Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Runaways

Couldn't find anyone to go see "The Runaways" with, so I finally dragged myself alone to the little movie theatre with the small screens in Ashland, grabbed a snack pack at the counter and prepared myself to be entertained. In short, one of the great Rock & Roll movies, and not-to-be missed. It has everything, humor (although at times I was the only one who laughed out of the dozen or so patrons that came out of the rain to see it), drama, pathos (whatever that is, oh wait it's pity, sympathy, tenderness-not much of that, and sorrow), and kick-ass music. I actually cried when the girls arrived at their venue in Japan and the kids there went nuts over them, and got a chill down my back, literally, when they played "Cherry Bomb". The three stars, Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett, Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie and Michael Shannon as Kim Fowley effectuated their respective roles with aplomb. OK, yes I am using a thesaurus here, sorry. Bottom line a great, f****** flick. What am I a critic? ("Lita Ford" has only a few lines in the show, but the real Lita was in our shop once in the 80s. We came really close to selling her a pink leather jacket. She was in Joan Jett's band at the time, and I'm really sorry now that I didn't go. I can be such a f****** musical snob.)

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