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post #1 of 10 Old 12-31-2016, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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Just watched 'Hitting the Apex' yesterday.....

I know this flick has been around for a couple of years, and the racing contingent amongst us have probably been through it extensively...... I finally had a chance to download it via Amazon Prime, and watched it.

Overall, I thought of it as a movie about racing, with a fairly wide perspective on the racers, the environment, the path to the big show, and a little bit about the racing itself. For me, it was a good view into that level of competition. Seeing the parents of the racers at the races tied up in knots as their adult children are doing what is obviously one of the most dangerous things they could possibly do, and supporting them in their love of the sport..... amazing. Humbling.

Watching the coverage of Stoner, Marquez, Rossi, and the rest -- including Simoncelli -- the whole movie felt quite a bit like the original 'On Any Sunday' without the cheesy music, and a tighter focus on the GP environment, with more drama. Wonderful cinematography.

Seeing the process that led to the advent of the points system to try and corral the near motocross level of contact -- seeing how one of the rider's bikes became completely uncontrollable with the loss of the rear wheel sensor resulting in that rider high siding and breaking their collar bone (losing many points towards the championship in the process).

Hearing the parents speaking in their native tongues, explaining the very same things I feel, and understand..... that gave another level of context/texture to the narrative.

The priests in Rossi's hometown, ringing the church bells every time he wins a race...... very cool.

The flame for Simoncelli, for 59 seconds ..... touching.
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Yeah it's a good documentary. Watched it when it came out and I think i've seen it 3 times now

If you liked it, I would also suggest the ones made in the last 10 years about GP:

- Faster
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- The Doctor, the Tornado, and the Kentucky Kid
- Casey Stoner, the Final Lap
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It was a pretty good movie but a pretty tough one for me.

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Great movie, as are the other ones listed here. I would like to add "Why we ride" to the list. It's worth a watch.
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Great movie, as are the other ones listed here. I would like to add "Why we ride" to the list. It's worth a watch.
Yep, forgot about that one. That's the only one I've not seen more than once. It has a much broader scope and talks about all sorts of riding (touring, dirt bikes, racing, etc.) whereas the others are focused only on road-racing, primarily MotoGP.

There was also one about the Isle of Man TT that talks about it from its early days in 1910 or whenever it started and progression of the sport throughout the decades. Can't remember the name but i'm guessing it has IOM in the title. Good show.

Supposedly there is one about electric bikes too but I haven't seen that one yet. A friend of mine recommended it awhile back but I haven't come across it yet.

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Great movie, as are the other ones listed here. I would like to add "Why we ride" to the list. It's worth a watch.
I watched and own "Why We Ride" and for some reason am not the biggest fan. I just find it trying to be so damn emotional at times. I think the quality of the footage and cinematography is good though.
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I watched and own "Why We Ride" and for some reason am not the biggest fan. I just find it trying to be so damn emotional at times. I think the quality of the footage and cinematography is good though.
I agree. I saw it in the theater and didn't care for it at all. I believe it was one of those special screenings where you had to get x number of people signed up before they would play it in the theater.
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I just watched Hitting the Apex again tonight. My wife watched it with me this time, and she liked it as well.

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Another good motorcycling mini series(not track riding or racing), is "Long way down" or "Long way round". Ewan MacGregor and a buddy of his go around the world from Scotland to NYC in Long way round. Then they go to Cape Town S. Africa in Longway Down
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Another good motorcycling mini series(not track riding or racing), is "Long way down" or "Long way round". Ewan MacGregor and a buddy of his go around the world from Scotland to NYC in Long way round. Then they go to Cape Town S. Africa in Longway Down
Yeah. Those two series are really good and entertaining. I have the book as well, but just need to start reading it.
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