While I've got my order placed, I can reliably give this film a five star rating as I was lucky enough to have seen "The Fearless Freaks" February 26. This review was adapted from a post I placed the other day at flaminglips.com, a site well worth a visit if you dig the band.
I was looking forward to seeing this, but was not prepared for the emotional punch of this beautiful documentary by filmmaker Bradley Beesley. I felt as moved and joyful as I have after actual Lips concerts.
"The Fearless Freaks" was screened Saturday night at the Blue Note in Columbia (Mo). It was a nicely full house on hand to see director Beesley introduce the film as part of Columbia's annual "True/False Film Festival (documentaries).
(This was a special "secret screening", as more official "world premiere" screenings (3) will occur at the 2005 SXSW in Austin.)
Beesley was introduced, talked a bit about the film and his long association filming and working with...
I was the entertainment editor of the local college newspaper around the time the Flaming Lips got started here in Oklahoma. Yet, I never got into their music. I don't know why. Some of my friends knew them. I guess maybe it was an oversight on my part. Oversights happen in life. It's just one of those things.
Anyhow, flash forward to 2005. I attend the Oklahoma City premiere of the Fearless Freaks. I own two Lips CDs. Yeah, it's Yoshimi and the Soft Bulletin. So, I'm not a true fan. Anyhow, here's what I think of the movie.
The bad: There's a stretch in the movie that seems sort of like a VH1 program. Luckily, it's in the middle of the movie so good stuff comes before and after the bad middle.
The good: I think there are different interweaving stories in this movie. I'm going to only focus on one in my review. It's about Steve Drozd, the drummer of the band. One way to approach the movie is BSD (before Steve Drozd joined the Flaming Lips) and ASD...
As a long-time Flaming Lips fan, I was excited to see "The Fearless Freaks" and learn more about the band that, for the last 15 years, I have watched and admired. That is, until the pre-scripted shows became the norm, and the music started to play second fiddle to the performance.
I was very interested in the film because I thought it would provide context into the toxic-shock acid-psychedelia scene of the mid 80s to 90s that existed in the Texas, the midwest and San Francisco. But, besides some clips of Gibby of the Butthole Surfers and members of the Chainsaw Kittens, the film neglects the influences of the band and its relationship to the rest of the scene that was populated with the Butthole Surfers, Ed Hall, Sun City Girls, Caroliner Rainbow, and many others. This scene has been all but forgotten in rockumentaries, "The Fearless Freaks" included.
The film is immensely self-congratulatory, and spends alot of time discussing how wonderful and "crazy" Wayne...
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