Theory of Obscurity: A Film About The Residents

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The history of the group and the mystery surrounding it.

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Chris Combs
Yoshifumi Okuyama
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Barton Bishoff
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Barton Bishoff
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Don Hardy Jr.
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Josh Keppel
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Barton Bishoff
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Critic Reviews for Theory of Obscurity: A Film About the Residents

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  • The task of parsing the meaning behind all their conceptual madness is left to a small but faithful army of fans, who speak lovingly of the band's devotion to art at the expense of commercial success.

    May 18, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Stuffed with examples of the nose-thumbing spirit that has sustained their popularity despite the bandmates' refusal to reveal their individual identities, the film is a fine primer for the curious.

    May 18, 2016 | Full Review…
  • We hear statements of admiration for the band from such longtime fans as Penn Jillette (of Penn & Teller) and "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening. But there is precious little context or critical thinking to make one truly care.

    March 17, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The film is a must-see for those who want to be introduced to the band, even if part way through you may find that you've hit your limit.

    March 3, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • There's plenty of eye and ear-catching stimulation in this survey of the Residents' 40-year career.

    March 20, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Theory of Obscurity revels in the paradox of this most notorious band of unknowns while poking at the embers of the myth.

    August 22, 2017 | Full Review…

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