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Touching The Void (2003)

What a beautiful film! “Touching The Void” is about two mountaineers (Joe and Simon), who decide to live up to their great ambition of climbing the Siula Grande, a 20, 814 ft mountain located in the Peruvian Andes. What follows is a beautifully hellish story of 2 friends’ will to survive when Joe, an experienced climber, breaks his leg as the pair are starting to rappel down one of the world’s most treacherous mountains. I was left on the edge of my seat for the entire length of the film. Besides death, not much more could of gone wrong. It was nerve-racking, at times difficult to watch but ultimately one of the most rewarding and honest documentaries I’ve ever seen, and trust me, I’ve seen many.

Very rarely will I see a film where every word holds its weight, to the point where I paused the movie many times to simply reflect. I would ask myself what would I do in these situations? Would I be as mentally strong? Would I give up? Would I capitulate and accept death? Truth be told, I don’t think anyone can honestly answer these questions without experiencing the sheer nightmare these guys went through. Just when you think things can’t get any worse for Joe and Simon, nature will gladly prove you wrong. Thin air, snowstorms, freezing cold temperatures, nasty winds, crevasses and extreme ice are just the beginning of what Simpson & Yates will be forced to deal with. I don’t want to give away too much so I’ll just say this: If there’s ever a documentary I would recommend with confidence, this is it. Within the same breath it effortlessly explores life, death, hope and despair which makes for a powerful and unforgettable experience.


If any of you have seen this movie, I would love know what you thought of it.

My 2015 Oscar Predictions

Oscar season is always a time of year I look forward to. A bunch of my asshole friends and I get together and eat some food, have some drinks, make some bets, shit on some actors and generally have a great time.

In the spirit of competition and fun I thought I would post my Oscar picks in order to get the other assholes talking.  Let the games begin!


Best Picture: Boyhood

Best Director: Richard Linklater

Best Actor: Michael Keaton

Best Actress: Julianne Moore

Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons

Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette

Best Original Screenplay: Birdman

Best Adapted Screenplay: The Imitation game

Best Animated Feature: How To Train Your Dragon 2

Best Foreign Film: Ida

Best Documentary: CitizenFour

Best Cinematography: Birdman

Best Film Editing: Boyhood

Best Production Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Costume Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Score: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Song: Glory

Best Visual Effects: Interstellar

Best Hair & Makeup: The Grand Budapest hotel

Best Sound Mixing: American Sniper

Best Sound Editing: American Sniper

Best Live Action Short: Aya

Best Animated Short: Feast

Best Documentary Short: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1