|Title:||The Wrecking Crew|
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|09.21.15||Netflix|| I've been on a bit of a movie hiatus in order to get a big personal project done, but now that it's complete and Fantastic Fest is right around the corner, I figured I'd better get into movie-watching shape again.|
This one... it played the first sxsw that I didn't go to way back in 2008, then showed up on Kickstarter a few years ago asking for money to clear rights for all the music they wanted to use. One thing that I've learned about backing films on kickstarter: it takes forever to see the movie. Yes my money helped (in very small part) to get this movie finished, but before they can fulfill my DVD reward they have to try and sell it to distributors. Then, if they DO get a distributor, they have to wait until whatever super limited release is done before they want to let anyone get a copy. Then, they have to wait for the distributor to get around to making the DVD. And after all is said and done, this movie popped up on Netflix instant like a month after my DVD finally got here. So I'm still happy to help the project and everything but... they could've thrown a digital link or something out there. I dunno.
Anyway, this was a pretty good doc about a really interesting subject: the band of studio musicians that dominated the Los Angeles recording industry in the 60s. All those bands that look like they just stand there and sing? These were the guys making the music behind them. This was very much in the same vein as In the Shadows of Motown except with early rock n roll rather than rhythm and blues.
The sheer amount of hit songs that these guys worked on is insane. And the movie's worth watching just for that. It's obvious that this took a hell of a long time to complete (some of the interview subjects are almost unrecognizable between the earlier footage shot on film and more recent stuff shot on video), and it's a shame that so many have passed away before this movie saw the light of day. There didn't seem to be any notable absences in the interviews though and it told a pretty complete story.
So this was pretty good. Not life changing or anything but well worth a watch.