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(Onion AV Club)   Turns out that a Bowie documentary without any Bowie songs kinda sucks   (film.avclub.com) divider line
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2020-11-24 5:30:19 PM  
Hard to believe there is enough coke to make it a good idea.
 
2020-11-24 6:07:10 PM  
Biopics are not documentaries. I'd be all up for a documentary on Bowie, but biopics are usually overly whitewashed blandness.
 
2020-11-24 7:03:13 PM  

NeoCortex42: Biopics are not documentaries. I'd be all up for a documentary on Bowie, but biopics are usually overly whitewashed blandness.


The music is frequently the only good part of those shiatty biopics, and you won't even get that with this one. Pass.
 
2020-11-24 10:02:43 PM  
There was a Hendrix one several years ago, Jimi: All Is by My Side, but the producers couldn't get rights to use any of his music or any real footage.   I watched it out of morbid curiosity and it wasn't the worst movie I saw that year.   Andre 3000 played Jimi and he was really pretty good.   Waddy Wachtel handled the guitar work very authentically, along with some session guys.   The film covered 1966, when Jimi had just come to NYC and his first appearance in London, early '67.    The worst part was stand-ins portraying Clapton, the Beatles, and so on.
 
2020-11-24 10:04:25 PM  
If you want to see a good unauthorized Bowie biopic that doesn't include his music, watch Velvet Goldmine.  It's a pretty good summation (without being specifically accurate) of "Bowie" and "Iggy Pop's" relationship in the 70s.
 
2020-11-24 10:27:00 PM  

Stud Gerbil: There was a Hendrix one several years ago, Jimi: All Is by My Side, but the producers couldn't get rights to use any of his music or any real footage.   I watched it out of morbid curiosity and it wasn't the worst movie I saw that year.   Andre 3000 played Jimi and he was really pretty good.   Waddy Wachtel handled the guitar work very authentically, along with some session guys.   The film covered 1966, when Jimi had just come to NYC and his first appearance in London, early '67.    The worst part was stand-ins portraying Clapton, the Beatles, and so on.


The CBGB movie that came out about 10 years ago was also garbage. Somebody thought it was a good idea to do a movie about CBGBs and forget to secure the rights to any Ramones songs.
 
2020-11-24 10:38:28 PM  

NeoCortex42: Biopics are not documentaries. I'd be all up for a documentary on Bowie, but biopics are usually overly whitewashed blandness.


The musician's estate usually won't authorize the music unless it's an inoffensive feel-good merchandise infomercial.
 
2020-11-24 10:59:12 PM  

Stud Gerbil: There was a Hendrix one several years ago, Jimi: All Is by My Side, but the producers couldn't get rights to use any of his music or any real footage.   I watched it out of morbid curiosity and it wasn't the worst movie I saw that year.   Andre 3000 played Jimi and he was really pretty good.   Waddy Wachtel handled the guitar work very authentically, along with some session guys.   The film covered 1966, when Jimi had just come to NYC and his first appearance in London, early '67.    The worst part was stand-ins portraying Clapton, the Beatles, and so on.


Came here to say this. Not a great movie, especially if you're looking for some of Hendrix's music. Just no fun watching him play Sgt. Pepper's. It makes you wonder why they would proceed.
 
2020-11-25 12:24:21 AM  

Sgt Otter: NeoCortex42: Biopics are not documentaries. I'd be all up for a documentary on Bowie, but biopics are usually overly whitewashed blandness.

The musician's estate usually won't authorize the music unless it's an inoffensive feel-good merchandise infomercial.


Not sure that applies here, the studio just didn't have Konami money.

David Bowie - The Man Who Sold The World (Metal Gear Solid V : The Phantom Pain OST #1)
Youtube ljV6WZ8xyr4
 
2020-11-25 1:23:03 AM  
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2020-11-25 1:51:28 AM  

Snapper Carr: If you want to see a good unauthorized Bowie biopic that doesn't include his music, watch Velvet Goldmine.  It's a pretty good summation (without being specifically accurate) of "Bowie" and "Iggy Pop's" relationship in the 70s.



Good music in it nonetheless.

The Bowie proxy was pretty good in Gormenghast too, even if I didn't love the third act as much as the rest.  Curious how he was in that Elvis production.
 
2020-11-25 2:02:08 AM  

Stud Gerbil: There was a Hendrix one several years ago, Jimi: All Is by My Side, but the producers couldn't get rights to use any of his music or any real footage.   I watched it out of morbid curiosity and it wasn't the worst movie I saw that year.   Andre 3000 played Jimi and he was really pretty good.   Waddy Wachtel handled the guitar work very authentically, along with some session guys.   The film covered 1966, when Jimi had just come to NYC and his first appearance in London, early '67.    The worst part was stand-ins portraying Clapton, the Beatles, and so on.


Walk Hard - Beatles scene
Youtube 2g_xaVNY9P4
 
2020-11-25 6:37:32 AM  

Sgt Otter: NeoCortex42: Biopics are not documentaries. I'd be all up for a documentary on Bowie, but biopics are usually overly whitewashed blandness.

The musician's estate usually won't authorize the music unless it's an inoffensive feel-good merchandise infomercial.


Yep. That's the problem with biopics of musicians. If they're authorized, you get the music, but it's basically just a press release. If they're unauthorized, you can tell the truth, but don't get the music.

\the music industry is a vast hive of scum and villainy
 
2020-11-25 6:42:02 AM  

LewDux: Stud Gerbil: There was a Hendrix one several years ago, Jimi: All Is by My Side, but the producers couldn't get rights to use any of his music or any real footage.   I watched it out of morbid curiosity and it wasn't the worst movie I saw that year.   Andre 3000 played Jimi and he was really pretty good.   Waddy Wachtel handled the guitar work very authentically, along with some session guys.   The film covered 1966, when Jimi had just come to NYC and his first appearance in London, early '67.    The worst part was stand-ins portraying Clapton, the Beatles, and so on.

[YouTube video: Walk Hard - Beatles scene]


That was a good movie when it wasn't making dick jokes.

\so, about half the movie
 
2020-11-25 10:42:06 AM  

Snapper Carr: If you want to see a good unauthorized Bowie biopic that doesn't include his music, watch Velvet Goldmine.  It's a pretty good summation (without being specifically accurate) of "Bowie" and "Iggy Pop's" relationship in the 70s.


That's the one the review refers to. What makes it work is that is was trying to capture the overall feel of an era of music more than the specific people. So they had so much more more leeway. You know who they're "supposed to be" and they can fictionalize some purported real-life events, but they were able to control the narrative without being beholden to factual history.  Velvet Goldmine tried to recreate what if felt like in the music scene at the time and how genre-defying/defining musicians influenced the course of music history.
 
2020-11-25 1:52:02 PM  
Jackie Jormp-Jomp understands your pain.
 
2020-11-26 9:07:04 AM  
Bowie Documentary?

http://www.talesofbelairatbowie.com/

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/Kinda obscure, but it's by the same filmmaker that gave us Heavy Medal Parking Lot, looking back at 1960's suburbia.
 
2020-11-26 10:31:09 AM  
Bowie documentary?

DAVID BOWIE, BRIAN ENO AND TONY VISCONTI RECORD 'WARSZAWA'
Youtube FODvjYoVEi8
 
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