Category: Documentary

Keep On Keepin' On

Summary: First time Australian director/drummer Alan Hicks travels to the U.S. to follow and film 89-year-old jazz legend, Clark Terry (Quincy Jones’s first teacher) over four years – to document an unlikely mentorship between Terry and a driven, blind piano prodigy, Justin Kauflin, 23. Clark mentored Miles Davis as a young musician and is among the few performers ever to have played in both Count Basie’s and Duke Ellington’s bands. IN KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON, as Justin is invited to compete in an elite, international competition while battling terrible stage fright, we are witness to two great friends tackling the toughest challenges of their interwoven lives.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: TBA

Australian DVD Release Date: 19th December, 2014

Country: USA

Director: Alan Hicks

Screenwriter: Davis Coombe, Alan Hicks

Cast: Candy (herself), Terri Lyne Carrington (herself), Quincy Cavers (himself), Bill Cosby (himself), Herbie Hancock (himself), Quincy Jones (himself), Frank Kauflin (himself), Justin Kauflin (himself), Phylis Kauflin (himself), Sandi McCree (herself), Mulgrew Miller (himself), Kevin Neaton (himself), Dianne Reeves (herself), Arturo Sandoval (himself), Clark Terry (himself), Gwen Terry (herself)

Runtime: 84 mins

Classification: M

 

OUR KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Greg KingYou can check out Greg’s Keep On Keepin’ On review on www.filmreviews.net.au

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IMDB Rating: Keep on Keepin' On (2014) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Keep On Keepin’ On reviews: For our full Keep On Keepin’ On review make sure you check out The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #110.

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Now In The Wings On A World Stage

Summary: Kevin Spacey, Sam Mendes and the Bridge Project Company reveal some of the most intimate moments behind the scenes of their staging of Richard III.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 4th December, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Jeremy Whelehan

Screenwriter: Nil

Cast: Maureen Anderman (Duchess Of York), Stephen Lee Anderson (Sir Richard Ratcliffe), Jeremy Bobb (Sir William Catesby/Second Murder), Nathan Darrow (Lord Grey/Henry, Earl Of Richmond), Jack Ellis (Lord Hastings), Hadyn Gwynne (Queen Elizabeth), Chukwudi Iwuji (Duke Of Buckingham), Isaiah Johnson (Lord Rivers/Scrivener), Gemma Jones (Queen Margaret), Andrew Long (King Edward IV/Bishop Of Ely), Katherine Manners (Young Richard Duke Of York), Sam Mendes (himself), Howard W. Overshown (Brackenbury/Lord Mayor Of London), Simon Lee Phillips (Sir James Tyrell/Duke Of Norfolk), Gary Powell (First Murderer/Sir Frances Lovel), Michael Rudko (Lord Standley), Annabel Scholey (Lady Anne), Kevin Spacey (Richard Duke Of Gloucester), Gavin Stenhouse (Marquess Of Dorset), Hannah Stokely (Young Edward Prince Of Wales), Chandler Williams (Clarence)

Runtime: 97 mins

Classification: CTC

 

OUR NOW: IN THE WINGS OF A WORLD STAGE REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Greg KingYou can check out Greg’s Now: In The Wings Of A World Stage review on www.filmreviews.net.au

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IMDB Rating: NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage (2014) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment NOW: In The Wings On A World Stage reviews: For our full NOW: In The Wings On A World Stage review make sure you check out The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #108.

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Advanced Style

Summary: A documentary showcasing the lives of seven unique New Yorkers whose style and spirit define them. Based on the popular blog of the same name by New York photographer Ari Seth Cohen, the film presents us with moving portraits of these vibrant women- aged from 62 to 95, who are challenging conventional ideas of beauty and aging while navigating their newfound fame.

Thrust from the streets of New York to the big screen, the film follows seven women and their stories of style. From store owners to Apollo Theatre dancers, these women won’t go quietly.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 4th October, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Lina Piloplyte

Screenwriter: Ari Cohen, Lina Piloplyte

Cast: Nil

Runtime: 72 mins

Classification: PG

 

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Greg King: You can check out Greg’s Advanced Style review on www.filmreviews.net.au

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IMDB Rating: Advanced Style (2014) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Reviews of ‘Advanced Style′: For our full Advanced Style review please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #99 .

