The White Stripes

Under Great White Northern Lights

On the heels of last week’s rock doc opener, Mark Christopher Covino and Jeff Howlett’s A Band Called Death, rock n’ roll documentaries have been understandably on our collective brain. (Landon explored the genre and some of its recent attempts to “fix” rock music earlier this week.) Though A Band Called Death tells a great story about America’s first (and forgotten) punk band, I found it to be emotionally lacking (even with tons of appropriate emotion to mine for the production, including the death of its most influential member), which got me thinking about other rock docs that I found truly emotionally satisfying. There was only one that immediately came to mind, even though I had almost forgotten about its very existence. While A Band Called Death is an impressively comprehensive documentary about the band and the brothers, its desire to meticulously track the timeline of the story holds it back from having a tremendous emotional punch. It’s the sort of problem that can be common in documentary films (particularly in first-time outings, like A Band Called Death is) – an adherence to telling all the pertinent bits of a true story often rob it of the kind of emotional value that’s easier to build into a fictitious narrative film. Basically, some documentaries don’t take risks in their storytelling, instead sticking to linear expression, which is rarely that interesting or dramatic. It’s why documentary films that do take risks in their storytelling are so captivating and so acclaimed (think The […]



We’re moving right along toward SXSW 2010 with our preview in full swing. Only 21 days until the festival kicks off and we still have a ton of great movies to talk about. So we might as well get one of the big ones out of the way.

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published: 01.27.2015
published: 01.27.2015
published: 01.27.2015
published: 01.27.2015

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