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End of the Century - The Story of the Ramones
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Unlike Festival Express, where the movie highlights were the performances, End has plenty of in-concert performances but is most interesting for the extensive and cross-cutting interviews with band members, managers, and people from other bands, most notably, the late Joe Strummer of Clash. Stepping out from those stock bowl haircuts and black uniforms, the Ramones get in End a portrait that celebrates their individuality, their determination and their warts (Joey's inability to forgive, Johnny's often martinet leadership, DeeDee's willingness to abuse his body in every way imaginable -- and I would guess some unimaginable). Along with the music, what comes through so strongly is their love for the group, if not for each other, and their work ethic -- in all their years they missed only one concert for band misbehavior and Johnny fired Marky over it.
You watch End of the Century wondering how someone as sensitive as Joey ever lived at all, expecting DeeDee to have his overdose on screen in the middle of an interview, respecting Johnny's vision, even if often disagreeing with his methods. And now they are all dead, making even more poignant that moment late in the movie when the off-screen interviewer asks, after Joey's death, Johnny if he felt something when Joey died. Pause. And Johnny says, yes, he felt something, he felt bad all the week of Joey's death, even after not calling him while he was dying, not speaking for nearly two decades.Read more ›
And that's the point. It's not "depressing" or "short on concert footage" per se. I don't think that is the point at all. It's a documentary film that strips away all the rock illusions of glamour and fame that fans might WISH was the truth but it just ain't. This is what it's really like to be a punk rocker...for life. It ain't pretty and if you can't take it then you probably don't really understand what the Ramones and everyone like them were really about in the first place.
So, as a film fan, I loved it. It was touching and funny and poignant. So I say to ramones fans looking for confirmation of something that never truly existed, open your mind and try to accept what this excellent film is trying to tell you; the real life of our rock heros is not the wonderful, glamorous dream we, as fans, get lost in. This is what it is.
There is plenty of other activity on the screen. Joe Strummer and Debbie Harry are prominent on the interviews, and vintage shots of live Iggy and the New York Dolls are interspersed with the Ramones' interviews and songs. The anecdotal quips from Legs McNeill and others provide invaluable insider looks into the history of Ramones. If you have a passing interest in Punk Rock, or any rock, try to see this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great documentary especially if you are a Ramones and punk scene band. I loved the movie CBGB which chronicled the club where they got their start.Published 3 months ago by Freedom
Watched it twice. A great documentary on the Ramones, not just something slapped together for quick cash. Highly recommended.Published 4 months ago by J. Karczmit
I was 13 back in the 70s when I first heard 'Blitzkrieg Bop' come thundering out of the speakers in our local record store. It hit me in the chest and the excitement welled up. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Big Red
I have one of my 220 case logic books packed to the gills with nothing but concert films and music documentary films on DVD and Bluray. And another stack I don't have room for. Read morePublished 11 months ago by speedythecat
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