Sunday, March 19, 2017

On the Air Season 4 Episode 3

General Notes:

Here is my new Radio ep where I reviewed the following:

- Logan
- Jasper Jones
- Hidden Figures

As well as pay tribute to Bill Paxton.

Audio is here:

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Film Review - Kong: Skull Island (2017)

Kong: Skull Island is the next chapter in the Monsters Cinematic Universe which started with Godzilla in 2014 and it is set in 1973 and tells the tale of a scientist played by John Goodman who sees an uncharted island in the ocean and asks to go explore it, he eventually does taking with him an Army Colonel played by Samuel L Jackson, a photographer played by Brie Larson, an expert tracker played by Tom Hiddleston and while there they find a human survivor on the island played by John C Reilly.

Kong was an okay film but much like 2014's Godzilla it became very easy to sadly get a bit bored with everything going on in this movie don't get me wrong the film has some great visual effects moments and action scenes and the cinematography by Larry Fong who also did Batman V Superman is very nice with its Vietnam War esque imagery and strong use of colours which made it very nice to look at while watching it.

But again I think to myself "So What?" because the story and the human characters really aren't all that interesting, none of them have any real character arcs or motivations and none of them are really all that interesting to watch over a 2 hour period Jackson has some good motivation in terms of his anger over the Vietnam War but it isn't really developed into anything significant, Goodman and Hiddleston are fine in their roles but don't really get anything to do very much.

But the biggest waste of all is Larson and much like the endless parade of weak villains in superhero movies I am getting completely and utterly sick to death of seeing actresses I love to watch like her and Rooney Mara in Lion recently getting nothing roles in these big films that go out to mainstream audiences that up and comers could play just as easily and this woman won an Academy Award for her work in Room last year before this role and it just makes me feel so fucking frustrated as so often now the great roles for women are being seen in small indie films that don't get a very big release and it has to stop as actresses deserve so much better than this shit.

And so that was Kong Skull Island and frankly it deserves a snoot full of a gas bomb as it's an okay but also kind of boring film to watch if you want a fun monster movie watch Pacific Rim instead, 2 out of 5.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Film Review - Rules Don't Apply (2017)

Rules Don't Apply is the return of Warren Beatty in terms of both in front of and behind the camera and is based off of the life of Howard Hughes the eccentric billionaire who slowly retreated more and more into seclusion but another tale being told here is that of an aspiring young actress (Lily Collins) and a young man who becomes one of Hughes's aides (Alden Ehrenrich)

This movie was just awful to sit through I mean it really really was and frankly I will be stunned if I see a worse movie than this one this year for these reasons:

- Firstly the script for this movie written by Beatty himself is a mess and literally this story is all over the place in terms of both the story of Hughes plus the story of these 2 young people who come to know him neither one of these is given anytime to develop in a meaningful way and the construction of this script is so god damned hap hazard you don't really get the chance to see any cohesion between the 2 plot lines.

- Secondly the performances in this movie are flat as all hell and this has a wonderful cast of actors Beatty's wife Annette Bening, Ed Harris, Alec Baldwin, Oliver Platt, Matthew Broderick, Martin Sheen, Steve Coogan plus Collins and Ehrenrich and all of them are flat and it's because not one of them is given any meaningful screen time to develop their characters and find their performances which you would think Beatty who has gotten great performances from actors in the past (AL PACINO IN DICK TRACY IS A STANDOUT HERE!!!!) would know that but it seems that he has been away for so long that he's forgotten this.

- And that brings me to my last point and that is Beatty's work on this movie and his direction feels completely and utterly lifeless none of the scenes feel like they come to life unless there's a vintage song from the soundtrack playing under it and the editing of the scenes feels very haphazard and when you have other actor/directors like Clint Eastwood one of Beatty's contemporaries still putting out big hits like American Sniper and Sully plus someone like Ben Affleck who has shown time and time again that he has total command of his medium and inspires everyone around him to give it everything they have this is quite frankly not good enough.

And even thinking about this has me stunned because this man made Dick Tracy in 1990 a film I feel is a little underrated this was a film that created a complete world of its own it has makeup work that is wonderful to look at and watch plus it has exciting songs and action and performances and Beatty was on top of his game but here it's like watching a great man fall from grace and turn into a senile old man and given his status as a legend he deserved to go out on top.

