This is a list of every rock music documentary that I have come across. I also threw in some other…
Pulp: a Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets
Pulp found fame on the world stage in the 1990s with anthems including ‘Common People’ and ‘Disco 2000’. 25 years (and 10 million album sales) later, they return to Sheffield for their last UK concert. Giving a career-best performance exclusive to the film, the band members share their thoughts on fame, love, mortality — & car maintenance. Director Florian Habicht (Love Story) weaves together the band’s personal offerings with dream-like specially-staged tableaux featuring ordinary people recruited on the streets of Sheffield. Pulp is a music film like no other — by turns funny, moving, life-affirming & (occasionally) bewildering.
I am a bespectacled, gangly, floppy-haired Northern English working-class geek with a dirty mind who was thirteen years old in 1996. For all of these reasons, it may be hard for me to objectively assess a film about Pulp, whose lead singer Jarvis Cocker remains one of my idols. Part of the wonder of Cocker is his simultaneous awareness of every pop and rock cliche and his determination to subvert them, which may explain why this film is not an ordinary rock documentary. It is not a retrospective on the band's history, it is not a concert film, and at no point do either Bono or Sting appear talking about how they've always been fans of the music of [INSERT…
This is a fantastically unconventional portrait of one of Britpop's most unconventional groups. Instead of delivering the traditional music biopic formula, this movie paints a picture of the band through brief chats with the members recalling their feelings on their past and mostly through their hometown of Sheffield as Pulp prepares for one final concert. A wonderful film and a tribute to great band.
Reminded me a little of LCD Soundsystem’s farewell film Shut Up and Play the Hits, but where that overdosed on concert footage at the expense of a more revealing peek behind the curtain, this finds a better balance and with it a lot more charm.
Both films focus on the shy but exuberant performer at the centre of their respective bands, as they examine their careers and the act of ending a great thing. Habicht’s superpower is his ability to find, and put at ease, the common people of Sheffield (and beyond) that Cocker sings about — they populate this film from start to finish, touching and hilarious vignettes that never cross into parody, nor outstay their welcome. From a director who had never shot a concert prior to this, his ability to combine the two is uncommonly good.
Common people are glorious people. This is the message of the wonderfully eccentric Pulp film. Part documentary, part concert film, all wonderful working class madness it is a love letter to the band and to the humble town of Sheffield. The people who live in the town are the real stars of the film, living their common lives, being the common people that Jarvis and his band sing so eloquently about.
And the band are still so common - a phrase which is said with so much love and warmth. Even leading man Jarvis Cocker, who seems like he would be mad with fame, is down to earth and real. His journey…
19 years old , screaming " i wanna live like common people " after "i wanna be adored" at the local greek club called decadence
almost 20 years later decadence is gone, friends from that time vanished making families, screwing their life becoming what they "wanted"
still screaming "i wanna live like common people"
fuck me pulp IS the greatest band of all time... sorry
This premiered at the Sheffield Documentary Festival yesterday and was beamed to cinemas around the UK, so I caught it in Glasgow.
It is a documentary about UK indie legends Pulp's career and their last gig to date in their hometown of Sheffield.
To make it more interesting, it also focusing on some colorful local Sheffield folk. My favorite was the newspaper vendor who looked like Dungeon Master from Dungeons & Dragons.
It was magical to see Pulp songs live blasting out in a cinema. I really hope they do more gigs and from the Q&A after the film, it seems that is something that will happen down the line.
It's a piece of fan service light and goofy enough to thankfully never feel like fan service and it has a likably laid-back tone for what another filmmaker might have turned into tense *LAST SHOW EVER* drama. Still, yeah, it's fan service, and while I'm a huge Pulp fan, I'm not exactly foaming at the mouth for discussions of Jarvis' sexy thrusting or how wonderfully, obsessively committed Pulp fans can be.
Interesante documental sobre una de nuestras bandas favoritas.
Much like the Burroughs doc, this goes a long way to making me appreciate Pulp. Hadn't listened to them much before. Interesting to see what their home town thinks of them.
Quintessential Last Waltz, Shut Up and Play the Hits music doc which are made as a kind of yearbook for that group and their fans to document this thing than it is to show the world someone they should know like in The Devil and Daniel Johnston. As such, these types of docs are never truly great but can strike a chord with you if the songs ever did.
by Nathan Kamal
If Oasis and Blur were Britpop’s Beatles and Stones (a braver and dumber man than me can decide which is which), Pulp was the second coming of the Kinks. While they never had the same level of cultural saturation as their peers, Jarvis Cocker and company were the oddballs who managed some hits on the side and slowly just got weirder and weirder. They wrote songs about working class depression and bad sex and urban legends; they pulled stunts like bum-rushing Michael Jackson on national television; they hired an already legendary Scott Walker to produce their last album, which was tantamount to wishing away the last vestiges of commercial appeal.
But what the new documentary by Florian…
Pulp has been one of my favorite bands for ages, so I was equal parts excited and nervous when I heard of this film. There's something tricky in making any sort of rock-doc of this type, and it was easy to imagine a hundred or more ways it could have gone very wrong.
Fortunately, this turns out to be a rare gem that treats both band and fans with warmth, love, and generous doses of humanity. The live performances come off as exciting as any I've seen committed to film, and honestly better than most. Constant smiles from start to finish, and well deserving of a space in my personal library as soon as that's an option.
I could watch elderly women sing Pulp songs acapella all day.
In theory, the story about a one-night comeback of a band born in the late ’70s, who struggled for over a decade until finding mild success in the mid-’90s, may have been more appealing to the young musical mass culture of decades past. Jarvis Cocker, 51, is founder and front-man of alt-acid Britpop band Pulp. When he formed the group in 1978 at 15, it was for reasons commonly associated with life as a budding pubescent: hard and fast social validation and talking to girls. Or rather, letting blistering guitar solos do the talking. And it worked. It worked for him as it had for his influences not long before, and for those influenced by him not long after. In…
Pulp A Film... is not so much a documentary about the band as it is a celebration of it. This is definitely a fans' only film and if you're unfamiliar with Pulp you may feel lost. Basically it's a love letter to their town of Sheffield profiling the town during the band's shows there. The director interviews townspeople, lead singer Jarvis Cocker and occasionally gets a quote from the other band members. There's no history of the band, no songs performed in full, and Jarvis is "on" the entire time so there's no in depth profile of him yet it's better than the Stone Roses documentary I saw last year that had the same issues. Pulp seem more aware of…
- Sound City
- Stop Making Sense
- Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who
- Shut Up and Play the Hits
- Metallica: Some Kind of Monster
- Long Distance
- Advanced Style
- An Honest Liar
- The Grandmaster
List of feature length films at Melbourne International Film Festival 2014.
Screening 31 July to 17 August.
FYI: Last year…
- The Best Offer
- Beyond Outrage
- In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons in Life…
- Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
- 1: Nenokkadine