Directed by Jim Jarmusch
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.
★★★★ review by SnowboardJunkie on Letterboxd
Jim Jarmusch’s documentary pays homage to the rise and fall of The Stooges. With a fortune in rare footage revealing stage and home life and all it’s dirty and tender glory. Using great visual aids of animation, narration, and B-roll footage to paint a vivid recreation of a pivotal moment in Rock n’ Roll’s evolution. Being true to the character of the band as well as staying with the same sense of style or lack there of that you’d expect from Jarmusch.
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