Release date: 2022-11-04 Genre:Documentary $12.99
Release date: 2018-07-06 Genre:Documentary $12.99
1. Beautiful and Sad - an angel - This is a beautiful movie about the pain of isolation, a fallen angel, family secrets, and how talent from God becomes a commodity. The greed and deception of those who were loved so much by Whitney Houston and those who loved her in return. None could save her from herself. The saddest story about the most powerful female voice in our time. Her legacy is one of love, laughter , pride and joy in spite of the pain. A fabulous job of telling this woman's life story. I recommend this documentary for everyone who needs to face addiction and abuse.
Release date: 2007-09-14 $4.99
Release date: 2022-10-21 $14.99
Release date: 2018-09-28 Genre:Documentary $4.99
1. Great Documentary! - If you just know one JJ song, this documentary is worth a rental. I have always admired Joan, but this dig deep into what it took to become Joan Jett on all levels. I was particularly impressed that they didn’t dive into her sexual orientation; what a relief! Really-who cares!? Joan is an amazing artist and human being. Enjoy!
2. This Rocks! - Bravo to Joan Jett. Women have a right to follow their dreams or ambitions, whatever they may be, and she made that perfectly clear. It is inspiring and especially needed in these times as it was decades ago. Thank you Joan Jett and also thank you to Kenny Laguna and the rest of the Blackheart musicians and staff.
3. Inspiring and Exciting Must See! - This is a must see documentary about what fighting for change is all about. The struggles and success makes you always pull for the underdog. Someone being told they aren't good enough only to prove everybody wrong, is the best outcome in life. A strong woman and and inspiration to all. Super talented and a beautiful person!!! I loved it so much!
Release date: 1978-04-26 Genre:Documentary $14.99
1. The Documentary That Was Bigger Than The Artist - When released, The Last Waltz set the standard for concert/documentary films. For some, like myself, prior to their farewell performances captured in this film, The Band was not really on the radar screen, aside from a few classics like "Up On Cripple Creek." This movie changed that, and made many of us realize that we'd discovered them too late. Thankfully, this performance, with plenty of guest artists, documented The Band at their best.
Release date: 2009-08-14 $12.99
1. It might get kinda lousy - Here we have a film about legendary guitarists Jimmy Page, the Edge, and Jack White...wait, what? Jack White? Let’s face it, although White seems like an interesting guy, kinda quirky, as a guitar player he is undisputedly no where near the level of Page and the Edge in terms of their careers and influence. Consequently White just seems out of place and bolted on in this film and the segments involving him would have been better spent with additional insights from either Page or the Edge on their playing or their respective bands. And when those insights are part of the film it’s mostly stuff fans would be already familiar with and the jam sessions involving all three are unfortunately lackluster and never seem to take off. Basically, this film is for the most rabid fans of these players and basically boring to anyone else including potentially the aforementioned rabid fans.
2. Two geniuses and an electronics guy - Great movie! Interesting to see how Jack White and Jimmy Page can make music out of anything. The Edge isn't in their realm by any stretch, as all he does is play with electronic sound... It's the only thing that makes me question the film. It is, however, a must see for any guitar lover, simply to watch White and Page, who are epic in their level of talent...
3. Amazing - This movie spread through Zeppelin through jack white...I love the Edge, the only thing missing was Eddie Van Halen. Not a huge (but good/great) fan of Van Halen. However Eddie was and is extremely influential. I wondered if Edward was invited, but refused. Love this movie. I have watched it several times. I grew up with knowing Zeppelin along with The Doors, Jimi Hendrix....yadda yadda.... I was born in , so was not of age at the time. Although, how can one compare to uncontrolled music like that.....great to grow up with. Enjoyed U for years during my coming of age and respect them, don't love their music so much now..... However, War and unforgettable fire....unbelievable albums and still listen to today. Jack White.....my hats off to you brother. I can't stop listening to the White Stripes!!!!!!! So basic, yet so incredibly complex and inventive and taking simplicity that was done so well so many times to and you and Meg took it to an incredible new level. You are amazing. You will go down on the rock and roll history books like Zeppelin. People will catch up and realize how influential you are like Zeppelin. My favorite band is Tool by far. However, I love my rock blues as well. Just would have been way cool to see Edward Van Halen in this movie as well since we are spreading through the decades. I'm really not complaining because I will probably watch this movie many more times. Just love music.
4. More Page, less White needed - At some point I just tuned out Jack White's screaming lyrics and insufferable speeches and just waited for Jimmy Page's time on screen. Sadly there was way, way more of Jack than Jimmy. I love the Blues and am a huge Led Zeppelin fan, Jimmy in particular, so that was the main reason for watching this. Page's story has so much depth and very little of it was seen here, sadly. The Edge was ok, he basically has an identifiable sound but I wouldn't put him in the same league as Page, and Jack White can play, is innovative, but too many of his songs sound the same. I would love a do-over here, with more emphasis on Page, as is deserved.
5. Enough with Jack White already. - You'd think people had never heard a good guitar player before. I've been playing for years and I still can't wrap my head around it. He's a great songwriter and I do like me some White Stripes, but tagging the word 'virtuoso' onto him is a stretch. He's popular, which I think is what got him in the door here, but if your going down that route, why not Dan Auerbach? His Delta picking is definitely superior. Tom Morello would have been a great choice with all his very unorthodox methods to get great sounds, not just a sea of pedals. How about Derek Trucks, possibly the greatest Slide Player second only to Duane? He took advantage of the lack of frets when playing slide to utilize microtones! That's far more groundbreaking than anything White or the Edge has accomplished. I enjoyed this movie, but it just screamed "music movie made my musically inept but passionate filmmaker."
6. New vs the Old - I love reading posts and listening to close minded people review music. Most of Jimmy Page worshipers cant turn the radio dial out of classic rock. U was as innovative to change in sound as Zeppelin was in the 'S. Zeppelin was a blues rip off band that turned their talent into some great original songs. U was an Irish band of good not great talent that kept working with great producers and had an unfortunate history to write from a depressing era: that produced some great songwriting. Jack White can play every instrument in the band. Those who criticize him have never heard his catalog. His country influence, classic rock, alternative...He belongs on this page, He is just too far ahead of his time for most of you ...stuck in the Clapton, Beck time frame. They were also great but guarantee...I have seen it, this kid could hang. By the way if he was still alive...put Stevie Ray Vaughn up there on stage and watch Jimmy Page melt trying to keep his fret board alive. I love Zeppelin but they had their time. They continue to influence, but Jimmy is not what he once was...The Edge as Jimmy says is a great sound architect but not a tactician...Jack White hasnt been around long enough yet so the close minded can see him tear apart the stage.... Go see him live...Let him wow you on the drums, song writing, and then tear up the guitar...mandolin...banjo..whatever...
7. zero chemistry - Great movie? Come on? They had to retreat to career flashbacks because the "sit down and jam " part that they had hoped would reveal a great coming together of styles... flopped. "I dont sing" about sums their chemistry.... very dissappointing and unfornately I bought it first. Should be It might get loud...but it didnt.
8. Worth it for the clips of Jimmy - It is fascinating listening to Jimmy Page talk about his work and watching him play. However, the footage of the Edge and Jack White was boring and of little interest. These two guys had no business being in this film with Jimmy Page. It would have made much more sense to include Jeff Beck and or Clapton; or to just make the film exclusivly about Page. The Edge in particular was clearly outclassed as a musician and perhaps was included for comic relief. For example, with a straight face he talks about his artistic process of eliminating notes from a chord to simplify and condense his sound. He's playing power chords! And at one point in the film Jimmy smirks at the Edge and asks him a couple of times if he's sure about the key signature he's playing in. I found it hilarious, but still would have preferred not having him in the film. It is worth watching for the clips of Jimmy alone though.
9. Could have been good, but wasn't - I'm a fan of all three guitarists, but this movie was not worth watching. It was cool to get some insight on the recording of Zep IV from jimmy, but other than that this movie was not interesting. If you are a musician, you won't get much out of this. If you are a fan of music and musicians it could be worth your while.
10. One legend, two decent guitarists. - There's only one rock legend here. For something like this, you have two wonder why guitar icons like Clapton, Richards, Van Halen, Gilmore, etc., weren't added to the group. No disrespect meant to White or The Edge, but legend-wise, they're not in the same class as Page. There is little excite projected in this video; they just kind of play whatever comes to mind. I feel as those this was a great opportunity missed.
