My brain is collapsing in on itself!
The Ultimate Rush.
Australian stuntman Grant Page goes to Los Angeles to work on a television series. He uses his spare time to lend his expertise to rock band Sorcer. Page helps the band develop pyrotechnic magic tricks for their shows, and also recounts to his own exploits as a stuntman and daredevil as well as various stunts by other greats.
Giving this movie less than five stars should result in a mandatory five year prison sentence.
There is an alternate reality where I wouldn't give Stunt Rock five stars. I feel bad for the FilmApe who lives in that reality.
Part documentary, part concert film, part action movie (sort of), Stunt Rock presents stunts and rock in their most undiluted form. Grant Page will be your new idol and Sorcery will be your new favorite band. Everything in this movie screams awesome, but don't expect any story. What exists is there simply to give Page a chance to say "I remember that..." before showing another montage of awesome stunts. The stunts are only topped by the performances of Sorcery, with The King Of Wizards fighting The Prince Of Darkness with illusions and magic while guitar solos wail. Yes, this is as awesome as it sounds. Just watch this movie.
A fire-wielding, glitter-bombing wizard fights a devil on-stage while a hair rock band jams on. Aussie stuntman-turned-amateur actor Grant Page practices death-defying stunts, most of which involve fire. There's a dude in the band, aptly named Sorcery, who wears a hood at all times. Brian Trenchard-Smith uses the most fantastic split-screen this side of Woodstock & the work of Brian De Palma.
This is a (mostly formless) hangout movie, only with intermittent bursts of stunts & rock... most of which involve fire.
It was a beautiful print & presentation wasted on the most talkative bunch of drunk assholes I've been in a theater with in quite some time. There were wizards! And fire! How could that not silence a crowd?
"When in doubt, blow it up. If you can't, light it on fire."
What in the world was that? This... was really something. I think, yes, I can say with certainty it was definitely some thing. What else can I say about it? It's got stunts. And it's got rock. And as one of the characters says in the final scene, "we should call it Stunt Rock". Yes, the title definitely does this one justice. It's also got me wondering why in the hell Grant Page didn't play Crocodile Dundee. He's pretty much my hero now. It's worth mentioning that this movie has almost no plot. It's a pseudo-documentary/clip show/concert movie. And it's kind of amazing.
Plenty of both stunt and rock through out this movie.
Okay, so this movie is half clips of stunts, half staged concert of a rock band called Sorcery, sometimes Sorcery hangs out with the stunt guys. Thats about it. Sorcery has Wizard on stage to do magic tricks, and their keyboardist always wears a Giallo styled mask at all times. Maybe if something happened at the end other than everyone agreeing that stunts and rock n' roll is awesome, it would have been a little more compelling. But fuck yeah, stunts.
A stunning visual and audio presentation. Stunning as in the beginning of the "movie" I could not believe what I was seeing or hearing on screen. Crazy stunts, prog rock performed with onstage magic, WTF. Then by the second half when it was still just crazy stunts and prog rock with even more goddamned magic I was merely stunned. Rarely have I seen a movie with less plot and less acting. Half masterpiece, half nothing.
Grant Page is awesome.
I kind of want to jump off a building after watching this movie.
Part documentary, part explanation for Spinal Tap. Some days I want to be Grant Page.
Rewatch with commentary from Brian Trenchard-Smith, Marty Fink, and Richard Blackburn.
The stunt work of Grant Page x the action filmmaking of Brian Trenchard-Smith ÷ the rock n' roll of Sorcery + their magic and stage act + healthy doses of montage and fire = the amazing awesomeness that is the STUNT ROCK experience.
My favorite thing might've been the keyboard player who always wore a hood. He was cool.
35mm screening at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland, OR with Brian Trenchard-Smith in attendance (it was his personal print).
STUNT ROCK is a celebration of passion and showmanship. It's a showcase for stuntman Grant Page, a tribute to the creativity and craft of stunt performers, and the introduction of the magic-themed pyrotechnics-fueled band Sorcery to the world stage.
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