Catherine Stebbins’s review published on Letterboxd:
everyone has those cultural moments, disasters, tragedies etc that they can't look away from, susceptible to repeat rabbit holes. woodstock 99 is easily one of the most fascinating flash points i've ever lived through (or not lived through) so this could have been truly awful & i would've liked it. but it's decent!
i have a ton of complicated nostalgia for this troubling & fraught late 90s/early aughts era. it was the puberty years for me & the touchstones of that time evoke more vivid memories than almost any other time in my life. i enjoy existing in that murky space with it & tend to think nostalgia is thought of in a very binary & boring way (either blind rose colored glasses loyalty or holier than thou rejection). it's usually a contradictory, naive, & completely human thing that forever connects you to a specific time & place for better & for worse.
they do a good job setting the pop culture table but it's a real shame they didn't go into the infrastructure & planning more. all these terrible decisions made with no digging into what the logic or specifics in decisions were. something like this takes an obscene amount of planning even with how disastrous it was, yet we start to cover that first day like 10 minutes in.
a lot of very obvious points made, wish they'd also dug into stuff a bit deeper instead of stopping at the easy points. bc then they make a few bad faith leaps without doing any of the work, knowing audiences are primed to accept whatever they're going to serve. some oversimplified stuff about now too lol. someone made a point about commercialism & being owned at that moment in time by moneymakers as if that's not a thing now, which is actually hysterical from the POV of 2021
- in love with the woman who initially thought "tear down the wall" meant pink floyd was there, amazing, loved her
- i get that marilyn manson & eminem did not perform at woodstock 99 but it seems insane not to mention them as at the forefront of what was going on in that cultural moment
- moby continues to be the most insufferable ever
- love jonathan davis. his POV is essential & adds a crucial complexity to the music & moment being dissected that some of the doc seems to fight against
- fred durst just one of the biggest willful dumbasses to ever exist but i'll always love me some limp bizkit
- kiedis jfc, what a chode
- still so hard to grasp the scope of concentrated frenzied chaos, anger, & misogyny going on even with how totally unsurprisingly the whole thing was, just beyond horrific, the entire fiasco
- jewel & sheryl crow giving easily the most succinct & articulate summations of things, right on