Movie Roundup: New Frank Zappa Documentary Among New Streaming Offerings at The Loft
on Mon, Nov 30, 2020 at 10:45 AM
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Any Zappa fan reviewing this movie (which includes myself) will note that no two-hour film could possibly cover the massive musical history this man created. Alas, a large chunk of his amazing ’70s and ’80s output is relegated to just a few minutes and mentions. That’s not a shortcoming, it’s by necessity. A true musical documentary on Zappa would require a miniseries like The Beatles Anthology. This is actually me asking somebody to do something like that.
Zappa is a look at his life as well as his music, and the fact that it spends good time on his final projects, The Yellow Shark and his work with the Ensemble Modern, is great respect being paid to the artist. Zappa’s “Watermelon in Easter Hay,” one of his most melodic, beautiful guitar compositions, plays over the closing credits, and the movie couldn’t have had a more fitting end.