as Interviewee (Co-founder, Sub Pop Records)
as Interviewee (Pearl Jam member)
Critic Reviews for Hype!
The first-time director, Doug Pray, doesn't linger long on anything, but the movie is so crisply and intelligently edited that you never feel you're being rushed through it.
Hype! is a smart look at an important musical event that featured a lot of great music almost as a by-product.
The film makers themselves don't seem to understand the deep cultural resonances created by this hype. Worse, they endorse the selfishness of the Seattle-ites who, apparently, want all this good stuff for themselves.
Between these lulls is a compact, interesting chronicle of an extraordinarily fertile local music community and what happens when its talent becomes a worldwide commodity overnight.
Hype wants you to think that a few interviews with some less popular bands and some poorly shot concert footage lend the film an insider legitimacy and credibility that excuse it from the same accountability it demands from other media.
Audience Reviews for Hype!
I'm on a rock doc kick at the moment and it's been about a decade since I watched this film. We used to watch this film all the time in high school. shit. I've dated myself. Anyways, if you like music and you remember the 90s, this movie is a must see. Is grunge 'retro' yet? I think it might be time to get the band back together... Up next. Reality Bites!
Required viewing for fans of grunge music, this is just an extremely well-made documentary. Filled with candid, insightful interviews and incredible music, it's an evocative portrait of a wild phase in rock music. As someone who loves grunge, I was captivated by this film.
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