MC5*: A True Testimonial (2002)
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While the late '60s were an era which produced a large number of eclectic and influential rock & roll bands, few were as revolutionary in both their music and there message as the MC5. Formed in late 1964 by five high-school buddies from suburban Detroit, the MC5 -- vocalist Rob Tyner, guitarists Fred "Sonic" Smith and Wayne Kramer, bassist Michael Davis, and drummer Dennis Thompson -- started out as a fairly typical Midwestern garage band, but as the group embraced the passion of blues and R&B,
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Though raw and sometimes slapdash, MC5: A True Testimonial goes a long way in explaining why that happened, most notably through the raw power of the band's music and the fiery passion that was bound with its image.
Like the band itself, the movie is loud and noisy and undeniably eye-catching. But like them, too, it fatally can't see beyond the immediate to realize there's a better way of making its point then simply shouting louder than anyone else.
MC5: A True Testimonial should please die-hard fans as well as viewers who have never heard the band and its anthem, 'Kick Out the Jams.'
A riveting, all-elbows- and-knuckles documentary about the proto-punk warriors known as the MC5.
A vivid evocation of a moment when even the ugliest guitar feedback could be taken as a serious political statement.
Bassist Michael Davis, way Lynchian on his desert land, and drummer Dennis Thompson, who brandishes a rifle at one point, provide jolts of pathos and aggression that remind us these were never art-school pretenders to the skids.
...captures the gritty charisma of Detroit as it informed the quirky and colorful personalities of a band that many fans still remember today.
The flick is pretty straight forward and somewhat boring, but it's nice to see the attempt.
A success in that it might help introduce the group to Gens X and Y.
Intelligently combines rarely shown film, TV news, home footage, stills and interviews in a complete package.
Like other commercial flops such as the Velvet Underground and the Stooges, the band's influence continues. This definitive documentary shows us why.
Thomas unearths fabulous TV and home-movie footage of the group, and his interviews with the band capture the sense of loss.
the story of the MC5 is one that is trapped between art and politics... just like they were
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