Died Young, Stayed Pretty (2009)
Critic Consensus: It's a little scattershot, but Died Young, Stayed Pretty offers an entertaining, visually appealing look at the indie-rock poster art subculture.
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Critic Reviews for Died Young, Stayed Pretty
Whenever the quaint, binary idea of a scrappy counterculture vs. The Man overshadows the personalities, craft, and musical context, the movie's an Adbusters bore.
Eileen Yaghoobian's documentary presents a lot of good art and entertaining personalities in a package that's diverting on a moment-to-moment basis, but lacks any organizing principal or precise point to make the whole cohere.
It soon becomes apparent that there's no real structure or point of view to it all.
The poster makers... mine the outer limits of violence and misogyny with a garish, pop art palette.
The lack of narrative direction, exploitable drama or character growth strands the film at the level of an animated picture-book accompanied by lots of gratuitous whining.
Audience Reviews for Died Young, Stayed Pretty
Well intentioned but overlong experimental documentary about the world of underground rock poster art. Although I admired the visual ideas that went into how the work was presented, I feel that the perspective was too limited by only having interviews with the artists and not showing the impact of the work has on their subjects or intended audience. Edited a bit tighter "Died Young Stayed Pretty" would've made an interesting short film but it seems that it was dragged out to be a feature documentary.
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