11. Shut Up And Play - Anybody who's ever been in a rock band knows there's nothing more boring than rock musicians talking shop, so this "documentary" was probably doomed from conception. Then to make matters worse one of the three is the perpetually sock-headed Edge, a lucky mediocrity if there ever was one, and for some reason he talks the most and dominates much of the film with his dopey, boring blabber about effects and "simplified" chords. What, did he fund the film or something? He's good for a laugh now and again, but it's hardly a deep or compelling conversation. The say-what looks Page occasionally shoots him speak volumes. When they do finally get around to playing it's just a celebrity love fest, like when the Rolling Stones crowd the stage with guest artistes. Boring, fatuous, unenlightening.
12. I want to get a copy of these three singing and playing "The Weight" as they do at the end - I want to get a copy of these three singing and playing "The Weight" as they do at the end of the film. The most interesting part for me was when The Edge was playing what sounded like a great groove, then he took off all the effects and he was playing three basic chords real slow. He is an amazing engineer.
13. Wow - The best musical documentary Ive ever seen. For someone who is a fan of all three of the guitarists it is amazing just to see the three titans of their own times in the same room. The stories they tell about there introduction into the rock world are enlightening, and i really enjoyed the explanations of the songwriting stratagies. Over all a great movie.
14. Love Music, Love This - If you come into this with a love of music, rather than a just a love of movies - you will not be disappointed. Those reviewers who talk about the lack of movie "arc" are missing the point. This is an experience of music, and in that regard it is a very good one. I came into this movie as a hack guitarist and passionate U fan (since the beginning) with a passing interest in the music of Jack White (especially with the Ractoneurs), and a deep respect for the legacy of Zeppelin - but with basic devotion to music. It is the passion for music and the creative process that ties all of these artists together despite their differences. The grand master here is of course Page. If you love music, you will share a smile when he plays air guitar to the track that got him hooked to the instrument ("Rumble" by Link Wray) - and you will also understand what he is feeling (insert your favorite track 'here'). That said, he plays air guitar better than most! So if you like even one of these artists/bands - you will enjoy this movie. If you play guitar, it takes it a deeper level. Finally, as the movie closes with them working their way together through a version on "The Weight', I assure you it will be one of those few films you see through until the credits end. It never got loud, but it got very, very good. PS I finish this review as Zeppelin's D'Yer Maker is wrapping up through my speakers.
15. Worth The Weight - This movie was both entertaining and inspiring. The music was excellent and it did get loud on occasion, but more important was how Jack, The Edge, and Jimmy came to this point with their music. I enjoyed listening to their stories. In the end, watching and hearing all three playing The Weight was certainly worth the cost of the movie. I had hoped that it was recorded for purchase. That would have brought it a -star rating.
Release date: 2014-10-29 Genre:Documentary $4.99
Release date: 2011-02-11 $14.99
1. Sorry, but no - Beliebers say he is really good those who hate him say otherwise. I have not listened to his music but I don’t really like him at all. For the haters, they should be satisfied with him getting mean-tweeted on Jimmy Kimmel’s Mean Tweets. Not to be offensive in any way, but that Canadian dose not rock me. The only Canadian singer my mom likes is Michael Bublé and the only Canadian music group I like is the popular fiddle group Barrage. Needless to say I don’t like him not hate. There is a difference.
2. Amazing. - This is my favorite movie of all time. Not just because i am a belieber. But because he inspires so many people to do what they dream of and Never Say Never. Believe is also a wonderful wonderful movie, dont get me wrong, but this movie is the one that started it all. I love you Justin, and i always will
3. This compares to believe - This movie is an amazing mover as well as believe!! I don't know which is better. This movie shows kidrauhl and if you want to see young kidrauhl then this is the movie for you. It shows his real personality, it is the real him and once again it's a movie for everyone whether you like him or not.
Release date: 2022-10-28 Genre:Documentary $9.99
Release date: 2012-07-05 $14.99
1. - I LOVE THUS MOVIE!
Katy perry is my role model, and really helped me through tough times.
My cousin is the reason I watched it, and I love her for it. After the movie, we even found the fart noise website she was using in the movie and had so much fun with it It's really sad, but AMAZING!!!
Totally worth the money!
2. Katty perry review - This movie shows people all over the globe to be there selfs it's a very positive movie the first time I watched it gave me a feeling and now I be who I want to be not who other people want me to be it was a very positive movie and it's very intertwining and I really loved it so now my favorite artist is katty perry and I love because she she did what she whanted to de
3. BEST MOVIE EVER - This movie is amazing!!!!!! It's so inspiring and just beyond amazing! I love how it shows her whole life and what she did to be such an amazing artist. She is so beautiful and a great role model! Katy your my idol!! I love you soooo much and you voice is incredible! I hope to be as great as Katy some day. If you haven't seen this movie GO WATCH IT!
Release date: 2019-11-15 $12.99
1. Absolutely amazing - I didn’t know that the movie was a thing and i found it on netflix first, i saw the picture and instantly clicked on it, i knew a little bit about him before watching but after, i got a whole new insight of who he was, how he came up, and his life, it saddens me the he left so soon, for such a talented man, he most definitely would have had a very great life, Long Live Peep , Much Love For You!
2. literally made me fall in love with him even more. - this movie just really shows how much he was battling himself and everyone else. he was so different and it just hes a beautiful human being who should’ve gotten so much more time then he did. lil peep i love you. you are literally the biggest blessing this world has ever received. like you are an angel peep. also in the movie it just shows the sides of peep not everyone got to see. and his kindness was off the charts. beautiful. ily.
3. Lil peep - This documentary about peep brought me to tears for the whole thing. His music impacted my life more then people think he saved my life and I will always bump to his music and keep him in my heart. I have a portrait of him on my right shoulder and I’m so happy to have him with me till the day I die. I will always love him and his music. Rest In Peace Beamer boy
4. Peep - As sad as to see peep leave. At least he passed being a legend, being kind hearted, being an inspiration and bunch of there things I cannot explain with words. Not to mention all the music he left behind for us to listen too. Miss u peep. I wish i could of visit u while u still had time. Rest In Peace Gus
Release date: 2022-05-13 Genre:Drama $14.99
Release date: 2013-12-25 Genre:Documentary $14.99
1. Pretty good - This was pretty good. I wasn't sure how good it would be. I wasn't a JB fan at the start but I vacate a fan like maybe a year or so ago. He had some problems but everybody does. I have seen him grow up into a artist and a person. JB is starting to figure out who he really is. Good movie.
2. BELIEVE - Wow this movie brought me to tears it's so honest and real many people think Justin is just doing this movie to to make it seem like he is a good person but to tell you the truth he is and I love the part where it says "it started with the fans so it needs to end with the fans " it's just so good to know that he does because of his fans me i think it is really unfair how the media makes him seem sure Justin has made mistakes before but so haven't we all no body is perfect and to be honest Justin has grown up a lot an takes responsible for his actions and for being a pop star known all around the world what do you expect if you were in his shoes being followed having people constantly hating on you would you have handled it any better than he did ?
3. Best movie ever - This is a great family movie and my parents didn't like Justin until they watched this movie! I was a really big fan back then I lost a little interest and after I watched this movie I turned into the hugest fan ever and now Justin is ALWAYS on my mind! This movie has really inspired me to believe in my dreams and has brought tears to everyone who has watched it! I'm so glad that Justin has found his purpose and I'm really hoping for a purpose movie!
4. I love Justin Bieber so much - I know I'll never get the chance to meet him but I will always be a believer no Matter what I love you Justin and stay strong people are just hating on you because they are not as good as you this is a must see movie seen it like four times already so if you're a fan u should understand
5. Cool movie - I just watched this movie yesterday and didn't know I haven't watch this movie yet and loved it! Even though it's a bit old it was a good movie loved seeing small clips of baby Justin! Some parts were a little heart breaking and made me cry but I still luv this movie! Make more movies Justin!
6. Love, love, love! - For everyone making the rude and negative reviews, you obviously don't know what you are talking about. This movie is very inspirational, and it sends a message to all audiences. It shows Justin's story, on and off stage. Not only that, but it also doesn't leave out his friends, family, and coworkers. It shows a side of Justin that the media hid from the world. On top of it all, it also mentions the wrong doings that he had actually done. He doesn't sugar coat what happened, and he owned up to his mistakes. This movie is simply perfection. Don't listen to the haters, your money would be well spent buying this movie. I highly recommend to anyone and everyone.
