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Radiohead: Meeting People is Easy (1999)

Cast: Radiohead, Radiohead
Director: Grant Gee, Grant Gee
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Studio: Capitol
Genre: Documentary, Foreign, Music, Documentary, Music
Running Time: 95 min.
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The British rock band Radiohead are an unusually introspective and downbeat group of musicians, which would make them unlikely candidates for international pop stardom. But against all odds, that's what happened to them in the wake of a hit single, "Creep," and press notices that have made them one of the most talked about English groups of the 1990s. In Meeting People Is Easy, director Grant Gee watches the band as they record their third album, the highly acclaimed OK Computer, then head out for an international tour, playing concerts and promoting the record in Europe, Japan, and the United States. Anyone expecting high-spirited hijinks in the manner of This Is Spinal Tap will be quickly disappointed (though anyone expecting high spirits from Radiohead has probably never heard their music). Meeting People Is Easy focuses on the downside of life on the road, as the band is booked into a long series of non-descript arenas, invited to perform on award shows where they clearly feel out of place, and repeatedly answer the same questions from an endless parade of journalists, with lead singer Thom Yorke often seeming to buckle under the strain. Meeting People Is Easy received a brief theatrical release in the United States prior to its bow on home video through the band's American record label, Capitol. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Not exactly about radiohead by dojothemouse February 23, 2005 - 10:21 PM PST
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
This documentary is about their fame. It focuses on all the crap they have to deal with because they are famous. Unfortunately, you don't get to focus on the band very much. When you do, it's rad. The little concert footage is engrossing, and there are a few clips from interviews where they allow you to hear what the interviewee is saying, and that stuff is great.

So if you're a big radiohead fan, feel free to check this out, but don't expect gratification or nothin'.

radiohead++, meeting people is easy-- by yulek March 1, 2004 - 12:28 PM PST
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
having been a radiohead fan for many years (yeah, before it was cool to like radiohead :) i was very excited to watch this but man... what a BORING and typical documentary. the only a-typical thing about the documentary is the poor video quality...

there's a couple of good moments such as when colin talks about how americans are so strange in their worship of celebrities (then again we don't worship 'royalty') and when they get pissed off about some scheduling conflict (which is a scene on any rock-u-mentary including spinal tap)

i found the film totally undeserving of radiohead's groundbreaking aspects of their music, attitudes, and personality. it trivializes their art, there's way too few little concert footage, and the conversations are too often banal, as if the film makers don't know what to ask... to tell you the truth, i got so bored watching this i didn't even finish it. maybe there was some incredible revelation at the end but i guess i missed it... i'll just stick to listening to RH for now.

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