Category Archive: Review

An experience you won’t quickly forget – Review

Chuck Ross reviews Storm Surfers 3D for TV Week The Must-See Movie of the Summer — and You’ve Gotta See It in a Theater, Because It’s Got the Best Use of 3-D We’ve Ever Seen (Sorry, Mr. Cameron). But It’s Really Tough to Find in Your Neighborhood Theater. How You Can Help. I just saw …

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Australian surf champs defy monster waves – Review

Zorianna Kit reviews Storm Surfers 3D for reuters.com A pair of Australian surfing legends, undaunted despite their middle age, strapped tiny 3D cameras to their boards and went in search of big waves whipped up by Pacific storms. The result was the documentary feature “Storm Surfers 3D” starring Tom Carroll and Ross Clarke-Jones, who take viewers …

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Aussie Surfers Carve Up The Silver Screen – Review

Brenton Garen reviews Storm Surfers 3D for Santa Monica Mirror From more than 1500 hours of raw footage, two-time world surfing champion, Tom Carroll and big wave pioneer, Ross Clarke-Jones will sit back and relax to watch their 95-minute film “Storm Surfer 3D” in Santa Monica this Saturday. The two Australians will take part in …

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Enjoy it while you can! – Review

Zach Weisberg reviews Storm Surfers 3D for theinertia.com Last Tuesday night I got barreled at Shipstern’s Bluff. Tom Carroll towed me into a massive lump of energy, I airdropped down the infamous step, faltered for a second, regained my balance with arms spread wide – then blistered through the gaping space of a barrel, arriving safely onto …

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Truly breathtaking – Review

Lou Lesko reviews Storm Surfers 3D I went and saw Storm Surfers 3D last night. It is truly breathtaking. I promise you that at some point during the movie you will reach out your hand toward the screen to try and touch the wall of a wave. The 3D technology deployed by the filmmakers to make the …

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The waves and thrills just keep coming – Review

Amy Nicholson reviews Storm Surfers 3D for LA Times  The waves — and thrills — just keep coming in this rah-rah documentary about Australian surfing buddies Tom Carroll and Ross Clarke-Jones. Tanned, leathery and as ripped as a pair of old jeans, Australian surfing buddies Tom Carroll and Ross Clarke-Jones could pass for cast members …

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Adrenaline rush of eye-popping images – Review

G. Allen Johnson is a San Francisco Chronicle The development of the GoPro camera has revolutionized extreme-sports photography, but even so, the 3-D images of extreme surfing in “Storm Surfers 3D” feel groundbreaking. Or is that wave-breaking? — Justin McMillan and Chris Nelius’ Australian documentary follows two surfing veterans during a big-wave season, mostly near …

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I think it’s about your nerve – Review

Lia Kim reviews Storm Surfers 3D for The Varsity  It is an icy one degree outside. The ocean’s vast virgin surface mirrors the sky’s foamy blue. Without warning, the sea swells up, sending a life-threatening 65-foot wave barreling into the air. The surfing documentary, Storm Surfers 3D, is about some very big waves — the …

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Action-packed Storm Surfers chronicles big wave surfers – Review

Mary Albert reviews Storm Surfers 3D for montereycountyweekly.com In thrilling fashion, Storm Surfers documents the legendary storm swells of the Southern Ocean over one Australian winter, as two middle-age surfers test whether they still have the right stuff to surf the biggest waves. The result is an electrifying spectacle of wave, water and man, as well …

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The surf is WAY up in adrenalized Storm Surfers 3D – Review

Megan Lehmann reviews Storm Surfers 3D for montereyherald.com Only Mother Nature’s most awesome brews interest the maverick big-wave surfers in “Storm Surfers 3D,” an immersive documentary that uses pioneering technology to get right inside the lip of some truly monstrous waves. Unusually character-driven for a genre that typically deals in braggadocious montages of big barrel riding, …

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Surfers push the limits in this absorbing documentary – Review

