Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet (2012)
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Average Rating: 4.1/5
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When doctors diagnosed 19-year-old rock star Jason Becker with Lou Gehrig's Disease, they said he would never make music again and that he wouldn't live to see his 25th birthday. 22 years later, without the ability to move or to speak, Jason is alive and making music with his eyes. Jason Becker : Not Dead Yet is a feature-length documentary film that tells the incredible story of a guitar legend who refuses to give up on his dream of being a musician despite the most incredible odds. It is a
Dec 12, 2012 Limited
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Music-centric doc offers an undepressing look at Lou Gehrig's disease.
[Becker] comes across as a warm, funny man blessed with a devoted family and friends.
The film says frustratingly little about how everything is managed financially, but the perseverance by all concerned is beautiful to see.
Jesse Vile's inspiring heartbreaker of a documentary is cleaved into two well-judged halves: We see Becker continuing on, robbed of speech and movement, yet undiminshed in his musical creativity.
Jesse Vile's expertly measured, emotional look at the life of a guitar prodigy cut down by ALS ...
The story that remains is intriguing without being transporting - the facts are all there but the emotion is largely lost in translation.
...the "best in show" was a remarkably well-told account of a unique human being...
There are survivor tales, and then there is Jason Becker's, utterly jaw-dropping in its inspiration.
Jesse Vile's film, despite its best intentions, is merely a serviceable extension of his own fandom.
Rivals Julian Schnabel's 2007 film The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly in its portrayal of human courage and fortitude.
Becker's story is both tragic and inspiring, and his music, with which I was previously unacquainted, is exciting and impressive.
Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet pays hearty tribute to Paganini-playing shredders and offers up a blueprint for dedicated care in the home and community.
This humdrum documentary about Becker's life and work is content to wallow in feel-good platitudes and never really shows us what makes the man tick.
It is impossible not to be moved and to feel that, despite all the horrible things that happen, there's something decent about humans after all.
We get lots of widdly, widdly solos that thankfully went out of fashion in the Eighties.
A moving, funny and uplifting documentary about a one-time guitar prodigy, Jason Becker, struck down a horrendous degenerative disease, ALS.
Justifiably celebratory and respectful, and it reaches out beyond the rock fanbase.
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