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Hard Core Logo
Bruce Macdonald follows punk bank Hard Core Logo on a harrowing last-gasp reunion tour throughout Western Canada. As magnetic lead-singer Joe Dick holds the whole magilla together through sheer force of will, all the tensions and pitfalls of life on the road come bubbling to the surface.
I wanna keep this simple.
This is one of the best Canadian films ever made, one of the best rock movies ever made, one of the best fake documentaries ever made, and has Quentin Tarantino's stamp of approval. There are so many scenes I reference or steal to this day, in particular: "Where's Billy?". This movie gives Hugh Dillon an eternal free pass, and makes me excited whenever I see Callum Keith Rennie's name associated with any project, usually as a minor character. (most famously as one of the recurring Cylons in Battlestar Galactica)
Valuable information for fans ahead:
The newly released blu-ray, unlike the Special Edition DVD which has been out for many years, is finally widescreen 1.85:1, and contains the experimental and arty anti-sequel Hard Core Logo 2
The easy blurb is "punk rock Spinal Tap," but this is actually a much more emotionally ambitious film than Spinal Tap's singular focus on three hard rock numbskulls. The characters in the Hard Cores are a little more dimensional and a little less broad (the same goes for the laughs). This doesn't make Hard Core Logo better than This Is Spinal Tap, of course - just different.
There are two sequences in particular that stick in my craw. One is the acid trip scene, which I think would have been much better without breaking the documentary format. The second is the ending. I won't spoil it but it seemed to me like this ending was conceived almost independently of the…
In my opinion this kicks Spinal Tap's ass!
Hugh Dillon and Callum Keith Rennie are the main focus, but all the band members' acting is above average. I knew Rennie from Califronication, but this....this! Now I love the guy.
First and foremost a mockumentary, touching on comedy (some very funny scenes), but it's the drama that gets you, and the complicated relationships between "Joe Dick" and "Billy Tallent". Well, that and the best acid trip ever.
Awesome soundtrack, just awesome, brilliant script, an excellent depiction of a band, and an ending that I won't be able to shake for weeks.....
If there's a better Canadian movie out there, I'd be amazed.
There is nothing else out there quite like a Bruce McDonald film. Full of engaging visuals, hateful yet endearing characters and butt kicking rock music. Leaves you wondering who's genuine and who's an a**hole. Filthy and fascinating.
I was bored -
Es como Spinal Tap pero más poética y oscura, con un humor más sutil y menos satírico.
Otra de las ficciones en las que se inspiró la realidad para crear la historia de Anvil.
I have to admit the existence of Burst City makes this otherwise excellent film seem so small and insignificant. McDonald does a typically great job etching fascinating characters full of humour and madness. It is compelling to see him work in the real world as the mock doc format seems to force him into. What it lacks in full on punk madness it gains in snowbound melancholy as it sketches a death the body is blind to. Sometimes they seem aware at what a loss this attempt to regain a musical footing through supposed charity is like the funny Bovine cover close up. Perhaps a better comparison than Burst City, which really is a different film, is McDonald's own Trigger…
Canadian Indie cult classic, comes highly recommended.
Mockumentary goes behind the scenes of the reunion tour of Punk rock band 'Hard Core Logo'.
Hard Core Logo is sure to find comparisons to Spinal Tap but it's a completely different film. Just because the Thin Red Line is a war film doesn't make Full Metal Jacket The Thin Red Line.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Punk, a psychedelic goat blood orgy, and the man character kills himself. If only all Canadian films were like dis. Nay, all films.
So many bands' interpersonal dynamic can be boiled down to mom, dad and the kids. Between that and how vividly different these four guys are, it's tempting to try to project this band or that band onto the band in this movie, but it's more about a family than a band, as is explicitly said in the film.
The band's existence anchored by the forbiddingly uncompromising idealist who is (probably not coincidentally) the only guy with nothing else going on in his life. Meanwhile the talented guy (whose name is...on the nose) sees the ship as sinking and would like to grab the golden ring offered by another, much more lucrative band whose music the movie doesn't even bother to…
A lot sadder a movie than I expected. Pretty good songs. I really like Callum Keith Rennie and that's a good thing because I like Canadian film and the guy is basically in every Canadian film or TV series ever made.
McDonald is a pretty underrated director, I would say and he's still making great shit. Pontypool is an amazing film and I've heard really good things about Trigger as well.
Funny, entertaining mock documentary of a punk band’s reunion tour. It’s been compared to This Is Spinal Tap, but it has its own tone, energy, and sloppy allure. Poetic interludes and good cinematography.
One of my all time favourite movies and without a doubt my favourite Bruce McDonald film, my favourite Canadian film, and my favourite music film (sorry Spinal Tap). For me, this film just seems to be on a whole different level than any of McDonald's other work. The characters are awesome and extremely well portrayed, the music is great, and the film manages to be funny while at the same time touching on some pretty dark subject matter and an excellent look at the breakdown of a band and a friendship. And you gotta love the Joey Ramone cameo part 2.
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