Friday, July 27, 2012

Hard Core Logo (1996)

Synopsis: It’s the shittiest tour of Western Canada since John Turner, circa 1984.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Despite personal differences, former band mates of the legendary but now defunct punk band, HARD CORE LOGO, reunite for a benefit concert for their aging punk mentor. The enormous success of this benefit gig prompts a reunion tour. On stage, the HARD CORES are brilliant. However, as the tour unfolds, the band’s old, buried tensions erupt and the boys are faced with the fact that they cannot relive nor alter the past.”

What Did I Learn?: If you’re planning an evening’s entertainment of martinis and an acid trip for a punk band, it’s a good idea to make sure there aren’t any goats nearby.

You Might Like This Movie If: you have a thing for strong, durable logos.

Really?: I had a great deal of trouble believing Billy (or Pipefitter, or John Oxenberger) would continue on this ill-advised, last-gasp tour after they discover the hole in the van floor. I had even more trouble believing they would press on after discovering the club in Winnipeg had shut down.

Rating: Hard Core Logo is essentially a 1990s, Canadian punk rock version of This is Spinal Tap. It’s a smart, often-funny, character-driven tale of aging musicians who should have packed it in years earlier. The only reason I can’t give this film ten stars is that none of the characters is terribly likeable, while “Joe Dick” certainly lives up to his stage name. Still, highly recommended. 9/10 stars.

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