Bruce McDonald’s finest
Rating: NNNNNHARD CORE LOGO (Bruce McDonald, 1996) comes off the screen like a well-aimed, last-call projectile. Drawing from Michael Turner's.
HARD CORE LOGO (Bruce McDonald, 1996) comes off the screen like a well-aimed, last-call projectile. Drawing from Michael Turner’s poetic novel about a Vancouver punk band reunited 10 years after its little heyday, McDonald and screenwriter Noel S. Baker construct a deft farce around a core of dead seriousness. This mock-documentary has been described as punk’s Spinal Tap, but while it’s sometimes hilarious, McDonald’s take on these boys is less glib and more affecting than that tag allows. The film steeps itself in the gig-to-gig cocktail of stale beer, cigarettes, sweat and urine that can act like amniotic fluid for birthing great music, but it never mistakes the band’s bullshit for brilliance. And McDonald matches the punk aesthetic with his own passion for do-it-yourself filmmaking. This is McDonald’s best movie, and one of the best music films to hit the screen in ages. NNNN (August 31, Bloor)