Dixie Chicks - Shut Up and Sing

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Though ostensibly an intimate look at the Dixie Chicks after their 2003 anti-Bush remark, the film achieves broader relevance by exploring how media, politics, and celebrities intertwine.



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In 2003, Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines told a London concert audience that they were "ashamed the President of the United States was from Texas." This fascinating documentary examines how the trio handled the resulting political firestorm, and looks at how it impacted their lives both professionally and personally. Included are concert clips, interviews and backstage footage. Directed by Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck.

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  • Masterfully edited, the film combines footage the band made for its Web site and footage shot by Kopple and Peck over the last two years. The filmmakers are clearly in awe of the Chicks' fighting spirit.

    Feb 6, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

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  • Shut Up and Sing tells the story of three young women whose belief in America is bred in the bone, and it shames their critics.

    Oct 19, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A gold statue of the Dixie Chicks should be erected in Maines' hometown of Lubbock, Texas.

    Jun 29, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • In today's polarized America, you pick who you stand with, even in pop culture. Kopple's film makes that choice stark...

    Dec 8, 2006 | Rating: 4/5
  • A superior rockumentary.

    Nov 18, 2006 | Full Review…
  • A fascinating look at the intersection of commerce, celebrity, and controversy.

    Nov 18, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dixie Chicks - Shut Up and Sing

As a music fan, I'm learning towards heavy metal music and rock. However this documentary on country all female band Dixie Chicks is a phenomenal film surrounding the controversy around a comment that Natalie Maines made during a concert. This film chronicles the ordeal the band to face, the numerous threats they had to endure to regain a foothold in country music. This documentary is terrific, and shows the ignorance of some people perfectly. Even though I don't like Country music, I find what these gals have gone to be atrocious, and I respect them for saying what I believe is a good thing. The film has some sad moments, but also funny moments as Natalie Maines has an intense feud with Toby Keith (she wears a shirt that says F.U.T.K) We all know what that could mean. As a documentary on a band, this is just as entertaining as say Rush Beyond the Lighted Stage and Anvil the story of Anvil! I thought it was a very entertaining documentary, and even for a metalhead like me, I enjoyed this film. This is a terrific music documentary. If you enjoy documentaries of this style give it a shot.

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Alex roy

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This film is my first documentary film I've watched... And my feeling is how great this documentary was... Dixie Chicks to go from hero to zero only with a one second word... It's hard if I had to have a hard time like they had... And for Natalie, the lead singer, she's great... And of course the single 'Not Ready To Make Nice' get them back on the track... A great comeback for them with 5 Grammy this year, nothing would be nicer than that... And of course, this movie is 'nice' too...

Sanjaya  丘耀文
Sanjaya 丘耀文

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I had no idea how much of an effect Natalie's comments had on the band. Dixie Chicks are the only country and western band I will listen to.

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Red Lats

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[center][img]http://img214.imageshack.us/img214/6784/prestige6so5.jpg[/img][/center] [font=Arial][color=darkred]Shut Up & Sing - With the clarity that a few years offer, can we all agree that what happened to the Dixie Chicks on the eve of the Iraq War was insane? Lead singer Natalie Maines, in concert in London, told the crowd that the group was not for war and was ashamed President Bush hailed from Texas. What followed was a maelstrom of irrational behavior; boycotts beckoned, people protested, and long-time Dixie Chicks fans threw out their CDs and called the group traitors, my God, someone even sent a death threat, all for disagreeing with a country’s march to war. [i]Shut Up & Sing[/i] chronicles their lives at the time of the 2003 controversy and their 2006 follow-up album, mostly compromised of songs inspired by the anger and frustration they felt. The documentary itself is nothing too slick or overproduced; it really just follows a headlining group through the most volatile time of their life. For that, it’s intensely fascinating and bizarre to watch the Chicks backlash, but there’s little else as compelling. Several of those in protest questioned the Dixie Chick’s patriotism for questioning whether the war was necessary, and some said they should be strapped to bombs over in Iraq. Four years later, 3500 American deaths, no WNDs, scandal after scandal, no discernable way out, a civil war, and a president that can’t even get the time of day, I wonder how many of those decrying the Chicks would be apologizing to them today. Another highlight of [i]Shut Up & Sing[/i] is the most ludicrously ignorant statement I may have ever heard, courtesy of Toby Keith defending his songwriting skills: “She said ‘We’ll put a boot up your ass’ is ignorant, and that anyone could write that. Well, she didn’t write it.” Bravo Mr. Keith, bravo.[/color][/font] [font=Arial][color=darkred]Nate’s Grade: B[/color][/font] [font=Arial][color=darkred]The Prestige - Christopher Nolan can do no wrong in my book. The director of [i]Memento[/i], [i]Insomnia[/i], and [i]Batman Begins[/i] has bewitched me with his clever non-linear storylines and artistic vision. [i]The Prestige[/i] is 2006’s second period set magician movie, and in my opinion it’s the better of the two. Nolan’s film lacks the magic of [i]The Illusionist[/i], instead focusing more on the bitter realties of obsession, self-destruction, and the lengths that men will travel for vengeance. The script centers on a pair of dueling magicians (Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman) that are each trying to discover the other’s trick and top them. The storyline is as twisty as a pretzel and told in Nolan’s familiar non-linear fashion, building to a very dark reveal. Whereas [i]The Illusionist[/i] sweeps viewers up with the wonder of magic, [i]The Prestige[/i] is all about how tricks are orchestrated, both on and offstage. The results are a tad cold; you don’t really feel for either magician. The movie is itself a trick, but one grandly told with excellent slight of hand. The final act takes a step outside of the film’s tone but it works for me, and it’s been weeks since I last saw the haunting final images and I still cannot get them out of my mind. [i]The Prestige[/i] is another notch on my Nolan love meter.[/color][/font] [font=Arial][color=darkred]Nate’s Grade: A-[/color][/font]

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