A Band Called Death is an amazingly compelling story. Any fan of rock history should see it, as it is a real life version of the common rock myth that the best music being made frequently goes undiscovered.
Unfortunately, directors Mark Christopher Covino and Jeff Howlett put the film together in a way that focuses too little on the gripping story of Death’s recording, music, and subsequent disbanding, and focuses too much on the contemporary nostalgia of looking back at a band from 40 years ago. The power of the story overcomes many of these choices, earning A Band Called Death a final grade of B-.
Only God Forgives, Drinking Buddies, and A Band Called Death are all currently available via video-on-demand.
The Spectacular Now is in theatres in select cities, including Indianapolis and Cincinnati.