Looks a bit like a making of but not like a full movie. Especially the sequences with playback performances or with visuals not really belonging to the displayed performacnes are not convincing. Also the One-minute-sequences are aesthetically too similar to reflect the diversity of artists on the train.
A documentary which is supposed to cut through the the fly-over states, but which does little but skim by without catching on any sense of place, or America, or indeed landscape. There are gorgeous segments, funny bits, but being cut so finely into 1 minute slices leaves you feeling like you've feasted on crumbs. Some of which have been incredible. But still unsatisfying and somehow incomplete.
I wonder what would look like similar movie from say journey in India or East to West China, or, ... Immediately irritates me that any mediocre mess from States gets global attention and clear path to format - condition global contexts. However, Gary Indiana's talk on complacency (41) bears good substance.
Using an artistic medium to capture the artists journey you almost always end up creating narcissistic drivel. I applaud the filmmakers ambition to tell the story through this experiential format but frankly, I found 90% of it empty and not well crafted. The camera work was very good but the sound design was a fantastically missed opportunity...'you should have gone there sound wise' Watch it during a lazy afternoon
A thundering score and sumptuous Americana visuals squandered by a lack of real focus and the format. A series of 1 minute promotional videos that neither delve deep enough into the mindset of the artists involved, leaving most of the monologues floundering in pseudo-philosophical pretentious-ness, or focus on the art works in question long enough to make a decent impression. Maybe 'you-had-to-be-there' to get it...
Well shot, but an insight into the working minds of groundbreaking artists it is not. Sanctimonious drivel from has-beens and elitist types. A majority of the musicians sound like they're tragically stuck in the 80s. The scenes with most potential last less than 20 secs. Next time there's a film about a brightly coloured train stopping for occasional parties for privileged (mostly white) kids I'll give it a miss.