7. Seriously - How can anyone give this garbage more than One Star? What a LOOSER Justin is. What a waste of life. He’s just a baby Vanilla Ice without muscles. That’s why Justin has his bodyguards fight his fights for him. I wish he would just get hooked on crack, spend all his money so we will never have to hear from him again. ONE STAR!!! Just like Justin’s life.
Release date: 2015-07-03 $14.99
1. Couldn't watch. - I heard this song on the radio one night and it blew me out of the water. I didn't know it was 'Rehab' or that the artists name was Amy Winehouse. Found the song by chance sampling some tunes on iTunes and discovered Amy was the artist but by then she was already gone. I rented this doc on her about a week ago knowing I wouldn't be able to get all the way through it and I was right. I loved her music.
2. Hidden gem - This documentary depicts the too short life of Amy Winehouse.
It takes you to the heart and plunges you in the life of this young woman with her magnificent voice. I didn't really know Amy's work, except her famous Rehab... I was so surprised to discover her voice... I heard the first song in this documentary, and I sat up....I was mesmerized until the end.
The producer tells about Amy from different point of views and we are right there not only with the different narrators, we are also right there with Amy, feeling, laughing, hurting with her, whether she is talking or we are just looking at her pictures...
Each of her songs have now taken this personal quality, and I won't ever again hear Amy's voice without feeling like I've known and lost her.
I am glad I watched this and appreciate one of the greatest jazz artist of our times.
She was a bright flame and burnt out too fast.
3. Miss you Amy - What an amazing songstress! Caliber of Aretha, Billie, Ella, no less. The world lost a rare jewel and we just barely got a taste of what she was capable of. Thanks for this documentary. It helps us understand the deep pain and struggle of this legend and paints a picture of a girl many can relate to. Just couldn’t escape her demons. Rest in peace. . . Your music will live on and be loved for many years to come. I know Back to Black will always be one of my top .
4. Change the rules - Separation of work and family life essential for some to survive.
Many actors,actress's and musicians used to demand alias names to protect privacy and family life.
Makes me wonder how many recent deaths due to lack of privacy?
Lack of family life?
Every one needs down time away from stress of making the money to survive.
To thrive extra care needs to be in the planning of a STAR.
Women have weaker vessels , meaning weaker bodies.
Women on Tour as musicians need more sleep.
The self mutilating tattoos should have been a clue to all AMY was in distress.
The next STARS need an alias.
Plus a studio in home.
5. Reluctant Goddess - This movie showed in Amy's own words and songs what can happen when someone who simply wants to share their gifts becomes a celebrity. She clearly wasn't up to the challenges that celebrity brought, and it was her undoing. I wish she had been able to handle it better, because when we lost her, we lost a great voice and a great talent. When she got on stage and refused to sing, I think it was her final attempt at telling the money machine that was driving her life into oblivion that she wanted to get off and find herself again. I'm still sad for her, and people like her, who share their gifts and who get swept away in the current of celebrity. Only those who have a support system that honors their wishes and understands their need to keep work separate from family life manage to last. Except for very few friends, she didn't have that system in place. Ah, well. The documentary was superb. They allowed the story to tell itself without much interference other than excellent editing. Well done.
6. Very, very raw. - This movie is beyond real and intriguing. It didn't fail to show the truth which is something most must understand while watching. Other reviews say the film only showed the negative but they must continue to discredit the many compliments given by friends & family and how the crowd went ballistic when she stood on the stage. If the film didn't show the mix of good AND bad it would be hiding the truths to this amazing actress. The film is well put together, consisting of nothing but home videos unseen to the public eye. Very emotional so be ready to laugh, grow angry, and even shed tears here and there. Truly remarkable. Well done Asif!
7. Needed perspective - I know they tried to have Amy tell her own story, but it did not totally work. First, it is way too long, and filled with pointless drone shots. It is hard to tell who is talking a lot and you have no idea when they said it because you never see any interviews on cam. Good subject, not a great film.
8. Very moving - To be completely honest I hadn't listens to a ton of Amy's music but I am a fan of autobiographical and documentaries so I checked this out! This piece of art had me feeling all types of emotions!! It was so good I had to watch it twice days in a row. It's a tragically beautiful film and story of her life and it made me feel saddened with her....wish the people around her could have helped her hurt instead of ignoring it!! If you haven't seen this piece please do!!! Loved it so much I def bought it!! Amy def has a true raw emotion filled voice that I can say now I def pay waaaay more attention to and love RIP angel
9. Only The Good Die Young - The surprise for me about this documentary is that I didn’t know a lot about the rest of her talent. Mostly what I was familiar with were the poppy commercial tunes for which she won her awards and received so many accolades, and her drug abuse. But the real Amy was beyond those songs and in her poetry and her mature, nasally, jazzy/bluesy/soul-filled vocal sound (a la Esther Phillips, Dinah Washington). It was sad to watch, knowing the end was inevitable. But glad to have watched anyway. I learned something more about her.
10. Does not do justice to a serious subject - I think Amy’s struggle could have been depicted in a way that offered insight into her life that is not already apparent to anyone who reads the news, but this film failed to do that. The two hours is basically just a compilation of photographs and shaky home videos of Amy and feels like watching a drawn out reality tv show. I would not spend hours watching this unless you are a fan of reality tv, but even then, I would suggest watching a you tube video of Amy performing in the weeks approaching her death to witness the tragedy.
11. Very Sad - She was just getting started when she died. The movie is interesting but it seems kind of glossed-over and pointless. You could probably learn as much, and with less edited out, if you just watch videos of her online. Obviously her husband was a huge druggie and her Dad wanted her money and fame for himself. If you know someone who is killing themselves like this… just intervene forcefully. She had no one like that in her life.
12. Amazing Film that Revealed the Full Scope of Amy's Genius—and the Depth of Our Loss! - I live in Japan and was initially insulated from the Amy furor. Eventually I had heard Rehab—and by then I had also heard a bit of what a wreck Amy was by then. Gifted people destroying themselves is something I don't celebrate, glamorize or support so I never heard anything but the "pop" stuff I couldn't avoid. This film really opened my eyes to the full scope of her amazing talent — and unfortunately to the full depth of our loss. Of course we all have to take personal responsibility for our lives, but this woman was let down by so many people who could have changed this tragedy. Perhaps her greatness had it's roots in the pain she carried with her, and maybe there was nothing anyone could have done to save her. But I can't help hating all those prcks who milked her for every last drop to keep the cash flowing in.
13. Really good - This was a really good and fair documentary about her. Loads of unseen footage and beautifully crafted. I wish it were actually longer and showed when ALL of her songs were made (although the iTunes extras seems to have a lot more footage.) I also loved that they put captions to her lyrics because once you can understand what she is saying in her music (which I've already had known cause I looked it up) it makes a world of difference. Again, really great movie. A must see for any Amy fan or anyone just curious about her.
14. Amy, Amy, Amy - Thank you for sharing your gift with the world and forgive us for humiliating you when you were clearly suffering. I'm not a fan of documentaries exploiting artists, but in this case this documentary was necessary because the world finally gets to see the talented, beautifully flawed human being that had a great capacity to love others, but, sadly, not themselves as much. May God rest your soul, Amy.
15. Back to Black - Great film full of real moments and hard sights to take in, I'll be glad when im and in a Nursing Home, I can still have Amy Winehouse with me and every other singer/songwriter that fills my heart with deep strong understanding. Her father and Blake could of been better people, but thats what they say after the star dies.. the close ones to her know the true story, I'm just a fan.
Release date: 2021-01-15 Genre:Documentary $1.99
Release date: 1976-10-26 Genre:Documentary $9.99
1. Re-Live the Magic, the Dream – ZoSo - You can listen to the albums over and over on your little speakers and you will never get the feeling of the Hammer of the Gods, you need to put this on your Surround Sound and your big TV, and turn that baby up to , something happens that you have never heard or experienced before, Led Zeppelin comes to life, the music is different, especially here, when really loud. The albums are one thing, but when they were live, it was really loud and you could feel the music throughout your body and soul! This is the only way to remotely get a "feel" for what it was like to see magic, and Zep was all about feeling. It was the stuff dreams are made of, it was big, it had more colors than you've ever seen, but most of all, it was all encompassing!
2. "A MASTERPEICE!" - If any rock documentry is to be exhaulted,then this bit of history is one of the best.From the opening scene portraying Richard Cole & Peter Grants as mob hitmen to the actual concert footage with the live overdrawn rendition of "Dazed and Confused" You will love almost every minute of this show as much as the Beatles movies.
