Thursday, June 6, 2013

A Band Called Death (2013)

The unbelievable true story of three brothers from Detroit who were doing punk before anyone else and how after 35 years their music finally found an audience.

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Man is this a great story! If you strip away the interviews with Henry Rollins and Jello Biafra, if you lose all the fancy editing and fish-eye lenses, what you're left with is one hell of a yarn. Unlike a fiction film, no nuance or subtext is necessary to make this story profound. It has everything: familial love, familial loss, passion, rejection and triumph. The story of how the music was rediscovered is unbelievable enough on its own. But when you bracket that story within the story of three brothers who marched to their own beat no matter what anyone said? Suddenly you have a tale for the ages. Without a doubt, this is this year's Searching For Sugarman.

So how do you see this little gem? For the price of an average theater ticket this baby can either be streamed right to your computer or downloaded onto your hard drive where it can live for forever. Then all you have to do is invite some friends over, turn on the good speakers, and prepare to rock out. I know I didn't mention it, but it should go without saying that the soundtrack is pretty kickin' too...

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