Slogdance 10 — Two music docs
The best thing about Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man is that it incorporates about a half hour of interviews with the classic poet/singer-songwriter, maybe more, and spreads it throughout a tribute concert. He is hilarious and self-deprecating, and I wish people like Bono and the Edge saw that footage before they went off on their hero worship. The concert itself is a distraction from the core of the movie, Cohen’s life and words, though Rufus Wainwright does do a couple great covers of his work.
The other doc I saw was the Beastie Boys concert film Awesome: I Fucking Shot That!. Here’s the good news. The movie captures a show at the Madison Square Garden, and it’s a kick-ass show. The way they covered it was by giving 50 fans cheap video cameras to cover the show from the audience. Then director Nathanial Hornblower (aka Adam Yauch) mixed the movie like it was on Mixmaster Mike’s turntables, and the result is shakey and overwhelming on the big screen, but should play great as a DVD on your TV.
-Andy Spletzer slogging from Sundance in Park City, Utah