3. This Rocks! - If you consider yourself any kind of rock n’ roll fan, you need to watch this to see what rock band really is. Jimmy Page is the ultimate guitarist, playing melody and lead intertwining seamlessly complemented by Robert Plant’s flawless vocals and John Bonham’s heavy rhythm. It doesn’t get any better than this.
4. Led Zeppelin magical - this movie is pure genius even though at the time of release it was viewed as total crap, with Zep's manager Peter Grant dubbing it "the most expensive home movie ever made" and Atlantic president Ahmet Ertegun falling asleep during the premiere, but, like every zeppelin song and album, it's withstood the test of time and it still rocks hard. awesome movie from the greatest band ever.
5. B) - To every yr old who left a comment
mentioning their age: It doesn't matter what age you are...so stop making such a big deal!
It's not some heart-stopping, major epidemic! NO ONE CARES!
People have different opinions.
Some like kesha. Some like zep.
It has nothing to do with age!
Some like it sweet.
Some like it salty.
Some like it zep. :)
By the way....this is coming from a yr old girl.....;)
6. The Original is still Untouchable - I saw the Physical Graffiti and Presence Tours at the old Capital Center in ' and ' (twice). I have owned all of LZ's albums in every form since I was about in '. I have always considered "Houses of the Holy" to be their peak as a group of musicians performing together and at their talented best as a team of original heavy metal blues rockers. Certainly their next two albums were great, and some would say just as good as and HOTH, but they never matched their "oneness" after the tour this movie presents. I am certainly lucky to have had the chance to see them those three times early in my life but I have always wished I could have seen them in '. I've seen this movie several times but without the opportunity to see or hear it on anything other than plain TV and sound. When I saw this yesterday, I just smiled. O..... M....... G........ " plasma fed by my machine through HDMI plugged into a watts RMS amp putting out . surround in own living room. No-one else is home. Cell phone is OFF. Just got done watching an hour ago. There just aren't any words to describe this performance. Dazed and Confused was simply pure genius. I could go on, but I'll let the rest of you tell your stories. This is one of those times that I can just tell all of you young kids who think the old folks are missing out.... I am thankful to be . Led Zeppelin was and still is the greatest heavy rock band in history and I WAS THERE!!! Now I can go to sleep.
Release date: 2020-09-01 Genre:Documentary $6.99
Release date: 2013-02-01 Genre:Documentary $9.99
1. More than worth it! - Great film that provides insight into an important place, fascinating behind the scenes stories, the magic that comes from making music and the technology that influences (for better and worse). The film does come off the rails a bit as though it was rushed to finish, but it’s still a great effort and rewarding to watch.
2. great - Yeah things should totally go back to the way they were in pre-digital era, so that women in studios can forever remain secretaries in hopes of someday marrying a rock star.
I'm surprised no one has brought up how sexist this documentary is. While it is true there have been more male rock/pop stars than female, but what did they say about the three women that were "featured" in this documentary? One got into Fleetwood Mac because she's the guitarist's girlfriend, another was a hot studio manager that everyone was in love with (no mention of professional achievements) and another one married a rock star. How the hell is this okay?!
I am for one glad that anyone with an ounce of talent can make a record in their bedroom these days, at the very least that gives an opportunity to people who would have never had it before when studio execs were the ones deciding everything.
3. Sound Check - There’s people that prefer the drafting board to computers, prefer a typewriter to word-processing software, prefer film to digital cameras, etc. The list is extensive and the people on it are usually dismissed and eventually forgotten as technology moves forward. CGI creates better special effects; digital images can be deleted without wasting film; and Computer Aided Drafting and Manufacturing creates better, more accurate products. However, the case for analog over digital methods in music continues to be made. Musicologist Dave Grohl brings this debate to the court of public opinion in “Sound City.” Called to the witness stand is a variety of fellow artists from the ’s to present which includes Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, Neil Young, John Fogerty, Barry Manilow, Rick Springfield, et al. All these participants not only testify to their in experience with the studio but on the influences and differences of digital over analog methods on music culture. It’s made apparent early on that this documentary is more than just a “day in the life” of musicians and how they created the art we enjoy as Dave later affirms: “It all started with this idea that I wanted to tell the story of the board. The conversation became something much bigger. Like . . . in this age of technology, where you simulate or manipulate anything, how do we retain that human element . . .? How do we keep music to sound like people? That feeling that I got when I was young, Oh, I could that too.”
And so the case is made that it’s the analog imperfections that retains the human quality much like hand-made furniture as compared to the mass produced. But the film is not a total dis on technology. It’s stated quite clearly that it was the “Neve” sound board that much homage is paid to including an interview with sound engineer Rupert Neve himself. For although this was the pinnacle of technology, it was still analog technology. As the film’s humble narrator/producer conducts a multi leveled journey spanning many decades of music, digital methods continued to penetrate the music culture. In all these examples there are those who reject it, those who embrace it, and those who find a middle ground for old and new technologies to coexist in their vocation. Some prefer a set of drums and others use an electronic drum machine. Eventually, Sound City couldn’t compete with the digital world where artists steadily became more like computer music “file makers” rather than instrument trained musicians. Through many examples we are shown that in music, in spite of the advances in recording and producing technology, many musicians can preserve the “human” quality with state of the art “analog” technologies. Come to think of it, one of my favorite composers “Vangelis” uses a variety of electronic and digital methods. But he’s still very much in charge of the mood his music inspires. This quality would probably be lost if he just programmed a computer to play his compositions. Dave never forgot where he came from. This was the impetus for making this film and the reason for preserving the Neve board which now resides in his private studio. He waxes some heavy philosophy but never comes off preachy which could easily turn this movie into a “vanity project.” In fact he comes off very altruistic with his many homages to the staff and studio where he cut his first album with Nirvana. And to top it off is Jam sessions including many of the artists who were interviewed throughout the feature.
4. Amazing - even for those of us who know nothing about engineering! - I had been told this was good. Then I watched it and my mind was blown! I couldn’t move the entire time I was watching. What an amazing documentary. One of the best. I found myself very emotional throughout the film. The excitement of watching some of my favorite bands behind the scenes in the recording studio. One thing I love about listening to a group of real musicians jam is how they feed off of each other - this documentary not only captured how music was recorded, but how it takes special talent to make it mesh. This documentary gave the entire recording industry a special human touch - Dave Grohl and all the rest of the brilliant minds in this film - BRAVO! You touched this gal in so many ways with this film - Thank you my brother for teaching the clueless (me) what its all about!
5. Excellent - What a fantastic documentary about true musical art! I had no idea the Buckingham Nicks album was the first album recorded there! The Neve soundboard is a legend on it's own! So many amazing artists in such an unassuming little hole in the wall created masterpieces there! Stevie Nicks rocks!! I LOOOOVE "You can't fix this." And I have new respect for Rick Springfield. The closing number with Paul McCartney was awesome! In his 's and still he rocks!! Thanks David! This is a movie Iwill keep going back to. Fascinating and % enjoyable!
6. From an engineer/producer/musician - From the opening narration I knew this was going to be cool. Just how cool I wasn't expecting. I mean Dave's a phenomenal musician but documentary film maker?? Well, turns out he's just brilliant at that too! I went to music school and did my internship at the local studio and stayed on for the next years moving up from lackey to producer. Now years into the business and owning my own studio puts me at the age that I grew up listening to the music that came out of Sound City. I cut my engineering chops on analog tape using Neve mic preamps and remember building the first Sound Tools system! This film called forth so many great memories and filled in back story for some of the greatest happenings in rock and roll that I wished it was ten times longer!! My wife says I had a goofy ear-to-ear grin on my face and was chuckling almost constantly. This is such a well told story about the studio and its characters that it should appeal to the general public who would never get to see this side of the music industry. And it's SO accurate! I may not have been at Sound City but even at the studio i worked for, this was the way things were back before digital. Down to the secretaries getting asked to sing backup on records, and musicians actually having to play the music!! This doc covers an era that is gone and will never return. Pandora's box was opened by the advent of computers. Kudos to Dave and his crew and the amazing talent interviewed for telling it like it was! I bought the album the second the credits rolled and am listening to it now. This truly should be required viewing for anyone interested in the business of music.
