Mary Poppins Returns
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We learn of the party-hearty environment and family-like vibe of a world where it was cool to write off cocaine as a business expense. And we see the hubris and myopia that doomed the industry.
As Bruce Springsteen says in the film, "Everybody in a record store is a little bit of your friend for 20 minutes or so." And he's right - including all the ups and downs that friendship entails.
It's loving and lovely, but goes too easy on the hubris and greed.
Colin Hanks makes his feature directing debut with this irresistible documentary about the evolution of the music business.
Lively and loving ...
The real beating heart of the film is its collection of wild war tales told by the company's former employees, who regarded Tower as more than just a paycheck gig or a commercial proposition.
The film shows how a rebel can confront a system, but also how it can be swallowed. [Full review in Spanish]
The movie might have been more entertaining for otherwise uninterested viewers if it served up more sleazy stories from the days when LA was the music capital of the world and every rocker haunted Tower.
A love letter to the store and Solomon ... but also to the bygone era of music consumption before iPods and Spotify.
Director Colin Hanks lets his affection for his subject run over. The film probably is for record aficionados only.
Hanks found an amiable raconteur in Solomon, now 90 but sharp and focused on the business that was his life. A collection of Solomon's confidants sing his praises and get misty about how much fun they had in the old days.
This is Tower's story, and Hanks tells in a way that will resonate with both grizzled music veterans who have hung onto their physical collections, and millennials wondering what all the fuss was about.
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