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MIFF 2014

Supermensch

Summary: 

Shep Gordon was a casual drug dealer whose job caused him to collide with the music world in strange ways: he became the legendary manager of Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd and Blondie, and masterminded some of the music world’s most notorious stage antics. He lived the sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll life to the extreme (while also being a close friend of the Dalai Lama and inventing the ‘celebrity chef’ concept!), earning a reputation as a hedonist who could be sweet and generous beyond compare.

Featuring contributions from Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, Willie Nelson and more, this is the directorial debut of comedian Mike Myers, who spent 20 years trying to get Gordon’s blessing to make a documentary about him

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: TBA

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Beth Aala, Mike Myers

Screenwriter: Nil

Cast: Tom Arnold (himself), Alice Cooper (himself), Michael Douglas (himself), Shep Gordon (himself), Emeril Lagasse (himself), Anne Murray (herself), Willie Nelson (himself), Derek Shoof (himself), Sylvester Stallone (himself)

Runtime: 85 mins

Classification: CTC

 

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Nick Gardener: You can check out Nick’s Supermensch: The Legend Of Seth Gordon review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #91

 

 

IMDB Rating:  Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2013) on IMDb

 

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Once My Mother

Summary: When Australian filmmaker Sophia Turkiewicz (Silver City) was seven years old, her Polish mother, Helen, abandoned her in an Adelaide orphanage. Sophia never forgot this maternal act of betrayal. Now in middle age, and with her mother in her twilight years, Sophia begins to examine her troubled relationship with Helen.

She discovers the miraculous story of Helen’s life – an orphaned childhood on the streets of Poland, a wartime escape from a Siberian gulag and an enforced march of thousands of kilometres across a war-torn Eastern Europe to the shores of the Caspian Sea in Persia, before finding a peace of sorts in refugee camps first in Africa and then Australia. With Helen sliding into dementia, Sophia must confront her own demons. Did she ever truly know this woman who became her mother? Does she have it in her heart to forgive her for her abandonment? And is it too late?

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 24th July, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Australia, Poland, Ukraine

Director: Sophia Turkiewicz

Screenwriter: Sophia Turkiewicz

Cast: N/A

Runtime: 75 mins

Classification: PG

 

OUR ONCE MY MOTHER REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Greg King: You can check out Greg’s Once My Mother review on www.filmreviews.net.au

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IMDB Rating:  Once My Mother (2014) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Reviews of ‘Once My Mother′: For our full Once My Mother review please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #89.

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Tas-portrait

Summary: Brothers Tas and Ben Pappas, two boys from Melbourne who took the skateboarding world by storm, defeated Tony Hawk and were crowned International World Champions within a year. Skateboarding came naturally to the Pappas brothers, but success was a different story. In this unflinching, never-before-seen account we witness the dark consequences of Tas and Ben’s rapid success, their intense fraternal bond and their journey from the pinnacle of their sport into a downward spiral of self-destruction. From the makers of award-winning documentaries Exit Through the Gift Shop and Senna and featuring fascinating interviews, first person accounts and archival footage, All This Mayhem is a searing account of what happens when raw talent and extreme personalities collide and tells of a tragedy too incredible to believe.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 10rd July, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: UK, Australia

Director: Eddie Martin

Screenwriter: Nil

Cast: Tommy Caudill (himself), Lance Conklin (himself), Dom Kekich (himself), Danny Minnick (himself), Ben Pappas (himself), Tas Pappas (himself), Henry Sanchez (himself), Greg Stewart (himself), William Weiss (himself)

Runtime: 97 mins

Classification: MA15+

 

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Nick Gardener: You can check out Nick’s All This Mayhem review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #87

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David Griffiths:

The sporting world is littered with fallen stars. Names such as O.J. Simpson, Diego Maradona, Mike Tyson and Ben Cousins are all heroes that reached the pinnacle of their sports only to then find themselves on the front page of newspapers for their drug fuelled criminal indiscretions rather than their feats in their sporting careers. Two more people whose names should be added to that list are Ben and Tas Pappas. Sure the names may not been much to people outside of the skateboarding world, but after watching director Eddie Martin’s new documentary All This Mayhem they are names you will never forget as this harrowing documentary becomes etched in your mind.

