Stop Making Sense

Stop Making Sense ★★★★★

I’ve never been a big fan of Talking Heads, which isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy them. I know the popular songs that everyone knows, and I really love David Byrne’s collaborations with St. Vincent. I’ve just never been someone who wanted to sit down and listen to one of their albums, despite enjoying the music and knowing they’re really talented. 

I say all of that so that when I say this is easily the best concert film of all time, you can know that I’m not just saying that as some superfan. I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen. Some of that is definitely thanks to Demme’s incredible direction, capturing the energy and beauty and fun of the performance. But a lot of that is the band and David Byrnes’s stage show and presence. This is a concert film that pulses with life and energy and meaning. It’s so much more than a glorification of a band or marketing for an album. It’s an art piece about capitalism and music and emotion. It’s joyous and overflowing with energy. Truly blown away. 

David Byrne’s cardio is absolutely bonkers in this. Also, whenever his hair isn’t slicked back he looks a whole lot like Cillian Murphy so I think if we want to make a biopic of young David Byrne and Talking Heads then we need to get on that while Murphy is still young enough to do it. 

Watched as part of my 5x5 Directors Challenge (2)

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