I Am Trying to Break Your Heart

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  • Summary: Sam Jones documents a turbulent chapter in the history of alt-country turned experimental rock band Wilco. The film shows the conflict that arises when the band creates an artistic and challenging record while signed to a record company in the midst of a giant corporate takeover. (CowboySam Jones documents a turbulent chapter in the history of alt-country turned experimental rock band Wilco. The film shows the conflict that arises when the band creates an artistic and challenging record while signed to a record company in the midst of a giant corporate takeover. (Cowboy Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 24
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  1. 90
    A superb portrait of a band and an industry in flux.
  2. Reviewed by: Dan DeLuca
    88
    Tells Wilco's story so well that you'll leave the theater thinking the album is a work of genius.
  3. 80
    It testifies to art's vitality and endurance, despite its marketers' -- and sometimes even its makers' -- efforts to the contrary.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    70
    Shot in grainy black and white, the film features tons of entertaining footage of the band in the studio as well as an enlightening commentary from music critics Greg Kot and David Frick.
  5. May be anticorporate, it's by no means hype-free.
  6. what we've got here is a little propaganda film. A mild one, certainly, but the cliché of DIY hopefuls (band) versus the Big Machine (music industry) foments the same tedious struggle of art versus commerce.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    40
    May leave itself open to charges of being little more than a promo feature posing as a documentary, but pic nevertheless is a warts-and-all look at a group of musicians -- and the music biz -- likely to make most record label flacks flinch.

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  1. BrianH
    Jun 26, 2007
    10
    I love this DVD but I'm a hardcore fan and don't expect everyone to dig it. Notice how the East and West Coast Papers have such a I love this DVD but I'm a hardcore fan and don't expect everyone to dig it. Notice how the East and West Coast Papers have such a disdain for this amazing band. Could it be that Wilco is from the Midwest. Aren't these the same papers and reviewers who cheer for shit like Hillary Duff or Gwen Stefani or any other musician who is more entertainer than artist. I love me some Gwen sometimes, don't get me wrong. But don't fuck with Wilco just because they are normal people who drink Diet Coke. Expand

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