The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
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Director Wes Orshoski, who previously co-directed a laudatory 2010 profile of Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister, builds a solid case for the band's historic importance in this funny, fast-moving, fan-friendly documentary.
The U.K.'s oldest extant punk band gets a suitably entertaining, fractious documentary tribute.
Wes Orshoski's punkumentary The Damned: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead makes a good stab (key Damned word) at imposing a linear narrative, but their story is just too messed up.
Finally there exists a beautiful top-to-bottom documentary about the incendiary rock 'n' roll band that recorded the first Punk single ("New Rose") in 1976, and went on to keep reinventing themselves five decades over.
There are a lot of great stories in here, the fruit of long years of partying hard, and they ensure that the film is entertaining, but they also allow it to skim over other subjects.
People who don't even care about the music will likely find [it] compelling.
The film also captures the ups and downs of the band that sometimes felt like they were cursed.
A thorough, even-handed look back at [the] history, cultural significance and the colorful, clashing personalities within the seminal punk band.
The NY-based Orshoski does a good job outlining the UK punk scene for US audiences; along the way, perhaps inadvertently, he helps illustrate just how out of step with their contemporaries The Damned's larks were.
Blistering, hilarious, and terrifically neat, neat, neat.
Don't You Wish That We Were Dead is a fascinating, rambling saga that emanates a rich, sometimes morose, sense of what it's really like to have a whole life defined by the oh-so-brief explosion that was punk rock.
Its cast of characters is colorful (literally, in the case of Captain Sensible, known for his pink shag-rug jackets) and its access is impressive ('Our single biggest issue is people throwing pints onstage' the band's tour manager complains).
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