Star Trek Into Darkness
As I Lay Dying
James E. Laczkowski
There are survivor tales, and then there is Jason Becker's, utterly jaw-dropping in its inspiration.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
The film says frustratingly little about how everything is managed financially, but the perseverance by all concerned is beautiful to see.
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jesse Vile's expertly measured, emotional look at the life of a guitar prodigy cut down by ALS ...
Jesse Vile's film, despite its best intentions, is merely a serviceable extension of his own fandom.
| Original Score: 2/4
The story that remains is intriguing without being transporting - the facts are all there but the emotion is largely lost in translation.
What gets you is the smile, which first lights up his face, and then the room, reflected by everyone else who is in it.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
A poignant subversion of your boilerplate rockumentary.
Justifiably celebratory and respectful, and it reaches out beyond the rock fanbase.
| Original Score: 3/5
The true tale of a rock guitar wizard struck down, yet miraculously not struck dumb, by motor neurone disease.
We never sense Becker's frustration or the forces that drive him, but we can still marvel at his dogged endurance.