And so that was Rules Don't Apply and if you are a fan of Warren Beatty I cannot in any way recommend this movie as it is not good at all and I hate saying this as I am a fan of his but I have to and if you want a great film about Howard Hughes watch Martin Scorsese's the Aviator, 1 out of 5.

Film Review - Moonlight (2017)

Moonlight is directed by Barry Jenkins and is based off of an undeveloped stage play called "In Moonlight Black Boys Turn Blue" and tells the tale of Chiron a young black man growing up in a rough neighbourhood in Miami, Florida we see him as a young boy played by Alex Hibbert as a teenager played by Ashton Sanders and as a young man played by Trevante Rhodes.

This was a film that I will say I admire more than I like and I do like this movie very much indeed I think Jenkins did a beautiful job directing the film a lot of the scenes in the film look very true to life I feel and at times the bold colours and strong lighting make it look like a painting especially in some of the night scenes plus the close ups he does in the film have this very intimate feel to them as if you yourself are looking at that person up close like you would someone in real life and also the film is very nicely structured which although some parts feel slow it never feels fatty in terms of its scenes.

The film also has a slew of great performances the three men who play Chiron in the stages of his life are all very good little Alex in particular does so much while not having a lot of dialogue to say in his scenes, Naomie Harris who initially had turned down the film thankfully changed her mind as she too is very good as are Mahersala Ali who rightfully won an Academy Award for his role here and Janelle Monae who was also recently in Hidden Figures is very good though both of them do not have large roles in the film.

But lastly the film captures very well the painful reality of someone who is struggling with their sexuality and how Chiron chooses to withdraw somewhat from the world around him primarily because of the circumstances of his upbringing and also how others around him will feel especially other men in his community where the street is sadly where a lot of them can end up and for a sensitive boy like Chiron it makes those growing pains feel a lot worse and this is why I admire this film as much as I do.

And so that was Moonlight a very admirable film that was correctly crowned Best Picture even if I don't love it as much as others have done but still this is a film well worth seeing, 3 and a half out of 5.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Film Review - Logan (2017)

Logan marks the final Wolverine film for Hugh Jackman in the role and here he's working as a Limo driver hoping to make enough money to take him and an old Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) out to sea as the world is in decline and the X-Men are gone following a horrible incident but a little girl named Laura (Dafnee Keen) may change everything as she is being hunted by a dangerous organisation.

Logan is a bit of a mixed bag for me but before I delve into that I want to talk about what did work for me:

- First the action and the violence in this film is fantastic to watch, lots of slicing and dicing and people dying horribly and a lot (and I mean a lot) of blood is spilt here if you're a bit squeamish you might want to avoid this film as even I felt my head hurt a little bit after coming out of the film and I have a very thick stomach when it comes to violence in movies though it is very well filmed I will say one scene in particular gives the Quicksilver scenes in X-Men Days of Future Past and Apocalypse a good run for their money.

- And secondly a lot of the performances are very good here as well Jackman is a good as he ever was in this role and watching him here it's hard to believe that he's retiring from the role though you can understand why given he's done it for so many years, Stephen Merchant was pretty good as Caliban though Tomas Libertaque played him a little better in Apocalypse last year though the show stealers here are Stewart and Keen both are very good here and Keen in particular does a lot with very little dialogue and I hope she has a good career as an actress ahead of her.

But what holds this movie back from loving it for me is once again a Marvel related film has a very weak villain and both Boyd Holbrook and Richard E Grant are good actors their characters are pretty forgettable and their story is really nothing new that we saw in X-Men 2 where that film dealt with the Weapon X program and one part of their story in particular just made me go "What oh come on this is ridiculous."

And so is this endless string of boring villains in these superhero movies these days I mean whether it be this movie or Deadpool from last year or the Marvel Cinematic Universe and their library of boring and nothing villains save for Loki and that's really due to Tom Hiddleston (the perfect Vegeta from DBZ) so many of these films just constant fail over and over and over again in this crucial area and it just makes me feel so fucking sick to death of this genre which has become so dominant in the cinemas right now.

And it really REALLY makes me hope that the producer supreme Kevin Feige makes good to his word in regards to Thanos in Avengers Infinity War next year because if he doesn't then that entire MCU could well be for nothing to some but given how that universe like the X-Men series has always found a way to course correct for me I am willing to trust him on this front given his sincerity in the recent Infinity War video from last month.

