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The Reflektor Tapes (2015)

The Reflektor Tapes (2015)

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A fascinating insight into the making of Arcade Fire's critically acclaimed, international #1 album Reflektor. The film recontextualizes the album experience, transporting the viewer into a kaleidoscopic sonic and visual landscape. It charts the band's creative journey as they lay foundations for the album in Jamaica, commence recording sessions in Montreal and play an impromptu gig at a Haitian hotel on the first night of Carnival, before bringing their breath-taking live show to packed arenas in Los Angeles and London.

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This isn't a standard rockumentary - this is willful inscrutability, audacious pretension and artful interference.

November 13, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A muddled, directionless splatter of concert footage, studio ciné-verité, music-video abstraction and Haitian/Jamaican travelogue exotica that aspires to mythmaking but instead strangles itself on its own self-indulgence.

November 5, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Lacks immediacy and actually seems designed for viewers who will discover and romanticize Arcade Fire 20 years from now.

September 24, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Kahlil Joseph's concert film profile of Arcade Fire is a disorganized mishmash.

September 22, 2015 | Full Review…
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Devotees of the group will embrace it on video and perhaps in special-event-style theatrical bookings, but those with a casual interest will tire of it quickly.

September 22, 2015 | Full Review…

Your enjoyment may vary, of course, depending on how seriously you take Arcade Fire's music: If you take it as seriously as the band does, this art project cum electronic press kit might resonate. For everybody else, it'll likely feel unfinished.

September 22, 2015 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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