STREAMING REVIEWS: This Is Port Adelaide and Mike Judge Presents: Tales From The Tour Bus

FAN-BASED: This Is Port Adelaide's insular focus on its supporters and success limit it's wide-scale appeal. Below, Johnny Paycheck in Mike Judge Presents: Tales From The Tour Bus
FAN-BASED: This Is Port Adelaide's insular focus on its supporters and success limit it's wide-scale appeal. Below, Johnny Paycheck in Mike Judge Presents: Tales From The Tour Bus

THIS IS PORT ADELAIDE

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SPORTS documentaries have experienced a renaissance in recent years thanks to some compelling examples in NBA basketball's The Last Dance, Australian cricket's The Test and English football's Sunderland 'Til I Die.

The complex world of the AFL has also been examined in the Adam Goodes film The Final Quarter and the more recent Marking Their Mark.

Each of those aforementioned series had an element of drama, or an overriding issue, which attracted people beyond their traditional fan bases.

This Is Port Adelaide sadly doesn't. The 90-minute film serves to detail the Aussie rules club's proud history of 36 premierships in the South Australian National Football League as the Magpies and one title in the AFL as the Power.

Just don't say "Adelaide Crows". Port's arch rival isn't even mentioned by name during the film.

The black and white aesthetic is seemingly used for artistic purposes to reflect Port's traditional tones, but it only diminishes the bright colours of sport, which is one of its great visual appeals.

Director-producer Nicole Miller focuses predominantly on Port's relationship with its fans and community and the insights into the club or team culture are restricted to minor chats with coach Ken Hinkley and chairman David Koch.

This Is Port Adelaide is a must-see for Power supporters and a diehard AFL fans. But general sports fans can find more intriguing sports documentaries elsewhere.

MIKE JUDGE PRESENTS: TALES FROM THE TOUR BUS

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COLOURFUL: Johnny Paycheck in Mike Judge Presents: Tales From The Tour Bus

COLOURFUL: Johnny Paycheck in Mike Judge Presents: Tales From The Tour Bus

THE history of popular music is littered with larger-than-life characters who have committed salacious acts of debauchery and madness. It's literally filled countless books and documentaries and undoubtedly helped sell millions of records.

But watching a bunch of wrinkling old talking heads relay war stories can get tedious fast without access to sometimes expensive archival footage.

Mike Judge Presents: Tales From The Tour Bus overcomes that issue by using King Of The Hill-style cartoon re-enactments to illustrate the crazy stories from roadies, support musicians and managers about the likes of country outlaws Johnny Paycheck and Waylon Jennings and rock'n'roll wildman Jerry Lee Lewis.

These stories include the night Paycheck shot another man in the head outside a bar after an argument over turtle soup.

Then there's the sheer madness of a drug-fuelled Lewis firing a machine gun inside his office to keep the other party-goers awake and how he crashed his car into the gates of Elvis Presley's Graceland.

Judge presents the atrocities like comical after-dinner tales, so expect to laugh as frequently as you shake your head in bewilderment.