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Lightning in a Bottle (2004)

  Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
Links: Lightning in a Bottle on the IMDb
Genre: Documentary

This movie gets: 8.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"The phone book of blues performers for one night only!" - a review by timchuma

I always like a good concert film. The style of music doesn't really matter as long as it is performed well and the people doing it look like they are having a great time. I don't really know that much about Blues music, but as one of the participants said, this movie is like they "looked in the phonebook under Blues and invited everyone they could find".

Even though they were only short clips, some of the behind-the-scenes footage and archive performances were great. My favourite was the footage of Jimi Hendrix watching Buddy Guy doing his thing.

Of the performances, one my favourites was Ruth Brown, Mavis Staples and Natalie Cole serenading Bill Cosby. The other stand-out songs were Angélique Kidjo singing Voodoo Child with Buddy Guy on guitar, and B.B. King's final numbers.

Some of the choices for performers are cause for debate though - Steven Tyler? They mostly seemed to work out though, except for the John Lee Hooker tribute, which was a debacle - a Hip-Hop version of Boom Boom Boom - what were they thinking!?

I would recommend getting this on DVD if you are into Blues music, as there were some bands that were not shown (such as Jon Spencer Blues Explosion). You also get the bonus of being able to skip the performers you don't like.

timchuma gives this movie 8 out of 10.
Review created on Fri 27 Aug 2004

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