Jamie Kennedy's favorite movie review site
Home Reviews  Articles  Release Dates Coming Soon  DVD  Top 20s Criticwatch  Search
Public Forums  Festival Coverage  Contests About 

Overall Rating

Awesome: 0%
Worth A Look: 11.11%
Just Average88.89%
Pretty Crappy: 0%
Sucks: 0%

1 review, 3 user ratings

Latest Reviews

To the Ends of the Earth by Jay Seaver

Wood Job! by Jay Seaver

News of the World by Rob Gonsalves

Promising Young Woman by Rob Gonsalves

Wonder Woman 1984 by Rob Gonsalves

Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone by Rob Gonsalves

Mank by Rob Gonsalves

Wander Darkly by Rob Gonsalves

Stand In, The by Rob Gonsalves

MLK/FBI by alejandroariera

subscribe to this feed

American Hardcore
[AllPosters.com] Buy posters from this movie
by EricDSnider

"Shouldn't a movie about loud, thrashy music be more lively?"
3 stars

The day will come when everything that has ever happened will be the focus of a documentary. As we work toward that goal, we have "American Hardcore," which tells of punk music in the United States in the first half of the 1980s.

As with too many of these docs, if you weren't there or don't already have a strong interest in the material, it gets old fast. Aside from a few sentences about how the Reagan era brought back white, preppy, 1950s-style conservatism, the film makes little attempt to put its subjects in context, much less to universalize the themes so that everyone can appreciate what's happening. The movie preaches to the choir, in other words, and bores everyone else.

Directed by Paul Rachman and based on Steven Blush's book "American Hardcore: A Tribal History," the film does boast an impressive number of interviews with the movers, shakers, screamers, and wailers of the punk movement. He digs up a significant amount of archive footage, too, showing the bands when they were in their aggressive, angry prime. Black Flag, D.O.A., Circle Jerks, and Minor Threat are among the bands mentioned and/or interviewed, though those are just the ones I jotted down. Virtually no stone is left unturned: If they thrashed at a house party in Venice Beach in 1983, they're probably mentioned.

The film is stubbornly fixed on addressing only the years 1980-1985, yet still feels overlong. Groups like the Ramones and the Sex Pistols, who laid the groundwork for the '80s punk movement, are almost ignored, as are the bands who came after the mid-'80s. Once again, this limits the film's potential for reaching anything but a very narrow, niche audience. A person like me finds music history interesting, but history must include context, causes and effects, actions and consequences. Simply showing what happened in a specific set of years to a specific genre of music is of interest only to people who, well, are already interested.

link directly to this review at https://www.hollywoodbitchslap.com/review.php?movie=13564&reviewer=247
originally posted: 11/29/06 13:50:48
[printer] printer-friendly format  
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2006 Sundance Film Festival For more in the 2006 Sundance Film Festival series, click here.
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2006 Toronto Film Festival For more in the 2006 Toronto Film Festival series, click here.

User Comments

9/22/06 Penny K A decent time caupsule, with a poor explanation to its own end 3 stars
7/29/06 HT Good 3 stars
4/03/06 Pernille Flensted-Jensen A great documentary that catshes all the energy while also offering insightful interviews 4 stars
Note: Duplicate, 'planted,' or other obviously improper comments
will be deleted at our discretion. So don't bother posting 'em. Thanks!
Your Name:
Your Comments:
Your Location: (state/province/country)
Your Rating:

Discuss this movie in our forum

  22-Sep-2006 (R)
  DVD: 20-Feb-2007



Directed by
  Paul Rachman

Written by
  Steven Blush


Home Reviews  Articles  Release Dates Coming Soon  DVD  Top 20s Criticwatch  Search
Public Forums  Festival Coverage  Contests About 
Privacy Policy | | HBS Inc. |   
All data and site design copyright 1997-2017, HBS Entertainment, Inc.
Search for
reviews features movie title writer/director/cast