August 21, 2015

Motor racing in all its guises has proved rich fodder for documentaries down the years, offering gripping entertainment for even the non-especially-petrolheaded fraternity. The Brad Pitt-narrated Hitting The Apex will be hoping to match the narrative cut and thrust of recent docs like Senna and TT3D, with a look at the world of MotoGP. Pitt, a MotoGP fanboy, narrates the film which has a new trailer below.

Like those two docs, Hitting The Apex is touched by tragedy. Runs the synopsis: “Follow the intense rivalry between Valentino Rossie and Jorge Lorenzo, and explore the great friendship between Rossi and Marco Simoncelli, the rising star who tragically lost his life on the track. Marvel at the meteoric rise of young rookie, Marc Marquez, as he takes the sport by storm, despite suffering numerous injuries and enduring the fastest ever MotoGP crash.”

Directed by British documentarian Mark Neale, Hitting The Apex hits the cinema on September 2.

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April 4, 2013

Today, with very little effort, anyone can land in virtually any city in this country, and within a day or two, procure their drug of choice. Since declaring a war on drugs 40 years ago, the United States has spent more than a trillion dollars, arrested more than 45 million people, and racked up the highest incarceration rate in the world. Yet it remains laughably easy to obtain illegal drugs. So why do we continue down this same path? Why do we talk about the drug war as if it’s a success? It’s a charade.

The drug war continues because it is a system that perpetuates itself. On a local level, any time a bust is made, scarcity drives up prices and, of course, the profit potential. History has taught us that there is no shortage of opportunists willing to fill the void and so the cycle continues and rates of drug use and dealing remain unchanged while incarceration skyrockets.

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April 3, 2011

Taken from an interview with producer Jerry Weintraub (Ocean trilogy) about a documentary about the producer, apparently also featuring Brad.

The documentary, “His Way,” which debuts on cable channel HBO on Monday, includes amusing tales from Weintraub about working with Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and John Denver, as well as interviews with George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and former President George H.W. Bush.

You have to take the time and care to cultivate, make it big, make it an event? I make an event out of everything I do. But it doesn’t just happen. It’s not a thing that happens in an instant and you just walk away. There’s not an event or anything I’ve done in my career—the shows I did, the movies I did, the shows I produced on Broadway—that I don’t have my handprints all over and take full responsibility for. As Brad [Pitt] said, he does a really big show, he can’t help himself.

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October 11, 2010


• x07 America’s Game: 2009 New Orleans Saints (09-08-10). Thanks to Sue.