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Bittersweet Motel (2000)

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Bittersweet Motel is a documentary about the popular rock band Phish. The film focuses on Phish's music, with little emphasis on their die-hard fan base.

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This film follows the band, Phish, through a year of its life; from the Great Went concert in Limestone, ME in August 1997 through the subsequent touring in the next year, leading up to August 1998. The director, Todd Phillips, said, "We weren't looking to make 'Tie-Dyed'; I wanted to concentrate on the music." Written by Vic Harrison <harrisvb@flyernet.udayton.edu>

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fantastic objective look at the band
12 August 2002 | by (Atlanta) – See all my reviews

A fantastic objective look at the band and subculture surrounding their popularity. Previous non-fan and director Todd Phillips does a surprisingly good job at answering the questions Phish fans are interested in which is simply showing the band behind the scenes being themselves. The Phish fanbase, generally, knows more statics and facts than the band is probably even aware of; Phillips know this and avoids giving it any focus. Phish is not the Sexpistols, or any other band who has been documented that focuses on creating a spectacle; their focus is creating great music if this aspect sounds boring you probably will not enjoy the film. A final note. Although Phillips concentrates on lead guitarist and vocalist Trey Anastatio, his comment on this matter is "Trey talked the most and provided the most material to work with I couldn't have a movie with a bunch of musicians saying nothing." Highly entertaining and worth watching if you have only just heard of Phish. I also highly recommend Gordon's documentary of the band "Tracking" short but creative.


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