This isn’t just another sports docco this is aA warts and all look at the rise and fall of Ben and Tas Pappas the two young Australian skateboarders who travelled to the United States and stole the World Championship Crown from world #1 Tony Hawke. All This Mayhem chronicles the rise to this point but then also follows as both brothers begin a decline due to a drug addiction that has ended up resulting in jail, depression, murder and suicide.

Too often these kinds of documentaries will look at the highs of a sportman’s life and then just briefly mention the lows, or look the lows but make sure there is a high to go out on. Martin’s All This Mayhem though isn’t that kind of documentary. Yes he watches as the two boys from suburban Melbourne break out of their rough lifestyle and conquer the world but he also stays with the story when both brothers finds themselves facing jail time for drug smuggling and ultimately watch their careers go down the drain.

What makes All This Mayhem such a captivating watch is the time and effort that Martin has spent in gathering and putting together some of the footage to create this story. From the handheld footage captured by a family friend while the Pappas brothers were learning to skate in the late 1980s, through to the moment they took the crown from Tony Hawke and then the harrowing footage of watching Ben facing court for drug smuggling and facing a murder investigation. Somehow Martin even found footage of the pair appearing very, very wasted on the set of the family entertainment show Hey, Hey It’s Saturday. It’s footage like this that clearly shows the audience that something is going horribly wrong and stays with you.

To Martin’s credit he doesn’t leave any side of this story untold, he has gone through hundreds and hundreds hours of footage that was captured by the Pappas brothers’ friends when they growing up and then has even in depth interviews with Tas while he is in prison and manages to uncover some home truths about the normally untouchable Tony Hawke. Martin is a good enough director to allow the story to evolve as he discovers more while talking to some of the Pappas Brothers’ friends and associates but also knows not to let it deviate the documentary from telling the story it is supposed to tell… that of the demise of the brothers themselves.

All This Mayhem is certainly not just another skateboarding documentary, this is a hard hitting film that takes a look at just how a sportsman can really fall from grace. It not only shows the dark side of a sport that many would consider to be a clean sport but also shows a dark side of humanity. It reveals what can happen when success really gets to somebody and is so hard-hitting it deserves to be mentioned alongside great sporting documentaries like Senna.

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IMDB Rating:  All This Mayhem (2014) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Reviews of ‘All This Mayhem′: For our full All This Mayhem review please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #87. You can also read Dave Griffiths’ All This Mayhem review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.

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Tim's Vermeer

Summary: Tim Jenison, one of the giants of video and post-production software for home computers, is always in search of new projects and simple solutions to apparently complex problems. After he read Philip Steadman and David Hockney’s hypotheses about Vermeer and his alleged use of optics, Jenison built his own camera obscura and decided that there was one missing component. He then put his theory to the test, which drove him, step by step, to his grandest and most obsessive project ever. Jenison built a “set” in a San Antonio studio that recreated Vermeer’s “The Music Lesson” one painstakingly crafted object at a time, from the ceiling beams to the jug on the carpeted table. In the process, he taught himself to paint.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 3rd July, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Teller

Screenwriter: Teller, Penn Jillette

Cast: Eric Armitage (himself), Colin Blakemore (himself), Ankie Bonnet (herself), Bob Groothuis (himself), Mike Hayes (himself), David Hockney (himself), Claire Jenison (herself), Leslie Jenison (herself), Luren Jenison (herself), Natalie Jenison (herself), Tim Jenison (himself), Penn Jillette (himself), Danielle Lokin (herself), Martin Mull (himself), Prof. Philip Steadman (himself), Ruth Steadman (herself), Teller (himself), Graham Toms (himself), Nicola Vigini (herself)

Runtime: 80 mins

Classification: M

 

OUR TIM’S VEMEER REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Adam Ross: You can check out Adam’s Tim’s Vermeer review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #86

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Greg King: You can check out Greg’s Tim’s Vermeer review on www.filmreviews.net.au

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IMDB Rating:  Tim's Vermeer (2013) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Reviews of ‘Tim’s Vermeer′: For our full Tim’s Vermeer review please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #86

