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Ver Straight into a Storm

STRAIGHT INTO A STORM centers around DEER TICK's 2014/15 10th anniversary run in New York City. A portrait of a hard rocking band known for their live performances on their evolutionary journey to become one of the greatest cult rock bands of our time. Anchored by a fan chosen set list and New Year's Eve performance, the film weaves in and out of time over the last 10 years utilizing never before seen archive footage from their booze drenched early days to the successful touring/recording band they are now- and everything in between.

Genres
Music, Documentary, Biography
Director
William Miller

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Tuesday, 07 Jul 2020 04:13

A truly fascinating film that weaves together historical evidence and interviews to show how jazz is not as straightforward as we might think. Through both biographies and interviews, the filmmaker shows how jazz's political influence was so important for its inclusion in the civil rights movement and how it continues to influence music today. Although he focuses on the early years of jazz, this film is equally interesting about the music itself. Jazz was truly revolutionary in the 1960s. When white musicians began playing black musicians to get them to play on the radio, it resulted in a black-music boom that began to bring the music of African-American musicians back into the mainstream. It was revolutionary not only because it was more popular, but also because it was just how music was supposed to be played. Jazz became "black." A lot of black musicians went into the music business, like Louis Jordan and Coleman Hawkins. But because of the racism that permeated the music world, the way they went about it was different. They were neither black nor white, but they were black musicians. Because they played black music, they were expected to play it better than their white counterparts. They were expected to write better songs. And because they were black, they were expected to play "black music." This resulted in black musicians not being able to reach out to white audiences in a way that white musicians could. But that's what jazz does. It transcends race and transcends class, and jazz is more than just music. It's a style. This documentary is an excellent way to learn more about the music. But it's also a wonderful introduction to the history of jazz and its political influence.
Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 12:19

With so much attention given to rock and roll, it's amazing to see just how difficult it is to remain true to a long tradition. The documentary "Straight into a Storm" attempts to recreate the original spirit of Motown as it was 50 years ago and follow the band members through their last concert. If there's one thing we can be certain about the past 50 years of music, it is that the music has never changed. Since the dawn of the recording studio, record companies have fought with each other to keep music fresh. At the height of the industry, as many people as possible lived in the same cities, were born on the same dates, and hung out in the same neighborhoods. That's how music was made in the 1950s and 1960s. Motown was one of the most profitable and respected music labels in history. The only reason many of the band members are still alive is because of the commitment they put into the music and how loyal they are to the music. Their hard work and dedication to their craft has made them both immortal and legendary. Music has never been better, and it never will be. "Straight into a Storm" shows us what Motown was like back in the day, and how the music has evolved into what it is today. The music is fantastic, the presentation is fantastic, and the entire production is terrific. While the documentary doesn't pretend to tell you how Motown was, it does show you how it was and that's what makes it so special. With the film being about the music and not the history of the people involved, it's hard not to feel a connection to the music. It's a chance to relive a time and place that is a great part of American culture and an incredible part of music history. A must see for any true music fan.
Tuesday, 02 Jun 2020 09:57

This is the best film I have seen about the British hardcore music scene in the mid 80s. The camera work and editing are superb, and the interviews with the musicians are interesting and very informative. The music itself is well done and even the interviews are interesting. This is a very sad and disappointing film. The bands themselves, even the early ones, are not very interesting. The 80s hardcore scene was ruined by the big money from major record companies and MTV, and by the fact that all the bands were too old to really be taking part in a scene that was mainly controlled by music radio stations. A lot of bands quit because they were being pushed into a scene that they didn't really want to be in. The film is depressing because there are so many real bands who could not be interviewed, and the bands themselves, especially the older ones, are just horrible people who should not be in the film at all. There are people who have been involved in the scene for years and they still look like they are part of it, but they are not. Some of the bands are very good, and some of the bands are even good, but the movie is not even entertaining. There is no energy, no passion, no energy to the band or the music, and the interviews are very good. I would rather watch an hour and a half documentary about the 70s scene than this film. There is also a lot of self-censorship in the interviews, and people like Mark Goodfellow seem to be having a lot of fun with the interviews, which is not a good thing. It's also interesting to see some of the great bands that are not interviewed in the film (some of them, like MASSEDUCTION or LOUDWAX), and that shows how weak the scene was. The music is very good, but the film is not about that. This is not a good movie. 8/10.
Friday, 29 May 2020 11:44

The documentary begins in front of the scene of a massive storm. We hear from the people in the path of the storm, as well as from the people who are just along the coast of the Dominican Republic, "A boy with an umbrella and a few friends. They are caught in the middle of the storm and wind and rain." But, it's not just the storm itself, but the way the people responded to it. The kids are able to stay connected to their friends by talking to them and watching them through the television. It's clear that these kids have the most amazing abilities and that it's because of this unique connection that they're able to get through such a difficult storm. But, as the storm winds down, we see that the kids have only one goal, to see their parents alive. One by one, their parents are brutally murdered. But, the storm is finally over and the children are able to safely get out of the storm and go back to their home. This is truly a special moment in the life of this group of children. As they celebrate, we learn that the children are unable to communicate through their teeth, but they have great strength of speech. "I wanted to stay with my friend, but I couldn't. I could feel the storm, and I knew I was in danger." The documentary goes on to tell how these children are able to learn to cope with the conditions of being at sea, and their parents' death. It was amazing to see how the children could learn how to speak, but they still had no idea of what to say. The documentary also shows the kids communicating through songs, which is extremely important for them. "We play these songs on the radio and they get everyone's attention." The kids also have great difficulty with using a computer and using the internet, but it was important to them to know what they were doing. "My mom is like a computer expert. She has a good understanding of computers." They learn that even though they don't have their parents' knowledge, they are able to work together to use computers and communicate through the internet. But, despite all their great capabilities, they are unable to fully express themselves. When they're able to, they can show off their skills. "We have a little song called 'The Internet Is For Stupid People.' It's really funny because my friends and I know that we don't have the language to say it." But, they do have a little bit of success. We learn that they are able to communicate with their parents through their parents' computer, which they've saved up for the past year. The kids use the internet to post photos and videos, and send messages to their parents. We also learn that they communicate through the internet to their friends, but it's important to know that the internet is not for them. The documentary ends with the kids making the decision to remain together and stay with their parents. The documentary ends with them going to school, playing in the playground, and enjoying the music and spending time together. The documentary ends with the kids sitting together at a table and eating lunch. All of these kids were able to work together, to learn to communicate, and to stay alive. These kids have incredible capabilities and have the ability to do something so amazing. The documentary really does an amazing job telling the story of this group of kids. The people in the documentary speak a lot about the importance of getting outside and being active, but the kids don't seem


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