Theory of Obscurity: A Film About the ResidentsHD Closed Captioning
Don Hardy Jr.
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About the Movie
Theory of Obscurity: A Film About the Residents tells the story of the iconic renegade cult band The Residents. From the group’s formation in Shreveport to their success in the burgeoning San Francisco avant-garde music scene of the 60s and 70s, The Residents redefined what a rock band could be. With the advent of music videos in the 1980s, these masked musicians gained global fame as MTV darlings and serious art world figures. Official Selection - SXSW Film Festival
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 8
- Fresh: 6
- Rotten: 2
- Average Rating: 6.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: There's plenty of eye and ear-catching stimulation in this survey of the Residents' 40-year career.
Fresh: Stuffed with examples of the nose-thumbing spirit that has sustained their popularity despite the bandmates' refusal to reveal their individual identities, the film is a fine primer for the curious.
Fresh: The film is a must-see for those who want to be introduced to the band, even if part way through you may find that you've hit your limit.
Rotten: We hear statements of admiration for the band from such longtime fans as Penn Jillette (of Penn & Teller) and "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening. But there is precious little context or critical thinking to make one truly care.