Acclaimed director Cameron Crowe traces the 20-year history of Pearl Jam, packed with rare footage and new interviews. –TIFF
The eclectic career of Cameron Crowe has encompassed a wide variety of occupations, including journalism, writing liner notes for albums and filmmaking. As a teenager, the California native began writing freelance pieces for such publications as Playboy and Creem. By age 16, Crowe was on the staff of Rolling Stone, profiling such artists as Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Neil Young and Kris Kristofferson. He made as “undercover” return to high school in 1979 to research a book on teen life. The result, “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”, was optioned by Universal Studios before it hit the bookstores and Crowe was hired to write the screenplay adaptation. Amy Heckerling’s 1982 film version was an honest and entertaining evocation of suburban high school culture and remains vastly superior to the slew of similar teen films (including Crowe’s sophomore scripting effort 1984’s “The Wild Life”) that followed in its wake. “Fast Times” is also notable for its impressive cast, including Judge Reinhold… read more
this is a great documentary. done perfectly. i havent seen the extra films worth of extra material, but it doesnt build up this band to be gods, like a lot of documentaries do. it just shows a group of guys whove managed to stick it out through thick and thin, all the while, creating music that people all over the world love.
One 20th anniversary will be sucking all the air out of this weekend, but there are a couple of others that may not be so peripheral.