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Big Time (1988)

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Bringing his unique sense of humor to this bizarre and original piece of moviemaking, Tom Waits takes the audience through a musical journey with his jazzy, quirky, bluesy tunes presented ... See full summary »

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Bringing his unique sense of humor to this bizarre and original piece of moviemaking, Tom Waits takes the audience through a musical journey with his jazzy, quirky, bluesy tunes presented as you would never, ever, ever expect. Written by Sam Hayes <gshayes@mail.gwi.net>

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The concert was "the best live performance of the year." The movie is BIG TIME.

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17 March 1989 (Japan)  »

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Tom Waits: There's a theatre right up Western, with seven X's. I mean, double-X, okay. Triple-X, eh... but seven X's. "GIRLS WITHOUT SKIN". That's all I could think... that I wanna see. "Come here baby, you're a doll, I love ya!"
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Won't win him any new fans, but devotees of Waits will enjoy
2 October 2006 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

Being a massive fan of Waits' records and yet never having seen him live, I didn't really know quite what to expect with this performance film. Granted, it was a little disorienting at first but I eventually got into the swing of things. Tom Waits isn't any ordinary "singer-songwriter". He touches upon so many different styles and topics yet manages to have a consistent tone throughout. Most of the songs in the film are from the three "Frank" albums ("Swordfishtrombones", "Rain Dogs", "Franks Wild Years"). Still, this documentary is probably only for either die hards of Waits or serious indie film fans.

This isn't the perfect concert film. First off, Waits has beautifully poetic lyrics and it is unfortunate that they are often incomprehensible. I realize Waits has never sounded like Pavoratti, but on some of the footage he seems to be merely shouting. Also, it feels a tad overlong. That being said, its obvious Waits is an incredibly unique and talented entertainer and is quite adept at performing. The film makes me hope I'll be able to catch him live sometime. Plus, he has a bizarre yet hilarious sense of humor. Worth tracking down for fans. (7/10)


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