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Color Me Obsessed: A Film About The Replacements (2011)

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For some aging music fans and kids with a passion for musical history, The Replacements are rock and roll defined. This Minneapolis quartet took a teenage-punk attitude, threw it in a ... See full summary »

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For some aging music fans and kids with a passion for musical history, The Replacements are rock and roll defined. This Minneapolis quartet took a teenage-punk attitude, threw it in a blender with classic and pop rock, and then poured it into a Middle American pint glass. Over the band's 12-year existence, its live sets were magical, a total mess, or both-depending on your mood and the members' respective blood alcohol levels. Gorman Bechard's remarkable history of the 'Mats takes us from their first show as the Impediments to their 1991 onstage breakup in Chicago, and everywhere in between. Bechard bravely eschews including the band's music, photos, and live footage, instead relying solely on the fans: their well-kept memories, hilarious anecdotes, and differing points of views about the foursome's wildly varied discography and infamous antics. Bechard has recruited an impressive roster of influential fans: musicians such as Husker Du, Babes in Toyland, The Decemberists, The Hold ... Written by BRAD SEARLES

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While Hansi Oppenheimer came up with the original idea to do a fan-based film about The Replacements, her film included the band's music, photos and video clips. Once director Gorman Bechard took over the production, he used none of Oppenheimer's footage and completely started over from scratch, keeping only the film's name and the concept of interviewing fans. And in pure Replacements fashion, he also tossed aside the idea of using any music, photos or clips of the band and decided that the film would now be a serious look at the band's history from start to finish, as well as a study of how the right band can change one's life, as seen solely through the eyes of not only fans, but critics, contemporaries, and those influenced by The Replacements. There is no music in the film, nor are there any interviews with the band members, or any clips of live performances, solely because Bechard wanted none in the film. That a music doc without music had never been made is what truly excited the director about the project. See more »

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Dave Foley: People always asked if we wanted to be the Beatles of comedy, and we would say, 'No, we want to be the Replacements'.
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Fittingly eccentric
6 November 2011 | by See all my reviews

I went in to this movie with a lot of concerns. How could you do a documentary about such an important band, that relatively few people ever heard of, without playing any of their music, showing any concert/video footage, or interviewing any of the band members? As a longtime fan, it bothered me that this documentary was being "wasted" like this.

But you know what? It works. I mean it REALLY WORKS. You come away with such a complete picture of who these 4 guys were, what made them tick, what made them great. Music be damned, the story here is how the band affected those around them, how the songs changed (and saved) people's lives.

And despite having spent a lifetime listening to these records, I found myself learning new things about the songs. Being reminded about what made them great - warts, flubs and all. Being reminded about the joyfulness in which they approached their craft -- they were out there to have fun, and however they got there didn't matter as much.

And I also liked how the last years of the band were told with such honesty and weren't glorified. How kicking out Bob, and then later Peter Jesperson, and then Chris, just decimated the band and it truly became a Paul solo act near the end.

All in all, I'm glad that such a daring approach was taken to this film about this band -- fittingly eccentric for such a perfectly imperfect band.


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