Lindsey himself makes for a fairly outgoing interview subject, but the real attraction here is the dedication and care shown for him and his memory by the close-knit community of Memphis musicians and fans.
Better Than Something: Jay Reatard offers an uncommonly intimate portrait of the prolific garage-punk phenom who died of a drug/alcohol cocktail in 2010.
An intimate if drive-by quasi-portrait of the artist in mostly his own self-deprecating, wryly humorous and sometimes painfully revealing words...
| Original Score: 3/4
[The directors] cede narrative structure to their interview subjects, which may fulfill some goal of objectivity but cheats the viewer of depth or a clear point of view.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
It's evident that he would have evolved as a musician and a man, and this tight and candid film makes you regret that he no longer can.
| Original Score: B+
A fascinating and bittersweet documentary about an iconic garage-rock musician who died at the peak of his creative output.
Better Than Something doesn't really try to resolve the mystery of how someone could be simultaneously so productive and destructive.
Like the longhair with the foghorn falsetto it's titled after, this unfussy rock-doc profile is shaggy, sophisticated, and more than a little sad.
Intimacy doesn't completely give rise to insight in this loving, if largely for-fans-only, posthumous portrait of Memphis-bred punk rocker Jay Reatard.
| Original Score: 2.5/4