A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
The Last Waltz
It Started as a Concert. It Became a Celebration.
Martin Scorsese's rockumentary intertwines footage from "The Band's" incredible farewell tour with probing backstage interviews and featured performances by Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Ringo Starr and other rock legends.
When a movie completely captures a moment in time, it can be truly exhilarating. The last ever performance from The Band is just such an event aided by some legendary guest stars and Martin Scorsese's assured direction. Featuring some of the greatest musicians of the sixties and seventies giving their all and The Band themselves playing it effortlessly cool, this was a concert that signaled the end of an era. Iconic tunes, virtuoso musicianship, and a crowd in the palm of their hand, concert films don't come much better than this. Interspersed with anecdotes, some intimate history of The Band, and stories that only a life on the road could muster, it's as fascinating as it is magical. They're all here, Clapton, Mitchell, Starr, Young, Morrison, and one of my all time favorite turns from Dr John doing "Such A Night", this is one of those gigs I'd have killed to see live.
Martin Scorsese admitted that during the filming of this landmark concert film he was heavily using cocaine. You would never guess as it's almost pitch perfect from the very start. Featuring an array of the most influential singer/songwriters of the sixties and seventies, this final hurrah from The Band is full of memorable duets and fine tunes.
The Winterland Ballroom, November 25th 1976 is the venue for Robbie Robertson and company to say goodbye to the road. Between songs we get a little glimpse behind the scenes as The Band open up to Scorsese's gentle questions about their early days and life touring. We get the odd anecdote, but this is really all about the music. A band of excellent…
I was trying to hold back my emotions the entire movie. But, I couldn't handle it...when the camera pans out with them on the stage. Everything in this is perfect and beautiful. I love it so much.
or THE YEAR THAT BROKE PUNK
Although there's a strain of truth in that "things" like this were the reason that punk was necessary, the somewhat bloated, self-congratulatory victory lap of the (middle)-aged, the power and raw talent shining through here is a mesmerizing and powerful thing. The sense of community and support among this collective is enviable and intoxicating. And while some moments standout more than others (and Robertson's ever-present visage belies his low-key megalomania), the overall presentation is as uplifting and as *important* as all of the baby boomer hullabaloo and myth-making has made it out to be. The Band's brand of "Civil War music" (as a critic once derisively called it) is as representative of any true…
Part of my 5 Directors x 5 Unseen Films (7) challenge.
It would be utterly unfair to Martin Scorsese to explore his directing work without viewing at least a few of his documentaries. He has made more than a dozen non-fiction features to date, several of which have been nominated for major awards, plus a couple of Grammy-level long form music videos. Here, he presents a close-up look at one of rock'n'roll's most influential groups of the 1960s and 70s, "The Band," by focusing on their farewell concert at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco on Thanksgiving Day 1976.
The cover of the DVD describes the film as a concert that "became a celebration," and that's pretty accurate. You get…
With my new job knocking my body clock to shit, it was hardly surprising that I'd awaken early on Christmas Day. It did however give me the chance to revisit one of my favorite concert movies and although I didn't "play it loud" as suggested, it entertained the life out of me just as expected.
The Band were something magical. Put into a mix with Martin Scorsese and the undoubted talents of numerous guest artists and you have something so fresh it could have been made yesterday. Fine tunes, nostalgic memories of times gone by, and iconic performances that inspire awe, they don't make things like The Last Waltz anymore. The loss of Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, and the 2012…
The first "great" concert film ever made (before "Stop Making Sense" stole its thunder). Packed to the gills with awesome performances and first rate songs. Any event that combines the Band, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Neil Young, and Bob Motherfuckin' Dylan is a must-see for rock and roll fans.
“One is always a victim of the anthologizers,” mused my American literature professor in college. This went through my mind several times as I enjoyed the incredible music in The Last Waltz, the recorded document of The Band’s farewell concert in San Francisco. I enjoy The Band but always kind of kept it at armslength because I’ve never been a fan of Robbie Robertson, the group’s lead guitarist. Robertson is a friend of Martin Scorsese, and he worked with the director in producing the film. I’m not exactly blaming anyone, but the result is a film that often feels like it’s about Robertson and a bunch of guys he once performed with. As a member of Team Levon, I find…
No need for shots of the crowd - just focus on the performances.
You've gotta love the band to appreciate this film, it's more like their last concert with some insightful interviews, totally worth the watch for anyone who loves music!
If you like the Band and have not watched this movie, you need to immediately watch. Timeless. Classic.
Without a doubt one of, if not the single best, Concert documentary ever made. The final performance of 'The Band' is a testament to its time and place in music history, with songs by some of the most legendary figures in the music scene gathered together. A must see for fans of the soundtrack of 70's.
Caught the 3rd reel between rounds at the Coolidge, got to see the Neil Young performance of 'Helpless'.
Great print, and great crowd.
Why Scorsese, what a steady hand you have!
Milage may vary depending on how much you enjoy concert movies and / or The Band, but as someone who doesn't know much about The Band, Neil Diamond, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, music in general, or anything worth knowing, I liked this!
The interview portions were more atmospheric and cinematic than any talking heads I've ever seen. And the pan across the stage during a couple of the songs is straight up music / movie magic.
sidenote, i saw this as a rooftop cinema event thing by myself, and while it didn't detract from a mostly lonely and emotionally draining summer, i'm glad i dragged myself out of bed to fill my eyes and ears with pretty sights and sounds.
Movies that are slightly off.
High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.