Blur: No Distance Left to Run (2010)
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Neither a weak cash-in nor a by-numbers talking-heads fest, the film boasts exceptional live footage.
Unexpectedly revealing interviews and some stunning live footage make this one of the better band behind-the-scenes.
As the narrative culminates in the spectacular Glastonbury and Hyde Park performances, you feel the sense of celebration - of both the comeback and the career as a whole - is deserved, and Southern and Lovelace do it justice.
It's a genteel ride, best enjoyed by fans, but this film also doubles as the most satisfying account of fractured friendships reforged among 40-year-old Englishmen you'll see this year.
Easy as it is to hate reunion tour films, this doesn't exactly fit the bill. Blur may be ageing but they aren't arrogant arseholes milking their loyal fanbase for every last penny.
A solid enough document of the band's history, then. But one very much made on their own terms.
It may not convert unbelievers and there are flashes of self-congratulation about the enterprise, but it's hard not to admire the artistic integrity that impelled Blur before it pushed Albarn and Coxon apart.
A celebration of music and friendship, and a document of the vacuousness of Cool Britannia, documentaries don't get any better.
A rather indulgent documentary on the career-arc of Britpop's favourites.
Essential viewing for people fascinated by the Nineties music scene of the Nineties. Pop history is written by musicians who get on with journalists. Watch and learn how it's done.
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