Database Theory Movie Reviews
But still... there's a problem with this. It's way too short. It's about 45 minutes long which is hardly worth the price of the DVD. Plus, with NO chapter stops (what a pain in the neck to have to fast-forward through just to hear the (excellent) rendition of "Lowlight" at the tail end of the video) and NO menus, this feels like you're watching a VHS tape. The sound quality is good, and the visuals are great, but it's just too little content.
This would've been a great add-on to the Yield record. But sadly, this was 1998, and that wasn't a common practice then.
What is surprising to me about ?Single Video Theory? is that it captures the ?everyday-ness? of the band members as they struggle and revel in the creation of their 5th studio album, ?Yield? And in that everyday-ness we are surprised to find that they come off as everyday people, albeit immensely talented rage rockers at that, but we are brought into the ?ordinary? of an ?extraordinary? band.
What's truly great in the interspersed nature of band interviews, improvs you don't hear on the record, versions of the songs in their early stages (also not on the record), and the pure love for music and creativity that comes across. PJ's best drummer to date (and their has been a few) Jack Irons soaks his arm in a vat of ice as he recoups to once again spread rhythmic intricacies across the skins. Eddie and Stone Gossard go back and forth about who does the e-bow in "Wishlist" and meanwhile we as viewers and fans have a window to the inception of songs. It is truly an irreplaceable experience.
This DVD shows the band at their peak. It doesn't feature some of the quirks of most DVD's like individual chapters or extras, but it does reveal the studio essence of the band...like an inside window to the soul for the opening band to the sun ever evolving.
This movie keeps you interested, it keeps you entertained. It plays out nothing like you think it will, and the ending leaves you wanting more. The plot was well written and thought out (like I said, a little far fecthed, but still), and Richard Donner did a fine job directing.
I was also very impressed with the acting in this movie. Naturally both Gibson and Roberts are talented, but a lot of times movies are just sort of tossed off. Not so with this one, to tell you the truth I think this is one of Robert's better movies, I really enjoy her character in this one. All of the acting is solid.
The only reason there aren't five stars is because during a scene in a barnyard Gibson explains everything and then Julia Roberts buys it all right there, a little to typical of women's characters in movies. Her character did break many other stereotypes, being very usefull and NOT a damsel in distress. I was glad to see that.
There aren't any good features on the DVD, but the movie itself is lots of fun. See it. I don't want to spoil the story, but I'll say it was a very well put together film, which I enjoyed immensely.