What happened behind the music.
We watched Taking Woodstock several hours ago and we had no idea what
this film was about. I think that this is an important comment because
this film had virtually nothing to do with previous Woodstock films; it
was completely different and if you knew nothing about the festival
beforehand then you would not know what all the hoopla was about. Why,
because the film deals with all the side events of this great
happening. It deals with aspects of the event that had not even
occurred to me to consider: how did they obtain the permission; who
gave that permission; who were the people closest to the determination,
in fact who were these people and how did the event impact on their
lives? Ang Lee, the director, is a genius! He directed a film about a
major historical event without dealing with the event. I kept thinking
of the movie Bobby which dealt with the people who worked at the hotel
where Robert Kennedy was killed; that movie was not about the killing
but it was about the people who worked in the kitchen and cleaned rooms
and worked at the Desk. I remember IMDb comments about how bad the film
was because it did not throw light on the actual events. Much the same
could be said about this film although I have yet to read anything that
people have written about it. I was totally involved in the film. It
never lagged; visually it was extremely interesting due to the soft
analysis of the people involved: the diner locals who hated the hippie
invasion; Elliot's mother who, in my opinion, stole every scene she was
in; the TV guy who handled the security; the cop who took Elliot
through the crowds on his police motorcycle; these personal scenes were
all little jewels. See the film, you will not be disappointed..
firebug watch House Of D movie
get representation of woodstock.
halolovesa10 watch Geri's Game movie
Taking Woodstock was ridiculous. I thought it would be funny, and though there were some funny parts, it was an overall dissappointment..
firstname.lastname@example.org watch Cosmic Voyage movie
funny sad and hilarious .
donnaf watch The Ice Harvest movie
not bad, love woodstock .
donnaf watch Satanic Panic movie
love woodstock, great music.
a movie to see. will enjoy.
it is nice to see it again.
A man working at his parents' motel in the Catskills inadvertently sets in motion the generation-defining concert in the summer of 1969. .
the movie sweeney todd is incredible and i love johnny depp.
nice movie. the settings and casting are great!.
A Nutshell Review: Taking Woodstock
I always find a certain magnetism with the 60s being portrayed on
screen, with the likes of the hippie movement, the space race, the
Vietnam war, rock and roll, the list just goes on. It does seem like a
definitive time on the loss of innocence, and Lee Ang's movie Taking
Woodstock takes a look at the formation of the Woodstock music
festival, based upon the memoirs written by Elliot Tiber and Tom Monte
titled "Taking Woodstock: A True Story of a Riot, a Concert and a
Demetri Martin plays Elliot Tiber, the protagonist of the story whom
Fate had chosen to have led his sleepy town into hosting this iconic
music festival. However the journey in getting there is nothing quite
expected, and surreal even as it transformed the landscape of his
parent's dilapidated El Monaco Motel in White Lake, Bethel, along with
his neighbour's vast farmland which will become the venue of a
memorable 3 day festival of music and peace in 1969.
An interior designer who can't seem to lead his own life, no thanks to
his parents playing their cards right in evoking a sense of
helplessness, we learn that Elliot has to plough into his savings to
keep their "international resort" afloat from creditors, as well as
spending his free time helping out in the family business. Then comes
this huge money making opportunity when one plays host, and soon
enough, with the publicity cranking and the hippies a- coming, it
translates to cash registers ringing non-stop, and it seemed that all
his troubles had vanished in one fell swoop.
It's interesting to see the amount of schmoozing that goes on behind
the scenes in negotiating for rights, approvals and permissions, and
the hypocrisy that goes along with it when the townsfolk are overcome
by their disgust for the hippies and squarely blames Elliot for the
undesirable elements invading their serene estates, but on the other
hand they never fail to profiteer in charging their visitors sky-high
prices for the most basic needs, like water.
I didn't see how this film could be classified as a comedy, unless of
course one counts laughing at some of the antics the characters get
themselves into, or at the actors that put up a superb job in playing
them. Eugene Levy shines with that glint in his eye in not wanting to
be short-changed by the visiting businessmen, and Liev Schreiber's role
in drag as Vilma was a hoot as well, hired as Elliot's security
personnel when thugs try to make things difficult for his parents.
Emile Hirsch as a disillusioned and crazed Vietnam-vet was somewhat of
a let down with his frequent unfunny f-bombs, but the real scene
stealers here were the characters of Elliot's aged parents Sonia and
Jake, played by Imelda Staunton and Henry Goodman respectively. They
chew up the screen each time they're on with their performance,
especially the former as a cranky old lady doesn't flinch at being
nasty to her customers, and having a siege mentality and a knack for
making money. If anything, her role alone is a one woman tour-de-force,
and is worth the price of an admission ticket.
If you're expecting Lee Ang to recreate and feature music from
Woodstock, then you're looking for the wrong film and would be better
off with the documentary Woodstock. Here, you don't see the class acts
that take up the stage, nor do you see anything else of the iconic
event other than its preparation stage, and strained sounds from the
background as we follow Elliot around the venue. It's akin to being
shut out from the concert, but with so many other things going around
the sprawling, muddy grounds, the real action is on the outside anyway
as far as the film is concerned.
It's a look into the workings of a small town community which sees the
coming of some half a million people as opportunity for some fleecing,
and about how family members sometimes take things for granted, worse
if being deliberate about it for selfish reasons, which provided the
real sucker punch for this memoir picture..