Sean Edwards, Jason Swordsman, Carlos Aguila discussed on Press Play with Madeleine Brand
Questions about sparks. How many items are there? 25 albums All your brothers? We are brothers. How did she first meets? We're brothers music. It is best you here and you go. Oh my God! What is that? It's insane, but he's fantastic. All pop music is rearranged Sparks. That's the truth. Okay, Carlos, I confess. I really didn't know anything about this band. Who are they? Me neither. But I, but I do now, after watching two hours and I have, uh, you know about them, which already tells you that the film is a bit on the long side. Um, Sparks were a band that you know. Oh, are a bank There's still there's still going who they started in the seventies and you know they release about 25 album, and it's a documentary. So tracks album by album. You Know the evolution of these two brothers. Who have been making music together for so long, and they're very peculiar their music instead of funny have time to trying to do you know a little comedy with their songs, but they're also you know, mixing, you know since and they're mixing genres, and, you know, one of them, you know, has a strange moustache that looks sort of like Charles Chaplin or Edel Hitler and you know that's sort of like his persona where he performs. So we follow them. You know, through the eyes of director Edgar Wright, uh, in his first documentary film, and you have a big names talking about this band and the influence like Mike Myers or Jason Swordsman and a bunch of musicians that are fond of this ban. And, you know, it's kind of strange to think that you know so many people, you know, know them and follow them and love them and they have been around for so long. And yet for a lot of us, this is the first time we've ever heard of them. So I think that you know it touches on why that is. You know, the music was so on classifiable. Very peculiar. Very strange for a lot of people. It wasn't you know, sometimes they had a few hints that were pop. You know, Pop heads that really connected with the mainstream. And sometimes they had entire albums that you know we're too Eccentric for for, you know, white consumption, So I feel like you know, you really learn, perhaps a little too much of other process and what they do, because there is so extensive. But I do love that. There's a lot of animation in the in the film and, you know not only sort of conversations or interviews with the two brothers that There are part of the band but also animation and interviews with other people. Other The last thing I say, is that we know that these movies made by someone that really loves them, so I don't think there's a lot of questioning of some of the things that you know they did over the years, like so changing their band every time they make a new album and sort of fired and dismissing, you know their band. They're only loyalty was to each other. These two brothers, so as a really question, and to me that was like a little strange because we have the drummers and the other band members sort of like saying Yeah, they sacked me after the album and they find someone else. Ah, so that was interesting to me that he's never address. Huh? Interesting. Alright, Sean. What did you think? Are you a fan now of sparks? Not at all. Some movies are best as private printings. Egger, Right? Does an amazing job. It's inventive is informative, but ultimately it's exhausting. It's just way too long and the quirkiness gets it gets really old After a while. I mean, it could maybe use this film as a master class in how to teach editing because it is really well edited, but after after a while, like I didn't know who these guys were. I got a little quick crash course and immediately I did not care. It's for very small audience. It did nothing for me, which is excessive overboard. That was done. Well, I'm going to lay this fun fact. On both of you. We have a show on KCRW called Bookworm. And Sparks composed the theme for it. That's a great one just wonderfully weird. They have so many albums $25 that I feel like, you know, there might be something for everyone in one of those albums, but I feel like I might not like a lot of them. But there were a couple songs here and there that I was like, Okay, this is more like like something I would listen to, so they have just a lot of material. Well, we're going to go out on that little theme song because why not? Sean Edwards is film critic for Fox TV in Kansas City, also the co founder of the African American Film Critics Association, and Carlos Aguila, law reviews for the Los Angeles Times and a V club. Thanks. You.