FEATURE FILM REVIEW
HOLDING THESE MOMENTS
Following the successful hardcore punk band, Bane as they wrestle with regret, during their final tour.
THE HARDCORE BAND Bane had been playing, recording, and touring for decades but finally decided to disband and move on in 2016. Holding These Moments is a musical documentary that examines not only the band but also the lives of the people involved. From the band themselves to the extended "family" who are their fans, this film is a love letter to not just Bane, but music and life.
BANE BEGAN TOURING IN 1996 AND ENDED IN 2016... IF THAT DOESN'T SPELL SUCCESS I DON'T KNOW WHAT ELSE WOULD
Documentaries have become the norm, and the range of them is staggering. Once limited to a few topics and the ever-cool series Biography, which went on for decades, this style of movie was really catapulted by films such as Supersize Me. From a music perspective, my first memory was an excellent Metallica documentary... although I can't quite remember which one. Now they're available in all shapes and colors (documentaries, not Metallica) for people from all walks of life and interest. So why not one about a successful punk band? Bane began touring in 1996 and ended in 2016, and if that doesn't spell success, I don't know what else would.
There is so much footage in this movie that it teeters on being a little much, but that's to be expected considering how long the band was around. But show clips and musical beats aren't the only things this documentary has to offer. We get genuine perspectives on what it's like being in a "cool" band. We also get snippets of the effect it had/has on each of the members, including how the loss of a friend altered some of the very content the band put out. That's to be expected, but it's nice to see it talked about. As much as Holding These Moments is a film about the band itself, it's also about the people: friends and fans alike. That's pretty cool, wouldn't you say?
... BUT IT ALSO HAS A VERY HIGH PRODUCTION VALUE FEEL TO IT
The film is not only chalked full of interesting content but it also has a very high production value feel to it. This isn't a cheaply done film and although it's a long movie, the way it's laid out helps keep the length feeling manageable. I personally liked the last chunk of the film where they talk about regret. As in, regret over packing it all in and stopping. I can relate somewhat to this and it really drove everything before that home. How often have we all regretted something that at the time, we thought was a good idea? It's instantly relatable and immediately cements the fact that these guys cared about what they did and the end of an era isn't all it's cracked up to be.
... COULD SERVE AS A GREAT INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC YOU MAY OTHERWISE HAVE NEVER HEARD
Holding These Moments will be eaten up by fans and followers of the band. It looks and sounds great, and if you know the group, there's no reason you won't love this film. For the people who don't know, this film could serve as a great introduction to some music you otherwise may never have heard. Maybe if this film does well enough, a new tour could be in order? We can all hope, right? Thank you for reading.
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