BIG STAR: NOTHING CAN HURT ME is a feature-length documentary about legendary Memphis band Big Star. While mainstream success eluded them, Big Star’s three albums have become critically lauded touchstones of the rock music canon. A seminal band in the history of alternative music, Big Star has been cited as an influence by artists including REM, The Replacements, Belle & Sebastian, Elliot Smith and Flaming Lips, to name just a few. With never-before-seen footage and photos of the band, in-depth interviews and a rousing musical tribute by the bands they inspired, BIG STAR: NOTHING CAN HURT ME is a story of artistic and musical salvation.
REVIEWS FOR "BIG STAR: NOTHING CAN HURT ME"
"[Documents] the band's coming together and falling apart and [offers] a passionate tribute to its brilliant, beautiful music."Bruce Diones - The New Yorker
"Drew DeNicola and Olivia Mori's lovingly assembled documentary inventories the near-misses and noble failures that comprised Big Star's short career, as well as the tragedies that occurred after they'd stopped recording."Adam Nayman - Globe and Mail
"The story that writer-director Drew DeNicola and producer-director Olivia Mori reconstruct has the power to move even those who prefer Mozart or Lil Wayne."Mark Jenkins - NPR
"DiNicola explores the specifics of Big Star's implosion as well as anyone can, considering band breakups are much like shattered love affairs: Who ever really knows what went wrong?"Stephanie Zacharek - Village Voice
"If Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me leads even one person to listen to Big Star for the first time, this movie will have done a great service."Chris Nashawaty - Entertainment Weekly
"It seems like a bittersweet inevitability that even a celebration as reverential as this one is suffused with such aching poignancy."Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
"Overall, it's still a skillfully rendered narrative that should satisfy fans and pique the interest of the uninitiated."Robert Abele - Los Angeles Times
"Don't think of "Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me" as a sad tale. Cautionary, maybe. Mostly it's a celebration of a great band making great music, if only for a short time."Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
"The film certainly gives the band its due, but it will likely appeal more to Big Star cultists, ones eager for minutia about recording and business deals."Peter Howell - Toronto Star
"Considering the star-crossed band it documents, there should be no surprise that "Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me" has a melancholy tinge to it."Tim Grierson - Paste Magazine
"[A] thoroughly detailed ... doc that charts the band's thwarted expectations."Bruce Ingram - Chicago Sun-Times
"Bill Lloyd on the enduring appeal of Memphis power-pop heroes Big Star, subject of a fine new documentary"
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