Your enjoyment of this DIY cinematic celebration of the fêted, venue-hopping indie rock festival will depend on a few key factors. Firstly, you’ll need a strong stomach: shot on handheld cameras by fans and even band members, ‘All Tomorrow’s Parties’ can be a queasy experience. Secondly, you’ll need a tolerance for hipster nerd culture: the focus is on the music, but there are enough scenes of chic geeks falling backwards into pinball machines to try the patience. Thirdly, and most importantly, you’ll need a love for the many worlds of alterna-rock, pop, folk and hip hop. There’s something here for all tastes, but fans of, say, Slint, who appear criminally briefly, may be bored to tears by five minutes of droning from Portishead. Perhaps best suited as a moving (in both senses) memento for festival- goers, the film has enough memorable moments and mindblowing music to entice newcomers. Just don’t expect to love all of it.
Friday October 23 2009
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