May 22, 2012

Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields (2010)

Hey kiddos, I'm back with a short series on some documentaries I've seen recently that I enjoyed.
Simul-posted here: The Movie Advocate

Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields
I like the Magnetic Fields.  I've liked them for a good long while.  I wasn't "there" when they hit the scene or anything, but I am no neophyte.  Strange Powers is not really a documentary for me.  While it delved into Stephin Merritt's past, revealing things I myself would probably have never known had I not seen the movie, I didn't really feel the need any more depth to his story.  I enjoyed his rather anonymous presence in my world.

The movie also chronicles tMF's rise to less-obscurity, which I was sort of there for, so I didn't really need that either. Strange Powers is a documentary for people who haven't heard of the Magnetic Fields.  The only real problem is that I don't think people who don't know about Stephin Merritt are really going to be interested in seeing this doc.  Not that it's a bad documentary, but that, unless you already know about tMF, it just may not jump out at you.  And I don't think Stephin's story is so engaging that I would be able to recommend watching it unfold.  So, if you're a tMF fan, or would like to be, maybe check it out.  Otherwise, I think you can do without seeing it.

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