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Is It Live, or Is It Multiplex?

By Miscellaneous | Miscellaneous | November 12, 2009 | Comments ()

Sure, I haven't really been into live music since burning out on and leaving the ska scene a decade ago (so many bands, so many shows!), so perhaps I'm just not the audience for these films. Of course, I figure most real live music enthusiasts would rather just go see a real show or concert than watch most of these films.

I'm curious, though, and it's a slow day as far as movie news goes, so in lieu of having real, trend-qualifying blog representation below, I'd like to hear readers' opinions on the idea of 3-D concert films and what artists you think would best be worth the experience. Personally, I think a 3-D Gwar movie would be cool for those of us who never wanted to get messy at one of their shows.

  • Jenni Miller at Cinematical:
    "I think it's a cool idea to offer people the chance to see their favorite bands up close and personal if they can't see them live, but there isn't anything to rival the actual live experience. Granted, you're not usually that close to the stage and some jerk just spilled beer on your shoes and someone else is singing along to every song and/or shouting "WOO!" in your ear, but that's all part of the concert experience, right?"
  • Russ Fischer at /Film:
    "Part of the reason I skipped U2 3D is that I don't understand the appeal of projects like this. But I've been fortunate enough to live places where I can see small, intimate shows; seeing a huge arena concert is distant enough, but a filmed version? Not really for me. [...] (Then again, one of my favorite aspects of seeing shows in small venues is being able to see musicians interacting as they perform, and these 3D documents may be great for getting that across. So I might be converted...)"

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