1993. When I think back to that particular year I think of, well, the end of high school but the profusion of joyous entertaiment that my eyes and ears fed on. From films like Tom Hanks’s big comeback moment “Philadelphia” to the Oscar Nominated ‘popcorn’ flick “The Fugitive”, to the awesomely addictive “Melrose Place”, it was a great time for pleasure seekers But of everything I remember from that time it’s Pearl Jam, the seminal rock band of the early ’90s.
And I’m not alone. Cameron Crowe, who at the time was best known as the director of popular but not overly successful films like “Say Anything.. ” and “Singles”, bowed at the altar of the band (so much so he recruited them to provide the sounds to the latter film). A love that developed when Crowe, working as a journalist for Rolling Stone magazine, was assigned the task of interviewing the blossoming band, it’s an artist and fan bond that exists till today.
More a love letter to the band than a warts n’ all documentary on some wild musician types (like Metallica bio “Some kind of Monster”), Crowe’s “Pearl Jam Twenty” is exactly what it’s title says it is — a look at two decades in the life of one of the world’s most popular surviving bands.
There’s footage of early gigs, audition tapes, camcorder footage of the guys growing up, archival material of Kurt Cobain talking about his competitor, and mostly, some beautifully frank in-depth interviews with lead singer Eddie Vedder and the band. There’s a lot to love, in other words.
The doco’s strength lies in it’s conception; it’s a slick production that, not surprisingly considering who the director is, blends music and visuals well. And while there’s a lack of scandalous stories, ugly fights and chapter-jumping highlight sequences, it’s still an engrossing documentary.
It’s not a doco that will appeal outside of Pearl Jam’s fan community but those that do know the lyrics to “Animal” or “Alive” start to end will struggle to find a vedder, er better, biopic on the gods of grunge.
A couple of songs plus quite a few deleted scenes. Again, fans will love it.
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Against the Current - the band, not adventures in dangerous swimming 101
Zedd - If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? (Well, answer my question!)
Arrow (Okay, Felicity from Arrow!)
Chrissy Costanza (cat eyes and buttery lyrics!)
Girls (TV) (Okay, Allison Williams!)
Movies - especially when they play in the dark.
Twin Peaks (TV)
Friends (TV) (It had me at "No way are you cool enough to pull Clint"; damn straight, Chandler!)
Traveling - preferably where water is, so I can splash someone!
Star Wars trilogy - no, the other one, fella!
Alex G - far more talented than her younger brother Alex H
Cameron Crowe movies - Say Anything..., Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous
The sign 'Free Wi-Fi'.
Reenacting dance/song scenes from "Grease" with my little girl (hey! Wait till you see my 'Summer Lovin'! - don't judge)
Die Hard - 40 stories of Sheer Adventure!
Alex Goot & Friends (his enemies aren't half as talented!)
Cooking up a nice dish and sitting in the entertainment area, on a cool night, basking in it's greatness.
Inflatable kids pools full of Vodka Lime Crush.
Acidic Email from angry, over passionate teenagers after I trash something "Twilight"-related on the site. Sparkle elsewhere.
My baby girl's big, caring heart.