[Staff Pick] Sound City (2013)

A Good Movie to Watch Rating:

Euphoric. A word which according to the Thesaurus has many synonyms: “dreamy”, “enchanted”, “heavenly”, “joyous”, “mad”, “cool” and “crazy”.  If we are to presume that synonyms are not just equivalents, but compositions of the word they refer to; then Sound City is really and truly euphoric.

First-time filmmaker Dave Grohl (Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters lead singer among other things) captures nothing less than the spirit of a place which would otherwise appear as a dump. The spirit of Sound City Studios was fostered by Rock-And-Roll greats such as Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Metallica, Tom Petty, Rick Springfield, Nirvana and many others. In this regard, sound City is a fascinating display of Rock history, from the major talents of the era to how the industry has changed over the years. However it is more than just a well made documentary; its story is a very entertaining thing to watch, and the way it portrays characters is both sweet and intimate.

Dave Grohl’s creation resembles in many ways the F1 documentary, Senna. You do not need to be a fan of their themes or have much knowledge around them to appreciate what tremendous and enjoyable pieces of filmmaking these movies are.

Wikipedia Description: Sound City is a 2013 documentary film produced and directed by Dave Grohl, in his directorial debut, about the history of recording studio Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, Los Angeles. After the closing credits there is a short, silent segment of a home movie showing a band getting set up. The picture freezes on one person and the following text appears: "In memory of Brian Hauge (1970 – 2012)." He was the key grip of the film.