Nerdcore Rising (2008)
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This whole piece has an on-the-fly mockumentary style improv feel. Yuck. I almost feel like MC Frontalot has that tongue-in-cheek, snarky, loudmouthed improvisor overtalking disease that Improv Olympians and Second City folks have. Unbearable to be around for more than 60 seconds, the length of a comedic TV commercial. The entourage here appears to be a band of improvisors, supporting the efforts of a truly talented songsmith, Frontalot, altough he does get repetitive and annoying, just like all rappers. Guys, when you do a feature length movie, you've got to have the structural components and thematic arguments that come along with standard movies, otherwise the film just buckles under its own chatty weight. Zero stars. And it looks like it was color graded by the guy who invented fluorescent light bulbs.
My friend and I watched this in hopes that it would be a documentary about the genre of Nerdcore and how it is a growing little genre and the culture around it. Maybe it would be funny too! Nope! It's about just one nerdcore rapping trying to turn it into a viable career. FAT CHANCE BUDDY! Your audience is custom built to know about TORRENTS! But mostly the problem is that the documentary is unprofessionally shot, poorly edited (it will breeze over problems like losing gear and play down any drama that might make it interesting) and I just found MC Frontalot and his band-mates to be uninteresting on and off the stage.
As a person into a lot of stuff still on the fringes of societal acceptance, I have to almost admit to being slightly embarrassed at how many of the various pop culture references I 'got' in various nerdcore raps. At a certain point you have to just think "wow, what a fucking dork I am", but it's definitely very amusing to hear people rapping about atypical subject matter. The documentary follows a small tour taken by some of the larger acts in the sub-genre, painting an interesting picture of an unlikely group of rappers who've found an audience for their material scattered across America. Fun stuff, give it a rental.
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