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Foo Fighters doc completely rocks SXSW

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It took a documentary about a band to finally rock my world at South By Southwest this year.

Granted, the Foo Fighters might be the biggest – if not the only – rock-and-roll band left, so the crowd jammed into the Paramount Theater last night for the world premiere of the new Foo doc “Back and Forth” showered Dave Grohl and his band mates with the proper amount of respect and love.

“Forth” produced the liveliest screening atmosphere I’ve experienced at SXSW so far. Fans chanted, sang along and, most important, laughed as Grohl retraced – with his unforced wit and gift for gab – the steps that have made him a rock legend. The documentary, compiled with breathtaking power and relentless humor, begins with Nirvana (as it should) and traces the Foo Fighters’ tumultuous 15 year career.

The interviews are candid. The live performances are energetic. And the footage of the band recording their latest album in Grohl’s California garage, surrounded by family, are heartwarming. Not what you might expect from a down-and-dirty rock doc, but it works. It really, really works.

You don’t even have to be the biggest Foo fan to get caught up in the band’s story. But you will be shocked to realize how many of the band’s hits you know simply from radio-play absorption. And the build up to the band’s performance in London’s Wembley Stadium will leave you in awe.

“Foo Fighters: Back and Forth” will be on VH1 in April. It won’t quite replicate the experience of seeing it in the Paramount with 1,200 rabid Foo fans. But it’s a must-see doc, and one of the best things I’ve seen at SXSW this year.

Here’s video I took of the band taking the stage at the Paramount.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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