Hard Core Logo

on November 13, 1998 by Kevin Courrier
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The first two films in Bruce McDonald's unofficial road trilogy ("Roadkill" and "Highway 61") were joyfully innocent and inspired pop-culture sprees that energized audiences with their high-octane energy. McDonald's new movie has some of the same drive as those, but the innocence is long gone.
   "Hard Core Logo" is a mockumentary about a disbanded punk music group of that name from Vancouver, British Columbia. Its members decide to overcome their personal differences and exit retirement to play a benefit concert for an aging mentor, but they discover that they can never really go home.
   "Hard Core Logo" is partly a tough, harsh analysis of rock celebrity, but it also seems to be McDonald's wistful examination of what the pleasures of moviemaking mean to him. Despite structural flaws (especially a lame acid-dropping scene) and narrative weaknesses, "Hard Core Logo" puts real spit in the fire. Starring Hugh Dillon, Callum Keith Rennie, Bernie Coulson, John Pyper-Ferguson and Julian Ritchings. Directed by Bruce McDonald. Written by Noel S. Baker. Produced by Christine Haebler and Brian Dennis. A First Run release. Drama. Unrated. Running time: 92 min.
Tags: Hugh Dillon, Callum Keith Rennie, Bernie Coulson, John Pyper-Ferguson, Julian Ritchings, Bruce McDonald, Noel S. Baker, Christine Haebler, Brian Dennis, First Run, Drama, music, punk, Canda, celebrity
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