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Pink Floyd: The Wall
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by PyThomas

"How can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat?"
5 stars

We don't need no education. We don't need no thought control. No dark sarcasm in the classroom. Teacher, leave them kids alone. HEY! Teacher! Leave those kids alone! All in all you're just another brick in the wall.

You know, I'm getting sick of seeing Michael Jackson's "Thriller" (not the album, the John Landis 15-minute video thingy) being honored by MTV and most of the media as best music video of all time. You'd think that something better would have come up by now. Jeez.

I know what you're thinking... "why are you talking about Michael Jackson in a review for Pink Floyd: The Wall?" Because if The Wall was considered to be a music video, it would kick Thriller's ass from here to the dark side of the moon. Because that's what this film basically is... a two-hour-plus top-quality music video. Almost no spoken dialogue, lots of haunting and thought-provoking imagery, a visual bombardment of jump-cut scenes, songs flowing into one another... it basically set the standard for the alternative/metal videos to come.

The fact that this movie was made in 1982, and that it was based on Pink Floyd's 1979 magnum opus concept double-album, makes The Wall all the more an amazing experience. Alan Parker takes the songs and, with the help of auteur Roger Waters and animator Gerald Scarfe, crafts an eerie and breathtaking glimpse into the disturbed psyche of a man on the verge of a nervous breakdown: one Mr. Pink Floyd (played by Bob "Mr. Live Aid" Geldof).

No, not everyone will understand what goes on in this film, as the storyline isn't something very linear. For the most part, we see Pink's "wall" - the buildup of repressed emotions and communication difficulties - being gradually crafted, starting with his traumatic moments of childhood featuring an overprotective mother and a sadistic schoolteacher. Fast-forward to his rock-star days... his marriage is in ruins, and not even an enthusiastic groupie could make him feel better. Suddenly he morphs into a cruel and heartless leader of a fascist movement, with its own hand gestures and walking-hammer symbols. And finally, putting his own stoicness on trial, the wall comes tumbling down.

The most thought-provoking images in this film come from Mr. Scarfe's pen. His animations range from the elegaic (his requiem to the fallen soldiers of World War II) to the provocative (a dysfunctional relationship symbolized by two fucking flowers that eventually turn into hateful bloodthirsty beasts) to the grotesque (the trial scene featuring a true butt-head judge). And the animated vignettes blend in seamlessly with the live-action footage.

If you get the DVD version of the film, you're in for a special treat... it's jam-packed with extra goodies. The running commentary option features Waters and Scarfe commenting on the film (and at times turning into MST3K-wannabes). You'll also get the behind-the-scenes documentary "The Other Side of The Wall" and a newer "Retrospective" program with modern-day interviews with the guys involved with the movie. And of course, the movie itself is digitally remastered and restored to its intense glory.

Centuries from now, The Wall will no doubt be looked upon as a cinematic masterpiece probing the darker inclinations of the human psyche, just like we regard the works of Edgar Allan Poe today. Run like hell to the video store and see for yourself.

