Pulp: a Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets

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Witty, warm, and unconventional, Pulp makes up in overall entertainment what it lacks in depth.



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Florian Habricht's witty, innovative documentary follows the legendary titular band (perhaps the smartest and most charismatic in all of BritPop) as they prepare to say farewell after 25 years of performances. Though culminating with the farewell concert the band played to thousands of adoring fans in their hometown of Sheffield, England, PULP is by no means a traditional concert film or rock doc. As much a testament to the band as it is to the city and inhabitants of Sheffield, PULP weaves exclusive concert footage with man-on-the-street interviews and dreamy staged sequences to paint a picture much larger, funnier, more moving and more life-affirming than any music film of recent memory. (c) Oscilloscope

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  • The abbreviated history may mystify people who don't already know the basics. But the film does offer a vivid portrait of Cocker - wit, unlikely casanova and quite possibly hypochondriac - and an intriguing if glancing one of Doyle.

    Nov 20, 2014 | Full Review…

    Mark Jenkins

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  • Habicht never dives too deeply or casts his net too widely, but as a filmic love letter to Sheffield, the resulting doc is full of small delights for serious Pulp fans.

    Nov 19, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • A bright, eccentric testament to the mutual regard that Pulp's members and ordinary Sheffield residents feel about one another.

    Nov 19, 2014 | Rating: 3/4
  • Habicht's film never goes beyond idol worship since his film only succeeds at reproducing Cocker's myopic vision of his band.

    Nov 19, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • These random encounters, as well as brief interviews with band members ... effortlessly capture the bond between this former steel town's spirit and the ineluctable tug of Mr. Cocker's lyrics.

    Nov 18, 2014 | Full Review…
  • This is a film about many things, but maybe it's mostly about the mingled tragedy and glory of coming from where you came from.

    Nov 18, 2014 | Full Review…

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