Gimme Danger

No other band in rock'n'roll history has rivaled The Stooges' combination of heavy primal throb, spiked psychedelia, blues-a-billy grind, complete with succinct angst-ridden lyrics, and a snarling, preening leopard of a frontman who somehow embodies Nijinsky, Bruce Lee, Harpo Marx, and Arthur Rimbaud all rolled into one. There is no precedent for The Stooges, while those inspired by them are now legion. The film will present the context of their emergence musically, culturally, politically, historically, and relate their adventures and misadventures while charting their inspirations and the reasons behind their initial commercial challenges, as well as their long-lasting legacy.

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  • ★★★★ review by FilmApe on Letterboxd

    If you are watching this film with your shirt on, you're watching it wrong.

  • ★★★★ review by Joe on Letterboxd

    MUSIC IS LIFE + LIFE IS NOT A BUSINESS

    Trump won and I have been going through a Golden Corral buffet of negative emotional states: Shock, depression, anger, helplessness, alienation, isolation, and a moderate case of anhedonia. The latter is what prevented me from even trying to watch a movie before last night, and as in the past it was Iggy Pop who I could imagine getting some pleasure out of even as the rest of my/the world seemed to be falling apart. This, alas, was not quite the cathartic noise bomb that I was hoping for, but it does have a lot of parallels with the national mood as I see it - Iggy and the Dum-Dum Boys are in some ways their own walking Trump campaigns, loud and stupid and destructive but with a basic core of nonconformity and independent thought instead of hate and fear. God knows I'm not in the mood to idealize or overstate the importance of art against oppression right now, but sometimes you just need to hear someone say "life is not a business" so you don't feel like you've completely lost your mind.

  • ★★★½ review by laird on Letterboxd

    It's just a conversation with Iggy Pop, but it's also just a conversation with Iggy Pop. 25 words or less.

  • ★★★★ review by Dawson Joyce on Letterboxd

    Giving a strong overview of the lives of the Stooges and their experiences working together as a rock band, Gimme Danger is an engaging music documentary from writer and director Jim Jarmusch that's rich with enthusiasm for its subject matter.

  • ★★★½ review by Evan on Letterboxd

    Informative, if maybe a little more conventional than I would've hoped. Some of the clips and animations aren't great, but I did love the unintentional juxtaposition of Sonic Youth and Bowie's covers of 'I Wanna Be Your Dog' -- the former a lean, punk cover on SNL of all places and the latter an overblown, Framptonized stadium rock abomination. Would've been better if Jarmusch had just sat Iggy down in front of a camera and just let him loose for 90 minutes.

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