Shut Up and Play the Hits (2012)
On April 2nd, 2011, LCD Soundsystem played its final show at Madison Square Garden. LCD frontman James Murphy had made the conscious decision to disband one of the most celebrated and influential bands of its generation at the peak of its popularity, ensuring that the band would go out on top with the biggest and most ambitious concert of its career. The instantly sold out, near four-hour extravaganza did just that, moving the thousands in attendance to tears of joy and grief, with New York Magazine calling the event "a marvel of pure craft" and TIME magazine lamenting "we may never dance again." Shut Up and Play the Hits is simultaneously a document of a once-in-a-lifetime performance and an intimate portrait of Murphy as he navigates both the personal and professional ramifications of his decision. -- (C) Oscilloscope … More
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Critic Reviews for Shut Up and Play the Hits
"Shut Up" is graceful in its depiction of the performance, neither uncomfortably intimate nor shy.
Murphy is one hell of a frontman, and LCD Soundsystem is a deliriously exciting concert act.
Shut Up and Play the Hits manages to effectively display the power of that final concert while putting the band's leader into thoughtful cultural perspective.
LCD Soundsystem's die-hard fanbase will appreciate this concert documentary, but few others are likely to think it demands big-screen viewing.
A must for fans of LCD Soundsystem and about fifteen minutes too long for anyone else, this is an entertaining enough exploration of walking away from success and fear of failure.
a penetrating and moving documentary that captures what was weird and special about Murphy and his band, and was extra weird and special about his decision to kill the band.
Will have a much stronger resonance for fans than for those unfamiliar with the band's music. But even newcomers will find the exploration of fame and artistry unusually personal
True to the live experience - taking in tears, joy, sweat and humor - of one of the most influential and acclaimed bands of a generation.
Like Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz, this is a documentary about a farewell concert.
A bittersweet confection - a gorgeously shot concert film that cuts repeatedly between the near-desperate abandon of the show and Murphy, in his apartment the following day, wandering around in his pants and petting the dog.
Surrounded by the most clichéd and craven kind of New York and UK hipsters, journos and schmoozers, Murphy remains adorably low-key, sincere and witty.
Southern and Lovelace skilfully interweave footage of the wondrous, thunderous racket of the gig with Murphy's morning-after reflections on why he bailed out at the height of his success ...
The moody hipster solipsism won't be to everyone's taste, but this is a fitting monument to an influential band.
An engaging portrait of a frontman unwilling to play the rock star.
Not only a sad farewell to a great band, but to life as Murphy knows it.
A great concert movie framed around a substantially less enthralling interview.
A fitting tribute to a band that has somehow become emblematic of our times.
James Murphy never says that his music will sound different after LCD Soundsystem disbands, so why fearfully anticipate a change that we don't even know is coming?
Audience Reviews for Shut Up and Play the Hits
LCD sound system passed me by I'm afraid, I've heard the name but until watching this film I knew very little about them. I quite liked the songs featured, they sounded pretty cool and their last gig did look epic. So the bits in-between songs, the bits where they should have shut up like the title suggested, are some of the most pretentious pieces of film I have ever seen. Interviewers muse, the lead singer shaves, everyone loves each other, everyone is far too cool for words, yadda yadda yadda. So yeah, Shut up and play the Hits already! Use the fast forward button and enjoy the music.More
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