7. Gosh Dang - What an epic $ I spent. This was so fantastic that if they made more videos like this they would surely have my money. This was enough to get me motivated and start figuring out how I want to go about making my own music. Obviosuly life is full of different paths and in music you can make it different ways. I must say this is a movie to own and I'm sure glad I bought it. Thanks so much.
8. Totally worth it - This incredible film was a definite eye opener to the history and existence of Sound City. The movie was entertaining with a good blend of information and music. Dave Grohl did an excellent job on this story. It's a must see for any true rock n' roll fan. Also, that you Dave for giving "the board" a new home.
9. This is what I wrote to my best friend after watching this documentary - Please please please make sure you get your hands on a documentary called Sound City. It was made my Dave Grohl. It's gonna make you want to pay and listen to music. And it will also remind you why you loved music in the first place!!!
10. Live as it should be - Dave has captured the truth about life as it should be…simple, pure and true. Think about it—the world today is moving at a break neck pace that we often fail to appreciate the details! This film takes you through the history and then present. You get to understand the roots of the artists and the music, yet glimpse the future. Dave's love of the raw process and creativity allows us to see and feel the pure artistry behind the music. This journey gives us the chance to experience a little piece of how the world changed through the introduction of technology on some of the most influential musicians of the last five decades. It's an emotional and enlightening film that leaves you excited and thankful for people like Dave who have the energy and desire to share this story with all of us.
11. Simple and awesome - I spun these records in a similarly timeworn college radio station. They were stunning then and they are stunning now. This film is a perfect example of "ask the experts, then don't bother with most of what they say". Sound city let the musicians be musicians, the engineers do their thing, and the producers listen to their gut. And watching Dave Grohl is mostly like watching a wide-eyed kid have endless fun with the thing he loves most. Horsing around on the couch with Paul McCartney was just too cool.
12. It's about the board, man. - This presentation was an interesting window into the world of recording and the creative process in music industry. The story of Sound City showed how the recording studio played a significant role in the development of music in the 's, 's and early 's. After about an hour the documentary seemed to get repetitious, as though they were trying to drive home the idea that analog recording in better than digital recording. It started to feel like propaganda and became unintentionally funny.
13. Inspiring - Absolutely inspiring collection of stories, history and music from an eclectic group of what may be the best of the best in the industry. Watch it once, then again and again. Sound City might just be some of the best sessions of music ever recorded with a rare look into what happens when brilliant minds come together and just let it happen.
14. Someone else wrote that the first thirds are great, and the lat one isn't. - This is a great documentary about music, those who play it, and how it is recorded. Dave Grohl's love letter to a place in time is awesome and honest, and all the anecdotes are the stuff rock'n'roll legends are made off. But then (SPOLIERS) by the third act, trying to recreate that magic in a new studio with the now transplanted Neve board feels contrived and artificial, which contradicts everything Sound City stood for. In comparison, the same McCartney/Nirvana performance on SNL was mindblowing. Still a movie worth far more than the $. rental fee.
15. Amazing, if you love music you'll love this film - This film is awesome, if you are a real music lover you will not regret spending the money on this one. You can realize how music industry has changed and developed and we've lost the sense of what real music is. Also recommend the album made in this film, its amazing! Hope this helps you
16. Music's not as good anymore, now I know why! - Nostaligic, informative, and entertaining! One of the most poignant moments is when Trent Reznor that technology creates so many more opportunities to make great music, yet there isn't more great music out there. You still have to have something to offer - and boy did everyone featured in this film have something to offer!
Release date: 1991-05-10 Genre:Documentary $14.99
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1. Feuerzeig gets it right - He is Captain America, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Mountain Dew’s biggest missed ad campaign opportunity, and one of the greatest singer-songwriters of our time. Daniel Johnston is a Texas-born folk musician and artist who suffers from manic depression. In The Devil and Daniel Johnston, writer and director Jeff Feuerzeig explores how Johnston’s life and work is affected by his condition. Feuerzeig takes us on a journey into Daniel’s tangled mind by expertly weaving together interviews, performance footage, and an exhaustive library of mixed media self-documentation. This film is a brilliant example of interviews done right. Each interviewee is introduced into the narrative with their relationship to Daniel. The most frequently interviewed being his parents (a sincere elderly couple explaining how they did the best they could). They are interviewed in spaces that feel natural to the story such as their home and often have accompanying images relevant to what is being said (like the Number christmas ornament). Often endearing, but other times harrowing, these interviews offer a step back to other’s perceptions after being in Daniel’s mind. This insight is provided by a massive web of tape recording, home videos, and sketches with which he documented his experiences. Feuerzeig makes sense of this jumble and pieces together a narrative within which we can see not only the highs and lows of his illness but also his overriding downward spiral. It is this extensive self-documentation that makes Johnston such an interesting subject, and quite frankly, makes the film. Had there not been so much material from Johnston’s “library” to work with, there would be no film. Respecting this fact, Feuerzeig is careful to not impose too much on us while sharing these tapes and videos. For instance, when playing a tape recording, the only image onscreen is the tape playing in a clear front cassette player showcasing Daniel’s doodles on the tape. Jeff Feuerzeig also nimbly handles the inclusion of Johnston’s music and performance. He samples both recent concert footage and retro footage of some of Daniel’s first performances. Through these we see Daniel’s increasing difficulties with his depression, but also his increasing confidence on stage. In contrast to his early days (he was shaking like a leaf!), the more current footage shows him grinning as he conducts the audience in singing “Devil Town”. This is a very unique documentary about a very unique artist. On a path paved with sketches, recordings, home videos, and interviews, Jeff Feuerzeig takes the viewer on a journey into Daniel Johnston’s illness, art, and life. (Be sure to stick around for the credits. It’s the aftertaste you’ll want to have.)
2. D J - I was fortunate to attend a performance of Daniels in Austin. It must have been a festival on campus of some sort. No artist compares to the absolute awe of DJs ear for music. This documentary does a fantastic job of letting you feel as I did in the audience that day. Those who new him sang along immediately, by the time his set was done and this movie is over..... you will be too. Your life will change when you see the amazing mix of Daniels fun personality, unique music and his life living with mental illness. Young and old alike, all music types, EVERYONE - This is a must see.
3. This movie will change you... - Saw this in and have watched numerous times since...engrossing and epic every time still. Daniel is a genius and I think he owes much of his ability to his mental illness. You can literally feel the pain and raw emotion in his music and lyrics, and set to pictures in the film it becomes that much more powerful and will touch your soul! Daniel is his art in everything he does
4. Outstanding - "The Devil and Daniel Johnston" is an excellent documentary about a musician I'm ashamed to admit I was unfamiliar with prior to seeing this movie. Like many troubled artists it is difficult to determine where his madness ends and his work begins, but Daniel Johnston is unquestionably a singular, albeit esoteric, voice in music. As expected the doc pretty much follows Daniel's life chronologically and I found myself both inspired and distressed by his story and music that have influenced so many musicians.
5. wow. - im only twelve but after i saw this movie it changed my hole perspective on music. this film is truly a masterpiece. daniel johnston is a pure musical genius that will hopefully live on as one of the greatest singer song/writer that ever walked the earth. he was a true artist that i will never forget and i hope that every one who likes music or even hates music will see this movie or just listen to his music.
6. Story of a Genius - I can't believe this hasn't been reviewed more, it's simply incredible. The doc is done very, very well, but what makes it is the story of Daniel Johnston. Virtually unknown to most people, his music is by far some of the most touching and inspiring in existance. Nobody compares, nobody. If you're having second thoughts about buying this, rent it from netflix, go to amazon, whatever you need to do to get a copy.
Release date: 1970-03-26 Genre:Documentary $9.99
1. Woodstock - I was only yrs old I went with some biker friends to this. I was there for days and the rain wrecked a incredible concert but the spirit was there of Love, peace , not fight there that I knew of !insane usage of drugs and anything u could get ! But the line up of artist who weren’t known as they are today was awesome! This made them what they are today! I don’t know if this movie is like the very first version but nonetheless this was a land mark in time of rebellion!! And a bad War Godcares
2. The one thing you can't experience! - I was at the festival for six days,two before and one after. By Sunday the stench of poop was overpowering. Still my time spent there was fantastic!
PS: Joe Cocker died today and that made me really sad. When he performed at Woodstock most of us never heard of him but we knew him well when he finished his set!
3. turn back time please - At i still love the music from this era and can not articulate what this period was like ... the statler brothers capture some of it in their song A child of the 's...the performances by Santana and Ten Years After were incredible for live performances...wouldn't trade those years for anything, great time to "come of age" if however you were slogging through a rice paddy / way around the world or lost a loved one there then your POV would be different.
