Hey, ho, let's go back to the pit

`American Hardcore' reflects on the heyday of the underground punk-rock movement

Review B+

November 03, 2006|By Michael Sragow | Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic

If, like me, you vented your iconoclastic impulses during the American punk heyday by watching Brian De Palma and Jonathan Demme movies instead of listening to hardcore punk groups such as Adolescents and 7 Seconds, Philip Rachman's American Hardcore will provide a steady supply of epinephrine and a dizzying string of revelations.

The circle of bands and happy hangers-on that Rachman has assembled brew up a heady vision of the underground movement that turned its back on the heavy corporate machinery of American pop and the smothering self-congratulation of American patriotism in the Reagan era.

American Hardcore (Sony Pictures Classics) Starring bands including Bad Brains, D.O.A., Flipper, Gang Green, Jerry's Kids, MDC and SS Decontrol. Directed by Paul Rachman. Rated R. Time 100 minutes.

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