Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage
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Banger Films in association with Anthem Entertainment and Zoe Vision proudly announce the feature length release of the documentary film “Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage.” Directors Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen (“Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey,” “Iron Maiden: Flight 666”) embark on a comprehensive exploration of this extraordinary power trio, from their early days in Toronto, through each of their landmark albums, to the present day.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 8
- Fresh: 8
- Rotten: 0
- Average Rating: 7.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Fans will gorge on this deft, year-by-year portrait of the ultimate enduring cult band. And even a skeptic may come away with an affection for the intricate labor of Rush's skewed-time-signature epics.
Fresh: Dunn and McFadyen have done Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart the service of resolving their eventful, four-decade career. It's a smart, lyrical, often funny movie.
Fresh: A wonderfully engaging and genuinely interesting career profile of Rush, those most derided of prog-rock shriekers, tracing their path from anonymous Toronto suburbia to self-effacing power-trio legends.
Beyond the Lighted Stage
I've been a Rush fan since the early 80's and Beyond the Lighted Stage was amazing. Even casual fans will enjoy renting this, but if you consider yourself a die hard fan, do yourself a favor and buy this movie. It was just fun watching the blend of archival footage and interviews with the guys themselves. I smiled from beginning to end. Bottom line, if you like Rush, you'll like the movie!
Solid movie for any music fan, not just those into Rush. If you aren't into the band, you'll understand why so many of us are. The integrity in these guys comes through loud and clear, while their influence on other major musicians is clearly demonstrated through several interviews. The movie does focus more on the 70s music and kind of rushes through the keyboard era, but with so much ground to cover in two hours, it's understandable that they can't get everything. The 70s were the biggest growth period of the band and showed where they came from, so it's a good time in which to focus.
Life and Rush
I won't tell you a single thing about myself.
But here's the deal - this film captures the spirit, not just of a band, not just of music, but of life.
It's awkward and crazy and impossible and wearisome beyond measure.
But, in the end, it's all worth it.
That's what Rush will be remembered for.
That life is worth living, and that all the mistakes, all the precious moments of joy, all the defeats, all the little victories - they are all part and parcel of being a human being. And the desire to experience life is what makes us who we are, or at least, who we would want to be if we just had the courage to go out there and live it.
Rush has that courage. Watch this film and be prepared to be challenged to live your life and follow your dreams.