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1/12/12 Matthew Thompson Dalldorf Damn, movies do not get any better! 5 stars
7/08/11 Josie Cotton is a goddess A must for any Pink fan 5 stars
8/09/10 John Aster Habig Touches with graphic emotion all the things that alienate us in society 5 stars
5/13/10 pd Your facts on Syd are either fabricated or badly-sourced and embarassing to fans of the man 5 stars
12/03/08 Nick The music is great, makes the movie good. 4 stars
11/28/08 Chris Classic, you might have to love the album which is also a classic 5 stars
10/04/08 Samantha Pruitt i think i have to see it intoxicated! amazing to look at still. 4 stars
9/11/08 Layla Great first half hour but ultimately misogynistic jaded doom mongering 3 stars
3/17/08 Pamela White tremendous movie length music video 5 stars
3/17/08 james kielty The most intelligent music and film Ive ever seen/heard 5 stars
9/13/07 Peppy Do a barrel roll! 5 stars
12/01/06 David Pollastrini best viewed while stoned 5 stars
10/25/06 David Pollastrini great music 4 stars
7/24/06 shane swank One of the least dated Rock Films.Fascism,alienation never go out of style. 5 stars
2/24/06 omar i friggin love this movie. if ur lookin for great music and cool visuals, this is it 5 stars
10/21/05 Arska one of the best movies i've ever seen! 5 stars
10/08/05 tim fuckin trippy 5 stars
9/06/05 ashe yernon gives you a different outlook onlife itself 5 stars
8/13/05 Ben Quinn Despite the very thin plot, this film is excellent and MANDATORY for any Pink Floyd fan 4 stars
6/03/05 Sammy I've learned alot from that film. 5 stars
5/28/05 Reih I thought it was a very indepth movie. This is really what got me into Pink Floyd. 5 stars
1/15/05 Elze IT'S THE BEST FILM! 5 stars
11/26/04 Thomas Skroob I loved it! 5 stars
10/08/04 rita giusti the best film ever!! 5 stars
9/23/04 Kenny Wilson One of the best movies i've seen, ever!!! 5 stars
9/08/04 Bob Excellent. 5 stars
8/21/04 Josh Standlee I think I said this movie was bad, well that was before I REALLY got into Pink Floyd. 4 stars
6/30/04 DM That was a fucking weird movie 4 stars
6/22/04 andrew great movie fun to watch 5 stars
6/05/04 Craig Isenor An amazing assault on all the senses. 5 stars
5/01/04 Dark Archon If u don't get it - don't rate it crap. It's just to complicated 4 you. It's great. 5 stars
4/30/04 ArcticCheetah Psychololgically delicious... learn something new every time I view it. 4 stars
4/29/04 Sarah Jackson The best movie I've seen in a while 5 stars
4/26/04 Justin Mulligan This movie is ingenious and takes countless hours for one to be able to understand fully 5 stars
4/02/04 Barry Dunlop Alot of the images should have been cencored so kids could see it as well. Dunlop out! 1 stars
3/08/04 Snickerdoodle Really great movie, powerful anti-war message, I wish the ending was different though. 5 stars
2/23/04 Daveman Alan Parker and Roger Waters, the worst collaboration of two British creative talents, EVER 2 stars
12/26/03 ROY L. CAIN,JR. The perfect movie to the perfect album. HEY YOU!!! 5 stars
12/09/03 john kids love it and with good reason and I like it still - the music is phenomenal 5 stars
10/24/03 Josh Standlee All I can say is once the movie was over, all I could think was,"What the hell was that?" 1 stars
8/05/03 Christina AMAZING 5 stars
7/13/03 Morpheus Pretentious, self-important wank, just like the album. 2 stars
5/26/03 Pascal One of my favorite films 5 stars
4/10/03 Dave Some nice visual flare but contains the same artistic flaws of the album of the same name. 2 stars
1/09/03 April I LOVE it! 5 stars
10/15/02 maximal01 the end wraps up kinda wrong; it woulda been nice to see pink "after the wall"... 4 stars
4/15/02 andrew rozen The CD is fucking amazing, roger waters is a genius 5 stars
4/02/02 bonnie Its all forms of film rolled up into one, history, montage, animation, musical, etc. 5 stars
1/02/02 Andrew Carden The Music Of Pink Floyd Is Good...The Movie Isn't. 1 stars
1/01/02 a floyd fan Best movie I've ever seen!! A must for fans of Pink Floyd!!!! 5 stars
12/20/01 Dgunner71 Quite possibly the greatest footage ever to be brought to film. 5 stars
12/10/01 Dana Brilliant! 5 stars
11/13/01 Monster W. Kung Great rock opera. The scene with the young kid thinking about his father is heartbreaking. 5 stars
6/22/01 Chris after the first 50 or so viewings, it's all downhill 4 stars
3/27/01 Amanda Too great for words. 5 stars
3/08/01 Matthew Richardson dark, depressing, very "real", great film 5 stars
3/02/01 Leonardo Madeira For stoned ones who don't mind listening to Pink Floyd through almost 2 hours 4 stars
2/14/01 Alex Bergen The best movie I have ever seen.... 4 stars
2/12/01 john d(THE DUDE) you don't need to be into drugs to enjoy this artwork, a masterpiece! 5 stars
11/29/00 Cristopher Revilla The most psychotic film i've ever seen, maybe because i wasn't in to Pink Floyd at the time 4 stars
11/02/00 Galgon Waste of money and time. Don't bother, unless you are heavily into drugs. IT SUCKED!!!! 1 stars
10/10/00 bob gets better each time. a real thinker 5 stars
10/02/00 Diggs D A movie that will shock you and educate you at the same time. 5 stars
5/16/00 adjensen Deep, dark and intense. Great music. 5 stars
5/08/00 Daniel Greve maybe this fil is the best scan from 80s to our times 5 stars
5/04/00 Chad Sheer genius 5 stars
4/12/00 Shelly how can you not get totally into such iteresting minds like those of pink floyds 5 stars
4/05/00 john holmes decent 5 stars
3/03/00 joel toooooo underated, i am a die hard floyd fan 5 stars
12/20/99 Everytime you watch it, it's a totally different experience in viewing the film. 5 stars
12/16/99 serge Best COMMERCIAL album 5 stars
12/03/99 perpetual loser i was born in the wrong fuking decade. this is great shit (and i'm not a druggie) 5 stars
8/19/99 David You think it's a head trip in your home, imagine watching it on a movie screen in 70mm 5 stars
7/17/99 Ostrich My favourite movie, and no, I was NOT stoned or drunk, grunter, thank you very much... 5 stars
6/19/99 This is just amazing... all I can say. 5 stars
5/16/99 Matt I'm a huge Floyd freak but this movie IS overrated. 4 stars
3/28/99 HeatherLadyBug oh my! 5 stars
1/02/99 tarkin666 On par with a Pink Floyd laser show, this is a damn trip! 5 stars
12/05/98 tj a great of the best albums ever written 5 stars
10/31/98 Silent Rob Well done visual interpretation of one of the greatest Albums of all time. Haunting!!! 5 stars
10/24/98 grunter dada for frat boys; slapstick psychology; gee, lemme guess were you stoned at the time? 1 stars
10/02/98 arachic13 the greatest experimental of all time!!!!!! 5 stars
10/01/98 CaptNish Tell me what it's about....please....I can't figure it out alone... 4 stars
9/21/98 Miss Stress if you wanna feel like you're tripping without doing the drugs watch this movie. 5 stars
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