Week seven and we've slowly worked our way into the 'D's' and the documentary category. This should at least be…
Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure
In 1987, Eddie Lee Sausage and Mitch Deprey recorded the nightly squabbles of their over-the-top neighbors, homophobic Raymond Huffman and proudly gay Peter Haskett, and the chronicle of the pair's bizarre existence soon took on a life of its own. This darkly funny documentary checks in with former punks Eddie and Mitch, who detail their late-'80s Lower Haight surroundings, and surveys the tapes' influence on an array of underground artists.
In the mid 1990′s, as a young man with my share of ironic sensibilities, I owned the “Shut Up Little Man!” CD. It was a series of recordings made by “Eddie Lee Sausage” and “Mitchell D” in their apartment from 1987 to 1989. They had been taping the two middle-aged men next door, Raymond and Peter (and occasionally their friend Tony), who would constantly get into screaming, drunken and sometimes violent arguments. There was an amusing schadenfreude to it, especially with Peter’s often peculiar or witty ways of putting things (“You always giggle falsely!” was a particular favorite of mine). It was his constant refrain of “Shut up, little man!” that gave the album its title. Yes, it was funny……
Fifteen minutes of material told over and over and over.
The documentary equivalent to DePalma's Blowout or Coppola's The Conversation. It is as impressive a documentation of the power of audio as it is human nature. It is entertaining on both a voyeuristic level and as a purely comedic experience.
Shut Up Little Man! is not exactly a masterpiece, but I'd definitely recommend it.
My grandpa's eldest brothers lived next door to him for decades. As a young boy, I'd hop the deer statues between the yards and visit them. The backdoor was always unlocked and the TV was blasting. Perhaps my visiting eagerness was the result of a dish of hard candy fully stocked at all times? But, there were many fascinating reasons.
One of them could draw horses really good. One could not read or write. One was a retired WWII navy cook, a wizard in the kitchen (duck and popcorn were specialities). One was a retired bricklayer. They could eat like it was going out of style. They had this weird letter opener that looked like a medievel sword…
This movie is an excellent 20-30 minute documentary but so unnecessary as a feature length documentary especially with two unlikable main dudes, in my opinion.
No lo van a creer, pero al parecer había 'memes' que se volvían 'virales' antes de que hubiera 'internet'.
Ever eavesdropped on your neighbours?
Ever wish when doing said eavesdropping you had better equipment so that you could hear them better?
Live vicariously through the lives of two roommates who did just that with one crazy set of neighbours of their own.
They lived next door to crazy people.
You'll come for their swear-filled antics; you'll stay for the strange bond they share.
These two always giggle falsely. You'll get that when you're done watching. Inside jokes. Fun for no one. You're welcome.
Pairs nicely with Winnebago Man.
A documentary worth watching. So go watch it right now.
I never heard the tapes before, but the entire story runs out of steam after 30 minutes. However, the first thirty minutes are well done, and the tapes are hilarious, fascinating, and very sad. After that, the documentary repeats the same few points again and again, and soon becomes very boring and one-note. I'd recommend the first few act, and shut it off after the film begins to interview fans of the work.
Depressing documentary about the legendary Raymond and Peter audio tapes, which themselves are a documentary. They're a documentary of two fiftysomething San Francisco bachelor nobodies who lived together for years in a cheap apartment back in the 1980s and who had a relationship seemingly based on pure hate. Every day, these two screamed at each other in alcoholic fury. Their insults were rapid fire, and often funny and bizarre. Anytime you start to feel bad for these lonely headcases, one of them pops out with a priceless line that keeps you listening. (My own favorite moment might be Raymond's "I am not going to die; I will tell you if I'm dead".) The tapes are brutal, hilarious, constantly quotable, and…
A very well done documentary.
Fascinating! I don't know where I was when all this was happening :). Raises a lot of thought-provoking questions about art, privacy, decency, copyright, etc. without necessarily taking a stand on any of them. It's tough to be objective, but Bate does a pretty good job. There's a lot of grey area here, and he doesn't try to resolve it.
Works hard to make a video experience out of an audio story.
"This American Life" tackled this story 20 years ago (and oddly, that coverage is not at all mentioned in this film). Some of the video techniques are indeed entertaining...some are not. Late into the film the entire story is retold to a key participant, and we listen to it all again.
What it comes down to for me is that the story itself is so fascinating that it overshadows whether the documentary about it is. Some docs get very lucky that way. As the discussion turns to intellectual property and copyright , and What Is Art, the film finds itself slotted onto the shelf beside Exit Through the Giftshop, My Kid Could Paint That, Stone Reader, possibly Catfish... not bad company. It fits fine on that shelf. Besides, it celebrates the cassette tape, and we should probably preserve that cultural history.
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Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure (2011)
D: Matthew Bate
W: Matthew Bate
DP: Bryan Mason (1.85:1 / 35mm)
C: Jonny Elk Walsh
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