seen on YouTube: