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Shut Up and Play the Hits
The Very Loud Ending Of LCD Soundsystem
A documentary that follows LCD Soundsystem front man James Murphy over a 48-hour period, from the day of their final gig at Madison Square Garden to the morning after the show.
Shut Up and Play the Hits is a film that documents the final concert by LCD Soundsystem at Madison Square Gardens. Directors, Will Lovelace and Dylan Southern, follow the shows buildup as well as interview band founder, James Murphy. In truth I don’t think I’ve ever heard a more appropriate title for a film as it was exactly what I was shouting at the screen every time the documentary drifted into introspection rather than focusing on the exhilarating gig.
I consider myself a fan of LCD Soundsystem and this film is most successful when simply focusing on the music. The concert footage throughout is excellent, capturing the energy both on stage and in the crowd as the group play an…
I knew I was disappointed that I would never see LCD Soundsystem live, but now I'm fucking devastated.
James Murphy the musician
The look and editing
James Murphy the person
All the hugging
This nicely filmed movie about a super cool band reveals some of my suspicions with Gravity's Rainbow and a 5 o'clock shadow.
The concert footage songs are separated with samples of audio from an interview with Chuck Klosterman. One sample has Murphy talking about the mystique of a rock performer, and that as an audience member a performer can be propelled to a mystical level. He laments that as a performer now he pictures musicians waiting in airports, eating breakfast… normal stuff. Murphy talks earlier that he only loved a rock show when he felt the band was honest, that either they confirmed what he thought about them or that they seemed earnest in their music.
Klosterman is wise to…
I was hoping this would be of a documentary of LCD Soundsystem's final gig but instead it was more of a concert film. As I'm not familiar with their back catalogue I didn't really get into those parts but the behind-the-scenes and interview sections were good, and actually quite moving in one scene. If you're a fan you should definitely check it out, but if you're a fan you probably already have. 5/10.
I have always found LCD's albums hit and miss. I don't really like my dance music to bother with artful pretensions. However I like enough of their stuff to watch SUAPTH.
You don't need to be an ardent LCDphile to derive enjoyment but you do to at least need to be a music fan. The film nicely captures the pre and post split ennui of James Murphy and is a good bookend to a brief (and all the more interesting for its brevity) career.
It was better in a very loud movie theater than on my computer screen...but still real good.
The concert footage is really wild and immersive, but the rest of it is boring as shit.
A note: LCD Soundsystem is one of my all-time favorite bands and I was never able to see them live, so watching this was a bit like watching a wedding video for my unrequited high school love.
The arial shots, the film's only real visual flair, are largely effective, especially the cut from Murphy walking his dog to him onstage performing "Losing My Edge". Even better, though, is how the camera captures the kinetic energy on stage, zeroing in on the vivid chemistry between the musicians. This is most effective in the performance of "North American Scum", which features Arcade Fire and begins with a beautiful sentiment ("It's August, 2008"). Southern and Lovelance are then able to match that sensibility…
Empiezo diciendo que no soy un fánatico del grupo aunque si he de decir que me gusta.
Me encanta el contraste que hay entre las partes en directo y el metraje que enseña el día siguiente, un tío que te llena el MSG un día y al día siguiente está sacando al perro a mear en pijama y viajando en metro. Este contraste yu la entrevista que conduce el documental hacen que entiendas o veas por dentro la mecánica de LCD Soundsystem y James Murphy, básicamente el "por qué" de todo esto y porque se acaba.
A reminder that this band has a lot of great songs, despite only releasing three real albums. They'll be missed, but I'm not sure this film underlines their legacy particularly well.
A great music doc. Everything I love in them!
This whole movie is beautiful and fucking devestating. Every time it cuts to the kid in the crowd crying it hits really hard. LCD Soundsystem went out in the greatest way possible.
If you like LCD Soundsystem, you're probably going to like this movie. The live performances of their last show were obviously the highlight.
James Murphy crying after 'Someone Great' kills me.
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