4. Oh Real Music Where Have You Gone - This movie captures a beautiful time in music when music could still change the world for longer than a day or two. When music was not a commodity to be downloaded and pasted on some stupid corporate credit card or automotive ad. This was a time when you went out a bought a vinyl album and listened to it over and over while you studied every minute detail of the album sleeve cover art. I was born in and my mother was a year old hippie so I grew up exposed to music other than the ‘Wheels on the Bus’ and looking back I can truly see what a magical time this was to be a young person in America and in just a few years how it would all change. I’m thankful documentaries such as this one exist to remind us all how special and important youth and music combined can be and how it can make the world a better place… if only for a little while. Get the soundtrack too so you can relive the images from the movie on your long commutes back and forth to your dead-end job. :)
5. Woodstock - Well I came upon a child of God, he was walking along the road
And I asked him tell where are you going, this he told me:
(He) said, I'm going down to Yasgur's farm, going to join in a rock and roll band.
Got to get back to the land, and set my soul free.
We are stardust, we are golden, we are billion year old carbon,
And we got to get ourselves back to the garden. Well, then can I roam beside you? I have come to lose the smog.
And I feel myself a cog in something turning.
And maybe it's the time of year, yes, said maybe it's the time of man.
And I don't know who I am but life is for learning.
We are stardust, we are golden, we are billion year old carbon,
And we got to get ourselves back to the garden. By the time we got to Woodstock, we were half a million strong,
And everywhere was song and celebration.
And I dreamed I saw the bomber jet planes riding shotgun in the sky,
Turning into butterflies above our nation. We are stardust, we are golden, we caught in the devil's bargain,
And we got to get ourselves back to the garden.
6. What A Trip - I loved every minute and every aspect of the film. The music was great and the interviews with spectators were outstanding. I was a Vitnam vet who returned from months in country in August and over the next years or so I had completely assimilated myself into what people my age were trying to say and do in this era. The movie was a refreshing flashback into the mood of the time. What's sad to me is that many of us in the country still don't understand that opposing an unnecessary and destructive war is not a bad thing. I'm sorry so many vets writing reviews of this film don't see that. Peace
7. Amazing Film - Amazing Performances - Is there a greater performance than the Who that has been captured on film? When considering the lack of electronic effects, no synths just raw power of bass, drum and Townshends pyrotechnic performance this has to be right up there. Watch this film just for this but Airplane, Ten Years After and an underrated but amazing set from Sly & the Family Stone sets this amazing film apart from so many others that followed.
8. Watch it at least once. - Try to watch this with no expectations other than enjoying some great artists pouring their guts out on stage. , people were there which means there were , different experiences. There's no way to catch that on film. What I did get out of this film were Sly and the Family Stone rocking the stage at night, Joe Cocker going %, Country Joe getting the crowd singing, The Who bringing in the Rock & Roll of the 's, Arlo Guthrie looking young, stoned, and having a blast. You've got to see Alvin Lee playing the strings off his guitar, and breakfast with Jimi. The cut scenes and interviews are great. This isn't a cinematic masterpiece and shouldn't be critiqued like a film. It's an event captured on film and thank god it was. $ for hours of cool music and some good laughs in between. Well worth it.
9. simply stunning - This movie was not meant to be a biography of the performers at Woodstock. It was meant to offer viewers at least an idea of the incredible phenomenon that was Woodstock. Personally, I loved every minute of it. The interviewers with random concert-goers were awesome, especially the guy who had just walked out of the port-o-john. This film sets the mood of love and peace that was Woodstock. This was a peaceful gathering, without riots or fighting that , people together would normally cause. Even if people couldn't hear the music, they were chill, and just enjoyed the atmosphere of the place. I would have loved to be able to say "Woodstock? Yeah, I was there" but I don't have that privelige. I think this movie is the closest thing to Woodstock true fans are ever gonna get.
10. Love it - The great thing about Woodstock is it left a legacy that will love for a very long time. Im only and I absolutly adore groups like Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Santana, Grateful Dead, CCR etc. After watching this movie I thought to myself that this is what real music is.
11. When music and emotion came first - What an experience. The first, and by far the most successful attempt at reality entertainment. Compare this movie with the tripe that is presented to us today. Nothing staged, nothing rehearsed, nothing scripted. What you get is a visual and audio montage of raw, classic performances from some of the greatest musicians of all time (Although I still can't believe Joan Baez made the final cut). The best part of the movie is the Jimi Hendrix session. Without the movie and soundtrack one of the classic performances of all time would have been lost forever, seen only by a few thousand stragglers that braved the Woodstock experience to the very end.
12. The Reality of Woodstock - While thousands of very rich white punks (many of whom were NOT peaceful off camera) were imbibbing in this cultural phenom, soldiers died in Viet Nam during the same time period as the concert. As a veteran of the Viet Nam War (and a woman), my heart aches for the familes of the soldiers, as reliving Woodstock for them is the ultimate in devastating experiences. So, so sad ...
13. Woodstock, forget it - This is actually a quite boring film. Having been there, the film does little to capture the sea change that was taking place in music during those days. Yeah, a ton of people came and the place turned filthy, but there is no news here. The atmosphere of peace, love and harmony was there, but the film overstates this. My take was that / of the people there came for the outdoor concert experience, not the metaphysical one. Helicopters were a giant pain the the as. Back in the audience, sound was horrible, which is typical of large outdoor venus. Very little real trouble with the crowd, which, however, got very restive in the mud and grime. Attention to the music dropped off accordingly. Richie Havens was actually really boring, and no one around me listened to him. Freedom was really just a lot of noise with no real musical qualities. Janis Joplin was huge. This film gives her almost no air time and does not address at all her contribution and her effect on music after Woodstock. Hendrix also was huge. Again, nothing about his playing or his impact. What the film does do is a pretty good job of showing what a scramble it was for the producers and the crews. During Woodstock, everything was under construction. When it was over, the cleanup and take down task was enormous. Amount of trash cannot be overstated. Truly massive road jams getting to and from the venue. However, it was a great event to experience. Much more for the massive scale and music than anything else. What is really ludicrous in retrospect is all of our long hair and the way we were really into ourselves. Finally, Woodstock was a good place to score easy weed at a cheep or no price. What more could you ask.
14. Welcome to Woodstock Nation - I was born years after Woodstock happened on a upstate New York farm and then turned into music history, but this documentary brings it alive to those flower children born a generation too late. This was how music was, in its greatest form. It's a shame music no longer sounds like this- us of the s could really use someone with the guitar genius of Jimi Hendrix or the vocals of a Janis Joplin, to name a few of the legends that performed here. Woodstock was THE concert, and to me, nothing has and nothing will ever compare to it.
15. politician killer - The era of love,peace and music and this movie documents it perfectly. Imagine this many people today getting together, there would be total violence. we are not better now after years cant imagine what the next have to offer. More love less government lets get rid of all the politicians and wipe the table clean.....create a more balanced government!!!!!!!!
16. Ha ha ha - You have to say you are a real man to f a lady in bed oh my word! Wheir is the real man that holds a door open for a girl or a lady? wheir is the real man that loves a women for who she is not for what she can not look like? My heart pors out to the men that got spat at and eggs at them and that are for gotten
Release date: 2015-03-13 Genre:Documentary $12.99
1. Just Great. - If you are at all familiar with popular music from the s thru the s, this is a must see (and hear). The breadth of the music is staggering and sentimental, A film of the soundtrack to the baby boom generation and an ode long bygone era I miss even more when I listen to popular music today.
2. Must See For Music Junkies! - Perfect example of things not always being what they appear to be. It’s just a shame it took this long for these musicians to get their credit so long overdue. I guess it doesn’t really matter the order but to drill down even further on the ‘Wrecking Crew’ I HIGHLY recommend pairing this documentary with reading the book ‘The Wrecking Crew’ by Kent Hartman. Knowing the background of the the WC also comes in handy if you see the movie ‘Love & Mercy’ about Brian Wilson that is out (albeit in limited release). In addition, if you get the chance (even if there is a drive involved) GO see Leon Russell!!! Aside from him just being an amazing performer, knowing the ‘backstory’ of the WC and his involvement with them makes the experience even better.
3. Outstanding!! - I rented this on iTunes the first day it became available and I'll buy a copy the first moment it's available for sale. These players were studio legends. Everyone from my generation has been moved by their musicianship & creativity, but before this documentary their stories were largely unknown. A well made documentary, lovingly done with a soundtrack worthy of the subject matter. Five stars from a music geek!
