• A Kurdish Movie



    Title: A Kurdish Movie
    Type: Streaming
    Review copy: Vimeo On Demand
    Length: 46 minutes
    Price: Rent: €3 Buy: €10
    Producer: Claudio Von Planta
    Iraq, Kurdistan Region
    Rating: moose solidmoose solidmoose solidmoose solidmoose solidmoose lightmoose lightmoose lightmoose lightmoose light


    The legendary filmmaker that made Long Way Round/Down the eposes that they are Claudio Von Planta heads out on another adventure, this time along with Billy "Biketruck" Ward.
    It's definitely fair to say that they have chosen the path less travelled by going to the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq, by all accounts a war-zone to scope out the territory for future guided tours.
    As transport they are actually lent a couple of bikes from the Kurdistan traffic police complete with lights and sirens which to be honest is pretty fucking cool.

    The film is quite watchable as Cloudios filmmaking style is very immersive and it's very obvious that he and Billy get along very well as they have great chemistry.
    That they've chosen to explore a to most westerners completely unknown region also makes this a bit of a novelty and peaked my interest immediately.
    As far as the content is concerned this is definitely more of a travel documentary as the motorcycle element is not very prevalent.
    An entertaining watch.

  • A story worth living



    Title: A story worth living
    Type: Streaming
    Review copy: Vimeo On Demand
    Length: 1 hour 24 minutes
    Price: Rent: €5 Buy: €9
    Producers: Jon Dale,John Eldredge,Sam Eldredge
    Colorado, USA
    Rating: moose solidmoose lightmoose lightmoose lightmoose lightmoose lightmoose lightmoose lightmoose lightmoose light


    I read in forums about this where it got completely slaughtered by the ADV riding community.
    I also read that they even gave refunds to those that requested it at the screening.
    Like a rubbernecker riding past the scene of a horrible accident I just had to see for myself what it was about.
    What a mistake that was.

    First of all the positive, and there is just one positive thing I can say about this:
    There is some really epic drone footage in this but not by far enough to save it to something I would recommend watching.
    The rest of it is basically a bunch of middle-aged to real oldtimer dudes filming themselves sitting around talking.
    They're not even talking about motorcycles, it's all just quasi-philosophical bullshit.
    And just when you just don't think it can possibly get any worse it gets evangelical.

    I read a challenge somewhere to do a drinking game to this and take a shot every time anyone says the word story.
    I can't see anyone surviving that as they say story 15 times in the first 5 minutes alone.
    85 times in the total duration of the film. That's more than once a minute ffs!
    (Yes, I counted, it wasn't like I had to concentrate very hard to keep up with the narrative because that was dead in the water from the first frame).
    The most hilarious part of the film is when they shout out loud warnings to each other about a puddle with less than an inch of water, I'm no hardcore adventure rider myself but give me a break.
    This isn't a motorcycle film, I don't really know what it is or what it is supposed to be other than something I'd recommend you'd stay as far away from as humanly possible.
    A story worth watching it definitely isn't.

  • Where the glacier meets the sky



    Title: Where the glacier meets the sky
    Type: Streaming
    Review copy: Vimeo On Demand
    Length: 1 hour 30 minutes
    Price: Rent: €4
    Producer: Shawn Edmondson
    Rating: moose solidmoose solidmoose solidmoose solidmoose solidmoose solidmoose solidmoose solidmoose lightmoose light

    Iceland, a breathtakingly beautiful country well captured by filmmaker Shawn Edmondson.
    Shawn travels to Iceland along with his friend Kevin and they rents couple of BMW:s to travel around the island for a two week long ride.
    He fully immerses himself in the Icelandic culture even trying the local delicacy Hákarl (fermented shark meat) and interviewing charming locals.
    The music is nice, the scenery is absolutely stunning with sublime drone footage and the production is stellar from what as I understand it is an amateur filmmaker.
    Shawn had at first made this freely available but I can see why he decided to make this a pay-per-view as this film well exceeds many professional studio productions.
    A thoroughly enjoyable production.