Filmage: The Story of Descendents/AllHD Closed Captioning
Matt Riggle & Deedle LaCour
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About the Movie
Long before punk rock inflicted its puncture wound on the map of mainstream music, the Descendents were in a van brewing a potent mix of pop, angst, love and coffee and influencing a generation to come. FILMAGE: The Story of DESCENDENTS/ALL follows drummer and square-peg Bill Stevenson as he pushes himself and a rotating door of band-mates to “achieve ALL,” his relentless concept of “going for greatness, the utmost possible” despite any and all setbacks. Shortly after proving themselves to the burgeoning Los Angeles hardcore scene, guitarist Frank Navetta sets fire to his gear and disappears, bassist Tony Lombardo rejects life on the road in favor of a suburban home, and iconic nerd frontman Milo Aukerman goes to college to become a scientist. Stevenson, however, remains. Unfazed and hellbent on his quest, he charges ahead three decades, dragging along a new crop of tireless cohorts to zigzag the globe and serve up countless caffeinated love songs against impossible—and life threatening—odds. Interviews with the band and contemporaries such as Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana), Mark Hoppus (Blink-182), Mike Watt (Minutemen), Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion) and many more reveal the untold tale of one of the most overachieving and influential bands in punk, serving as a reminder to always “go for greatness," because sometimes you're gonna get it.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 5
- Fresh: 5
- Rotten: 0
- Average Rating: 7.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Behind every pop-punk success story is a debt to the original L.A. bands chronicled in this ingratiating docu.
Fresh: Exhilarating and curiously moving ...
Fresh: Filmage offers an entertaining history lesson about how the alt-rock geeks did not quite inherit the earth.
Fresh: Drummer and songwriter Bill Stevenson ... [is] as energetic and emotional in the interview segments as he is in archival performance footage.
Rock music documentary in it’s finest form.
I can’t say enough good things about this film. Great story and flow. Appearances by Dave Grohl of Nirvana/Foo Fighters, guys from Blink, Rise Against, Black Flag. A real who’s who of punk rock telling an exciting story and keeping things interesting.
Amazingly well told story!
Hit out of the park! This movie will make you care even if you think you don't :)
I laughed. I cried. I rocked out!
Incredible story told in the true spirit of the band. Loved it!