Ride, Rise, Roar (2010) is a English movie. Hillman Curtis has directed this movie. Lily Baldwin,David Byrne,Layla Childs,Mark De Gli Antoni are the starring of this movie. It was released in 2010. Ride, Rise, Roar (2010) is considered one of the best Documentary,Music movie in India and around the world.
This feature-length documentary profiles David Byrne - famous lead vocalist of the former band Talking Heads, today a solo artist, event organizer and publisher. A clever combination of onstage energy and intimate testimony, the film shows him rehearsing, talking about his work and appearing in concert with his band and dance group.
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To make this clear, do not come to the movie with any expectations. Some expect Ride Rise Roar to be an inside look at the making of the colorful concerts of David Byrnes tour and the choreography. Some are gonna be flocking to the theaters to watch a concert movie. To make this clear, this movie is not a concert movie or an "inside look" movie. what it is, however, is a thrilling looking at the tour of David Byrne and the creativity put into the dances in his new tour that made them exhilarating. His concerts, with the dancing, became more than just a concert with a guy singing. It became a show, an entertaining show at that. Saw this at the Seattle International Film Festival with the directors and producers of this film, and needless to say I was blown away by the music and raw energy of the film. Just beware...there will be no mention of the Talking Heads throughout the film. Leave your mind at the box office, and enjoy!
This tour documentary about the former lead man of Taking Heads is an interesting look at an eternally recreative spirit. Sure, you could be negative and say it's no Stop Making Sense, but then name me one other concert film of the last 25 years that stands up to that seminal movie? What this captures is one of modern music's most interesting creators heading into his twilight years as a public performer. I've followed David Byrne's career all the way from Talking Heads, and while he only rarely comes up with songs that can match his heyday output, he continues to be a fascinating musician, constantly pushing himself and trying new approaches. I saw him live on the tour which this film documents, and while it wasn't my favourite show of his, I liked that he was experimenting, incorporating dance routines into the fabric of the performance. This isn't a Rolling Stones-type showman, who simply trots out decades-old hits that the fans are going to mindlessly lap up. At the same time he's not a Bob Dylan-style crank either, mangling his classics and disconnecting himself from his audience. Instead Byrne throws in the olden goldies in an enjoyable way, but also offers up new material, in a crowd-pleasing and envelope-pushing combination. This film won't make you get up and dance in the aisles the way Stop Making Sense did, but it's a nice reminder that some artists CAN grow old gracefully and continue to be a meaningful presence in their field.
First of all, I don't think there's enough plot here to be spoiled, but I applied the tag to be safe. I'm a huge Talking Heads fan and haven't really gotten into David Byrne's post TH work. There are a lot of Talking Heads songs performed here interspersed with some highlights of his solo work, and it's all awesome. The dancers, as Byrne mentioned in his book How Music Works, are not meant to be some sort of bubblegum pop professional dance group. They're there to add a visual spectacle to the show, and it really works in adding a bizarre artistic and entertaining element. You can tell everyone is having a lot of fun and the performances are solid throughout. There are interviews and clips of rehearsals between each song that shine a lot of light on the process of preparing for the tour and the inspiration behind the ideas. I've watched a serious amount of music documentaries/concert films, and this may be the best one I've seen.
Anyone with any sense would not go to this movie expecting Talking Heads. Byrne hasn't been a TH for twenty years and has I expect tried to move on, branch out and create new works of art. Unfortunately, as he accepted in the Q&A broadcast with Paul Morley, Stop Making Sense has proved to be an albatross around his neck for the past 30 years. And this documentary has him clutching at musical straws. The inclusion of interpretive dancers, is perhaps his greatest faux pas. Although put together by ground-breaking choreographers the result is amateur. The aim to get the backing singers and dancers to cross boundaries and become what they are not makes for some particularly painful results, especially when one of the dancers is allowed not only to hold a guitar (which is gruesome itself when the dancers perform holding electric guitars), but is allowed to play on one of Byrne's newer tracks, Holy Moly! And dancing like geriatrics on office chairs good god, what was he thinking? The musical parts of the documentary are lacklustre, the band feel like they are going through the motions, and the revamped Head's track's do little except show how fantastic Stop Making Sense was, and the newer Byrne and Eno tracks just drift. Making music via email may sound modern and exciting but the results are uninspiring and dull, if not a little cringeworthy. This perhaps the first time I have seen Brian Eno and thought he's lost the plot. As Paul Morley delicately suggested during the Q&A, the energy a pop musician has when they are young results in magnificent works of art but maybe as the artist becomes older, is more comfortable and less energised, their work fails to live up to the promise of their early years. Nothing could be truer if this documentary is anything to go by. The film making unfortunately does nothing to improve the cinematic experience, either. The talky parts are in black and white, the music in colour...wow! As a piece of concert footage Curtis shows he is no Demme, the editing is pedestrian, the choice of shots uninspiring, and the talky parts of the film were not very interesting. A truly, truly dull film.