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From ‘Maverick’ the TV series (all of them) to ‘Maverick,’ the movie. Favorites of mine like ‘Fire in the Sky’ to most of the female population’s favorite from ten years ago, ‘The Notebook.’ Amusing stories of older gentlemen getting one last moment to shine such as ‘Space Cowboys’ and ‘My Fellow Americans,’ to being a trooper and filling in for John Ritter (when he sadly passed away) in the kickass show, ‘Simple Rules.’ One can’t deny the fact that James Garner has had an amazing career in film and television. He had a dry sense of humor (like the actors of yesteryear), but his delivery was almost near-perfect. RIP James Garner.
Saw this film last night (my Karii Lynn bought me the DVD for my birthday!) It was really good, but I was just a little disappointed by some things with it. Before I get to that, let me share what I did like.
The way it was presented is remarkably well done. Like Walt Disney’s top notch film Waking Sleeping Beauty - ‘Super Duper Alice Cooper’ includes interactive pictures and archive footage, along with recent interviews WITH NO TALKING HEADS. The Alice Cooper music included in the documentary is also a highlight. Everything flows perfectly well, and tells the Alice Cooper story as honest as possible.
It’s also quite short (only 90 minutes of length), and covers from the early days to Cooper’s comeback in the mid-80s. Doesn’t cover all his weak albums during the 80s/90s, his various movie cameos (like ‘Wayne’s World’ or ‘Freddy’s Dead,’ or the recent ‘Dark Shadows’), and doesn’t have many inspired rocker’s saying how SUPER DUPER Alice Cooper is. I expected at least Rob Zombie OR Marilyn Manson to say something, since they wouldn’t exist without Alice Cooper. Instead, it’s a step up from a Behind the Music episode on VH1, but it still feels as lite as Behind the Music.
You compare this film to Rush’s ‘Beyond the Lighted Stage,’ this film falls short. I love Rush’s documentary. I own the Blu Ray, and have seen it many times. Not only that - it feels more complete as it dives into Rush’s career. It’s not complete by a long shot, but feels complete. It includes a reflection on majority of the album’s, and the rocker’s that were inspired by Rush has a chance to speak. I expected that from ‘Super Duper Alice Cooper,’ but no cigar!
The only aspect of ‘Super Duper Alice Cooper’ that’s better than ‘Beyond the Lighted Stage’ is the archive footage, and no talking heads.
If you are a Cooper fan, it is worth seeing. It’s still well done, and I hope to see more rock documentaries from the director(s) of these films. I would maybe rate this film 3.5 out of five.
The past: a new and uncertain world. A world of endless possibilities and infinite outcomes. Countless choices define our fate: each choice, each moment - a moment in the ripple of time. Enough ripple, and you change the tide… for the future is never truly set.
One of my inspirations passed away last year: Mister Roger Ebert. Not only was he an inspiration for my writing (from the Vanguard/MovieFreak days to my story writing now), he is an inspiration for ‘life itself.’
His last few years on this planet was spent…in pain, in recovery…yet, always keeping up with his two passions: movie watchin’ and writin’.
He wrote/published a memoir little bit before he passed on called, “Life Itself.” If there is one book from my favorite of favorites collection I would recommend, it would be Ebert’s memoir. It applies to anyone that enjoys reading about celebrities, or about the movie business, or about journalism, or about a great writer’s life, as it is written flawlessly well.
If there is one single movie I could recommend this summer/year, it would be ‘Life Itself,’ the documentary that is based/inspired by Ebert’s book. In fact, excerpts of chapters from the book is recited throughout the film. And like his book, I find this tribute film inspiring to me. It captures Ebert’s final years/months/weeks/days, before his death on April 4, 2013. The day I found out, I cried. Not many famous people’s death affects me. His did. I cried once again as I was watching ‘Life Itself.’ It truly is a beautiful film that Ebert himself would give two thumbs up for. A shame he didn’t get a chance to see the final cut. I am sure him and Siskel is both debating about it while sitting on a cloud above a movie theater that is playing the film.
“I am being bold here, but actually quite simply put, this movie an instant classic. It will be talked about twenty years from now, you’ll see. This is truly what motion pictures are all about. Quality acting, fantastic storytelling, and entertaining by all means.”