Grant Geeís documentary
about Radiohead, structured around the bandís OK Computer tour, includes
shots of faceless commuters and other evidence that some human pursuits
are dehumanizing, though itís deliberately ambiguous about whether footage
of masses attending Radiohead concerts is meant to be an exception. Grainy
performance clips, text from laudatory reviews, outtakes from promotional
spots, and circular sound-and-image bites (such as a hasty cutaway from
a journalist asking a band member for the stupidest question heís ever
been asked by a journalist) are montaged into what at first seems to be
another info-age spectacle condemning the technology it relies on. But
gradually it becomes clear that this movie, and the musicians whose career
it impressionistically profiles, is actually criticizing high technology,
the music industry, consumerism, and hype--without ever pretending to reject
any of it. In the process front man Thom Yorke comes
across as a refreshingly complex incarnation of an old icon--the pop star whoís cynical about celebrity.
Screening as part of a limited theatrical run to promote the video/DVD release.