The Stone Roses: Made of Stone (2013)
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Critic Reviews for The Stone Roses: Made of Stone
By the time the long, throbbing concert finale begins, there is no doubt that Mr. Brown's intensity has not faded over the years and that the Stone Roses' breakup was a serious loss.
"Made of Stone" is packed wall-to-wall with performance footage past and present. The reunited band proves to be quite muscular, and the tunes have lost none of their luster.
Some may find Meadow's lack of journalistic rigour frustrating, but the filmmaker has ultimately created something different - a heartfelt tribute to one of Britain's most important bands, as seen through the eyes of its fans.
Made of Stone is a faithful, fan's-eye account of the band's return that also serves as a good primer in their music and their massive influence for the uninitiated.
What Meadows has produced in effect is the cinematic version of those glossy brochures that go on sale at high-end concert venues.
Audience Reviews for The Stone Roses: Made of Stone
an artsy well directed fan loving tribute to the legendary Madchester Brit band of 90s fame who were also legendary for record company woes, break ups and disappearing. Equally legendary Brit filmmakers Shane (This is England) Meadows made this well crafted loving lively doc a few years ago when the Roses surprises fans and journalists with a reunion If you dont know the Stone Roses nor Shane Meadows you should stop whining about how all things suck and fix that as Meadows had made a bunch of TV mostly and movie stuff, esp around his terrific This is England series, and the Roses are one of the best Brit bands, esp since the English Invasion of the 60s and in spite of the catchiness of a few Oasis tunes and a few one hit Blur type wonders, musically the Roses always struck me as way better, and nicer and more poetic, than that other stuff...Waterfall and Love Spreads are as melodic and beautiful pop tunes now as they were in the 90s Anyway, as with the likes of Scorsese when he teams up with the likes of the Band and the Stones and George Harrison and Demme wih Talking Heads, this linking artistically of a great filmmaker with terrific musicians leads to good things. Not a perfect movie, and a bit meandering, it is nonetheless engaging and filled with an array of stock footage from the original era, the reunion and more Also, i could complain about having a hard time with some of the accents, esp those Manchester boys, but that would be my fault... Bravo
Shane Meadows is given access to legendary band The Stone Roses as they prepare to reform for a series of gigs leading up to a triumphant homecoming series of concerts at Manchester's Heaton Park. Part rockumentary, part concert film, Meadows is clearly the kid in the sweet shop here as he gets to spend time with his favourite band during their unthought of and seemingly impossible reunion. The behind the scenes bits are fun and Meadows has access to some great historical footage, but it's when the band are jamming together that this film shines. Playing Waterfall in that tiny studio put a massive grin on my face. A film for fans; partly about fans; made by a fan. Nothing truly insightful, but a fun time.
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