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The Last Impresario

Summary: Australian filmmaker Gracie Otto profiles perhaps the most famous person you’ve never heard of: Michael White. This larger-than-life theatre and film impresario single-handedly transformed the cultural scene of 1970’s London. Amongst the glitter and endless parties, White brought risqué productions such as The Rocky Horror Show to the stage, Monty Python’s The Holy Grail to the screen and introduced dance legends Merce Cunningham and Pina Bausch to the British masses.This is a fast and entertaining documentary with a stellar cast of famous friends and ex-lovers to boot including John Cleese, Yoko Ono, Naomi Watts, John Waters, Barry Humphries, Anna Wintour and Kate Moss.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 26th June, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Australia, UK, USA, France

Director: Gracie Otto

Screenwriter: Gracie Otto

Cast: Lou Adler (himself), Joanne Benjamin (herself), Michael Billington (himself), Gael Boglione (herself), Nell Campbell (herself), John Cleese (himself), Miranda Darling (herself), Peter Daubney (himself), Jessica de Rothschild (herself), Erro (himself), Harry Fane (himself), Alan Finkelstein (himself), Robert Fox (himself), Mirian Safia Haley (himself), Lyndall Hobbs (herself), Barry Humphries (himself), Jean-Jacques Lebel (himself), Rupert Lycett-Green (himself), Lorne Michaels (himself), Spike Milligan (himself), Kate Moss (herself), Michael Morris (himself), Richard O’Brien (himself), Bill Oddie (himself), Yoko Ono (herself), Gracie Otto (herself), Jean Pigozzi (himself), Nigel Planer (himself), Patricia Quinn (herself), Peter Richardson (himself), Julian Sands (himself), Jim Sharman (himself), Robert Shaye (himself), Meryl Tankard (herself), Jeremy Thomas (himself), Barnaby Thompson (himself), Brian Thomson (himself), Colin Vaines (himself), Leonie Van Ness (herself), John Waters (himself), Rachel Ward (herself), Naomi Watts (herself), Joshua White (himself), Michael White (himself), Anna Wintour (herself), Alan Yentob (himself), Richard Young (himself)

Runtime: 85 mins

Classification: TBA

 

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Greg King: You can check out Greg’s The Last Impresario review on www.filmreviews.net.au

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Nick Gardener: You can check out Nick’s The Last Impresario review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #85

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David Griffiths:

Michael White… ever heard of the name? If you are honest then the answer would be no, unless you have memorised a website like IMDB off by heart. It’s the premise that Michael White is the most famous person you’ve never heard of that actress turned filmmaker Gracie Otto uses to promote her first feature documentary The Last Impresario.

For those not in the know Michael White is a man who can walk into the Cannes Film Festival and instantly have members of the elite film groups fawn all over him. There is little chance that any serious film, theatre or television fan hasn’t seen at least one thing that he has produced at one stage in his life. From working with the likes of Yoko Ono on small alternative theatre pieces to producing the show that would eventually turn into the mammoth that we know as The Rocky Horror Picture Show it seems like Michael White has been there and worked with everyone. His work on some small theatre pieces and then television shows and films such as Monty Python also has many labelling him as one of the forefathers of modern comedy.

The White that Otto catches on film though is not the Michael White that once partied all night with the likes of Mick Jagger and Kate Moss. No the White we get to meet is a mild-mannered old man who series of strokes has left him with a speech impediment and has been lowered financially to the point of having to auction off some of his prized possessions including letters from the likes of John Cleese and Laurence Olivier. He is even coy about whether or not he still owns the rights to some of his best productions including The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

As a filmmaker Otto does a good job with The Last Impresario. Certainly any film or theatre fan is going to sit captivated as she tells the story of a man you almost feel guilty about not knowing. And while interviews with the likes of Barry Humphries, Kate Moss and John Cleese do give you a wonderful view inside both the business and personal life of Michael White you do start to get the feeling that Otto has perhaps relied too much on talking head interviews… especially when you consider just how flamboyant White was with his life.

Another really annoying trait of this documentary, and I know this is being really picky, is the way in which Otto asks the questions to White during his interviews. Because she hasn’t got a microphone near her for most of the time she simply yells the questions out. Yes it sounds like a small thing to have a gripe about, but it does become increasingly annoying and is certainly something that the top documentary film makers of our time would never, ever do.

