A list of films I haven't seen........
I should be ashamed of myself.
Legendary British rock band Spinal Tap is followed by a documentary film-maker during their attempt at an American comeback tour. The resulting film, interspersed with powerful performances showcasing Tap's pivotal music and profound lyrics, candidly follows the group as the difficult industry threatens to fade them into obscurity.
Everything about it is funny.
These go to eleven.
Lick My Love Pump.
Cult movie? In its own right.
A satire that instead of humiliating, truly honors metal.
Rob Reiner's debut. His best film as well.
One of the best mockumentaries of all time.
I love it.
Outrageously funny, so much so that my laughter was swapped with a consistent and dopey grin on my face. The startling realism and authenticity of the satire elevates the entire experience into a supremely hilarious achievement. Rob Reiner nailed This is Spinal Tap, and I have a feeling that a rewatch will raise my thoughts on it.
A brilliant spoof of rock culture banalities. Rob Reiner thinks out of the box for the first and last time in his career. Christopher Guest is one of the collaborators of such a groundbreaking screenplay, releasing theatrically one of the most influential films of the 80s. Magnificent inside jokes for all of us music lovers, portraying band members, although stereotypically, as human beings totally devoid of any sign of intelligence except for the one they need to lay their fingers on an instrument and know how to play it. Marvelous masterpiece and I actually can't believe how h-i-l-a-r-i-o-u-s it was.
You know, I'm marking this as a first time watch but let's face it - I've seen it before.
Well, most of it, anyway. The bit with the pods. 11. Getting lost on the way to the stage. The black album cover. The Stonehenge stage disaster. And more. I'd say perhaps as much as any incredibly popular film I hadn't seen yet, This Is Spinal Tap was the most impossible to go in to and enjoy like a first time viewing.
And I have to say that it probably did affect my opinion of it. The funniest moments the film has had been seen and heard of by me so…
Can I add a sixth star? This review goes up to six? I've seen this movie I don't know how many times now and I never get tired of it. I find myself chuckling before the gags even hit, just anticipating what's coming. Weird thing, though: It starts to look less ridiculous the more I learn about music history and more poignant the older I get.
The Rockumentary about Spinal Tap was a fun watch. It has funny characters and some good bits like how they can't find the stage to their own concert.
What I really like is the arguments that the characters have and it's supposed to be "unscripted" so they're all talking over each other and I just found those scenes especially funny, I don't know, that's probably just me. It's funny.
I thought I'd seen this before, but after watching it tonight, I don't think I had. It's harder to appreciate a film when you've gotten so much of it through cultural osmosis already, but still a fun watch. Explores the story it sets up enough without going too far (only 82 minutes, which feels appropriate).
Not to get too hey-this-movie-everyone's-seen-and-likes-is-pretty-good this week, but yeah, I liked this. Also, I had to watch the scene after Nigel storms off mid-show three times because I couldn't hear the dialog over my own laughter at "Well, I'm sure I'd feel much worse if I weren't under such heavy sedation."
What makes Spinal Tap so great?
Amps that go to 11? Yes.
Green globules? Yes.
Heartbreak Hotel? Yes.
Bread that's too small? Yes.
Frank Sinatra? Yes.
Impossible-to-find stage doors? Yes.
Saucy Jack? Yes.
Yes. Of course what really makes Spinal Tap so much more, is the fact that it is a portrait of a real world that is just one big joke. If Spinal Tap were literally just one notch less ridiculous it would be indistinguishable from a real documentary about Britain's Loudest Band. What This is Spinal Tap does so well is expose the stupidity and whatever sells "artists" within rock music history. What I mean is, nearly every mainstream act from The Rolling Stones…
The best moment in this film - and I don't think this is one of the usually-touted moments - is Christopher Guest playing his guitar with a violin, only to stop and take the time to tune the violin just a little bit.
The movie that popularized the very term "mockumentary," This Is Spinal Tap is full of great gags (both verbal and visual) and great music. The three central performances by Christopher Guest, Michal McKean, and Harry Shearer make the movie (and Rob Reiner's Martin Scorsese stand-in ain't half bad either).
I watched this on Region A DVD.
I know what Spinal Tap is, I know the film well. Yet I've never actually seen this film, it's been on my watchlist for as long as I can imagine. So I wanted to watch something not too long and a comedy, I was looking at some films and This Is Spinal Tap and at only around 80 something minutes I watched it.
The plot follows a filmmaker named Marty DiBergin played by director Rob Reiner. He's making a documentary about English hard rock band Spinal Tap and the rest they say is history. I loved this film, it's so obnoxious and ridiculous that you just can't help but laugh in almost every…
"So when you're playing, you feel like a preserved moose on stage?"
When I first saw this as a kid, I knew nothing about the film going into it. I had heard Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight and loved it (though the overt meaning had gone over my head at the time) and I thought Spinal Tap was a real band. So, it wasn't until about three quarters of the way through the film the first time that I grew suspicious of its legitimacy. Man, was I surprised to find out later that night that Spinal Tap didn't exist and what I had just watched was my first mockumentary.
I've seen it a few times since, but this was…
Take a moment and consider that This Is Spinal Tap released in 1984. Bands still looked and sounded like this (sort of a hair metal/butt rock thing) for serious and the world was, for serious, eating it up. So in waltzes Rob Reiner, sets the golden calf on the altar, and slaughters the fuck out of it.
It's impressive that, 32 years later, This Is Spinal Tap can be watched and enjoyed without losing much of a step. How did Reiner do it? How could he take such an era-specific subject and make it feel timeless?
The answer, of course, is that musical style and appearance is merely an aesthetic. The characters and their trials are widely applicable to not…
This Is Spinal Tap tried to be cool before we fully understood what cool was. There is no doubt that this paved the way for what we become a certain brand of satire. Unfortunately, it feels very dated in retrospect. What may have once seemed provocative and smart, now feels childish and almost in bad taste.
A list of films I haven't seen........
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