Foo Fighters

Sound City Studios in Van Nuys has had a hand in creating 7 of the 500 greatest albums on Rolling Stone’s list. It’s a legendary spot, one rich with sonic history and a sense of American Rock ‘N’ Roll when it was far purer than it is today. It’ll no doubt make an engaging doc subject, and Foo Fighter/Nirvana member Dave Grohl plans to make sure that his directorial debut celebrates that musical birthplace in Sound City. According to Aint it Cool, Grohl is making himself mayor of Sound City after buying their Neve 8028 recording console (that was used to lay down tracks for everyone from Neil Young to Nirvana to Nine Inch Nails to bands that didn’t start with the letter N). The press release from Roswell Films calls the movie “a film about America’s greatest unsung recording studio.” Another phrase for it? A damned cool project.

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What is Movie News After Dark? It is a nightly movie news column that ain’t afraid of sharks. Just don’t tell any sharks that it said that, because they just don’t need to know about it. It’s also a movie news column that continues to unapologetically report on all things Michael Bay and Doctor Who. If you can’t handle that, there’s other stuff in here, too. Shark Night 3D is a real thing. So real with its bikini-clad Sarah Paxton almost within the grasp of a big ass angry fish. So real with Snakes on a Plane director David R. Ellis at the controls. Oh, who are we kidding? This is going to be ridiculous, bloody and one-step above porn. If we’re lucky.

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Entering into an audience-film contract with a film that touts “the story of the last great American rock band” is a tricky one; and it comes with some strings attached. First, what does it mean for Foo Fighters to be “the last great American rock band?” Is that such a thing? Or more to the point, is such a thing possible? I’d been discussing the topic all day with friends and colleagues, trying to determine the answer. After 100 minutes spent with the band courtesy of director James Moll, I still don’t know if I have the answer. Perhaps I’m not qualified to give that answer. What I do know is that with his film, Moll gives us a bird’s eye view of their rise to fame and delivers to us intimate moments and insights. Seen through his lens, it doesn’t matter what you call them, but it’s impossible to deny that the Foo Fighters are an impressive group of men.

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