Better Than Something: Jay Reatard (2012)



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Better Than Something is a feature documentary about the controversial and prolific garage rock icon Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr, better known to the world as Jay Reatard. This intimate portrait, captured just months before his untimely passing, brings us incredibly close to Jay's complicated punk-rock world in Memphis, Tennessee. Better Than Something eloquently interweaves cinéma vérité, interviews, and archival concert performances, and features scenes from an insightful and candid week spent with Jay, who reveals personal childhood stories and the struggles of life in Memphis. -- (C) Official Site
Documentary , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Lindsey himself makes for a fairly outgoing interview subject, but the real attraction here is the dedication and care shown for him and his memory by the close-knit community of Memphis musicians and fans.

Full Review… | October 12, 2012
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Better Than Something: Jay Reatard offers an uncommonly intimate portrait of the prolific garage-punk phenom who died of a drug/alcohol cocktail in 2010.

Full Review… | October 12, 2012
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[The directors] cede narrative structure to their interview subjects, which may fulfill some goal of objectivity but cheats the viewer of depth or a clear point of view.

March 1, 2012
New York Times
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A fascinating and bittersweet documentary about an iconic garage-rock musician who died at the peak of his creative output.

Full Review… | March 1, 2012
Seattle Times
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Better Than Something doesn't really try to resolve the mystery of how someone could be simultaneously so productive and destructive.

Full Review… | February 29, 2012
AV Club
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Like the longhair with the foghorn falsetto it's titled after, this unfussy rock-doc profile is shaggy, sophisticated, and more than a little sad.

Full Review… | February 28, 2012
Village Voice
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