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Never Mind Spinal Tap, Here's The Logos
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written by torchit September 18, 2005 - 1:37 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
First of all, put it out of your head that this is a comedy. Miramax, I believe, killed this film in the States by labelling it as such. It's a "mockudrama", if such a word exists - a fictional documentary of a fictional band. It has darkly funny moments, but they're not what holds the film together. It is a dramatic film based on a poem-novel of the same name by Michael Turner. It's brutal and it's believable. I want so badly for this band to exist in real life. Since it doesn't, I can pop this film in any time and hang around Canada's "best-never" punk band. If you love Spinal Tap, you'll probably hate this. If you love "SLC Punk", you'll probably love it. But give it a chance. Watch it more than once, and see how it grows on you. It's one of my favorite films.

Hardly a Comedy
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written by danleary25 February 25, 2004 - 10:24 PM PST
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
This film bares a particularly inaccurate label: Comedy. Before you watch Hard Core Logo you should know that it is not at all a comedy. There is humor and is by definition a parody, but this movie's first directive is not make you laugh. The misconception undoubtably comes from the This Is Spinal Tap correlation. Both films are mockumentaries following a late-aged band trying to hold together a tour but that is mostly where the relationship ends. Hard Core Logo is in fact a melo-drama which, unlike Spinal Tap, has a script adapted from a book and doesn't rely as strongly on improvisation. Indeed most of the movie is too structured(although somewhat poorly) to have been the product of improvisation. "Punk rock Spinal Tap" stigma aside, the movie itself is passable by all accounts. Most concepts, dialogue and sequences are well-meaning but ultimately gristle. Really the characters of Joe and Billy give the most merit, they are dead on portrayals of type of relationships and personalities you'll find in these bands. All this is to say nothing of the great music. Ultimately all punk rock and mockumentary fans will want to see this.

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