Hard Core Logo (1996)

(On VHS, December 2001) This Is Spinal Tap has proved to be a model for a series of pseudo-documentaries about musical bands, which isn’t necessarily bad. You have to wonder, though, if anyone paid attention to the fact that the original was a comedy. Hard Core Logo tries to do a lot of things, but it fails at a consistent tone, what with long dull stretches, a hallucinogenic segment and a last few seconds that take you straight in all-out tragedy. I presume that the musical references are reasonably exact, but I don’t know enough about the Canadian punk scene to say so. Two of the lead actors are initially difficult to distinguish. There are a few good lines, but you’ll have to work hard to distinguish them. A disappointment.

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