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Tim Mayer
08-08-2010, 03:22 PM
Has anyone seen this? I just watched the Bluray version.
The story of the 70's hard rock all-girl band stays pretty close to the actual story, but comes off as very depressing. Sad to watch several teen aged girls chomped by a bat-shit crazy record producer. Since Joan Jett and Cherie Curie were involved in the production, it tends to focus on them. The movie also borrows heavily from EDGEPLAY, a doccu about the band which came out several years ago.
The actor who plays Kim Fowley, the egomaniac producer, is the best reason to watch the DVD. He comes across as a cross between Svengali and Elvis.

Marshall Crist
08-08-2010, 06:09 PM
There is already a thread about this film.

I liked it, but I really like the band.

Andrew Ellis
08-11-2010, 02:36 PM
I always found the band interesting, even though I don't listen to their music much. And I saw "Edgeplay" a few years back and liked it.

I'm torn though because I really can't see myself watching a Dakota Fanning movie--I got so sick of her being in EVERYTHING when she was cloying child actress, to the point where if I ever saw again, I hoped it would be on the back of a frickin' milk carton. As for the other girl, "Ms. Twilight", I'm holding out for when she gets washed up in a few years, starts shooting heroin, and ends up in porn. . .

I'm just kidding--I'm sure they're both nice girls--but I'd be a lot more anxious to see this if someone else were in it.

Tom D
08-11-2010, 05:46 PM
I liked the movie and purchased the DVD. The movie was a hit at my movie night a couple of weekends ago....until Tolch barged in and ripped the disc out! ;)

Marshall Crist
08-11-2010, 06:16 PM
I'm torn though because I really can't see myself watching a Dakota Fanning movie--I got so sick of her being in EVERYTHING when she was cloying child actress, to the point where if I ever saw again, I hoped it would be on the back of a frickin' milk carton.

You should have handled it the way I did--just not really see any post-1983 movies.

Just a suggestion.

Andrew Ellis
02-21-2011, 07:56 PM
I was just reading an interview with the director Floria Zigimondi. She sounds like a really cool person and a genuinely talented photographer and videographer. I also DID see this movie recently and I thought the movie in general, and some performances (like Michael Shannon as Kim Fowley) were quite good. But how the hell did she get saddled with Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning, who have a small, small fraction of the charisma of Joan Jett and Cherie Currie?

Fanning tried really hard, but a sixteen year old playing a sixteen year old is like someone who is actually drunk playing a drunk. An older actress would have been better. And Stewart is actually a lot more beautiful than Joan Jett, but there's a big difference between beauty and charisma. There's a lot of wasted potential here.

On the plus side I guess they pulled the plug on that Ramones biopic starring Justin Beiber and the Jonas Brothers. . .

J Hurtado
02-21-2011, 09:20 PM
I finally watched it last night and was only mildly impressed. It was obvious who was in charge of the film. They left out a lot of the stuff that happened in real life and seriously minimized the roles of everyone who wasn't Cherie or Joan.

Griffin B.
02-22-2011, 03:33 AM
And Stewart is actually a lot more beautiful than Joan Jett

Hey, hey, now! (http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_kyjgasKxvj1qzi6z7o1_500.jpg)

Troy Howarth
02-22-2011, 09:10 AM
Stewart is neither beautiful nor talented. IMO, of course!

J Hurtado
02-22-2011, 11:24 AM
Stewart is neither beautiful nor talented. IMO, of course!

Confirmed. She is pretty awful in this, I just felt like I was watching Bella Swan try to play guitar. Joan Jett is an awesomely tough bitch, I don't get that vibe AT ALL from Kristin Stewart.

Matt T
02-24-2011, 01:09 AM
And Stewart is actually a lot more beautiful than Joan Jett

No way! She's got nothing on Joan Jett in her prime.

The movie was pretty average, basically like every other Rock Bio movie ever made. I did think the performances all around were pretty damn good though, and the movie wasn't total shit...like I was expecting.

