Written December 29, 2012
Despite a gifted writer/director, and the rock cred.of its executive producer Van Zandt this is little film manages to be both earnest and half-hearted. It 's surprising not be be surprised by David Chase but the Jersey kid aspires to be rock star in the 60's &70's story is sketched out with flat stereotypic characters and situations. The result is take on a pivitol era in politics , culture and the characters' lives -with little energy, sexiness or soul. There are glints of the potential for a better movie. but even reliable character actors and some promising new-comers can't overcome the pall cast by a script that doesn't seem fully committed somehow. As for music - there is much that is good though familiar. But the standouts are the great blues songs of Leadbelly and Robert Johnson and Tracie Nelson's stirring 1974 rendition of "Down So Low", which rises above the nostalgic choices on the soundtrack and shines.
Written January 08, 2013
Is it an art film? Or is it just unevenly paced?!
I felt for the main characters but wish I wasn't expected to read their minds so much, specially at the end. The movie relies heavily on tv programs to set historical context, sometime at against common sense, i.e, tv showing a historically significant event in the middle of a loud party where no one is watching nor would there be any reason for the tv to be on. Nevertheless, it's a sweet and quirky story and if you're in a band or a fan of music, you might enjoy it.
Written September 26, 2014
A great vignette of the '60s. I really enjoyed the music, the setting and the characters.
Written January 17, 2013
If you came of age in the 60's, loved the music and still love the music, it's a great little fim. It certainly can't be missed if you were in a band! I'll for sure rent it when it comes out in DVD because it's worth seeing twice.
Written January 06, 2013
Nice story with a excellent soundtrack. Nice debut film from David Chase.