Release Date: September 29th, 2006 (Cinema Village) by Stick Figure Productions.
Directed by Steven Canton and Matthew Galkin.
BASIC PREMISE: A documentary (or “rockumentary”, rather) about the 2004 reunion tour of the Pixies, an indie rock band.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: loudQUIETloud will please fans of the Pixies, but everyone else will have a tough time getting into the film. There’s plenty of concert footage from the Pixies’ 2004 reunion tour after being split up for 11 years. What happened to each of the band members during those 11 years is more fascinating than merely watching them sing, unless you’re a devoted fan. Kim Deal, the bassist, spent time in a rehab center while guitarist Joey Santiago composed the music for films such as The Low Budget Time Machine and Crime and Punishment in Suburbia. Lead singer/songwriter Charles Thompson played in a band called Frank Black and the Catholics while David Lovering became a magician. Not surprisingly, he nearly fainted when he got the call that the Pixies were re-united—finally he could pay his bills. Interviews with fans lining up for a sold-out concert don’t really add much in terms of content—although it’s somewhat funny when a fan randomly asks an interviewer for a hug. More personal questions during the interviews with the Pixies band members would have helped. On a positive note, co-directors Steven Canton and Matthew Galkin do a great job of stylishly editing the film without any headache-inducing scenes. You won’t be tempted to buy a Pixies’ music album after watching this documentary, though.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: Unfortunately none.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Not enough insight into the life of the band members.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 5
IN A NUTSHELL: Stylishly edited, but not insightful or fascinating enough.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: VHS/DVD
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