Saturday, December 19, 2009

Ax Men

LoudIt Might Get Loud (Sony Classics)
David Guggenheim’s guitar-hero documentary plays like a summit meeting among three guitarists from three different rock eras—Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, U2’s The Edge and the White Stripes’ Jack White, each of whom discusses influences, background and personal technique. But the sparks really fly when they come together, strap on their axes and play one another’s music. We lucky viewers get to see and hear blistering excerpts from tunes like “In My Time of Dying” and “Get on Your Boots.” There is an embarrassment of riches throughout the film’s too-short 98-minute running time: an additional 26 minutes of deleted scenes include a three-way performance of “Kashmir,” Edge’s take on “Stairway to Heaven” and an acoustic Page interlude, none of which amazingly missed the final cut. Other bonus features include Guggenheim’s audio commentary and a Toronto Film Festival press conference, as the three guitarists and director have a good time for 38 minutes. originally posted on

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