A Band Called Death Sunday, 22 September 2019

A Band Called Death

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    The birth of Death.

  • Starring:

    Bobby Hackney, Dannis Hackney, David Hackney, voice of David Hackney, Alice Cooper, Henry Rollins, Earl Hackney, Majora Florida Hackney, Don Davis, Brian Spears, Elijah Wood, Heidi Simpson, Bobby Hackney Jr, Urian Hackney, Julian Hackney, Jello Biafra, Ben Blackwell, Matt Smith, Don "Das" Schwenk, Kid Rock, Questlove, Robert Manis, Spencer Crispe, Rian Murphy, Mike Rubin, Mick Collins, Vernon Reid, Mickey Leigh, Bobbie Duncan

  • Directed by:

    Mark Christopher Covino, Jeff Howlett

  • Running time:

    96 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), NR (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Man killed by drunk driver mentioned. Neighbourhood squabbling mentioned. Blood/gore: Coffin seen.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing (photo). Shirtless man.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (champagne, shots). Killed by drunk driver, alcoholism, intoxication mentioned. Smoking. Nicotine addiction mentioned. Ganja mentioned (song lyric).

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, a-word. Religious references and exclamations. Racial references.

  • THEMES:

    Death, punk rock, family, brothers, music, practical jokes, Detroit, Motown, jamming, rock'n'roll, reggae, Alice Cooper, The Beatles, Jimi Henrix, The Who, conviction, spirituality, controversy, rejection, drumming, pioneers, visionaries, dreaming, record-collecting, legacy, underground music, family tributes.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased father (car accident), deceased brother (cancer), deceased mother, electrocution mentioned. Wedding, funeral settings. Horses, cat (photo). Inspired by Mark Robin's 2009 The New York Times article This Band Was Punk Before Punk Was Punk.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Beautiful, moving, unbelievable, emotional, bittersweet, fascinating, generous, spirited, inspiring, life-affirming, resonating, soul-stirring. Brothers are genial, engaging, charming, captivating. Outstanding soundtrack.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    A little repetitive.

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