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.
Jarvis Cocker is a legend, the way he dresses, the way he moves, the way he upstages Michael Jackson. Cocker sing's 'Common People' but it would be fair to say that he is less than common himself, though he is still true to his roots, Sheffield is his home, his playground, his stomping ground, his kingdom. He is pretty much a gangly legged God. I love his lyrics, they feel like real life one fan claims in this documentary/concert film, he isn't wrong. There is a real sexual edge to Pulp's work thanks to Jarvis's common person poetry, plus to see him on stage as the footage in this film proves is to see a middle aged man stalk,…
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…
Would have honestly preferred a straight up concert film to this. Not a bad concept to profile Sheffield, except the doc is absolutely aimless in its approach. A dance group here, a choir there, some older citizens talking about the band, none of it feeling like anything more than some interviews with friendly people. So it just plods along, with a sequence or two (the concert performances, a little girl excited to be in the film, a group of people singing "Help the Aged" in a restaurant) to liven things up. And I feel like Florian Habicht really didn't know Pulp outside of its singles. They have a lot of songs, I don't see the need to play "This Is Hardcore" and "Common People" over and over, as great as they are.
Anyway, just move along from this. Nothing but a glorified piece of bonus material for a Pulp compilation or reissue.
Decidedly not a concert film, Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets is a documentary about the great Sheffield band, Pulp, their final concert on a reunion/farewell tour, their fans, influence, and hometown. Like the band, the movie is a lot of things perhaps to a lot of people. And while it might leave you wanting more Pulp, director Florian Habicht manages to create a portrait and a landscape at once.
As a document, it won’t give a viewer a definitive anything. You get some music, live, some accompanying dancers, sung by a choral group, by people in a cafe. You get some band history, flashes really. You get some personality interviews, namely with lead singer Jarvis Cocker and…
"Marriages don't last that long. Governments don't last that long!"
This starts so much like Stop Making Sense, with Jarvis Cocker onstage launching into one of the band's most famous songs (Common People), I was ready to turn in almost the exact same review as I did the Talking Heads film: I was sort of crushed when the pounding live concert audio started to fade out before that opening track even finished; then immediately bemused by the random shots of Cocker changing a tyre, feeding ducks, riding his bike, etc to a faint choir continuing the song.
This is as eclectic a film as the title suggests, and while it occasionally dips into segments with hardcore fans that I found…
Let me preface this review by saying that I am a *huge* fan of Pulp. They are one of my favourite bands of all time and I have a major man-crush on Jarvis Cocker and his sexy voice. If you are a fan of the band, all I can say is that this film is simply a must-watch.
However, can you watch this film if you're a casual fan or even if you've never even heard of Pulp? This can be an issue with niche music documentaries/tour films, but this film isn't just about Pulp. This film examines the life of Sheffielders and what it means to be truly from Sheffield. A vast array of colourful characters are interviewed about…
Probably nirvana for Pulp fanatics. I like Cocker but am not a massive fan of the band. This film captures their swansong well though - bringing the city of Sheffield in as a character too.
Un documental que logra conectar al espectador con la esencia de esta Banda Británica. Se siente como en casa y se logra comprender la profundidad de lo cotidiano de una ciudad común comon shefield en sus letras. I want to live like common people, I want to do whatever common people do.
Common people from Sheffield loving Pulp.
Faltaron números musicales, pero Jarvis cambiando su llanta fue bello.
Cuando era la parte del concierto como tal/las apariciones de los miembros esto es un 5 estrellas, pero sinceramente mucha de la otra gente era nula o sea mucha participación t_t ... menos las viejitas y los niñitos. Un concert film estaría arrechísimo pero :(
I can appreciate a different approach to a band documentary, but this felt too lazy and disjointed. I understand that they have this massive hit song "Common People" and that this document is about common people in Sheffield (they seemed to be nice people) but this repeating is just too much. It was interesting as an idea, but I guess this would have worked better as a much shorter film. I also would have liked to hear more what this band, Pulp, has to say. Now they didn't really get time to speak. I guess Jarvis Cocker especially would have been a great person to interview. Now this was just wasting my time, sorry Jarvis and Florian.
This isn't really a film about Pulp, life, death, or supermarkets, not to me anyway. This is a film about Sheffield. Sheffield, and *ahem* common people. Pulp may be the catalyst for the conversations, but they are hardly the thing that unifies them. Sheffield unifies them.
It's strange how we can look at art, music, film, and literature and search for meaning and philosophies and answers but sometimes, it's simply an offhand comment from stranger that says all we needed to hear. In this film, a bunch of strangers, some of whom like Pulp, and some of whom don't like Pulp, address the ideas of fame, normality, life, death, sex, love, and it just all gels together within the context…
I FUCKING LOVE COLOURING
Because my watchlist is too long.