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Point and Shoot (2014)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 16 January 2015 (UK)
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An American sets out with his motorbike to find both adventure and his sense of manhood, leading him on an extraordinary journey he could not have imagined, including fighting in the Libyan Revolution.

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Matt Sager Matt Sager ... TV News Anchor
Matthew Vandyke ... Himself
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Matthew VanDyke presents slices of his life from boyhood to freedom fighting. He presents his video journal with mostly self narration. It is inclusive of many personal narratives and bits of extraordinary locations, people and experiences. Written by Jane Parker

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16 January 2015 (UK) See more »

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Apunte y dispare See more »

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Libya

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Repackaged in the UK by BBC'S Storyville as 'The Arabian Motorcycle Adventure' See more »

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During several scenes in Afghanistan, the English subtitles state that the Afghans are speaking Arabic, but they were speaking Dari, which is a Persian dialect. See more »

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Features Lawrence of Arabia (1962) See more »

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Mistaken For Strangers
Written by Matt Berninger (as Matthew D. Berninger), Aaron Dessner (as Aaron Brooking Dessner) and Bryce Dessner (as Bryce David Dessner)
Performed by The National
Licensed courtesy of 4AD Ltd.
By arrangement with Beggars Group Media Limited
Published by BMG Firefly on behalf of Val Jester Music, ABD 13 Music, and Hawk Ridge Songs
All rights administered by BMG Rights Management (US) LLC
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"Look at me, look at me, look at me....and, did I mention...there's always ME!'
31 July 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

We are in a self-absorbed world. Thanks to the internet, we have Facebook, Twitter and many other sources where anyone can voice their opinion and talk about themselves...incessantly. And, we have cellphones with cameras...so people can endlessly text about themselves and send pictures of themselves. Whether any of this is worthwhile or interesting...who cares, as we are now the generation of ME! In light of this, a film like "Point and Shoot" isn't at all surprising because of its inherent narcissism...whether or not there really is anything to tell.

The film consists of a bazillion bits of video footage made by an obsessive-compulsive guy, Matthew Van Dyke. He films EVERYTHING during his travels--close ups of dirty toilets, himself falling off his motorcycle (probably because he was filming himself), boo boos he gets along the way as well as...well, just about everything. Most of it is very dull and extremely narcissistic. It's only when Matthew happens to fall in the middle of the Libyan revolution does it get less tedious. But even then, instead of being a HUGE story about the Arab Spring, too often it's really just about him. The reviewer Leofwine_draca felt that during much of the film, the focus was on the wrong things...and I clearly agree with them.

For me, I'd much rather see a documentary just about the Arab Spring--such as the great Oscar-nominated films "Karama Has No Walls" or "The Square"--not a film that mostly seems like an annoying vanity project. Lots of folks died for freedom and focusing on them and their cause should be THE focus of any documentary on these uprisings.


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