But that aside Logan is worth seeing but its weak villains really hold it back for me and this was not a mistake that Bryan Singer made in his 4 X-Men films even Apocalypse, 2 and a half out of 5.

Film Review - Jasper Jones (2017)

Jasper Jones is directed by Rachel Perkins and is based off of the novel and takes place in Rural Western Australia in 1969 and a young boy named Charlie (Levi Miller) is led one night by Jasper Jones (Aaron McGrath) to the scene of a dead young girl whose death may have more going on than at first glance.

Jasper Jones is quite a nice little coming of age film combined with a mystery and Perkins handles both pretty nicely I feel, Miller may have gotten off to a bad start with Pan a couple of years ago but his work here and in Red Dog True Blue he has redeemed himself quite nicely as a capable young actor, I also really liked Toni Collette as his mother and Angourie Rice is very good here as well and she is doing very well for herself and follows up her show stealing work in the Nice Guys quite nicely here.

I also really liked the picture it paints of late 60s Australia where communities were starting to see migrants make themselves home a little more and how that community is affected by the Vietnam War and the National Draft and how the role of women is affected as well to a certain extent and I really like when a period film takes a little bit of time to explore what life was like then a little bit.

And so that was Jasper Jones a quite nice Aussie flick that further shows the renaissance of Australian film is in full swing and that we can do it as good as anyone else once again, 3 out of 5.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

My Fav Films of the Decade So Far

2016 has come and gone and we are now well and truly into 2017 and when that change came I began to think about my favorite films from 2010 to 2016 so far and it has actually been quite a good decade for films so far much better I think than the 2000s where there were numerous years where I hated some of the years in film from that period.

But where exactly to rank this list should it be a top 20 or a top 10 or a top 15 perhaps but after purchasing the Accountant on disc I began to properly rank the films from this decade and in the end I've settled on a top 12 the dirty dozen so to speak.

With that brief into out of the way let's get started with number 12 and that is:

The World's End: Released in 2013 this film was the third entry in the now named Cornetto trilogy which also consisted of Shaun of the Dead in 2004 and Hot Fuzz in 2007 and starred Simon Pegg as Gary King a man who rounds up his 4 closest friends to complete a pub crawl they failed at in their youth while also coming face to face with aliens.

This is another very accomplished directorial effort by Edgar Wright who shows the same flair he had in Shaun, Fuzz and even Scott Pilgrim which I did not enjoy as much as others did and for a 109min film (short for a comedy these days) he packs a hell of a lot into each scene and each frame and each cut feels as tight as it can be so you have to keep up in every scene as it feels like it's there for a reason there's no long adlibbing scenes here like in so very very many comedies these days which have gotten so fucking boring.

But what I also really admire about this movie is that as much as it has great action/sci fi ideas/big laughs it also has a much more serious and dramatic side to it in terms of the characters Pegg and Frost play they aren't doing the same buddy act they did in Shaun and Fuzz they're an estranged duo of friends who do not get along for most of the film and they are ably backed up by Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine and Eddie Marsan the latter of those shows some great comedic timing but this more serious feel I think hurt its standing with the Cornetto fans who deep down probably wanted more of the same from Shaun and Fuzz and as a result were let down by this film.

11. Video Nasties

Released in 2011 this documentary from the UK investigated the Video Nasties scare if you will that took place in that country in the early 1980s and the steps the BBFC took to outlaw these tapes even though almost all of them were given 18 certificates or not rated at all.

This documentary I find to simply be a must not just for horror film fans but for students of film in general as well as history because what this represented was an outrageous overreach of censorship by the then government at the time led by the late Margaret Thatcher on tapes that if they were rated here in Australia and most of them were they would've gotten an R rating and that would be it.

As for the historical element this doco shows very clearly how such a thing can start so simply with one voice and then spread quickly if not nipped in the bud not to mention how those so convinced of their cause will simply try to exhaust their opponents by either talking very fast a lot or just speaking a lot of the time so those trying to get answers out of them can't keep up or by targeting our vulnerability and rope in some sections of the community.

Now I am not a huge Horror film fan by any means but this doco was definitely a most interesting one for me and should be seen and studied by film lovers and cinema classes all over the world after all "First they Came for..." a very famous phrase from history started somewhere.

10. The Accountant

Released in 2016 the Accountant was Gavin O'Connor's first big film since his 2011 breakout film Warrior and stars Ben Affleck as Christian Wolff an Assassin with high functioning Autism investigating a Chicago Robotics Company led by John Lithgow and there also meeting Dana played by Anna Kendrick.

