Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Roll Me Another One Just Like the Other One: Ang Lee Does Woodstock

Yet another movie about the 1969 concert in Max Yasgur's farm. All except for Michael Wadleigh's 1970 Woodstock documentary have been as lame as a found roach after a week's worth of rain. With Ang Lee at the helm of this latest venture I was going to take a puff, puff, pass on this one.

Loosely based on reality as most fiction (and my life) tend to be based on this version casts Eugene Levy as Max Yasgur, Liev Shreiber in drag and Emile Hirsch as the dazed and confused protagonist.

To tie you over until the film's release date of August 14 (to capitalize on the eventual hype surrounding the 40th anniversary of the great muddy festival no doubt) is the official trailer. If the rest of the movie is as funny as this two and a half minute clip, I'll be there with bell bottoms on. If it sucks like most Ang Lee films you'll find me at the Heroes of Woodstock Festival the next day blazing away to Canned Heat and Ten Years After among other survivors of the '69 love-in.

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