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Derailroaded (2005)


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Larry "Wild Man" Fischer was a wildly eccentric singer who in 1968 was discovered on the streets of Hollywood by Frank Zappa, who was intrigued by Fischer's offer to write and perform original songs for passers-by for a mere ten cents each. After hearing a few dollars' worth, Zappa offered Fischer -- who had been wandering the edges of the music business for several years, with no success -- a recording contract, and in 1968 the album An Evening With Wild Man Fischer was released. Sometimes

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In spite of its sympathy, Derailroaded veers into reality-TV voyeurism.

December 8, 2005 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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You don't have to be crazy to sing like Larry 'Wild Man' Fischer -- subject of Josh Rubin's reverential documentary Derailroaded -- but it helps.

December 6, 2005
New York Post
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Mistakes exploitation for empathy.

November 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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You don't have to be a fan of Larry 'Wild Man' Fischer's batty songs to appreciate Josh Rubin's compassionate portrait.

September 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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As with all great documentaries, Derailroaded challenges its audience to do some heavy soul-searching.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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Best for fans of outsider music.

November 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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This in-depth documentary is a loving tribute, an entertaining yet tragic tale, of a true singer-songwriter.

September 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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I went into this film knowing absolutely nothing of the man known as Larry 'Wild Man' Fischer. By the time of the end credits I was definently a convert of this man's extroardinarily bizarre, creative and primal music though. A true originator of Outsider music, throughout his career he worked with many big names (most notably Frank Zappa) but his career was always plauged by his manic depression and his paranoid schizophrenia. The film contains excellent interviews with Frank Zappa, Zappa's Wife, Dr. Demento, Wierd Al Yankovic, Barnes and Barnes, Devo, Family members etc. At times this film is very funny, and at other times it's heart breakingly sad. Definently a touching portrait of a difficult man, and one not to be missed for fans of outsider music. That being said, as with all outsider music, these songs won't appeal to the majority of people. While the music is emotionally engaging, often catchy, always heartfelt and sincere, less adventurous music fas will just feel alienated from it. If you enjoy boring msic like The Beatles or Coldplay or the fucking Eagles you probably won't like his music. Even still as a documentatry it is very well done and there are no complaints there. Recommended.
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