On the one hand, your standard-issue Basic Music Doc (talking heads, a bit heavy on a certain type of American male + concert footage + archive clips), with lurking "inspirational" undertones... On the other hand, The Residents.
Theory of Obscurity is a documentary that in no way does anything differently than these encompassing music docs can universally be counted upon do do them. However, it has the pretty significant advantage of being about The Residents.
I think the concepts and phenomena of The Residents are "neat," but I've never been a fan. There are clues. It was interesting to me, but I felt like there could've been a lot more to it. There are clues. I suspect longtime or hardcore fans of the group would find it fairly shallow. There are clues.
I don't know much about The Residents but I found their story to be really cool and that whole theory of obscurity is really interesting. Also, I loved the fact that they have a whole fanbase with people who love them for 40+ years, wow!
Why there're so few thougts about their music, the theatrical concepts they borrowed and the narrations on the albums? There's a big emphasis on the multimedial aspect of his work without any insight about it apart from being labeled and praised as "odd".
The archival footage was tasty and I like Hardy Fox's face but it is indefensible that the film contains more Penn Jillette than Molly Harvey! Also, I could have done with more focus on the album themselves. 'Not Available', 'God in Three Persons' and 'Demons Dance Alone' are my favourites and they nary got a mention. Though, to be fair, they *do* have a fridge's worth of albums!