Danielson: A Family Movie (2006)
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Critic Reviews for Danielson: A Family Movie
Shot on digital and layered with animated segments, performance footage and clips from Smith family home movies, Family Movie unfolds with a gentle, justified confidence in the power of its subject.
Aronson's film is a fond portrait, loaded with bizarre, haunting music and Smith's off-kilter inspirations.
What Danielson doesn't do enough of is reveal [Daniel] Smith's music on its own terms.
J L Aronson's documentary is about Daniel Smith, a musician who performs Christian music that is a world away from most of what is heard under that label.
There is an undeniable quirky appeal to the creative world of Daniel Smith, though those who hope a behind-the-scenes look will explain his motivation or personality won't find the enigma resolved here.
... it's hard to imagine anyone not in the actual family (or at least the presold family of fans) being interested enough to stick it out for the entire hour and 45 minutes.
Audience Reviews for Danielson: A Family Movie
By far one of the best documentaries that I've seen so far on DVD this year. Also stands toe to toe with "The Devil and Daniel Johnston" (who ironically makes an appearance in this doc) as one of the best music docs that I've ever seen. The struggle to overcome popular misconceptions about Christian music is a great theme that is honestly and unbiasly explored. If anything this deserves a rental just to be exposed to the music of the Danielsons and the unique personalities present. Also to all Sufjan Stevens fans... this is a must see, you'll get to see how he got his start with the Danielsons. This is a must rent for almost anyone.
whether i want to see this or not really depends on whether it's a movie about the band Danielson Famile
i do love danielson and it was interesting to see sufjan stevens before he got big...to see him treated like a protege(sp?). brother danielson is a tremenous inspiration. but at many times this documentary drags. and to someone who doesn't like sufjan stevens or the danielson family it's almost unbearablely long.
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