Punk's Not Dead (2006)
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As the original DIY spirit of punk becomes increasingly watered down through commercialization and corporate influence, longtime photographer and Brick co-producer Susan Dynner explores the music's origins as a social movement uniting disenfranchised outsiders before tracing its breakthrough into the mainstream during the 1990s. In the 1980s, punk rock was strictly an underground movement, and for every Ramones, Clash, and Sex Pistols making a mark on the mainstream there were ten UK Subs and
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Even the title sounds like a hardheaded comeback to a proclamation nobody made.
Susan Dynner's documentary about the past 30 years of punk music doesn't exactly break any new ground. But it does offer an entertaining overview that is leavened with humorous philosophical digressions.
Poor punk. Such a bundle of complexes, most of them encapsulated in the needlessly defensive title of Susan Dynner's documentary Punk's Not Dead.
The movie covers a lot of time and territory, and some of its questions are great ones. (The biggest, for true punks: Is getting a big record deal a sign of ultimate success, or final defeat?)
About as in-your-face and raggedy as its subject, Dynner's film is really less of a history than a psychological profile, rooting around for the meat of what makes punk so resilient, cross-generational and communal.
Punk's Not Dead is more than a nostalgia trip. Rather than just capturing what punk sounds like, Dynner shows us what it feels like, what punk really means -- present tense.
Filmmaker Susan Dynner finally turns in the punk music documentary we all deserve, and one that punks can finally relate to.
Dynner delights in presenting a wealth of contrasting testimonies, and has no intention of delivering a judgment on any of it.
Director Susan Dynner's documentary Punk's Not Dead is an ambitious documentary that seeks out to portray exactly the idea expressed in its title.
It's a hell of an accomplishment to make a kinetic, hard-driving and visually arresting talking-heads documentary.
This film has an absolutely stellar cast of interviewees, so if you like punk music you'll be in hog heaven watching it, I guarantee you.
Whether you're a kid with a fresh coat of shellac on your Mohawk or an aging hipster still clinging to the Johnny Rotten school of snot, it's a film that enlightens the debate and demonstrates without a doubt that when punk disappears, it never truly dies
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