Stop Making Sense

Stop Making Sense ★★★★★

Surely, Talking Heads at the zenith of their popularity is one of the greatest delights the world has ever seen!

I'm always surprised that TALKING HEADS has in my experience turned out to be a lot more popular than I thought. The music video for Psycho Killer alone has 135 million views, at one point I saw some of their songs a ton on some IG reels, and Tiktoks, a Stand power in Jojo's Bizarre Aventure is named after them, and even last year Spiderman: No Way Home featured their song "I Zimbra" in the very memorable opening scene where Peter's identity is leaked.

This then begs the question: why don't more people know about this fantastic gem of a film!?!

Granted, I would've never have found out about this movie had I not seen it on the LETTERBBOXD TOP 250 DOCUMENTARIES list a while back, and had not been curious enough to search through cinematographer Jordan Cronenweth (known for shooting BLADE RUNNER) and Jonathan Demme's (directed SILENCE OF THE LAMBS) filmographies, but ig that's what I'm here for:

TO CONVINCE YOU TO GO WATCH THIS ASAP!!! AND LISTEN TO THE TALKING HEADS' ALBUMS!!! THEIR ALBUM REMAIN IN LIGHT IS ONE OF MY TOP 5 FAVORITE ALBUMS!!!

PRO TIP: Music, and specifically music movies are inherently interactive IMO, meaning that music is a powerful medium that should make you want to get up off of that thing and groove!

There is a boundless joy to be had when you perform in front of an imaginary audience! Or in front of your plush stuffed animals, family portraits hung on the wall, or whoever else is willing to see you perform!!! (fair warning tho: I'll tell you rn there is a reason that David Byrne and co. are absolutely drenched in sweat throughout the show so be prepared!)

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