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October 01, 2006

AMERICAN HARDCORE

Colesmithey.comFor a documentary ostensibly about the history of the hardcore punk music movement that reigned for a brief period in America during the ‘80s, director Paul Rachman and writer Steven Blush indefensibly omit the genre’s most talented and high-profile band The Dead Kennedys. The omission is unforgivable. 

In place of any potentially relevant commentary from the Dead Kennedy’s controversial singer Jello Biafra, former Black Flag front man/poseur Henry Rollins underscores the homoerotic subtext of "straight-edge" bands like Minor Threat.

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The Bad Brains, from Washington, D.C., are justly showcased for their potent musical contributions even if the meandering film fails to properly address the political and social significance of the Dead Kennedy’s music.

Rated R. 100 mins. (C-) (Two Stars)

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