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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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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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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 Escape: World Safari III (1988) See more »

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Hard To Find
Written by Matt Berninger (as Matthew D. Berninger) and Bryce Dessner (as Bryce David Dessner)
Performed by The National
Licensed courtesy of 4AD Ltd.
Published by BMG Firefly on behalf of Val Jester Music and and Hawk Ridge Songs
All rights administered by BMG Rights Management (US) LLC
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Interesting story of a creepy protagonist
18 November 2014 | by TA KristofSee all my reviews

Point and Shoot is remarkable footage of the Arab Spring from an American man who briefly lived it. The trouble is that the man is a textbook unreliable narrator who has an odd, narcissistic streak.

Point and Shoot tells the story of Matt VanDyke, a Baltimore man in his late 20s or early 30s who is doted on by his mother and grandmother and lives at home. To prove that he is not a wimp, VanDyke decides he needs an adventure to understand "manhood." He decides to go on a motorcycle ride across the middle east and, through a variety of accidents and decisions over several years, ends up fighting with the Libyan rebels against Gaddafi. VanDyke films many of these encounters and ends up giving them to a full-time director when he returns to the U.S.

The footage is very interesting, and the documentary is well-edited. But VanDyke is troubling to watch for most of the film. For example, he asks a friend to film him trying to kill another man, and repeatedly focuses on how his actions in Syria affect his "manhood." VanDyke seems to be overly fascinated with his own image and at the same time unable to understand how poorly his actions will come across on camera. The documentary director does a good job of raising subtle questions about VanDyke's mental state.


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