Edgeplay: A Film About the Runaways (2004)
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Edgeplay is one of the shoddiest, most poorly constructed documentaries I've seen. Victory Tischler-Blue seems more concerned with reminiscing and joking around with her old band-mates than asking interesting questions and probing for actual answers. There are numerous occasions in this film where she actually shows us band members telling her they will absolutely not talk about something. Why bother then? And where the hell is Joan? Not to mention the camerawork. At one point one of the girl's mothers starts crying onscreen, and the cameraman turns the camera on Sandy West. Tischler-Blue needs to point him back towards the mother. Meanwhile, a plane is flying overhead. What the fuck? That is not professional or compelling. It's distracting and amateur. I will say the first 30-45 minutes or so has some interesting information that fills in some of the gaps that Floria Sigismondi's film contained. Cherie Currie proves to be a mostly amiable and informative interviewee, although she does refuse to discuss certain topics. Kim Fowley also provides some interesting perspective, and I would have liked to have seen more of his footage. In the end, Edgeplay: A Film About The Runaways is worth watching ONLY if you want to know more about the band after having seen the 2010 film. It amounts to little more than a home movie of former band-mates and family members discussing parts of their past (with glaring omissions from nearly everyone, plus no Joan Jett). It's a bad film, with a few interesting tidbits of info thrown in.
Pretty good documentary about the Runaways. A bit disturbing. It goes into a lot of the abuse of the manager. It was neat to see this after seeing the Runaways movie. I liked seeing the true accounts from the actual members. And they did a good job of putting the music throughout it. This documentary did need Joan Jett. Not sure why they didn't try harder to get an interview with her...
A good documentary of the band "The Runaways". It stands out since the members were around 16 when the band broke out. What does show business do to a under age group of woman? ...verbal/emotional/sexual abuse by their producer, drug abuse and conflicts between band members.
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