"A movie about modern advances dismantling the art industry as we know
it by replacing the high-paid middle-men with IT, bringing artist
closer to audience." Doesn't sound like a thrilling blurb, but this
movie brings the story to live with incredible writing, great music,
wonderful performances and a brilliant vision. Just like in "Once,"
this not-love-story side-steps the romance plot Hollywood usually uses
like a crutch and focuses on the struggle and triumph or artistic
endeavor. (most mainstream stories end with the message that the only
happy ending ends in breeding. This tale recognizes the value of
humankind's other creative capabilities.) Not that the film's all
esoteric and above family. There are all kinds of emotional wounds we
suffer in this life, in our families. Rather than a sub-plot focused on
starting a family, this story's sub-plot focuses on both growing strong
after a family fails (harder) and on repairing another failed family
And that's all below the point.
Music! What wonderful music they used in this film, from the soundtrack to the original performances. The way they bring the performances and the creative process to life - the pain, the joy, the failures and triumphs - is just thrilling. This is the kind of film that will make you want to get up and MAKE STUFF. And then put it out there because you can. You don't need the middle-men anymore. You don't need the industry.
To create is the highest expression of humanity and so, perhaps, making art (like this film) that inspires creativity in others is yet a step above.
Action / Drama / Music
Action / Drama / Music
Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City.
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