We write about a lot of fast cars, but what about the guys who can really drive them? You don’t have to be huge Formula One fan to enjoy the documentary Senna, but it’s a must-see for race enthusiasts. All audiences will appreciate this look into the life of Brazilian rock-star driver Ayrton Senna, who despite being an international sensation always seemed to keep up his humility and charm. Ayrton Senna was a man who had relentless passion for racing, which was only matched by his love for his church, family, and home country of Brazil. Even with his vast success, Ayrton still faced adversity as a Brazilian driver in the European-dominated world of Formula One Racing in the 1980′s – and this film does a superb job of illustrating the career of the short-lived 3-time F1 World Champion.
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If you’re a Pearl Jam fan, you need to checkout the documentary Pearl Jam Twenty in which Cameron Crowe celebrates the band’s 20th anniversary. What is great about this film is it didn’t just focus solely on the band’s quick rise to fame and the craziness of being wildly popular rock stars, but also dug into their formation and time in the Seattle grunge scene. On top of the insider details you’ll learn about, the film also boasts a ton of live concert footage making it a real treat for music fans. Available on Netflix streaming and also only $14 on DVD.
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While his real identity is hidden, the secretive street artist Banksy has made quite a name for himself in the art world as well as quite a few bucks. While some may question whether or not the documentary Exit Through The Gift Shop was a bit of a hoax by the mysterious artist – it’s nonetheless a fascinating look into the world of street art. While the film shows the work of street artists such a Banksy and Shepard Fairey, it’s mostly about Thierry Guetta – a clothing shop owner who becomes obsessed with filming street artists and then becomes an overnight pop-art sensation. Whether you’re a big art fan or not, this award wining documentary shouldn’t be missed.
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Catfish is a unique documentary by indie filmmakers from NYC. Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman started filming Ariel’s brother Nev when he began an intriguing relationship with a family in Michigan. Nev, a photographer, is flattered when he receives a painting of one his photos from 8 year old Abby. He continues to connect with the girl’s family through Facebook and begins to fall for her attractive older sister, and that’s when things start to get real interesting. There’s a lot I’m intentionally leaving out about the plot, but that’s because it’s a movie you really need to see.
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