- Canadian Essential: Chosen by the Amazon.ca editors as one of the 50 Canadian Essentials in DVD.
Hard Core Logo is often compared to This Is Spinal Tap--and for marketing purposes, that makes sense: both are pretend documentaries about rock bands (a self-important heavy metal crew in Spinal Tap, a self-destructing punk mob in Hard Core Logo). But though Hard Core Logo can be cuttingly funny, it's not really a comedy; it's a piercing examination of friendship and betrayal, success and self-hatred, and everything that fueled punk rock. Lead singer Joe Dick (Hugh Dillon) uses false pretenses to convince guitarist Billy Tallent (Callum Keith Rennie) to reform Hard Core Logo for a reunion tour across Canada, followed by a film crew (featuring director Bruce McDonald, whose other films include Roadkill and Highway 61, as himself). Tallent agrees, but only because he expects to be joining a much more successful rock group very shortly and sees this as a favor to Dick. As they travel from town to town, their relationship unravels, as does the psyche of bass player John Oxenberger (John Pyper-Ferguson). The performances are astonishingly genuine; even the oafish drummer Pipefitter (Bernie Coulson) becomes three-dimensional. By the end, you'll believe in them so much as people that the band's disintegration is truly wrenching. A remarkable film, both comic and sad. --Bret Fetzer
Ce film à petit budget est un bijou. Très bon, bien fait, intelligent et très drôle, cette satire d'un groupe punk mythique est à voir absolument!!!Published on Sept. 21 2009 by François Jacques
Many people may disagree with me, but that's okay. This is a documentary based on the band showing their life on the road. Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2006 by Olivia
funny, but not in the normal sense of the word. visually interesting, well acted. i'm really moslty giving it five stars becasue when i think back about it, it invokes certain... Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2004
Ever watched 90 minutes of DIY tour footage by a band you don't like or care about? (Why would you?) Well. that's what this movie is like. Read morePublished on Dec 27 2002 by 30nothing