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Loud Quiet Loud - A Film About the Pixies

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When college rock darlings the Pixies broke up in 1992, their fans were shocked and dismayed. When they reunited in 2004, those same fans and legions of new listeners were ecstatic and filled with high hopes. loudQUIETloud follows the rehearsals and the

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The Pixies' 2004 reunion was the biggest thing that's happened in alternative rock since Nirvana, and filmmakers Steven Cantor and Matthew Galkin were there with their cameras, trailing the genre's progenitors across North America and Europe as they reclaimed their legacy. Besides beautifully shot concert footage featuring all or part of 15 songs, we get a view inside the Pixies' heads. All four were managing complex personal issues when they reunited. We see frontman Frank Black (a.k.a. Black Francis) dealing with a bump in his solo career, bassist Kim Deal juggling sobriety and creating new Breeders songs, guitarist Joey Santiago grappling with parenthood and financial issues, and drummer David Lovering rescued from his post-Pixes life as a struggling magician. They make no secret that they're doing it for the money, but learn along this tour of the world's stages and their psyches that there's a magic in their knotty, raw music that has the power to sustain their audiences and--for a time, at least--themselves. There's bonus footage of the movie's leftovers, but little of it's interesting except for the band's visit to modern psychedelicists Sigur Ros's Iceland studio. Über-producer/guitarist Daniel Lanois provides the film's beautiful, glacially paced incidental music. --Ted Drozdowski

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  • Actors: Frank Black, Kim Deal, David Lovering, Joey Santiago
  • Directors: Matthew Galkin, Steven Cantor
  • Producers: Jonathan Furmanski, Matthew Galkin, Steven Cantor, Caroline Stevens, Daniel Laikind
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Mvd Visual
  • DVD Release Date: November 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GTLB12
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,489 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By Robert Moore HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 24, 2006
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I have pretty much all of the currently available DVDs on the Pixies and while all of them have their merits, this one far outstrips the others in giving an inside glimpse into the band and its members. I found it far more interesting than THE PIXIES SELL OUT, which concentrates almost exclusively on their stage performances on the tour that, or any of the other Pixies concert DVDs. What sets this one apart is the incredibly immediate and personal approach of the filmmaker. The live performances are not neglected, but the focus is far more on the individual members of the band and the particular struggles they undergo during the making of the documentary.

The Pixies are, in my opinion, the last truly influential American rock band. True, Nirvana was more commercially successful, but as even Kurt Cobain admitted, Nirvana was heavily influenced by the Pixies. In fact, most of the big bands of the nineties were heavily indebted to the Pixies. But the Pixies never reaped the financial benefits that the major alternative bands of the nineties enjoyed. Though none of them received the kind of international critical acclaim that the Pixies basked in, many of them sold far more records. They broke up in the early nineties due to intense acrimony between singer/songwriter Black Francis (aka Charles Thompson aka Frank Black) and bassist/vocalist Kim Deal. They reunited in 2004 for a concert tour for a variety of reasons, some having to do with a desire to reconnect with their fans and more having to do with economic need. The title refers to the way that they would shift from very, very quiet music to intensely loud and raucous, with Thompson moving from a near whisper to one of the great screams in the history of rock.
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This movie really brings the great stars that call themselves the Pixies back down to earth. As a fan, it's easy to imagine the four musicians as bigger than life. Before I watched this film, I imagined that the Pixies reunion was all rainbows and candy as their chemistry on stage was nothing less than brilliant. Then I watched the film. They're human just like us (duh!). Probably more screwed up than most of us. Which makes the band even better in my eyes. For four unique, very talented artists, to put aside the static of the world and come together is such a harmonious way each time they hit the stage, I take my hat off. I highly suggest you read "Fool the World" before watching this movie as it will provide you with all of the background leading up to this film.
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If you love Pixies this is certainly a must see. It is not overtly revealing, I mean go figure that they have their weirdnesses. But the pure explosive chemistry of them onstage is incredibly miracluous. This is made even more so by the fact that there is on painful scene where they just don"t talk to each other."We don"t talk much to each other. I mean, we like each other. We just aren"t those kind of people".

There is some fragility reflected...Kim Deal,in recovery, needs support from her sister. David Lovering comes across like an on the edge whack job. But there is humanity too. Black Francis(Charles Thompson) actually comes across as a fairly ingratiating person at times. Joey Santiago seems like the rock that holds them all down.

And essentially, in the end, it is the music that galvanizes this piece....as well it should be. Some people hate Pixies(my wife for one) but there is no denying their impact, surrealistic, dynamic, innovative, melodic and nuerotic.

I was so excited to see this, and I am glad I did.
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The Pixies were the most influential band of the nineties and the fact that their existence was so brief (they only released four full-length albums) was a major blow to rock music, which has had to suffer through a number of Pixie and Nirvana wannabes since. Many fans had been clamoring for a reunion for years. Their wish was finally granted in 2004 when the band toured for the first time since 1992. loudQUIETloud is a fantastic documentary of that tour.

This film is great because it's not just about live performances, though there's plenty of that too. But it also gives us four engaging human portraits of the band members. We see each of them as they were before the tour. David Lovering and Joey Santiago were barely hanging on financially. Kim Deal had recently recovered from drug addiction, but was living with her parents and still looking really fragile. Charles Thompson was the only one who looked ok- we see him happily spending time with his family- though he seems to have put on an enormous amount of weight in the intervening years.

Then the tour. Their nervousness before the first show is endearing to see. Kim's post-show amazement at the crowd's enthusiasm, while icing her hand, is just plain adorable. As the tour moves on though, there are more ups but also plenty of downs. Lovering in particular has a rough time. His father dies while the band is playing in London and this causes a spiral of valium addiction and mental collapses on-stage. We also see firsthand the friction that caused them to collapse all those years before. They barely talk to each other. There are many scenes of them sitting in the same room saying nothing. Kim's twin Kelley seemed to engage most of the group conversation.
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