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Year of the Horse (1997)

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Independent film hero Jim Jarmusch followed Neil Young & Crazy Horse during their 1996 world tour and captured it on handheld Super-8. Spliced with archival footage shot by Young and with current interviews from all band members and Young's father, the result is not so much an overview of the band's career as an homage to the power of the band's consistent and timeless work as a four-piece. With three other Neil Young concert films available on home video (Rust Never Sleeps, Weld, Neil Young Unplugged) Year of the Horse seems a bit redundant, but was obviously a labor of love for Jarmusch. Though the current concert footage seems to drag on (Crazy Horse's propensity for endless jamming isn't exciting every night), the old backstage interviews and a classic clip of live Young from 1976 is worth the viewing.

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Plays like This Is Spinal Tap made from anti-matter. Both films are about aging rockers, but Year of the Horse removes the humor and energy.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Sun-Times
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This is quite possibly the worst documentary I have ever had the displeasure of watching on the big screen.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…
ReelViews
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Both a quirky little movie and a monument to one of rock 'n' roll's greatest noisemakers.

January 1, 2000
Film.com
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This is an intimate, lyrical yet incendiary film, and it will please fans of both Young and Jarmusch.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
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If you've ever liked the 52-year-old Young's songs, you'll probably be hooked early on.

January 1, 2000
Film.com
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If you don't like the music, forget it. But, if you're like me, a Neil Young fan, this is great inside stuff.

June 29, 2010 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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