This is a detailed list of movies that revolve around rock or are great bio-pictures about a musician/group. This list…
Jimi: All Is by My Side
A drama based on Jimi Hendrix's pre-fame years.
The problems facing John Ridley's mini biog on Jimi Hendrix put in place by the deceased musicians notoriously difficult estate, may have proven to be a blessing disguise. Without permission to use any of classic songs that helped create his legend, the focus is moved to the year leading up to his appearance at the Monterey Festival.
We join him in the small back room clubs of New York as a session player watched by Keith Richard's girlfriend Linda Keith. As we learn, she played an early role in connecting him with manager Chas Chandler, ex-bassist of The Animals. From there he heads to London to make his name before the opportunity to play in Monterey arises (alongside The Who,…
When pops took me to buy my first guitar (an ordinary instrument that played the chords pretty alright for its price), two hundred years ago, this is what he said to me: 'Buddy, treat this as all you have or you'll spend the rest of your life pushing paper.' Well, I did not end up pushing paper but that's what I did for a good fourteen years and I was pretty awesome at it until one day I couldn't do it anymore (living out of a back-pack, presenting, training, developing projects, streamlining structures, manipulating hedge funds, partaking of futile - to me - conversations, crude oil market speculation, the marriage, the credit cards, the mortgage et al.) and quit only…
If nothing else, Jimi: All Is By My Side is convincing proof that the world would be better if every biopic were made without the endorsement of its subjects or their estates. Denied the rights to Jimi Hendrix’s songs and recordings, 12 Years A Slave/Undercover Brother screenwriter John Ridley had no choice but to limit his approach to the iconic musician. Rather than making a traditional biopic—tracing Hendrix’s life from his Seattle childhood to his sudden death in London at age 27 (finishing with a title card before the end credits about how his picture is on the dorm wall of every college R.A. in America)—Ridley was legally compelled to try a different tack. The linear slipstream of a film…
Excuse me while I diss this guy (John Ridley).
John Ridley (12 YEARS A SLAVE) writes and directs JIMI: ALL IS BY SIDE, a generally less than stellar biopic about Jimi Hendrix. The one major thing that the film has to offer is an award worthy performance by Andre Benjamin as Jimi. His performance is eerie and uncanny. The rest of the film is a mixed bag. It captures the time pretty well and the stage performances are energizing. The rest of the film is less than involving as writer/director Ridley focuses on the tabloid scandals in Jimi's life as he courts fame. At nearly two hours this film is a bit of a task to get through but Benjamin's performance is mesmerizing and makes the film worthwhile. If…
I am a huge fan of Jimi Hendrix and when I finally got this British-Irish drama about him, written and directed by John Ridley, I had to see it. I have to say that I was a little bit disappointed, because this film does not include any songs written by Hendrix, as the filmmakers' request to use them was denied by Experience Hendrix LLC (Hendrix's estate). Making a movie about the best guitar player ever and not having his songs is a very difficult thing to do, and I have to mention that John Ridley did good with all the circumstances he had to deal with…
The story of the film is set in London in 1966 and 1967 and…
Lacking mystique, style and mood.
I liked the production design choices (Much as I did in Fury Road) but the rest of the movie is garbage(See also Fury Road). It might as well have been set in Fraggle Rock for all the attention to accuracy.
I really didn't care for this one much at all. Technically, it's well made and all, but it was so boring and the music was pretty awful. The only song I knew was his Beatles cover, and then I read here they couldn't use most of his music, so what really was the point here?
Most of this film is just talk, talk, talk...with an occasional music performance.
I guess the Outkast dude is alright as Hendrix, but they make him so boring, I just didn't care.
Now I lI've me some Hayley Atwell and really love some Imogen Poots. Now put a black wig on Imogen, a red wig on Hayley and wow...gorgeous. They helped make the film move by a little quicker I guess.
There's a very good movie in here trying to escape from what ended up merely being an interesting one with some good aspects. Andre Benjamin is more than enough reason to watch this, as he really inhabits the role...having not seen many videos or interviews of Jimi, he was still the living breathing real thing to me.
An interesting double feature with Love & Mercy. Both films break away from the traditional rock biopic structure and are better off for it. Then why was Love & Mercy so much better? True, this film notoriously didn't get the rights to Hendrix' original music, which is definitely lacking. But if they didn't have those rights, why not write a different story altogether? Why write…
If you watch it at all, watch it for the ladies. Atwell, Negga and Poots shine. These women carry the film, and make it well worth viewing. André Benjamin's performance is an extremely strong one. But, this film fails as a Jimi biopic, not just because it's riddled with apparent lies, and not just because of the obvious lack of real Jimi music. It's a nice effort, but ultimately feels extremely limited in every single aspect.
John Ridley, after winning the Oscar for his screenplay for 12 Years a Slave, explores another facet of Black/White interaction and exploitation in this (not-quite) biopic of guitar legend Hendrix. Starting with the unwieldy title, there seem to be missteps and curious choices.
For one thing, the film did not acquire the rights to Jimi's music from the Hendrix estate, so only his blues standards and a few covers (The Troggs , The Beatles)are heard. This would seem to be an impossible limitation for a film about a musician, but Ridley inventively chooses to focus the film on the 12-month stretch before he exploded in America, as he recruits his bandmates in the Experience, records his debut album, and conquers…
Have Imogen Poots and Jude Law ever been seen in the same room at the same time?
The cast deserved a better script.
List of feature length films at Melbourne International Film Festival 2014.
Screening 31 July to 17 August.
FYI: Last year…