Closer To The Edge (2011)
Isle of Mann TT is one of the most popular races to have ever graced the world of motorcycling. The Europe based race is held in the summer months and tests the skill of all who attempt to ride it. TT3D: Closer To The Edge is an incredible documentary that charts the iconic annual race.
Specifically, the documentary documents the 2010 race which features iconic riders like Guy Martin, Conner Cummins, John McGuinness and Ian Hutchinson. Viewers are able to get a first hand look at the intensity that occurs before, during and after the race. The race stretches for approximately 37 miles and the film makes sure to document each victory and loss throughout the long voyage.
Closer To The Edge also does an incredible job at displaying the motivation and dedication of every racer who participates in the journey. The film reveals how, for more than 100 years, riders have come to the Isle of Man to compete. The narration (done by actor Jared Leto) suggests that the TT has always called for a commitment far beyond any other racing event.
In fact, since the race began 200 dedicated riders have lost their lives all in the name of racing. The film is a wonderful depiction of the undying dedication and love each rider has for participating in one of the most iconic races in the world. If you are an avid motorcycle enthusiast this is definitely a documentary you should check out!
Mad Max (1979)
Most automotive enthusiasts can link Mad Max to being one of the first films they witnessed a vehicle causing absolute mayhem on the silver screen. The 1979 film is a cult classic that centers around a chaotic future in which society is teetering upon the brink of collapse.
The story centers around the character Max Rockatansky who is terrorized by a wild biker gang. After losing his best friend, wife and baby in one day Max is unsurprisingly sent over the edge and is set on revenge.
As a result, the plot is set and the rest of the film is filled to the brim with explosions and wild car and bike chases that are served on a bed of ice-cold revenge. The film features famed actor Mel Gibson as Mad Max and offers a whole lot of action from start to finish.
Nearly every vehicle that made an appearance in the film was included in the chaotic action that helped gain the film it’s cult following. Many young kids in the 70’s were inspired by the films fierce action and epic custom vehicles. Many people can name Mad Max as one of the first automotive centered films they fell in love with and rightfully so!
On Any Sunday (1971)
On Any Sunday is yet another amazing motorcycle documentary that centers around the lives of some of the most popular and dedicated motorcycle riders and enthusiasts. Director Bruce Brown was interested in showing the undying dedication it took to be able to perform and race in the various motorcycle events around the world.
Steve McQueen, Mert Lawwill, Malcolm Smith and many other motorcycle racers from the late 1960s and early 1970s are featured in the documentary. In addition to some of the most iconic racers the film also features some of the most iconic motorcycles from the time.
It is really no surprise that the documentary was nominated for an Academy Award. It really delves deep into the lives of some of the worlds most avid motorcycle enthusiasts. It is interesting to gain an understanding of the fierce dedication each rider has for riding.
On Any Sunday is often credited as the best and/or most important motorcycle documentary ever made. The film changed a lot of peoples previous misconceptions of motorcyclists and really shows the true dedication and determination each rider faces everyday!