Shut Up and Play the Hits (2012)
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as LCD Soundsystem
as James Murphy
as Al Doyle
as Nancy Whang
as Chuck Klosterman
as Pat Mahoney
as Gavin Russom
as Tyler Pope
as Matt Thornley
as Keith Wood
as Alan Doyle
Critic Reviews for Shut Up and Play the Hits
"Shut Up" is graceful in its depiction of the performance, neither uncomfortably intimate nor shy.
Murphy is one hell of a frontman, and LCD Soundsystem is a deliriously exciting concert act.
Shut Up and Play the Hits manages to effectively display the power of that final concert while putting the band's leader into thoughtful cultural perspective.
Audience Reviews for Shut Up and Play the Hits
I was always kind of vaguely aware of LCD. I think this is actually one of the best concert videos that I have seen. The sound quality is unbelievable and it turns out that I am into them. One of the few documentaries that makes a nice background soundtrack.
Shut Up and Play the Hits is a "rockumentary" of the hit alternative dance band known as LCD Soundsystem. The film follows the before, during, and after of the band's final performance at Madison Square Gardens and how frontman James Murphy contemplates his decisions. To start off, you don't have to be a fan of this band to enjoy or follow this movie. It'll probably be more fun to watch if you do know the band however, and I thoroughly enjoyed Shut Up and Play the Hits. I'm a big fan of LCD Soundsystem, but I'm not going gaga over it simply because I like the band, it's just a really good rockumentary. The timeline of events and how Murphy reacts through it all is beautifully directed, as well as the concert scenes. You wonder at the very beginning why are they quitting the band after so much success but then as the story progresses, you start to understand why and then he gained my full respect. He wants to quit so he can live a normal life and start a family while also making an impact on the ever growing music industry. He didn't want to overstay his welcome or create a record no one liked, he just wanted to feel significant but felt insignificant the entire film. There's some heartbreaking scenes in the film that feel real. When Murphy starts tearing up in the old studio, I sympathized with him because it's hard to say goodbye to people you've gotten to know very well over the past years and the career you had. The interview throughout the entire runtime was flawless and thought provoking. The interviewer asked questions that really made you think as well as James Murphy's responses. That's how you feel convinced in the end, is through the interview which was one of the best factors of the film. My only complaint is that I would've like more concert time because there was a ton more footage that wasn't shown. I would've loved this even more if it was a concert film with the interview. Shut Up and Play the Hits is a fantastic documentary and analyzation of LCD Soundsystem through their tough times they went through on their last tour. It's an emotional ride with a really likable band and lead character. A-
A great concert documentary, but an even better investigation into hipster culture and what it means to be an artist in the minds of some.
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