Thursday, January 19, 2006

Beastie Boys Are "Awesome"

The Beastie Boys have probably already reached their sell-by date (no shame in the rap world, where they've already had a much longer and more productive career than most). But they're still clever enough to come up with new angles: in this case, a concert film shot by fans (they distributed cameras before a show at Madison Square Garden) and premiering at Sundance. Normally, my favorite concert films ("Stop Making Sense," "Jazz On A Summer's Day," etc.) prove how the cut-cut-cut of most such films is desperate and wrong -- if you have a great performer and a great image, stick with it. The Beastie movie -- called "Awesome" -- will definitely test my patience: most shots last less than a minute, many are merely a second long and the 90 minute film includes almost 6,732 edits. Oy.

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