Steven Hyden

Steven Hyden

I’m a music critic who also likes movies. I mostly watch stuff that came out before 1990.

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  • Pickpocket

    Pickpocket

    ★★★★★

    "I believed in God ... for three minutes." I can't believe it took me so long to see this, given that I love so many movies that are influenced by it. A perfect character study. Can't wait to watch it again.

  • Pearl Jam Twenty

    Pearl Jam Twenty

    ★★★★★

    aka Almost Famous 2: More Famouser.

    Top 5 tearjerkiest moments:

    1. Chris Cornell breaking down talking about Andrew Wood.

    2. Eddie Vedder breaking down talking about bonding with Jeff Ament in the early days.

    3. The Jumbotron image of Eddie breaking down at Roskilde.

    4. Eddie getting slightly choked up about meeting Pete Townshend.

    5. Me feeling sad about the minimal mentions of Dave A.

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  • Can't Get You Out of My Head: An Emotional History of the Modern World

    Can't Get You Out of My Head: An Emotional History of the Modern World

    ★★★★★

    I don't know if I have fully processed this yet and I look forward to writing something much longer and more thoughtful at a later date but for now: I haven't felt this exhilarated or enraptured or just plain stimulated by anything in a while. I expect that images and arguments from this film will be playing in my head for quite some time.

  • Framing Britney Spears

    Framing Britney Spears

    ★★★½

    If the point of this was to make me a #freebritney believer, it worked. Also: The barrage of early aughts Britney interviews is unbearably cringe-y and then Matt Lauer shows up like Freddy Krueger. FREE BRITNEY!