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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
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The film is not high budget, but it makes up for it in the intense character development. Hugh Dillon, frontman for the Canadian Punk Band The Headstones does a great job as Joe Dick, the lead singer for Hard Core Logo, who convinces the band to go on one last tour after reuniting to support punk legend Bucky Height after an unfortunate accident.
The music is real, underground punk music the way The Headstones play it every time they hit the stage. The music and the characters are so real that you will forget by the end that you are watching a mock-umentary. This movie is probably one of the best movies based around the music scene and is perfect for fans of real cinema and real music!
I still have the shirt, poster and promo pins that Bruce McDonald (director) gave me after the movie when I met him and thanked him for such a great film. Check it out... it's a movie that will stay with you for a long time!
That being said, I think this movie is worth watching at least once. (The replay value is a little low.)
Like 'This is Spinal Tap', 'Hard Core Logo' is also a mock documentary. But instead of being so preposterous that it's funny, the characters are heartbreakingly realistic. From the moment Joe Dick sets out on this road-trip, things begin to spiral downward, leading inevitably to the last scene. I do not thing this movie could have ended any other way.
I did not think 'Hard Core Logo' was an easy film to watch, but it did leave me thinking about it a day later.
There were a few funny moments, but this movie was not a comedy, not even a dark comedy. Although the characters all seem to be experiences various form of narcosis, instead of laughing, I felt pity.
This movie is about how the band members of 'Hard Core Logo' refuse to lose gracefully. No quiet 'Crossing the Bar' for them. And their leader, Joe Dick, would only settle for blood and flames.
Hard Core Logo 2, while a great film, I hate to say was not to the same level as the first. However the inclusion of Care Failure and her band Die Mannequin made it an interesting film. Worth the watch and since it comes with the first film for a great price you can't get any better.
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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