Monday, November 07, 2005

Space Brothers


I've never been a fan of concert movies. I even found Stop Making Sense boring. I love the Talking Heads and I know it's one of the "best concert films ever," but there's something about the disconnect of watching a crowd having the time of their lives while in a hushed theater or on a couch that just leaves me cold. It's like a big "you shoulda been there! It was awwwesomme." Comedy concert movies can pass muster if you're in a crowded theater, but it's hard.

There are of course exceptions. Woodstock and Gimme Shelter are great, but in those
the performance is part of a larger, more interesting story. I guess those films are more about the crowd than the stars (though there are amazing performances in both those movies).

This brings me Rainbow Bridge. I had heard of it, but wasn't that interested until my friend Mattias told me I had to see it (Mattias is a Swede but knows more about American hippie culture than anyone I know). I expected it to be like any number of grainy late '60's/early 70's messes that the studios funded after Easy Rider hoping to exploit (and sleep with) the longhairs: Murky and boring. Well, it's certainly cloudy in its philosophies but it is anything but boring...If you have any interest at all in subcultures/Utopianism/naked people. Mattias figures the reason this one seems real lies in the fact that it features real hippies. Non-actors. True! This is the freakin' most hippiest movie I've ever seen! Astrological charts are read! The evils of floridated water are exposed! The Space Brothers are already here! And there's surfing! And a volcano! And Jimi Freakin' Hendrix making no sense whatsoever but still blowing minds with his toothy Star Spangled Banner (And if you don't like Jimi--Sean--he doesn't show up for an hour and a half)! These people are so ridiculous and cool at the same time...I mean they can rock headbands! And if the existence of headbands isn't proof of the Space Brother's arrival then, well, tell me, what is? What is?

14 Comments:

At 9:01 AM, Anonymous momster said...

Pete, where did you get this horrible picture. I do not like it!

 
At 9:40 AM, Blogger pete. said...

Of all places, www.kidz.com!

 
At 10:42 AM, Anonymous momster said...

What the....!!?!

 
At 11:09 AM, Anonymous Blade said...

what is that horrible pic supposed to be!!!!????

 
At 11:26 AM, Blogger pete. said...

A baby Space Brother!

 
At 1:25 PM, Anonymous momster said...

I do believe you are 'alienating' your readers by posting such horrors.

 
At 7:00 PM, Anonymous cf said...

Pete, what's the link to that hideousness? (www.kidz.com doesn't have any info.) I really need to know that thing is just made out of plastic.

 
At 12:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the picture.

Batt

 
At 12:48 PM, Blogger pete. said...

My boo-boo. It's actually www.kidzworld.com

 
At 4:01 PM, Blogger P'tit Boo said...

Rattle and Hum was my one.
It changed my life. Really did.

I have a grown up blogger account now. :)

 
At 10:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pete, I have been so disturbed by this picture that I have avoided coming over to your site, despite the pleasure I take in visiting. Please hurry and post some really really long entries so that picture gets pushed down to the end of the page...Eesh...it is really so icky.
your friend
kww

 
At 12:03 AM, Blogger Sean Nelson said...

i can only assume you're not including "Rockshow," featuring Paul McCartney and Wings.

 
At 12:33 AM, Blogger pete. said...

No! Do I need to see that?

 
At 12:39 AM, Blogger pete. said...

Just checked Netflix--they don't have it... Any idea where to get it?

 

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