I wish this had been made if only for the chance for it's soundtrack to become the prog-rock equivalent of Saturday Night Fever.
Turmoil book-ended this period covered in the documentary, from the break-up of the Experience, the legal hassles concerning the deal made with Capitol Records (which ultimately lead to the release of the now-legendary Band of Gypsys album, the last to be released in his lifetime) to the disastrous show at New York's Madison Square Garden that saw Buddy Miles' exit and the eventual dissolution of the Band of Gypsys. Things would continue on with BoG bassist (and long-time Hendrix friend)…
One element I haven't seen much in the praise of this film is actually how funny it is. There is a subtle but direct layer of levity, which is mostly used to ease the very palpable tension. I saw it twice in theaters and both times one particular line got a hearty response from the audience. Nearly all of it surrounds the chemistry of it's two leads, and the individual choices they made regarding their characters.
Tom Cruise (in arguably…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
There's a ruthlessness to James Caan's performance as Frank that cuts through like one of his tools of the safe-cracking trade. It's 100% pure alpha-male bravado, that can be quickly brought down to earth. Whether it's by his best friend or his wife, there is as equally no fear to the emotion he brings. That's one thing (of many) about Michael Mann's work that is so engaging, is how he shows his protagonists (as well as his antagonists, too) balancing…