Shut Up and Play the Hits (2012)
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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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as LCD Soundsystem
as James Murphy
as Al Doyle
as Nancy Whang
as Chuck Klosterman
as Alan Doyle
as Pat Mahoney
as Gavin Russom
as Tyler Pope
as Matt Thornley
as Keith Wood
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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.
Audience Reviews for Shut Up and Play the Hits
happiest, most beautiful, best documentary of 2012
A great concert documentary, but an even better investigation into hipster culture and what it means to be an artist in the minds of some.
Less a concert doc than a philosophical study of what it means to be a band (I mean, Chuck Klosterman is essentially the freaking narrator). I was surprised at how intimate a lot of the captured moments here are; seeing Murphy cry while looking through his gear for one of the last times was astonishingly moving). Intercutting those scenes within beautifully captured highlights of LCD Soundsystem's last concert ever adds a tremendous amount of weight to what could have easily been a lifeless concert DVD. You don't have to like them (or even know who James Murphy is) in order to get something out of this.
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