Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That!

"OK"

Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That! Review


I guess the Beastie Boys are still cool, right? I mean, my kid brother was into them when he was 12, and that was around 1987. But "Brass Monkey" never gets old, really.To maintain relevance, I suppose, the Beasties put together a concert video with a gimmick: They gave 50 fans digital video cameras, instructions to "never stop shooting," and set them loose in Madison Square Garden. Director Adam Yauch (as Nathanial Hörnblowér) cut the ensuing footage into a single movie, and the results are... well, they're a lot like you'd expect.I guess the theory here is that if you give a million monkeys a typewriter one of them will come up with Hamlet, but 50 doesn't seem to do the trick. The film ends up with some nice musical numbers (though at 88 minutes, not too many of them), backed up with video that's about as low-grade as it gets. Standard shots of the band from the crowd and from the stage are intercut with scenes shot with cheeseball special effects -- filter after filter showing the Beasties tinted black and white, yellow, blue and red, or pixilated into oblivion. Goofy stunts are used to break up the monotony: One camera user runs to be bathroom and records a urination. Clever? You could get the same effect by watching Cable Access and listening to a Beastie Boys greatest hits album.The DVD release is made worse by the (well-meaning) use of the angle feature: You can get the film as it was intended or flip over to a version of the film that has all 50 videos running in a multi-camera grid. You can't actually make out what's happening in any of the grids, and the whole feature is pretty useless. But during the regular feature, many DVD players will perpetually display an angle icon with "1/2" next to it... for the entire film!If you're a Beastie Boys fan (or if you were one of the 50 camera operators), you'll probably want to check out this movie. But frankly, the Boys' videos are far more entertaining.Additional DVD extras include an a cappella vocal track, a "detour" feature that branches off with other camera operators, a commentary from the band, and a "mock" short film about the director.Aka Awesome; I ... Shot That.


Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That!

Facts and Figures

Run time: 90 mins

In Theaters: Friday 31st March 2006

Distributed by: ThinkFilm

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 74%
Fresh: 14 Rotten: 5

IMDB: 7.4 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: Jon Doran,

Starring: as Himself, as Ad-Rock, as MCA, Mix Master Mike as Himself, as Himself

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Hampstead Movie Review

Hampstead Movie Review

Deliberately appealing to older audiences, this undemanding comedy-drama comes with a hint of social relevance...

The Book of Henry Movie Review

The Book of Henry Movie Review

Apparently, this offbeat script had been making the rounds in Hollywood for some 20 years...

Transformers: The Last Knight Movie Review

Transformers: The Last Knight Movie Review

With this fifth Transformers movie, it seems clear that Michael Bay is still trying to...

Churchill Movie Review

Churchill Movie Review

This drama about the iconic British prime minister tells a darkly personal story set over...

Gifted Movie Review

Gifted Movie Review

This is one of those films that dances right up to the edge of soapy...

Whitney: Can I Be Me Movie Review

Whitney: Can I Be Me Movie Review

Notorious British filmmaker Nick Broomfield teams up with Austrian music documentary producer Rudi Dolezal to...

The Mummy Movie Review

The Mummy Movie Review

To launch their new Dark Universe franchise, Universal has taken an approach that mixes murky...

Advertisement
My Cousin Rachel Movie Review

My Cousin Rachel Movie Review

Daphne du Maurier's 1951 mystery-romance novel has been adapted for theatre, radio, TV and film,...

Wilson Movie Review

Wilson Movie Review

It's never helpful when a comedy becomes a bit too smug about its own quirkiness....

Interlude in Prague Movie Review

Interlude in Prague Movie Review

A fictionalised story from the life of Wolfgang Mozart, this lavishly produced period drama is...

The Hippopotamus Movie Review

The Hippopotamus Movie Review

This British satirical comedy may be a bit of a mess, but since it's based...

Detour Movie Review

Detour Movie Review

This may look like a rather typical American indie thriller, but British filmmaker Christopher Smith...

Wonder Woman Movie Review

Wonder Woman Movie Review

Boldly optimistic, this action-packed adventure breathes fresh life into the DC universe with a welcome...

Baywatch Movie Review

Baywatch Movie Review

Clearly, it's a risky proposition adapting a cheesy vintage TV series for the big screen:...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.