I really really enjoyed this movie I thought O'Connor did a great job balancing the character drama with the action scenes as he also showed in Warrior I thought that all of the cast were very good and there is a great cast here though JK Simmons is sadly wasted in a fairly thankless role and the action scenes themselves were very nicely done and I'm not surprised why this got an MA rating as a lot of it is up close and at point blank range.

But as good as everyone here is this is Ben Affleck's movie and the way he portrays an Autistic character is very true to life with someone who has this condition but has had the integration help no matter how twisted that might be to try and live an everyday life and the best scenes that highlight this in the movie are the ones where he is trying to live in the ordinary world and navigate its many paths and as a result of that I put it above the other action throwbacks like John Wick which was well done but not as good as this.

9. Argo

Released in 2012 Argo was Ben Affleck's 3rd film as director and would go on to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards in early 2013 and it told the tale of the Declassified True Story of a CIA operation posing as a film crew to rescue 6 American hostages from Iran after the 1979 revolution.

This movie to me is a classic example of a filmmaker at their peak; They know exactly what they want to do, how they want to do it and how to balance wild shifts in tone without the film becoming a mess to watch and Affleck handles all of these brilliantly.

Rewatching the film recently I thought to myself that it felt like a companion piece to some of the great Warner Brothers dramas from the 1970s like All the Presidents Men or Dog Day Afternoon and this film recreates that period beautifully with the old cars and suits and extensive use of archive footage from that period and not only is the film very tense but also very funny with 2 great performances by Alan Arkin and John Goodman.

It also highlighted on my rewatch how much Affleck got this movie right and how much George Clooney who produced it tried and failed miserably to recreate the feel of Argo with his Monuments Men film from 2014 which was a mess for that exact reason; Clooney's inability to successfully manage the tonal shifts between tension and humour neither of which felt satisfying in that film guess it's harder than it looks to do what Ben did and successfully pull it off.

8. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Released in 2011 this was David Fincher's adaptation of the first book in the late Steig Larsson's trilogy of books about the mysterious Lisbeth Salander played here by Rooney Mara and the mystery of the disappearance of Harriet Vangar which could also be tied to a killer of women in Sweden.

Like Argo this is simply great filmmaking on show here but not quite in the same way as this for me was a great example of material being a perfect match for a director as this series deals with themes of darkness, rape, corporate intrigue, murder and more and this is material that Fincher has examined in his career with films like Seven, Fight Club, Zodiac and the Social Network to name as examples.

Seeing this movie also inspired me to go and read the 3 books which were terrific but sadly this film never quite got the kudos it deserved as Mara was a perfect Lisbeth from the books and Daniel Craig while not quite how I pictured Mr Blomkvist from the book was also good in the film as well.

But I think this movie failed for 2 reasons first of all Fincher was coming off an amazing success with the Social Network the year before which became both a box office hit and a strong awards contender that's a tough act to follow and also the book series had been adapted in Sweden for TV and then given a theatrical release to very high praise and I think many looked at this US adaptation and went "What's the Point" and as a result the film didn't find a big audience and the plans to do the other 2 were scrapped.

7. Sing Street

Released in 2016 this was writer/director John Carney's film about a young boy living in Ireland in 1985 who decides to start a band with some of his school mates to impress a young girl (the things we do in young love.)

This was the last film I saw last year before finalising my lists of the best and worst for 2016 and I sorely wish I got to see it earlier that year (it came out on disc in November last year but didn't rent it as I wasn't sure if I would like it much) as it would've easily been a strong contender for my favorite film of last year and could well have taken that crown.

For the more I watch this movie and think about it the more I adore it as it does so many things so well:

- It does what you want from a teenager film which dominated in the 80s
- It does what you want from a musical and this blends 80s songs and new songs wonderfully well
- And it recreates the 80s beautifully so much so I wish I could see a 35mm print of this film

And also and forgive me if this sounds silly but when I was watching this movie I felt like I was watching an old Roadshow Home Video or Premiere Home Entertainment VHS release from 1986 (Roadshow distributed the film here in Australia) and that feeling was so strong for me I wish I could've had 5 to 10 minutes worth of Roadshow VHS previews come on after the film ended this will be a favorite of mine for many years to come.

6. Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F

Released in 2015 Resurrection F sees the evil Lord Freeza wished back to life with the Dragon Balls by the remnants of his Empire (which was dismantled in the original TV Series) and Freeza's own desire for revenge against Goku who killed him in their original battle.

As a big Dragon Ball Z fan (I very nearly became inspired to learn Martial Arts as a result of my love of the series in the early 2000s but didn't put 2 and 2 together back then though I would have now) I had so much fun watching this film in a cinema and it was a PACKED house and almost everyone there had a good time and there was a real buzz coming out of my session (even if it was a late night one.)

As for my own views on the film itself I really really enjoyed it I loved the use of the characters purely from that original storyline (some of the ones that appeared afterwards make cameos but nothing more and rightly so) I loved how the Z fighters got to fight as a group again some of them had been sidelined to some extent the more the series went on and I also loved how it balanced the action and the humour something the original Dragon Ball did very well whereas DBZ got more serious with its action.

But this is not in my top 5 for one reason and one reason alone: The Ending quite frankly it is fucking horrendous leading to one thing that makes perfect sense and then pulling a really bad trick that undoes so much of the good will that I extend to this movie but this was not uncommon to me as the series particularly the back end would frequently do this to quickly resolve a story or bring a beloved character back.

5. X-Men Days of Future Past

Released in 2014 Days of Future Past marked the return of Bryan Singer to the franchise he helped launch in the year 2000 with a tale of Mutant kind facing extinction by the human created Sentinels and Wolverine being sent back in time to fix the mistakes of the past created in 1973.

Days of Future Past was simply fantastic from start to finish from the opening title sequence that also marked the return of John Ottman's X-Men theme he created for X-Men 2 and would use again in X-Men Apocalypse to the great performances by Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Peter Dinklage among others, a great sequence with Quicksilver and great action sequences that highlighted the mutant powers and the team as a whole.

But what makes this movie for me is that like X-Men 1 and 2 it feels like it is actually about something and that is Hope the Hope for a better tomorrow with Xavier, the hope that Mystique will come to see the error of her ways and the hope that those mutants in the future will not die in vain and that the mission will mean salvation for their kind.

It is this feeling above all else that is why I love the X-Men franchise despite its very hit and miss track record after X-Men 2 in that it has the action and the special effects and the comic book feel like the Avengers series has but this has both a bit more substance to it and a great villain which the MCU has lacked big time it's just such a shame that Singer could not replicate his success here with Apocalypse which was fun but not as good but that's what happens when you overstuff a film and put the focus on big destruction.

4. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

Released in 2013 this DC Animated film tackled the much loved and iconic Batman story from 1986 by Frank Miller and had Peter Weller as the voice of Batman who comes out of retirement to fight the Mutant Gangs terrorizing Gotham only to have far more dangerous friends and foes coming after him as a result.

This was a masterful and epic adaptation of one of the most iconic comic book stories to be written and everyone involved takes great care in adapting this material, this book helped to begin the recharting of the course for Batman it definitely influenced the Batman arc in Batman V Superman and I have no doubt that had Heath Ledger lived the Dark Knight Rises would've been much more of an adaptation of this book just as the Dark Knight was very much a Killing Joke film by any other name.

Although Kevin Conroy did not voice Batman/Bruce Wayne in this animated film Weller is more than up to the task of providing the voice here and his gravel tone nicely suits the older Wayne who dons the Bat one last time despite his old age Michael Emerson is creepy as hell as the Joker and every line out of his mouth made me want to wince a little bit and the animation style nicely recreates the drawing style of Miller's book.

But also this film nicely recreates the story elements of the 1980s that were present in Miller's book and the final 20 minutes is nothing short of epic with the kind of knock down drag out violent brawl we should have gotten in Batman V Superman between the two characters that just wasn't there in Snyder's film plus the dark tone of Batman is very nicely recreated as this is not a film for kids despite being animated.

3. Waking Sleeping Beauty

Released in 2010 this documentary examines the famous renaissance of Walt Disney Pictures from 1984 to 1994 which was the period that saw films like the Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and the Lion King get made as well as the formation and success of Touchstone Pictures.

As a child of the 90s who grew up with the later 3 of those 4 animated films from Disney this doco was simply unmissable viewing as for the first time it really feels like the honest story of how those hit films got made was really told especially Beauty and the Beast which went through a very tough production and would become a huge triumph.

