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Fatal wrote:Loved the movie.
It was kind of odd jumping back and forth between old and new footage...i probably would have prefered to see an earlier version of Release for instance, but no question the one they used was beautiful.
The movie kind of peaks half way thru...or maybe 2/3 of the way thru, but it was still an exceptionally well put together documentary with lots of great "new" footage.
I guess my pet peeve is that i wish they had dug a little deeper at some of the more controversial stuff....the drummer situation (in particular Dave A), the No Code sessions/Ed taking control/travelling on his own etc...more about how they almost broke up and what brought them back together.
But finally a BIG thank you to Cameron Crowe for putting this together. Such a treat for us fans. Can't wait to get the super delux blu-ray in my hands.
Oh and one last thing.....LOVED Stone in this movie. His modern day interviews were by far the most engaging.
the tiki bomb wrote:It was very, very good...it was better than Rattle and Hum, but not quite as good as The Kids Are Alright. When you see it again on TV, it may seem like a VH1 Behind the Music without MOST of the insipid narration.
Release still rules, and the footage of that song is stunning. The Singles Party really made me laugh and one million records the first week of vs., that still blows my mind.
My 945pm showing in AFI Silver in Silver Spring MD(nice movie theater) could have had the volume at least 2 ticks LOUDER.
Swanton wrote:I went to see PJ20 with my wife in Houston last night. We got to the theater at 6PM for the 7PM show and there was already a line down the street. The movie tavern has a bar, so that added some extra flair to the proceedings. The theater was full by the time the show started.
It was like Cameron Crowe sat down and asked himself, "How can I organize 20 years of amazing concert footage along with intimate interviews with each band member to grant the biggest Pearl Jam fangasm?"
So many wonderful memories sparked to my mind during the movie, and I had not seen much of the concert footage from the early days. I'm 35 now so I discovered Pearl Jam during my early high-school days, and the waves of nostalgia crashed over me throughout the evening.
In terms of the specifics of the movie:
Stone Gossard and Chris Cornell were both hilarious and engaging. The enitre theater laughed when Stone was talking about Temple of the Dog and how Chis was a good singer, but when Eddie jumped into "Hunger Strike," Stone added something like, "Damn, we have a f**king good singer too!" Chris talking about Mike McCready's skills and "Reach Down" was fantastic and had the theater rolling (I'm paraphrasing from what I recall), "I'm going to write a 12-minute song. It's going to be 10 minutes of guitar solos, and f**k it, I'm going to start the album off with it. And if you don't like it, I don't give a f**k. And we NOW have a guy that can do it. He can PLAY. I mean - he has problems and sooner or later you're going to need to deal with that, but he's good."
The footage of Eddie swinging from the stages is wild. I have no idea how he isn't dead.
The footage from "Alive" at The Spectrum in Philly was awesome because I was in the crowd that night. I flew from Houston to Philly for that show (and to visit family, but primarily for the concert).
Eddie talking about singing "Black" was powerful to me. His thoughts about singing the song, "That's how I felt when I wrote it. I feel the same way every time I sing it," match with how I think about that song. It reminds me of certain feelings back in high school. And anytime I heard it, I have those same feelings and memories. That "got" to me.
Others have said it, but the footage - and voiceover from others talking about the incident - of Eddie "flipping a switch" during a concert while pissed off at a security guard is mind-blowing. It feels like you're watching a piece of your own history, which may not make sense. But that statement applies to the whole movie - I felt like I was learning about a personal history that I participated in and shared even though I don't know any of these people.
The entire movie was great. For two hours, I alternated between laughing, tearing up and smiling like a dumbfounded jackass throughout the movie.
Cavstarr313 wrote:I was at the late show in Detroit (Royal Oak) and I thought the movie was simply incredible..
I laughed, I cried, I laughed some more (thanx Stone) and I cried yet again..
I knew the movie was going to be great, but I left the theatre somehow more in love with this band?? Is that even possible??
Their music has done so much for me. From inspiring me to play at a young age, from influencing (to a degree) my outlook on life and what is possible, to truly helping me through some of the darkest points of my life and becoming the soundtrack for some of the greatest moments of my life..
This band, this thing that we all connect to is nothing short of magic.. and the ride that is taken with this movie, was nothing short of that...
TERESAFLOWERS wrote:Saw the movie for free at the Bagdad Theatre in Portland,OR.line was around the block.The movie made me laugh and brought a tear to my eye,but was smiling the whole time.It was great, definately need the deluxe DVD now.Thanks guys for a rockin 20 years.
Swanton wrote:The entire movie was great. For two hours, I alternated between laughing, tearing up and smiling like a dumbfounded jackass throughout the movie.
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