Luke Barnes reviews Storm Surfers 3D for santacruzsentinel.com “Storm Surfers” opens with what some would consider a nightmare. Veteran Australian big-wave surfers Tom Carroll and Ross Clarke-Jones are nearly 50 miles out at sea, looking to ride a series of waves. Carroll starts out but then in a moment of imbalance he is lost below the …

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Taking surf cinematography to a whole new level – Review

Brian D. Johnson reviews Storm Surfers 3D for macleans.ca For pure summer action, however, you can’t beat state-of-the-art surf porn. Storm Surfers 3D is not a great movie, but its pleasure is guilt free. Directors Justin McMillan and Christopher Nelius takes the camera deeper inside an ocean wave than it has ever gone before. Unlike World …

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Feel the spray of the barrel on our face – Review

Katherine Monk reviews Storm Surfers 3D for theprovince.com There’s a running argument about whether or not reality-style programming has helped or irreparably hindered the traditional documentary. Storm Surfers 3D provides an excellent example for dissection because everything that makes this Aussie documentary about big-wave surfers sexy for TV proves problematic in a feature treatment. For instance, …

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Daredevils tangle with age and sea – Review

Adrian Lee reviews Storm Surfers 3D for The Cronicle Herald TORONTO — Cape Solander, an hour’s drive from Sydney, Australia, and near where Capt. James Cook landed when he discovered the continent, is lined with craggy rocks and covered with razor-sharp barnacles. For most people, the first instinct wouldn’t be to leap in. But that’s just …

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They don’t know when to call it quits – Review

Radheyan Simonpillai reviews Storm Surfers 3D for nowtoronto.com Aging thrill-seekers Tom Carroll and Ross Clarke-Jones chase monumental waves in the southern hemisphere, ride on the edge of disaster and come out alive, though sometimes barely. They don’t know when to call it quits… and neither does this doc. Like the imposing waves they surf, Storm Surfers …

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Storm Surfers 3D a sensory splash! – Review

Peter Howell reviews Storm Surfers 3D for thestar.com Documentary about champion Australian wave surfers. Directed by Christopher Nelius and Justin McMillan. 95 minutes. At TIFF Bell Lightbox, Empire Whitby and Square One Mississauga theatres. G Storm Surfers 3D sounds like a Saturday morning cartoon, and its two protagonists certainly are animated figures. But it’s as …

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Iconic wave riders deal with age, seek out big breaks – Review

Adrian Lee reviews Storm Surfers 3D for courierislander.com TORONTO – Cape Solander, an hour’s drive from Sydney, Australia, and near where Capt. James Cook landed when he discovered the continent, is lined with craggy rocks and covered with razor-sharp barnacles. For most people, the first instinct wouldn’t be to leap in. But that’s just what Tom …

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Surfers seek out wildest waves in 3D movie – Review

Adrian Lee reviews Storm Surfers 3D for metronews.ca TORONTO – Cape Solander, an hour’s drive from Sydney, Australia, and near where Capt. James Cook landed when he discovered the continent, is lined with craggy rocks and covered with razor-sharp barnacles. For most people, the first instinct wouldn’t be to leap in. But that’s just what Tom …

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Unequivocal technical tour de force – Review

Liam Lacey reviews Storm Surfers 3D for The Globe and Mail A bit thin on plot, but an unequivocal technical tour de force, Storm Surfers 3D follows two middle-aged Australian buddies, former world surfing champ Tom Carroll and big-wave pioneer Ross Clarke-Jones over the course of a winter as they ride the big waves of the Southern Hemisphere. …

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Keep your passion burning no matter what your age is – Review

Abbey Smith reviews Storm Surfers 3D for movienewsguide.com Storm Surfers 3D is the latest documentary that utilizes 3D technology. Movie studios have used 3D rendering as a gimmick factor but people complain that it distracts them from the story. But there are several 3D documentaries that manage to enhance their storytelling with 3D effects. Sports …

