It’s so hard to watch films about music during this time period and not wish I had been around for it. True story: My father is so impatient that he turned around on his way to Woodstock due to traffic. I will never forgive him for that. The film Taking Woodstock isn’t so much about the music as it is about the man who ‘saved’ it. That man is Elliot Tiber in reality, and this film is based off his book (co-written with Tom Monte) about how Woodstock came to be in his home town. It’s a film that is much more about a young man’s struggle with his family and his own identity; it’s a story of self-discovery, of independence, Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Cantankerous Panda on June 12, 2010
Posted in Movie Reviews | Tagged: American Pie, Ang Lee, anti-Semitism, based on a true story, Best In Show, Brokeback Mountain, coming of age film, Danny Elfman, Demetri Martin, Elliot Tiber, Emile Hirsch, Eugene Levy, Film review, Harry Potter, Henry Goodman, homosexuality, Imelda Staunton, James Schamus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jonathan Groff, Liev Schreiber, Max Yasgur, Michael Lang, Modern films, sex drugs and rock 'n roll, Taking Woodstock, The Daily Show, Tom Monte, Vietnam, Watchmen, Woodstock | 16 Comments »
Posted by Cantankerous Panda on May 23, 2010
Dakota Fanning as a sex symbol, oh my!
I realize that with my addition of pictures within my reviews, I have gotten a bit more tongue-in-cheek for the last bunch. Part of that is because the pictures lend themselves to a comedic slant, and another part is because the films don’t play into a more serious sort of review. I don’t intend to have that attitude in all of my reviews, but I will try to work with pictures, regardless. People seem to enjoy how the visuals break up my long-winded reviews. Additionally, I am playing with themes to get the pictures to format properly, so bear with me and let me know what you think when you see a new theme pop up!
The Runaways is a film about the 1970s all-girl teen rock band of the same name, specifically about the inception of the band and its beginning years with its original members. It specifically focuses on the two leads of the band, Joan Jett and Cherie Currie. While the film gives us a good understanding of Currie’s background, it leaves Jett’s story mostly in the dark, which I found somewhat odd as Jett was really the brains of the whole operation and the most musically successful member of the band. I knew who Joan Jett was before I walked into the theatre; I couldn’t tell you anything about Cherie Currie except that someone in the band was named “something like Cherry”. I really don’t want to get into specifics about the band history and all, because not only will I just be rewriting this biopic, but I’ll be constantly checking my information and this is not why I write film reviews! So, allow me to get into a little more of the nitty-gritty of the film, and please forgive me for not nitpicking some of the inaccuracies that it included (though I believe those were kept to a minimum since both Jett and Currie were involved in the making of the film). Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Movie Reviews | Tagged: Alia Shawkat, based on a true story, biopic, Cherie Currie, Dakota Fanning, Film review, Floria Sigismondi, indie film, Joan Jett, Kristen Stewart, Lita Ford, Michael Shannon, Modern films, rock film, Sandy West, Scout Taylor-Comptom, sex drugs and rock 'n roll, Stella Maeve, The Runaways | 9 Comments »