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This Movie fools you hook, line, and sinker.
Some other reviewer put the title "Cheney had US hook, line, and sinker."
Am I the only one who remembers the document authored in 1999 by Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and others. called PNAC, or The Project For the New American Century, which literally called for a "New Pearl Harbour" to inspire americans to support the invasion of a list of countries including Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and ultimately Iran?
This film pathetically rides the train of "expose" mocumentaries, while brainwashing and whitewashing in a long Hollywood tradition. Guess what Hollywood? We are a smarter, more educated and fact conscious public than you could play with in the sixties.
Sing Street (2016)
Vapid Teen Flick Devoid of Real Musical History
Now that the usual slew of paid shill IMDb reviews are in, it's time for the sober minded crowd who actually care about the music of the eighties, and film, to set things straight.
From the moment the all knowing, witty mentor of an older brother tells our little 15 something hero and his father that Duran Duran is an artistic statement that belies criticism and is conquerable to The Beatles, I knew something would be sorely remiss here. In fact, Duran Duran seems to be the sole band of any real importance to the eighties if you fall for this ridiculous film's 'perspective'.
I can even see a wry little uncomfortable smile on Simon Le Bon's face (whom I have met), as even his ego would allow that such comparisons are ludicrous. Oh yes, sorry, I get it now. He has been assured royalties from a whole new generation being sold his music as a result of this crappy teensploitation film.
Where are bands such as The Clash, who after all, were voted the most important band of the eighties by Rolling Stone - despite their already breaking up by 82? It is quite obvious that his movie intentionally glosses over any of the truly revolutionary artists of the UK eighties wave, such as Elvis Costello, The Stranglers, The Pretenders, The Police, The Specials, Joy Division, and so, so many others that simply do not exist in this telling of the tale to a new generation.
Perhaps these bands would be too dangerous an influence (certainlyThe Clash) to let today's teenagers in on?
Okay, there is one snippet of a Clash song, and maybe a couple other decent tracks quickly used, but without mention by name of anyone of importance except... Duran Duran. Oh, and Hall & Oates do get treated to the same sort of rip off song writing created by some professional song ripper offer paid by the film producers, that are barely acceptable as music except that they are such accurate rip offs - which of course our 15 year old hero is supposed to have written with his musical cohort who okay, kind of looks like The Edge... but once again, forget U2 even being mentioned by these Irish teenagers in 1985. Hmmmm.
Jokingly, they recruit a token black band member and whereas this could have been a great vehicle by which his character would develop and show them up for their stupidity... in fact he remains exactly that. A token black cast member without any real dialogue. Wow.
The 'love interest' between a milky faced 15 year old and a mid twenties actress (playing a young girl) too, whose character wants to 'get into' modeling and looks more like she's almost too old for prostitution is just bewildering to me. How can anyone take it seriously? Both characters obviously have little in the way of real love for one another, but simply find each other advantageous and desirable for their own self images. Perfect brain washing for today's teens.
Because yes, although compared naturally by many to The Commitments, which is a real story that can be enjoyed by anyone who loves good music, this is blatantly targeted solely at today's teenagers who will find a 15 year old boy being persecuted for wearing heavy make up to school so close to their own painful deeply significant struggles today...
To any adult who was there though, and cared about it, it is a criminal whitewashing of musical history. One I submit is not without intent on the part of the film makers.
The final scene is absolutely priceless though. It's as though these film makers wanted to end by showing how ridiculous the whole thing has been all along... and to think you lasted to this final absurdity of an ending.
A Cross the Universe (2008)
More evidence of the post electro- whatever generation harping on about how well it can co opt clichés from the past... and totally miss the point.
Rock n' Roll wasn't only about loud music, alcohol, chicks, drugs, tight leather jackets, fancy hotels, Vegas weddings (yawn) and 'crazy' behavior (please, the 'gun toting' manager isn't crazy.. he's an idiot). Although these poseurs go out of their way to pack all of that into their own self published and obviously contrived 'music documentary' (included with the CD... oops, red light!), and still make it all appear tediously boring...
Imagine the Stones filming a documentary about themselves, and then packaging it with their records....
No. Rock n' Roll was about that inexplicable (and impossible to copy) extra ingredient. You couldn't put your finger on it. The only way you could tell a fake was because they were trying to be something they were not.
Like these guys. Only the new generation would see something new, where there is only theft.