Still The Last Impresario is a good documentary that will be loved by those who enjoy to learn a lot more about the cinema and theatre they have grown up. Cudos must be paid to Gracie Otto for being able to put together such an A-List of interviewees as well as being the first person brave enough to bring the Michael White story to the big screen. This is one for all the cinephiles out there.

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IMDB Rating:  The Last Impresario (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Entertainment Reviews of ‘The Last Impresario′: For our full The Last Impresario review please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #85

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Gardening With Soul

Summary: Following four seasons in the life of irresistible gardening nun Sister Loyola Galvin, director Jess Feast unearths sage gems from the nonagenarian on everything from compost to Catholic Church sex abuse scandals. The cycles of Wellington’s weather are charted via its influence on Loyola’s Island Bay garden, from the 2011 snow to flax-drunk tui.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 29th May, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: New Zealand

Director: Jess Feast

Screenwriter: Jess Feast

Cast: Sister Loyola Galvin (herself)

Runtime: 96 mins

Classification: G

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Greg King: You can check out Greg’s Our Gardening With Soul review on www.filmreviews,net.au

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Nick Gardener: You can check out Nick’s Our Gardening With Soul review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #81

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IMDB Rating:  Nil

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Gardening With Soul′: For our full Gardening With Soul review please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #81

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Last Resort

Summary: In the early 60s a bunch of kids met playing in the extreme wilderness of New Zealand. The adventure they discovered in mother nature changed their lives – and the world. A 45 year quest for paradise and adrenaline told in stunning original footage.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 15th May, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: New Zealand

Director: Clive Neeson

Screenwriter: Clive Neeson

Cast: Allan Byrne (himself), Jeff Campbell (himself), Ton Deken (himself), A.J. Hackett (himself), Clive Neeson (voice), Biggie Smithers (himself),

Runtime: 100 mins

Classification: CTC

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David Griffiths:

Extreme sports ‘doccos’ are a dime-a-dozen. It seems nearly every week our cinemas get a fresh batch of films showing people hurtling down mountainsides, surfing the waves or doing things even more extreme. However the weakness of these films is that they don’t show anything else, it’s usually just action shot after action shot with pumping music playing over the top. If you aren’t a surfer or a snowboarder then you can forget about getting anything deep out of the experience at all.

That is where new ‘docco’ Last Paradise is very, very different. The film has been put together from footage shot by filmmaker Clive Neeson over the past 45 years of his life – during which time he has always been looking for the next adventure, which along the way has seen him and his friends create a lot of the different extreme sports that are the norm today.

Neeson went from growing up in Africa where his parents worked as filmmakers capturing the wildlife of the continent. From there he went to New Zealand where kids didn’t have things such as televisions or video games, no they created their own fun. This saw Neeson and co coming up with things such as wake-boarding and bungee jumping, while also being some of the forefathers of extreme skiing and surfing.

To his credit though Neeson has not just made this a vanity piece about himself, no he is a good enough filmmaker to go further than that. Using footage that has been restored by legendary director Peter Jackson’s visual team Neeson tells the story of how some of these sports were invented but also shows how our natural environment has also been put at risk for the younger generation, something his own family experienced when their home was hit by a tornado only a couple of years of ago… something that was virtually unexpected in Australia or New Zealand at the time.

The footage that Neeson has been able to put together is absolutely amazing. From the early shots of wakeboarding to the beginning of the surf phenomenum in Australia right through to one of his crazy friends doing one of the first ever public bungee jumps – an illegal jump from the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Then there is also some great visuals of skiing on an active volcano and also shots of Surfers Paradise before anybody even knew it existed. It seems when it comes to extreme sports Neeson was there and caught everything on film.

The science talk towards the end of the film does bog it down a little for ten to fifteen minutes but Neeson overcomes that with a strong finale that really exposes how urban development and environmental damage has ruined a lot of the areas that were playgrounds for him when he was growing up.

Last Paradise is a good little docco that shows some of the never-before-seen stories of extreme sports. It’s well worth a look if this is a lifestyle that you enjoy.

 

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IMDB Rating:  Last Paradise (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Last Paradise′: Please check our full Last Paradise review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #79

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