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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Sean Kelly

My Thoughts on Shine a Light

Today I spent my birthday going to the IMAX theatre to see the latest in the long line of Rolling Stone concert films directed by none other by Martin Scorsese.

For a concert film, I think the Rolling Stones have had better ones (and I'll talk about one in next week's Classic Thoughts).

However, I believe the point of the film was to celebrate the longevity of the band. This is apparently by the archive footage that plays in between songs.

A technical fact that I was impressed with is that the beginning of the film was shown in 35mm resolution and the IMAX footage does not start until the beginning of the performance. This really helps in create the "larger than life" feeling.

In the end, the film featured a so-so performance (only about six of the big hits were played, with the rest being lesser known material), but seeing that the band still has it in them after over 45 years was worth the price of admission.

8/10

Sean Kelly

About Sean Kelly -

Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described ├╝ber-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).