Back when I was younger, New Years might have been about drinking and partying, but not so much these days. I enjoy a quieter time with some friends to see the New Year in. With this goal in mind, as I have done in other years, I went up to Watford to have a movie marathon with Lee and Rob.
They’d already watched Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (as I’d seen that on the flight to Cali) by the time I arrived at 6pm, the next movie was to be a documentary about the Isle of Man TT Race, ‘TT3D: Closer to the Edge‘.
What an amazing movie. Similar to ‘Senna’ which I’d seen earlier in the year, it was amazing to see the risks these guys take. A 30+ mile track, round the streets of the Isle of Man, averaging 130 mph.
Although it’s not graphic, it’s not for the weak of heart really. In the between 1907 and 2009, 237 riders have lost their lives in the race or practise before hand. As I can’t imaging many died when they were averaging 40mph back at the beginning of the century, there has to be a pretty high death rate each race these days.
The film is mainly based around Guy Martin, who to me seemed to be a 15 year old, trapped inside a 28 year olds body. Maybe that’s how he’s successful. At 15 you have no fear…
Very interesting movie, if you have any interest in bikes you’ll enjoy it. Even if you don’t, you’d probably be pretty amazing by it.
After that we decided to go for something lighter, ‘The Other Guys‘.
It turns out perhaps the trailer had all the ‘best bits’ in it! Rob loved it, me and Lee not so much. It had some good moments, but it was mainly Will Ferrell’s usual type of humour. If you like that, you’re probably good to go.
We had a slight break, did some Sporcle quiz’s (TV theme quizzes causing much annoyance “I know this, I know this…. erm…. damn!”)
The final film of the night was to be an action movie, Jason Statham and Clive Owen kicking bottoms in ‘Killer Elite‘.
Again, opinion was a little split here. For me this was the best movie of the night. Although there weren’t as many fight scenes as we’d hoped, the ones there where, where fantastic. Good story line kept me interested until the very end.
Lee and Rob had issues with it being a little disjointed, and a little inaccurate for a movie set in the 80’s.
All in all, a great evening.
Happy New Year everyone!