4. Excellent movie - Loving tribute by director Denny Tedesco to his late father Tommy and Tommy's musical peers of 's rock and roll studio musicians. While it took almost years to get the film completed and distributed it was well worth the wait. This is a QUALITY movie. The enormity of the task of telling the story of these, heretofore, unknown musicians is best illustrated by the necessary inclusion of over famous song clips that the WC played on. The movie relies heavily on the presence of core group member, (Plas Johnson, Hal Blaine, Carol Kay, Glen Campbel, Leon Russell, etc.) as well as studio honchos such as Herb Alpert, Dick Clark, and Lou Adler and performers such as Cher and Brian Wilson to tell the complete story. So just as "Twenty Feet form Stardom" told the story of "unknown" backup singers, Tedesco does the same for this group of highly talented musicians. This is a quality movie and deserves all the accolades it is garnering form critics and mass audiences alike. It is a absolutely a must see movie for fans of Rock and Roll.
5. Not bad. - Although content, footage, and music were bountiful and high quality, I felt like production and editing were a little dated. Im aware that some of this footage was shot several years ago, and that accounts for the old look of the film. I liked it, but I think the Muscle Shoals documentary is much better. Still, worth a watch.
6. The Construction Crew, too. - I watched this through iTunes tonight. I enjoyed it so much! Now, I have another layer to the way I listen to music, and to the musicians from the era this documentary covers. I had to take screenshots of the end credits so I can make sure to find the songs that were referenced and listen again with a better informed ear. What a great tribute from the son to his dad, Tommy Tedesco, and to the rest of The Wrecking Crew. This film has prompted me to go back right now and re-watch The Funk Brothers doc, "Standing In The Shadows of Motown".
7. Astounding! Not to be missed! - This is one of the best documentary’s I’ve ever seen. These songs had a huge impact on my life. I’m a professional musician who grew up hearing most of them on the radio and listening to them on vinyl over and over trying to learn to play the guitar I had no idea (at the time) that most of the bands didn’t play their own instruments. Finding out from this movie that "The Wrecking Crew" played on practically every song I heard was mind boggling! Kudos to Denny Tedesco for his intense labor to finally get this released after years of effort!
8. A surprising revelation about all the songs you love! - This movie will blow your mind and delight you. The Wrecking Crew were the hit-making studio & session musicians in the s; they played on most of the hit records that you loved, sang along with, danced to, and fell in love to. You know their music by heart, even if you don't know that you do. Here is a PARTIAL list of the songs they played on: Can't Help Falling in Love (Elvis Presley)
Return To Sender (Elvis Presley)
Memories (Elvis Presley)
A Little Less Conversation (Elvis Presley) A Taste of Honey (Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass)
Spanish Flea (Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass)
Whipped Cream (Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass)
Zorba The Greek (Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass)
Lonely Bull (Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass) Twisting The Night Away (Sam Cooke)
You Send Me (Sam Cooke)
Another Saturday NIght (Sam Cooke) California Dreamin' (Mamas & Papas)
Monday Monday (Mamas & Papas)
Dedicated To the One I love (The Mamas & The Papas)
Creeque Alley (Mamas and Papas)
Dream A Little Dream of Me (Mamas and Papas)
I Saw Her Again Last Night (Mamas and Papas) That's Life (Frank Sinatra)
Strangers in the Night (Frank Sinatra)
Summer Wind (Frank Sinatra)
Somethin' Stupid (Frank and Nancy Sinatra)
These Boots Were Made For Walking (Nancy Sinatra)
Sugar Town (Nancy Sinatra) Midnight Confessions (Grass Roots)
Sooner or Later (Grass Roots)
Temptation Eyes (Grass Roots)
Where Were You When I Needed You (Grass Roots) Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (th Dimension)
Up Up and Away (The th Dimension)
Wedding Bell Blues (th Dimension)
Stoned Soul Picnic (th Dimension)
One Less Bell to Answer (The th Dimension) Be My Baby (Ronettes)
Baby, I Love You (Ronettes)
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (Ronettes)
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (Ronettes)
Frosty The Snowman (Ronettes)
Santa Claus is Coming To Town (Ronettes) Da Doo Ron Ron (The Crystals)
He's A Rebel (The Crystals)
Then He Kissed Me (The Crystals) White Christmas (Darlene Love) The Beat Goes On (Sonny & Cher)
I've Got You Babe (Sonny and Cher)
Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves (Cher)
Half Breed (Cher)
Bang Bang (Cher) Be True to Your School (Beach Boys)
California Girls (The Beach Boys)
Good Vibrations (The Beach Boys)
Help Me Rhonda (The Beach Boys)
Fun Fun Fun (The Beach Boys)
Don't Worry Baby (The Beach Boys)
I Get Around (The Beach Boys)
Sloop John B (The Beach Boys)
God Only Knows (The Beach Boys) Bridge over Troubled Water (Simon and Garfunkel)
The Boxer (Simon and Garfunkel)
Mrs. Robinson (Simon & Garfunkel)
Cecilia (Simon & Garfunkel) C'mon Get Happy (The Partridge Family)
I Think I love You (The Partridge Family)
Cherish (David Cassidy) By The Time I Get To Phoenix (Glen Campbell)
Wichita Lineman (Glen Campbell)
Galveston (Glen Campbell)
Gentle On My Mind (Glen Campbell)
Woman's World (Glen Campbell) Tightrope (Leon Russell)
A Song For You (Leon Russell)
Lady Blue (Leon Russell) Memphis (Johnny Rivers)
Poor Side of Town (Johnny Rivers)
Whisky A Go Go (Johnny Rivers) Travelin' Man (Ricky Nelson)
Fools Rush In (Ricky Nelson) This Diamond Ring (Gary Lewis & The Playboys)
Everybody Loves a Clown (Gary Lewis & The Playboys) The Little Old Lady from Pasadena (Jan & Dean)
Surf City (Jan & Dean)
Dead Man's Curve (Jan & Dean)
Drag City (Jan & Dean) Annie's Song (John Denver) Close To You (The Carpenters) Danke Schoen (Wayne Newton) Dizzy (Tommy Roe) Don't Pull Your Love Out (Hamilton, Joe Frank, & Reynolds) Eve of Destruction (Barry McGuire) Everybody Loves Somebody (Dean Martin) Everybody's Talking (Harry Nilsson) Guantanamera (The Sandpipers) Hey Little Cobra (The Rip Cords) Indian Reservation (Paul Revere and the Raiders) It Never Rains In Southern California (Albert Hammond) It’s Not Easy Being Green (Ray Charles) Johnny Angel (Shelly Fabares) Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) (Kenny Rogers and the First Edition) Let's Dance (Chris Montez) Let's Go (The Routers) Love Will Keep Us Together (Captain and Tennille) MacArthur Park (Richard Harris) Mary Mary (The Monkees) Mr. Tambourine Man (The Byrds) Out of Limits (The Marketts)
Surfer's Stomp (The Marketts) Put A Little Love Into Your Heart (Jackie DeShannon) Ringo (Lorne Green) River Deep Mountain High (Ike & Tina Turner) Rockin' Robin (Bobby Day) San Francisco (be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair) Scott McKenzie She’s a Fool (Leslie Gore) The Chipmunk Song (The Chipmunks) The Night Has a Thousand Eyes (Bobby Vee) To Know Him Is To Love Him (Teddy Bears) Where The Boys Are (Connie Francis) Windy (The Association) You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' (The Righteous Brothers) Young Girl (Gary Puckett) Yellow Roses (Bobby Darin) Baja (Jack Nitzsche)
Lonely Surfer (Jack Nitszche) MOVIE & TV THEMES:
Beach Blanket Bingo
Fernwood Tonight (Happy Kyne and The Mirthmakers)
Hawaii Five-O (The Ventures)
MASH (Suicide is Painless)
Pink Panther (Henry Mancini)
9. LOVE LOVE LOVED!!!! - Saw this in the theater yesterday and was absolutely entralled. The soundtrack of a lot of our childhoods. Ah to be part of such an exceptionally talented group of musicians. I am so happy this documentary was made. I just wish I could have sensed that the rest of the audience (predominantly Babyboomers) was as excited as I was. I could barely contain myself and sad I wasnt sitting next to someone who was as moved as I was!!
