From Stacie Hougland: Scorsese's homage to the Rolling Stones, Shine a Light, seems like a natural progression -- the band's "Gimme Shelter" has appeared in three of his films: Goodfellas, Casino and The Departed. So what teaming could be better for a rockumentary?
The director conspired with the aging but still exuberant rockers to film two nights of their "Bigger Bang" tour at the intimate Beacon Theater in NYC. By and large concert movies live--or die--by how much the audience loves the band, but even if you're not a Stones fan, this is a helluva concert movie--expertly shot, with fantastic sound and visuals. It felt so much like being front row center, I was tempted to reach out and try to touch Keith Richards' scarecrow leg.
Richards, Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts may look their combined age of somewhere around 250 years, but they sure don't act it. They rock like none other, with as much energy as you'd see in a band who plays for the Miley Cyrus set. The song list (which Mick Jagger refused to give Scorsese until just before the show, as seen in the movie's rather stagey 10 minute prologue) includes the hits you'd expect: "Sympathy for the Devil," "Start Me Up," "Satisfaction" but also some gems like "Loving Cup," on which Jagger is joined by special guest The White Stripes' Jack White. Christina Aguilera, blues great Buddy Guy and Bill Clinton also make guest appearances. Archival footage, which reveals how much a toll time has taken on the guys more than anything else, is interspersed.
Extras: Two of them, one a 15-minute behind-the-scenes featurette showing the Stones offstage, the other contains four bonus numbers from the show not seen in theaters, including "Paint It Black" and "Undercover of the Night."
Overview: Slick and entertaining, it doesn't exactly shine new light on an old band. But with Scorsese at the helm of a concert movie featuring one of the best rock groups ever, its still a gas.
Also New and Notable This Week:
Harold & Kumar Go to Guantanamo Bay: John Cho and Kal Penn return as two slacker stoners who get busted trying to bring a bong onboard a flight to Amsterdam. Hijinks ensue.
Doomsday: How can you not love a movie that's Road Warrior meets Highlander with an '80s punk/New Wave soundtrack?
"Masters of Horror Season 2": Showtime's acclaimed horror series' second season features shorts by such directors as John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper, John Landis and Dario Argento--packaged in a limited edition skull. Use your head and pick one up.