A two-part guide in The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph over the weekend of Saturday 2 and Sunday March…
TT3D: Closer to the Edge
Just because you're breathing doesn't mean you're alive.
By vividly recounting the TT's legendary rivalries and the Isle of Man's unique road racing history, this 3D feature documentary discovers why modern TT riders still risk their lives to win the world's most dangerous race. The Isle of Man Tourist Trophy is the greatest motorcycle road race in the world, the ultimate challenge for rider and machine. It has always called for a commitment far beyond any other racing event, and many have made the ultimate sacrifice in their quest for victory. A story about freedom of choice, the strength of human spirit and the will to win. It's also an examination of what motivates those rare few, this elite band of brothers who risk everything to win.
This film is what I wanted Senna to be. A behind-the-scenes look at the mentality of motor racing. Why do these guys risk their lives for not much glory, and what happens when it goes wrong?
It's a wonderfully crafted documentary, weaving a story and creating moments of real suspense. If you're vaguely interested in motor racing or the Isle of Man TT, it's definitely worth a watch.
P.S. I didn't watch TT3D in 3D, but like most "3D" movies, didn't feel like I was missing anything.
Closer to the Edge is a wild ride of a documentary. It's as thrilling and exhilarating as it's subject, yet somehow it remains human and grounded. Beautifully shot and brilliantly directed, this is the king of motorsports documentaries.
A fascinating insight into one of the most dangerous, exhilarating, and truly mental races in the world. I defy anyone who thinks that motorbike racing is a shit version of Formula 1 to watch this and maintain that belief.
If there is one thing the film project 2013 is making me do, is watch things I would have steered clear from. And this is a prime example, I have no real interest in Motorbike Racing, on road or track, so why would I watch this?
Following a group of riders competing in the TT Races on the Isle of Man, we get a behind the scenes look at one of the worlds most famous and deadliest road races. With some stunning on board camera work, we get to see just how fast and how dangerous racing on this track (road) is.
Aside the racing we get to see the dedication of these riders, the pit crews, and the local…
It's no Senna, but it's definitely one of the best documentaries ever made.
Cool documentatay about the loons that ride the Isle of man TT bike races. Basically bombing around streets at 200mph. Follows a few of the top boys around but mostly focuses on Guy Martin, the guy in the trailer because he is a funny guy. A cross between Wolverine and the guy with the twitch that goes out with Julia Davies in series 2 of Nighty Night. Now as you know, I'm one cool cumcumber and cool people don't like motorsports because they are for losers but this film revved my engine. Nor did I watch it in 3D. The only place 3D needs to be is on a 3DS, all the rest of it can go to hell and die.
Evil Kneivel out of Barry Sheen.
Found something I *don't* want to have a go at!
Found myself nodding along with Guy Martin's quote near the beginning saying something like, "when I hear of a man eating his own head, I'll say that's 'unbelievable', but until then it's just not true," only to be dismayed that much of the rest of the film was full of the sort of hyperbole he was dismissing.
Thought the film offered an interesting insight into the outlook of some of these riders and their families and sponsors etc, without becoming too schmaltzy. I found the 3D aspect unnecessary and distracting. I don't feel that the technology is really ready yet, and probably won't be for a long while, if at all: it degrades other aspects of the viewing too much.
Good film though, well worth a watch if you have any interest in that sort of thing (I can only confess to a passing interest myself).
An insightful documentary about a race I knew nothing about. There's definitely a sense of "charismatically mental or dull and brain dead" when it comes to the racers but that's part of the appeal. With the whimsy and spectacle comes the horror and finality of the collisions and fatalities. Seriously... these motorcyclists are nuts. A fascinating film, well worth the watch.
Like all great documentaries it really doesn't matter if you already have any interest in the subject. It starts by introducing brilliantly engaging and entertaining characters before showing all the thrills and dangers of the race.
Mad bastards the lot of them...
Fascinating look at the TT races on the Isle of Mann, showcasing the truly dangerous and risky part of motorbike racing. It certainly gives you an appreciation for the risks that the riders take and why they are so committed and keen to win.
Every now and then a film comes along that restores your faith in the value of moviemaking. More often than not, it’s a documentary.
Films such as Touching the Void and Grizzly Man have taken us places we’d never go on our own, and made for literally breathless viewing. A film that gets us inside the heads and hearts of its characters makes for a much more rewarding movie-going experience than a million rom-coms and comic book adaptations rolled into one (which, it increasingly feels, they are).
In what turned out to be my top film of 2011, sensational 3D photography follows 28-year-old Guy Martin as he prepares to race at the 2010 Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) Race,…
Nerves of steel these guys!
Excellent documentary about this intense race, Closer to the Edge chronicles the Isle of Man's race and its history. Director Richard de Aragues crafts something special with this picture. I enjoy cars, and motorcycles and anything that goes fast. The bond between man and machine is something that no one can comprehend and we get a taste of the dedication, the risks and struggles that these racers go through in order to win on this intense track. The film features Guy Martin, a mechanic and racer who is very humorous and fast talks kind of like Brad Pitt in Snatch. He is always entertaining here, and it's what keeps you engaged from start to finish. Add to that some awesome…
A great film made all the better by Guy Martin's ramblings on everything from wanking to steady-cam arms
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Trouble in Paradise
- The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums
- The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
- Bicycle Thieves
- The Secret World of Arrietty
- Take Shelter
- Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
- Project Nim
This list will be of no real interest to anybody else but it helps me keep an easier track of…
- Inside Job
- Love the Beast
- Long Way Round
- Deep Water
Have added fourteen of the Documentaries I have watched and liked. Am looking for other recommendations to watch.