The Punk Singer (2013)
Critic Consensus: It verges on hagiography, but given the deeply compelling nature of its subject's story, The Punk Singer can be forgiven its lack of objectivity.
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Critic Reviews for The Punk Singer
It's the music, though, including a wealth of galvanic performance footage from the Bikinis, particularly, that really makes this worth seeing. It's killer stuff indeed.
It is not the most subtly layered documentary I've ever seen, but these days it's no longer verboten to take a stance in docs. And there is so much to be admired about Hanna.
The way Hanna burst onto the scene is just as interesting as how she faded from it.
The movie succeeds as a punk chronicle by focusing on a true believer who was lionized by many but who turned out to be only human.
"The Punk Singer" is a revealing look at Hanna's life, who throughout the film is willing to speak out about her struggles and triumphs in an open and honest way.
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A charming bit of documentary on Kathleen Hanna and Bikini Kill, both of whom I had not encountered previously.
This is (part of) the story of the driving force behind Bikini Kill, Riot Grrrl, and Le Tigre-- Kathleen Hanna.--and what happened that made her quit in 2005. Although I think that a documentary about how this wave of punk feminism rose and faded should be a several part series, this was pretty interesting and made me a little nostalgic for shows that included a real risk of injury for smaller people in or near the pit.
It's no wonder that Kathleen Hanna has an entire documentary focused around her. Between her turn as lead singer of the riot grrl punk band "Bikini Kill," being in the techno group "Le Tigre," and her solo act "Julie Ruin," she is basically the mother of feminist punk rock. Hanna is famous for her feminist zines and incendiary lyrics in her music, and for her take no prisoners attitude when it comes to her life, her music, and her art, Kathleen Hanna is the kind of woman little girls should look up to. Not only is she an amzing punk icon, but a feminist icon as well. The documentary looks at her biography, and what amazing things she accomplished, without the drug addled pretensions that fame always abides. It deals with women's issues and the scope of feminism in the nineties' scene. Best yet we get to see the person she now is, and hopefully the artist she is becoming yet again. The film has some really great interviews with Hanna herself as well as critics and admirers of Hanna's. It's just bewildering how amazing this woman is, and how poignant and gritty this doumentary is.
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