This is a compilation of all feature films that have played at Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX from 2005 through…
Sound of Noise
The first musical cop movie
A tone-deaf cop works to track down a group of guerilla percussionists whose anarchic public performances are terrorizing the city.
Before watching Sound Of Noise, I regarded musical terrorism to be perpetrated by those arseholes that drive around booming out Skrillex at about 10,000 decibels at all hours.
Why is it that when you hear really loud music booming out of a car that it's always really shit as well? It's never Such Great Heights by The Postal Service or Transmission by Joy Division. You never see someone zoom by in their Vauxhall Astra with Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 9 blaring out when you're nipping down the off-licence for a paper. For fuck's sake.
No, the musical terrorism performed in the wacky…
A pop-music cover of the traditional crime drama tune, Sound of Noise is safe without seeming banal, relaxing without feeling sluggish, and though the core narrative doesn't do anything new, it uses its gimmick of musical 'terrorism' to keep what would otherwise be a fairly cookie-cutter plot moving forward. And let's be honest - you're not here for the story anyway, are you? The narrative is really the staff for the meat of the piece, the actual musical performances - guidelines on which the individual notes are written, those notes here being the creative situations in which the artists create their melodies.
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the film is the distinct crescendo of inventiveness each of the four…
This is the kind of movie my parents would recommend to me because it's foreign and kind of weird and it's about drummers. Then, inevitably, my mom would call it "cute" or "nice" and I would realize that I would not like this movie.
The story follows a group of "musical terrorists" and the officer who is pursuing them for, like, playing music, I guess. See, his brother is a famous conductor and the police officer is tone deaf and . . . I'm not going to type any more about the plot.
I didn't really hate it, but there wasn't really much of a story and the humor was the kind where maybe you'd think to yourself "Oh, that's…
Sound of Noise wins points for originality, but falls short of its high concept premise. Amadeus, a tone-deaf policeman (who comes from a family of gifted muscians), is tasked to pursue a group of anarchist musicians performing a "concert" using random objects throughout a city in Sweden. The most exciting moments of the film are when the weird "music" is being performed. The narrative is extremely dull and doesn't really seem to serve a purpose other than to vaguely fill in the time in between the musical numbers. On the anarchist musician side, there aren't really characters, just a group of mysterious people thrown together. I don't understand their motivations for this line of…
30 Countries, 30 Days.
Time Period: present
Theme: Music should be inclusive not exclusive, there is music in the world around us, composers are jerks
Style of Subtitle: Bold white with black border.
Funniest / Oddest Subtitle: "Money for U, Honey" and "Fuck the Music"
What did I learn about the country: There's white boxes all over the city playing music all day?
Coincidental relation to last country I watched: The van with suspected bomb is in front of the German embassy.
I heard there's an American remake planned: Staring 1994 Kevin Costner as Amadeus, Jermaine Clement as Magnus, Uma Thurman as Sanna, Joe Lo Truglio/Philip Selway/Chris Tomson/Mark Ruffalo as the Drummers. Directed by Michel Gondry.…
A Swedish tone-deaf police detective, born of musical royalty, investigates a series of "musical terrorist" acts committed by a group of performance artists.
Sound of Noise gets points for its originality and style. The music scenes are genius, energetic and a blast to watch. Unfortunately, there's a lot of wasted potential in this quirky comedy, it feels they never push the comedy to other levels so they rely in repetitive jokes. It's oblivious they've put more effort in the music scenes other than the whole movie altogether.
Could work fine within the framework of a short film, but as a feature it just becomes too much hustle and bustle.
"This is a gig, everybody keep calm! We don't want to hurt anyone, we're only here for the music!"
Percussion terrorists create havoc in the big city, a tone-deaf cop (the black sheep from a family of famous musicians) must stop them. But is the cop out to bring them to justice or is his search for blessed silence a form of musical anarchy of its own?
Humorous and witty film, very entertaining but not without its serious side, addressing the nature of art and the determination of those devoted to making it.
This is about as good a representation of what the 70s punk rock revolution was shooting for as anything I've seen on film, capturing the spirit without resorting to mohawked pantomime as its anarchists declare percussive war on staid Swedish society. This concerns itself with the belief that ambition is more important than talent when it comes to self-expression, and uses the tone-deaf, music hating member of a family of musical progidies, police detective Amadeus Warnebring (Bengt Nilsson), to illustrate its point. He's tasked with apprehending a gang of musical renegades in the midst of terrorizing the city with prankish performances that erupt in the middle of daily life, in the process learning about his own capacity for creating art.…
I loved this. It wore its quirkiness on its sleeve, but I totally bought into it. The six drummers scenarios were quite inventive (although the law of diminishing returns came into play a bit), but the policeman made it work. His quest for silence. The ending was spot on. Great stuff.
Anarchy shouldn't be this dull.
Vista por segunda vez en poco tiempo, disfrutada de la misma manera. Genial.
Fantastical music terrorist performances using a city's institutions and corporate structure to create a symphony of musical protest. Meanwhile, a tone deaf police detective, envious of his conductor brother, is after them.
Sounds great and eccentric. Well, it's tone is plot deaf. No applause.
A really brilliant film, wonderfully bizarre and imaginative. I've never really seen anything like it and I was captivated all the way through. It's kind of like if Stomp made a movie and also wasn't really stupid.
- No Blade of Grass
- The Last Wave
- 1990: The Bronx Warriors
- Miracle Mile
- Cruel Intentions
- Griff the Invisible
- Killing Them Softly
- My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown
- The History of Future Folk
- Eagle's Wing
- The Ghost Theater
- Tempus fugit
- Friends (With Benefits)
a.k.a. that one movie that you've seen that you keep telling your friends about but they won't listen because they're…