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July 27, 2016
Touching documentary about a musician I've loved for a very long time. Whether or not you have any interest in him, or shred guitar, you should still see it. His story is an important one.
October 10, 2015
trogatelna prikazna :( ova e zalno za eden golem um i kreativen genij...
November 29, 2014
Amazing. Best documentary I've seen in awhile.
July 2, 2014
WOW. I may have shed a tear ... or more ... multiple times. This one tugs heavy on the heartstrings.
May 3, 2014
Totally inspiring! Such an amazing talent, even when everything was taken away!
May 3, 2014
Amazing and sad as hell. What a guy/family.
April 25, 2014
Wonderful documentary, full of heart. Jason not only lives for his love of music creating wonderful complex melodies whilst staying humble and kind. He is a person that should be considered an inspiration. Its not about the widdly widdly solos or an extension of his own fandom. It definitely shows the public what makes him tick. Some just don't understand. MUSIC, love of music, that is what made him tick. The emotion isn't lost in translation at all, you can see it plainly in the love that his family, his friends and people have around him. It is a wonderful documentary if you take the time to look back and realize that he is a dreamer, that although incapacitated to an extent is still making music and he is still living his life doing what he loves.
March 18, 2014
Amazing concert / music footage and a really beautiful story, everything you need in a music doc. There are a lot of incredibly funny moments as well, quite a surprise given how tragic the material is. Highly recommended.
October 7, 2013
A very absorbing film on a great guitarist that didn't get the fame he deserved because of the illness ALS that robbed before going on tour with David Lee Roth, but this guy becomes an inspiration to all.
October 6, 2013
I was completely touched, moved and inspired. If you grew up loving the 80's Metal scene, you'll be fascinated by this obscure story of the greatest guitar-god virtuoso of all-time and yet, for the most part, completely unknown... Until now!
September 27, 2013
Jason Becker was on the fast-track to rock 'n' roll mega-stardom. A prodigy on the guitar from his early years, nurtured by parents and friends, he accelerated from high school musical giant to internationally-touring speed-metal kings Cacophony to confirmation, at the age of 20, as the lead guitarist in Van Halen legend David Lee Roth's new band. An unbelievable rise, the heavy metal American dream, and it couldn't have happened to a nicer, more humble and family-centred fellow. But then he started limping. He ignored it at first, but when the pain became too much to ignore he got himself checked and was eventually diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and given 5 years to live. This documentary charts his dizzying rise to the cusp of fame, and then what happened next. The rise is fun, the bit after is amazing. The title is a spoiler, but the beauty is in how Jason is maintaining his rock 'n' roll dream in the face of odds most people can't even imagine. Mixing archive footage with talking heads, this is documentary film-making at its most basic level, but why let flash stand in the way of a good story? And this is one fantastic, moving, heavy metal tale about love, family and music that you really need to see.
September 9, 2013
What a very sad movie in places... But what a talented guy...my only disappointment was that David Lee Roth never had any input... Not because I wanted to see him in it, but because he was part of the story and should of had some comments to make about his involvement with Jason as he was part of his band...either bad, good or sad...
½ July 6, 2013
Tragic. Difficult to watch but well made.
½ May 22, 2013
Fucking great documentary. Hit me hard.
May 18, 2013
Parte rockumental y parte testimonio de superación, "Not Dead Yet" ("Aun No Muerto") es una inspiración a no rendirse jamas a pesar de los pronósticos. El continuar haciendo musica y no renunciar a sus sueños, ya es motivo suficiente para no perderse este documental.
March 16, 2013
A fantastic film about a amazing man. It's a heartbreaking, yet ultimately uplifting film which puts your everyday problems and worries into perspective... Too much f*cking prespective!
February 20, 2013
moral of the story is: if you are a musician and you're physically fine ,then stop fucking whining and do something
Super Reviewer
½ February 10, 2013
Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet is a terrific documentary about virtuoso guitar player Jason Becker who had his career dramatically cut short by Lou Gehrig's disease. The odds were against him as he was given a short time to survive and he would never write music again. But that was not to be. He did indeed survive and with the help of software that follows the movement of his eyes, he still writes music. This documentary is really inspiring and eye opening experience. I've been playing the guitar since Iwas17 and was born with Cerebral Palsy, and seeing this film really made me realize how much Jason Becker is a man who overcame his ALS to write music again. As a guitarist, Jason Becker had great skills and was on par with the greats like Eddie Van Halen. This is a must see documentary that shouldn't just be seen as a "music" documentary and should also be seen as story of triumph over the impossible. Guitar players should enjoy this film, but anyone looking for a real and inspiring documentary should give this a shot. Just because it's about a musician, it shouldn't turn you off of wanting to see this one. This is truly an eye opening documentary that is well told and has terrific interviews with the people who know Jason Becker as well as his family. In terms of a documentary, this is one of the best that I have seen in quite some time and tells a really human story and overall a very important one. This documentary may actually help inspire people accomplish something and never give up in their goals. That is what I got out of this film and is the most important thing you can take away from it as well.
January 3, 2013
An incredibly inspiring and moving documentary about musician Jason Becker, an exceptionally gifted guitarist finally realising his dream winning the rock royalty gig with David Lee Roth in the 80s only to be struck down by Lou Gehrig's disease, cruelly robbing him of the use of his limbs, and eventually the rest of his motor functions. It's truly amazing what a human can achieve with enough willpower, a focused state of mind and loving support around them, as Jason Becker, as the title suggest, is proudly "not dead yet" over 20 years later and still a creative and very talented musician, using computer programs and a human producer to help get the music in his heart and soul out into the world. Equally inspiring are the people around him, from his father inventing a completely new eye sign language to communicate with his son, to his mother and care workers day to day support, a couple being ex-partners who still show huge commitments to his care. As a film, I did feel it was structured a little lop sided - there's a huge focus on Becker's childhood and early successes, with lots of archival video and interviews with many big guitar names, who all rave over his talent and genuine personality. I guess this works to set-up the huge impact the disease had, but the film feels a little less focused when documenting his current life, in particular I'd have loved to have seen more insight into his current music-making processes and some performances of pieces he has written after his cruel confinement. Small structural gripes aside, this was definitely one of the most moving documentaries, and just human stories in general, I've seen and a genuine wake-up call to the fragility of life.
½ December 17, 2012
A brilliant documentary about Jason Becker. A guitar prodigy who's talent was snatched from him at 19 years old when he was diagnosed with ALC. It easy to believe he could of become one of the worlds greatest ever guitarists. Even though he can only move his eyes he continues to make music. Even if your not interested in this type of music its really worth a watch.
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