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Neil Young Trunk Show (2010)

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Critic Consensus: It'll likely prove impenetrable for the uninitiated, but Jonathan Demme's second Neil Young documentary presents a less contemplative side of its subject -- and a loud, passionate glimpse of a rock legend at work.

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Jonathan Demme gives us some Neil Young musical and spiritual soul. Young on a stage full of personal icons: alone in the center of a circle of his beloved acoustic guitars; in the midst of stellar musicians Ben Keith, Ralph Molina, Rick Rosas, Pegi Young and Anthony "Sweet Pea" Crawford, plus an onstage painter portrayed by Eric Johnson. There are delicately offered acoustic numbers like "Sad Movies" and "Mexico"; mesmerizing electric travelogues into the artist's psyche ("No Hidden Path"); searing, chaotic anthems including "Like a Hurricane" and "Cinnamon Girl"; and rarely performed pieces like "Kansas" and "Ambulance Blues" that provide glimpses of Young's less public persona. In addition to his distinctively blistering and plaintive guitar, Neil draws deep melancholy from an old piano and pats it on the side after like a beloved old dog. He sings his heart out again and again. It is a collection for the ages.

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Demme beautifully captures the show's casual intimacy.

Full Review… | April 6, 2010
New York Daily News
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For better or worse, this is a straightforward performance film. I feel it's for the worse.

April 1, 2010
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Like all true filmmakers, Demme also has an eye for telling details.

Full Review… | March 26, 2010
Globe and Mail
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A legendary musician keeps on rocking in this enjoyable slice of live performance.

March 19, 2010
Hollywood Reporter
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Looks and sounds like several million bucks.

Full Review… | March 19, 2010
New York Times
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For serious fans, this is the real Neil, an artist who'll go anywhere his head and hands send him.

Full Review… | March 19, 2010
Detroit News
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