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Surf’s up in the swell doc ‘Storm Surfers 3-D’ – Review

Lou Lumenick reviews Storm Surfers 3D for New York Post Digital 3-D, which has been used to commit any number of aesthetic crimes as it’s grown in popularity over the past decade, is put to pretty much ideal use in Justin McMillan and Chris Nelius’ eye-popping documentary. They spent three months during the Southern Hemisphere …

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What stereoscopic 3D was made for – Review

Brandon A. DuHamel reviews Storm Surfers 3D for Blu-raydefinition.com Surfing films have been a popular niche documentary genre since the days of director Bruce Brown’s 1960s road trip surfer classic The Endless Summer whetted filmgoers appetites and stimulated their imaginations with the glistening bodies, shimmering seas, and sandy beaches of the then burgeoning surfer culture. …

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Hunting for Monster Waves Far Out on the Sea – Review

Daniel M Gold reviews Storm Surfers 3D for New York Times  From the seminal “Endless Summer” to “Step Into Liquid” to “Riding Giants,” surf documentaries burnish a man-at-one-with-nature mythology all their own. “Storm Surfers 3D,” the latest in a series of films about two Australian big-wave hunters and tow-in surfing, feels something like a breed …

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Can’t get to the beach this month? – Review

Elizabeth Weitzman reviews Storm Surfers 3D for New York Daily News Can’t get to the beach this month? Justin McMillan and Christopher Nelius have something that might be even better: a trip to Australia with champion surfers Ross Clarke-Jones and Tom Carroll. Toni Collette’s solemn narration is a bit of a damper, but the subjects …

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Irrepressible Aussies versus monsters of the deep – Review

Megan Lehmann reviews Storm Surfers 3D for filmjournal.com Only Mother Nature’s most awesome brews interest the maverick big-wave surfers in Storm Surfers 3D, an immersive documentary that uses pioneering technology to get right inside the lip of some truly monstrous waves. Unusually character-driven for a genre that typically deals in braggadocios montages of big-barrel riding, this …

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STORM SURFERS 3D Hits A New High Water Mark – Review

Ryland Aldrich reviews Storm Surfers 3D for Twitch Film Plenty of arguments have been made about the merits of our current 3D cinematic boom. While much of the talk focuses on ticket prices and the gimmick factor, one common discourse is that the experience of watching a film in 3D actually distracts the viewer from …

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Drinking a beer watching Storm Surfers – Review

Beer review of Storm Surfers 3D The Australian surf documentary Storm Surfers (2012) took out the Best Feature Doco category at the most recent AACTA Awards. It was also, I believe, the first Aussie doco to be filmed in 3D. Whilst I was unable to see the film in 3D, it was definitely one of the most …

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Surfs Up in 3D – Review

Léo Azambuja reviews Storm Surfers 3D for The Garden Island LIHU‘E — Storm Surfers in 3D will open this week at Kukui Grove Cinema in Lihu‘e. State-of-the-art miniature 3D cameras put the audience inside the barrel for a “visually stunning cinematic adventure unlike any other,” according to film promoters. “Combining cutting-edge 3D technology and bravura …

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Storm Surfers Seek the Perfect Wave – Review

Jennifer Merin reviews Storm Surfers 3D for About.com Surf’s up! In fact, in this sports documentary, it’s waaaay up and it’s in 3D that really wraps you up in the action, as two legendary Australian champion surfers adventure out to find the world’s biggest, most challenging waves. The surfers are competing not only with each …

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Pals pack 3-D surfing flick with thrills, raw honesty – Review

Mike Gordon reviews Storm Surfers 3D for Star Advertiser In the Australian winter of 2011, veteran surfers Tom Carroll and Ross Clarke-Jones embarked on a four-month quest to ride the largest waves their country had to offer. They found dramatic, dangerous conditions and building-size swells worthy of the camera crew that followed them for the …

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