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  • Jimi Plays Monterey

    ★★★½

  • Pleasure

    ★★★

  • American Ultra

    ★★

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    ★★½

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  • Jimi Plays Monterey

    Jimi Plays Monterey

    ★★★½

    Insane set which is an automatic 3.5 but a great concert film needs great filmmaking (that works in harmony with music) and what Pennebaker and Hedges gives us here is adequate at best (sometimes worse). And there’s still like 8 minutes of non-concert footage here which is insane in a 50 minute movie—I get that some of the show wasn’t filmed so they had to improvise but the graffiti intro was not the way to solve that problem. The Experience…

  • Pleasure

    Pleasure

    ★★★

    Extra half-star for the last thirty minutes of this, which are genuinely pretty daring and would have launched a thousand thinkpieces if this movie got more attention. I’m not sure if its intentional that this is shot like a studio porn film even during the non-sex scenes but I found that kind of funny. There’s a lot of good stuff in here about the nuts and bolts of the industry but the filmmaking and writing fall pretty flat for me, as if the novelty of the topic + the admittedly sharp critiques of the industry were enough on their own.

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