Andrew Ellis
02-24-2011, 05:34 PM
Joan Jett definitely has far, far more CHARISMA, and I hope I didn't in any way imply that I thought Kristen Stewart was talented. She's a vapid beauty--that's about it. It's just that scene where they try to make Cherie Currie into the sexy cover girl of the Runaways is totally believable if you're talking about the real Cherie Currie and Joan Jett, but pretty unbelievable if you're talking about real-life vapid covergirl Stewart versus Dakota "I was a young, annoying child just yesterday" Fanning.

It IS a pretty average movie, but it had some good things in it. I thought Michael Shannon was really good, for instance. The real problem was just the two leads. I don't how many people who are fans of Kristen Stewart have ever HEARD of The Runaways. I thing they were just trying to make a movie that middle-age mothers could take their teenage daughters and screwed it up in typical Hollywood fashion. . .

Mike S.
02-25-2011, 06:25 PM
I don't how many people have ever HEARD of The Runaways.

Fixed that for you!

Stewart's not very good in this, but neither is the screenplay. And this movie never gets made without Stewart and Fanning (or others of their box-office, youth appeal ilk)

Daniel M
02-25-2011, 10:35 PM
I finally watched it last night and was only mildly impressed. It was obvious who was in charge of the film. They left out a lot of the stuff that happened in real life and seriously minimized the roles of everyone who wasn't Cherie or Joan.

I love the Runaways (the band) and this was the problem I had with the film. The bassist played by Alia Shawkat wasn't even based on a real person; it seems Jackie Fox (AKA Jacqueline Fuchs) is now a Century City attorney and had threatened to sue if she were portrayed in the film at all. Lita Ford, who arguably had the most solo success after Joan, was barely present (which is a shame, since Scout Taylor Compton LOOKED more like her character than anyone else in the film); evidently she had also threatened to sue if she didn't care for how she was portrayed. Worst of all, the sad, tragic story of Sandy West wasn't even hinted at.

But hey, it was a look at the San Fernando Valley in the 70s (the scene toward the end where Dakota makes a pay phone call in a deserted parking lot was shot in front of a K-Mart right here in Northridge) and I soft of enjoyed it on that level. And as a whole, the movie looked great.

I just hope we get a Sandy West biopic at some point.

Michael Felix
02-25-2011, 11:17 PM
The movie does have a lot of faults, the "composite characters" bothered me, and it did leave out a LOT of the history. It was a lot of fun however, and moved along on its own energy. Dakota Fanning did do a decent job, and Michael Shannon stole the hole movie. Now if only someone would be crazy enough to fund an entire Kim Fowley biopic starring Michael Shannon that would be something to see.

Ben.F
02-26-2011, 05:47 PM
I've always enjoyed Floria's music videos, so I was happy to see her first feature. It's interesting that she worked with Benot Debie, Gaspar No's cinematographer.

Garrett Sorensen
02-26-2011, 06:31 PM
I think this movie was a missed opportunity to tell the slimier side of the business and how a female rock band who sings songs of domination is really getting screwed off-stage by management, in more ways than one. Instead Joan seems to want the message to be girls rock, we are powerful, we can overcome obstacles and show up the men. I'd hate to see a Badfinger biopic treated like this. I sort of chalk this movie up close to Denzel's Hurricane movie in the bending of what really happened to make it palatable. Oh well, as long as the music, the books and that great documentary exist I am happy.

Michael Felix
02-26-2011, 10:44 PM
I think in a way people who know the rock band The Runaways weren't the target audience for the movie, The Runaways. I feel like it was meant as a stylized fable for the Twilight generation. I can imagine some 14 year old girls seeing this and being inspired to look beyond the here and now and into an older, better world. Or I guess I'm saying if this movie caused someone who had never heard of the Runaways or Joan Jett to buy/download their then it did its job.