Thursday, August 12, 2010

The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights

I really enjoyed this documentary. It looked great. The band sounded great. The interplay between Jack and Meg on and off stage is interesting to watch. One moment he's deriding her for being too quiet (the filmmakers had to put subtitles on the screen to help decipher what she was saying). The next moment, they share a tender moment at the piano.

But what makes this better than the average tour doc is the idea behind the tour itself. They decided to play every province in Canada and decided to play out of the way places that most bands never play. They also played spur of the moments type shows during the day - one was on a small boat floating down a river. Another was on a bus (their version of The Wheels on the Bus was great).

It was fun watching a bit of this while SHR was in the room so she could deride Meg White yet once again.

Directed by Emmett Malloy
2009
Showtime

3 comments:

youthlarge said...

Other than mentioning that I didn't think she had much talent, how did I deride her?

Listmaker said...

something about being the most useless woman in indie rock or something along those lines.

Crispin H. Glover said...

she's an awesome drummer - raw cavewoman power. i loved this documentary. it's a great double feature with Sigur Ros' Heima - amazing bands on amazing tours in amazing places.