Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
This Is Spinal Tap
Does for rock & roll what 'The Sound of Music' did for hills.
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 it's 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.
Oh, the airport-cucumber scene, how you make me laugh so much...
Oh, the Stonehenge scene, how you make me cry with surprise...
Oh, the Rock'n'Roll Creation performance, how you make me shake my head...
Oh, the 'Dese go to eleven' scene, how you make me want an amp like that...
Oh, the Sex Farm scene, how you make me wince...
Oh, the little bread scene, how you make me crave some little bread in a little garden with some little ham...
Oh, the ending, how you make me want to punch the air...
...these go to eleven.
It all started with a skit on an ill fated sketch comedy pilot simply titled The T.V. Show. Even though it had a ridiculously talented cast the show wasn't picked up, with very few people seeing the pilot. Despite this fact, the fictitious band Spinal Tap that was featured in one of the skits would live on for over 40 years later with them performing their latest "One Night World Tour" in 2009 with yet another single released the same year.
Their popularity has less to do with the original 1979 skit written by Rob Reiner and EVERYTHING to do with this rockumentary/mockumentary that he wrote and directed 5 years later. This is the…
I thought I had watched This Is Spinal Tap before. Turns out, I've just watched clips and bits of it on YouTube, hell, I even bought their "Back from the Dead"-album. So I watched it in its entirety now, and it's incredibly funny, and the mockumentary style works to absolute perfection.
It's the music that drives this film for me. The songs are very entertaining, and there's no question about the band's musical ability. The acting is also superb, and at no point do you question that these guys are real, albeit quite washed-up, rock 'n' rollers. Their comedic timing is brilliant, and their on-stage antics are very accurate.
It's not always laugh-out-loud funny, but more a witty and subtle…
After a lifetime spent watching the self destruction of many of my favorite musical bands, after the hours upon hours I wasted years ago watching VH1 Behind The Music marathons, and of course after watching Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky capture Dave Mustaine crying in Some Kind Of Monster, I was kind of numb to many of the forced antics on display in Rob Reiner's directorial debut This Is Spinal Tap, a mockumentary of a fictional British rock band. Still, the film holds up remarkably well thirty years later, and despite my disdain for Reiner, he coaxes some great acting from Christopher Guest and Michael McKean, the lead guitarist and singer who ultimately come to blows over creative and personnel…
The best example of a movie that's funniest after you've watched it. Endlessly quotable and a sure fire way to get in trouble giggling about it during a serious moment of silence.
Although Arik's review of This is Spinal Tap begins with an overly verbose explanation of the concept that people become undeservedly attached to films during their formative years, he eventually get's around to a thoughtful dissection of the two main characters of the film.
This movie review spends 292 of it's 732 words discussing the familiar idea that 14 years olds don't generally have the best taste in movies. I suspect that most people who would go through the effort to read a review of a 30 year old movie have encounter this notion many times in their lives already. It doesn't need to be explained. It doesn't need personal examples.
The reviewer opens with the assertion "I get…
What's wrong with being sexy?
These go up to eleven.
Such a clever mockumentary. It could easily trick the uninitiated into thinking it's based on a real band, and the truth is, this might not be too different from reality in any case.
I get why this film has achieved cult classic status, but it didn’t affect me nearly as much as it would have had I seen it years ago. Not a bad film by any stretch, but not one I would watch again.
There are some films that I’ve always thought you need to see at a certain age or they risk being lost on you. Empire Records is a great example of this phenomenon. It’s not a good film, at all, but I saw it when I was fourteen and so I’ll always love it. Then there are other films that were hugely original when they came out, but have since been referenced to death, and so if you missed…
You can now turn this up to an 11 on IMDb!
Raramente mi capitato di vedere un film divertente come la storia degli spinal tap! Si ride tanto e gli attori sono semplicemente sublimi. Grandi dialoghi e fantastica la colonna sonora
"You can't really dust for vomit."
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