10. Amazing - I just returned from seeing this movie with my wife and year old son, and it was all we could talk about on the drive home. Just so well done and it gives you such a better understanding on how the music and record industry worked in the 's. And to think, most if not all of these musicians started out knowing nothing about Rock & Roll. A smile from Beginning to End. Lastly, if you loved this movie may I suggest "Twenty Feet from Stardom" about the backup singers who also played on so many memorable hits.
11. Want to ROCK your world? - Saw the premiere of this film last night in LA. It is beyond amazing. Denny Tedesco's tribute to his father, Tommy, and all the incredible musical artists who comprised The Wrecking Crew is informative and well-done. No way you'll get through it without singing along with all the tunes included in the film. Don't miss seeing The Wrecking Crew.
12. Bravo! - Driven by the memory of his late father, famed session guitarist Tommy Tedesco, Director Denny Tedesco has produced a labor of love that tells the story of the unsung heroes of music dating back to the s. The backup musicians whose stories are told in "The Wrecking Crew" finally get their due in this wonderful film that is both uplifting and poignant. You won't ever again be able to listen to these well known tunes without thinking about these less well known but important musical talents like Tedesco, who made fame possible for the many stars who got all the credit. Bravo, Denny!
13. Tedesco is an Excellent Storyteller - As a fan of this music, it was fascinating to get a glimpse behind the scenes.
More than just a standard documentary, personal stories were carefully placed that made it interesting and humorous but did not interfere with the focus on the music. Well done. Highly recommended for music fans.
14. Badco - After awaiting seemingly forever for the March release I went to iTunes to purchase it first thing this morning. Turns out it can only be rented! What's up with that? I want to watch it more than once. The two star rating was all I could give it... until I see it. Sorry. I'm sure I'll give it five stars... after I purchase it. More Old B.S. Later
Release date: 2011-11-01 Genre:Documentary $19.99
1. Wow. - This documentary can stand the test of time. You really get a sense of their grounded, humble roots. This is due, in part, to their family barbecues where their own family seems to have not a care nor concern about their fame, all the while getting teased here and there by members who are no doubt wondering why their boys warrant a camera follow them around. Don't get me wrong, their family are huge fans of the band, but it's almost as if they lack the knowledge of the global grasp this band has on fans all around the world. When they go home, you can tell they are at peace. Just a fantastic documentary. You would want this content out of any documentary following around you're favorite band. Just watch it.
2. Speechless - This is the best band in the world. And you are absolutely insane if you think this is a bad documentary. This documentary is about their spiritual upbringing, about how they came to be. Is is very touching, and this has made me love therm even more! stars
"I'm gonna die...but it ain't gonna be tonight"
3. Loathing in Talihina - Ok ... I'm a documentary chic! I usually can go for just about anything so when I came upon this, I was excited. I love kings of Leon music and new some parallels between their religious upbringing and my own ... But I HATED this movie! I couldn't even make it through it! I think what most irritates me was that the band acted beyond what they've yet earned. They came off licentious, pathetic, and detached. But it wasn't the curious type of rocker selfishness; it was greedy and messy and arrogant. Maybe I was just in a mood but mocking the place you drank the water from; not cool
4. Amazing! - You are CRAZY if you didn't like this! I loved their crazy family, their passion for music and it showed how human they are, their dysfunctional, they argue but the love each other. Watching this really made me become a fan! And I absolutely love the version of Talihina sky that plays at the end! Two thumbs up!
5. Disappointing film of a seminal band - The film starts out well, but then never gets out of 'first gear' . Could have used more in-depth interviews with the boys as well as more live footage and music. As it is, the movie fails to live up to its promise and ends up being mostly a soporific excursion to the South.
6. Great Band - As someone who grew up in oklahoma knew Nathan, Caleb, and Jared at a young age i can truly say that they deserve all the credit for their success. i often look back at the times we hung out usually doing things we were not supposed to do and laugh. It was truly fun. Though it has been quite a few years since we have talked i follow them closely and enjoy their music. It would be great to see them again someday. They truly were the best friends I've ever had.
7. i don't know - Rolling Stone reviews documentaries quite well if you ask me Someone like y'all no doubt about it
I'd still like to see what it means to open up personal lives to the fans of The Kings of Leon that could sure use somebody ! Wait Lions ! Y'all rock on.
Cordially and sincerely yours,
8. Love and Peace to ya'll - Fabulous, I have enjoyed your music from the first time heard, there is something to the thing and saying i did that or I didn't. don't forget people are people and follow your heart because I feel your music is sensational and is in your heart most of the time. Caleb may peace be with you and have joy and happiness, I will be waiting for the next chapter because we need your music, talent and love. Sincerely
9. I get it! - Just watched Talihina Sky. I'm th generation Pentecostal. Well, I was 'til later in my teen years (now ) when I found out Jesus is the truth and not the UPC. Now I'm a child of God. I cry Abba Father now just like the Spirit of his Son. I got in trouble by most of the church about years ago for being a fan! Got called into the pastor's office several times. It all led to me not being able to play my saxophone on the platform for a while and not being able to sing in the choir so thanks a lot, haha! I feel I relate to ya'll some so thanks! Hail the one God, Apostolic, Tongue Talkin, Holy Roller, Born Again, Heaven Bound Believer, In The Liberating Power of Jesus name, baha! Fact is UPC didn't read it all. One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God! And: Corinthians : But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. In Acts :, Jesus has his own soul! Word doesn't say For God so loved the world that he gave himself wrapped in flesh. It says he gave his Son! The Son don't know the hour of his own coming, but the Father does! We are all one in love! God is love! His love is greater for you than you were raised to think b/c he gave his son!
10. Umm, is this a joke? - If I wanted to hear mumbling, bumbling idiots talk about drinking and screwing their cousins, I'd go to my brother in laws family reunion. This seemed like they were making fun of the ignorant hillbillies that they're related to. I didn't enjoy any of this. If you must, rent this, don't buy it in HD like I did, I'll never watch it again. I like their music a lot, but could care less about their redneck upbringing.
11. True To Life - I absolutely loved the movie! I am from Oklahoma and grew up like they did, rough, poor, but loved. My Granny was Pentecostal and took me to church every time she went till she passed when I was six years old. I first heard Sex On Fire on KMOD out of Tulsa, so I downloaded Only By The Night first. Within hours, I had downloaded all of their records. I was at the Ford Center the first time they played there and it was awesome! You could feel the electricity and passion in every song! I am glad real people took their music and played it for us like they wanted too. This is not your "radio and record execs shoving music down your throat so they can get rich" music, it's true to life.....
12. King's are Back - After they cancelled the remaining shows (i had tickets for Jones Beach) I wrote them off. I could not even bring myself to listen to the their music. I happened to see the flic on cable, those guys are screwed up!!! Loved it, can't wait to see it again! King's are back! get well Caleb
Release date: 2021-11-12 Genre:Documentary $14.99
1. Inspirational - Long Promised Road is an intimate look at Brian Wilson’s musical genius as well as his often troubled life. He rides, talks and listens to music with Jason Fine (of Rolling Stone) as they go around L.A. by car. Their conversations feel so unscripted. All of Brian’s answers/emotional reactions seem very real and honest. His personal struggles are laid out in the open. In the end, however, we can find that through life’s pain there is hope and meaning to be found.
2. Surprisingly uplifting - I’ll never look at The Beach Boys the same way again. This is a poignant, heart-wrenching, beautiful documentary of a most talented survivor. Surprisingly unsuperficial look into the amazing, very human Brian Wilson, the backbone of a most American music group whose sweet sounds should never cease to astound, that their simple-complex songs should evoke an array of emotions especially sheer unaldterated joy. Thanks Brian, Dennis, Carl, Mike, Al!!
3. Enough - Enough with the repeating Brian Wilson docs and movies. Oh hey I was an addict, crappy father, horrible husband and made lousy pop songs that nobody enjoys anymore. It’s tired. I’d honestly rather watch a bad Lifetime movie about Wilson Phillips. That said … I’d LOVE to see a Wilson Phillips movie on tv!
4. stars - This is an incredible and unique look at the life of Brian Wilson. If you’re familiar with Brian’s story there won’t be any revelatory information in this doc, however the way it is presented is very unique to any other BW documentary. Much of the film is spent with Brian and Jason Fine driving around in a car - while that may seem boring, all of Brian’s emotions are on full display: from sadness to hilarity, to Brian’s anxiety. Not a dull moment and it’s a very touching and well done doc.