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      Bitchin': The Sound and Fury of Rick James

      2021 1h 51m Documentary Music List
      100% Tomatometer 13 Reviews 62% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings A raw and intimate documentary look at the wildly colorful life of legendary funk artist Rick James from acclaimed Director Sacha Jenkins. Original interviews with artists, collaborators and friends focus on the "punk-funk" music James left behind while illuminating his fearless attitude, social justice advocacy and bold musical aspirations. Featuring rare footage of James' incredible live shows and never-before-seen home video. Read More Read Less
      Bitchin': The Sound and Fury of Rick James

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      Director Sacha Jenkins deftly celebrates Rick James' musical contributions without glossing over his flaws, making Bitchin' a clear-eyed and comprehensive dive through the funk icon's artistic highs and personal lows.

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      Claudia Puig FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) It pulls no punches... But it really showcases his considerable talent. Sep 3, 2021 Full Review John Anderson Wall Street Journal Bitchin: The Sound and Fury of Rick James, by director Sacha Jenkins, doesn't exactly rescue the proto funk-rocker from oblivion. It just gives him his overdue due. Sep 2, 2021 Full Review Glenn Kenny New York Times Fascinating and troubling viewing. Sep 2, 2021 Full Review Benjamin H. Smith Decider While Bitchin': The Sound and Fury of Rick James gives James the respect he deserves as an artist, it doesn't overlook the unseemly aspects of his life, behavior and art. Oct 4, 2021 Full Review Christopher Bourne In Review Online As much as the film celebrates and closely analyzes James' music, it also doesn't shy away from examining the darker side of his achievements. Sep 26, 2021 Full Review Andy Klein FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) I liked it a lot, [but] I did not find him all that sympathetic. Sep 3, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Colt H Omg this was fresh. Best thing I've ever watched. This deserves CF rating 😍😍😍😍 Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/03/24 Full Review Audience Member Every generation including the ones not here yet, should find value, in the one and only Rick James. 🙏🏾💨💨 Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis A raw and intimate documentary look at the wildly colorful life of legendary funk artist Rick James from acclaimed Director Sacha Jenkins. Original interviews with artists, collaborators and friends focus on the "punk-funk" music James left behind while illuminating his fearless attitude, social justice advocacy and bold musical aspirations. Featuring rare footage of James' incredible live shows and never-before-seen home video.
      Director
      Sacha Jenkins
      Producer
      Steve Rivo
      Screenwriter
      Sacha Jenkins, Steve Rivo, Jason Pollard
      Genre
      Documentary, Music
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Sep 3, 2021
      Runtime
      1h 51m