Ride Rise Roar
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RIDE, RISE, ROAR is a concert film featuring David Byrne that blends riveting onstage performances with intimate details of the creative collaborations that make the music and performance happen. Shot with multiple cameras over several concerts during the 08/09 tour, the film blends the energy and charisma of classic Talking Heads with the heartfelt pathos of David Byrne and Brian Eno's most recent collaboration. Between the songs, the film achieves an unprecedented intimacy with David Byrne and the band, documenting behind-the-scenes auditions, rehearsals, and interviews with key players while revealing the creative process that led to the show's unique fusion of pop music and modern dance. RIDE, RISE, ROAR celebrates Byrne's extensive career as a musician and testifies to the creativity that keeps him going today.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 9
- Fresh: 8
- Rotten: 1
- Average Rating: 7.3/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: "R" is not about justice or redemption. You couldn't even call it a protest film about prison conditions, but it is very well made and persuasively acted.
Fresh: The helmers employ claustrophobic closeups to mirror the experience of an inmate arriving at the harsh institution and finding his options limited by more than just locked doors.
Fresh: Directors-screenwriters Lindholm and Noer are careful not to let the audience know more than their protagonist does, keeping them in the nerve-wrecking state of uncertainty and fear.
Fresh: Who knows better about prison life than someone who has experienced it firsthand?
Superb! As exciting as the best of the Heads
This movie shows David Byrne up to new and old tricks — working with not one but four choreographers, a team of dancers and musicians, all of whom he pushes relentlessly toward pounding onstage kinetic delight. Concert movie, rock movie, art movie, dance movie, road flick ... this is one for oldsters too heartless for the dry iced, overstuffed excess of lip-smacking pop culture. Unfailingly cool, Byrne and co. burn up the screen. The all-white look and mix of vocals recall the "Big Suit" tour 20-some years ago. But the show-stopping live performances—pulsing, infectious rhythms, new and old—show an artist charging ahead. Any road but nowhere.