loudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies (2006)
The band that inspired some of the most innovative rock acts of the new millennium reunites to conquer the globe 12 years after calling it quits, and filmmaker Steven Cantor is there to capture all the low-lights and highlights of their tentative reunion in a probing documentary exploring the re-birth of Gen-X alternative giants the Pixies. Plagued by personal problems from the beginning but driven to create such classic albums as Surfer Rosa and Doolittle, Frank Black, Kim Deal, Joey Santiago, and David Lovering smashed convention to deliver a wailing wall of chaotic but catchy riffs that, when combined with Black's disjointed lyrics and volatile vocals, gave birth to an entirely new sound. Initially self-destructing in 1993 and fragmenting into a variety of compelling offshoots, the Pixies weathered out the remainder of the decade and the first years of the new millennial crossover on their own before a series of jam sessions between the former bandmates led to a wildly successful 2004 North American tour. … More
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Critic Reviews for loudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies
Filmmakers Steven Cantor and Matthew Galkin catch distressing and poignant moments on the tour that, if written into a fiction film, would seem too scripted to be true.
The 85-minute documentary takes a torpid, fly-on-the-wall approach, providing little context, few insights, and not enough music.
Watching the movie is not as much fun as listening to the old records.
For fans of the seminal alt-rock quartet, the Pixies' reunion was momentous, but in the solid behind-the-scenes documentary loudQuietloud, the band comes across as considerably more muted in its enthusiasm.
Boring people who made extraordinary music, the Pixies are inexplicable. In attempting to demystify them, this backstage pass to their 2004 reunion tour achieves the opposite.
This is a nice Cinderella story, but here's the problem: It doesn't exactly crackle with drama.
By night, the Pixies are rock n' roll superheroes...by day, they're just four surly co-workers with very little to say to one another.
And if you're a fan of the Pixies' music, that's not such a bad way to spend 90 minutes
It's this disconnect between their iconic public selves and their rather ordinary actual selves that makes the film so engrossing even for non-fans.
It's a lively, charming film, and if it gave us a little more of the band's history, it would be perfect. As it is, it's a perfect introduction to some great songs and fascinating characters.
A plangent record of the landmark group's 2004 reunion tour that should dispel any remaining romantic notions about the rock lifestyle.
In between blazing performances, the dead air and silent downtime produce a strong impression that we won't be hearing much from the Pixies in the future.
The concert footage, which is exceptionally well photographed and recorded, offers clips of varying lengths from a wealth of songs. The rest of the film glimpses the stress disorders that can develop when average people with problems become popular.
This tension combines into a collection of great music, at least for the already initiated.
The fascinating 'loudQUIETloud' plays a bit like the alt-rock version of the Metallica documentary 'Some Kind of Monster,' as the Pixies try to hold it together through mental breakdowns, family tragedies and those ever-popular musical differences.
Audience Reviews for loudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies
A documentary about the legendary alternative rock band?s 2004 reunion tour. There are some really good musical performances here, but the real focus is on what?s going on backstage as the band tries to get their act together and get through this tour. Reunion situations don?t always get covered, which makes this fairly unique. I did get the feeling that some of the drama was manufactured in the editing room, but this is still pretty interesting. The production is not the best, but it?s never bad, although it makes sence that this went straight to video. It?s no Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, and there?s not too much to appeal to non-fans, but it is still an interesting look at the band circa 2004.More
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