The doco also shows the long road towards that comeback starting with the shakeup of the culture of Disney that was very much in place since Walt's death in the late 60s and how flop after flop after flop had shaken the confidence of those running the studio at the time and that it took outsiders to bring the studio back to greatness and how the loss of 2 key people would later have devastating consequences.

And this story is told by the very people who were there when this all happened and in a brilliant move only with their voices over huge amounts of archival footage which gives the doco a real blunt feel and the footage from the release of the Lion King in particular really took me back to when that film first came out as it really was mind blowing to experience in a cinema.

2. The Hunger Games

Now this is a bit of a cheat as this entry represents the franchise which came out from 2012 to 2015 and told the tale of Katniss Everdeen played by Jennifer Lawrence and her rise as the Mockingjay against President Snow played by Donald Sutherland and the other enemies of Panem.

Watching this franchise unfold I was reminded of how I felt as an 11 year old boy in 1997 experiencing the Star Wars Trilogy for the first time I am seriously not joking about this point others have tried to replicate this feeling for me but none of them have done it quite like this series did and I feel that it is because that it does a very similar tale of the heroes journey to fight an evil enemy and save her homeland from oppression but it also wonderfully holds up a mirror to the times in which we live in terms of Celebrity Worship, Late Night Talk Shows, the effect War has on a person and a nation as a whole, the loss of loved ones along that road and the sacrifice people make for a cause they believe in.

This is simply beautiful storytelling and Suzanne Collins the writer of the 3 books this film series is based on has to be given a lot of credit for collaborating with the creative team behind the films in terms of helping them out and also letting them make the movies they want to make even if that means making some big changes from the book unlike a certain other author of a successful franchise whose ego got so bad the writer and director quit the series.

Another thing I admire about this franchise was that it told the story they wanted to tell and then moved on and ended the series so often nowadays a franchise is sometimes forced to go on and on and on because of fans wanting more and more stories which happened with Dragon Ball and sure that can happen but a lot of the time they just end up going in circles and repeating the ground of the first 1 or 2 films that worked so well Alien could well become an example of this later this year.

And also this series has a wonderful hero and villain that for me rank highly on both lists Katniss to me is very much the new Luke Skywalker and she is number 2 on my fav heroes list right behind him and much like Luke she starts her journey wanting a specific goal and then finds herself in a battle much bigger than her own and like Luke she trusts her own instincts in terms of knowing who her allies and enemies are and that sometimes they are not who they originally are made out to be.

As for Snow well how often in our own history have we seen leaders of political parties come along who skilfully exploit the genuine fears and anxieties a peoples might have be they of war or race or changing economic circumstances to use as a platform for their rise to power and when they win it they go to great lengths to hold onto it even if it means indulging in some community sections greed at the expense of others this makes Snow such an interesting and relevant villain for the times we live in.

And finally we are here the number 1 film of the decade for me so far and there was really no question what that film is for me:

Senna: Released in 2011 this doco by Asif Kapadia told the life of Ayrton Senna the Brazillian Formula 1 Grand Prix driver who was skilled behind the wheel and along with Alain Prost one of the best drivers of his generation before his sad death in 1994.

This documentary I had heard great things about before watching it but after watching it myself I went back to the start and watched it through again much like Waking Sleeping Beauty it brilliantly uses archival footage from the time to tell the story and only has the participants interviewed presented with just their voice as if they were commentating on an F1 race and that race footage is exhilarating and it definitely gets the heart pumping a beat or two faster.

But the real beauty of this documentary for me is twofold and firstly I was familiar with Formula 1 but not a huge devotee of it but it didn't matter the doco still worked as well without knowing the ins and outs of the sport and the narrative here reminded me of a great live action film in terms of the rivalry between Senna and Prost the need to be in the driver's seat, the desire to wanna be the very best like no one ever was and the sadness that came over everyone in the sport and in Brazil with his tragic death.

The second reason was that this documentary really opened my eyes as to want documentaries could really achieve they could be as compelling and exciting and watchable as any film live action or animated and sometimes they could tell stories that if they were filmed you would sometimes find difficult to believe and after this documentary I have become a real devotee of the format and always get a little excited when a new doco comes down the pike.

And so that is my top 12 films of the decade from 2010 to 2016 it is a very personal list for sure and some on here will be films either not very many liked with me or would say that they were enjoyable but not worthy of being here and that's fine and fair enough we still have 3 more years left of this decade and this list could very well change but that is something not to think about for some time yet.