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MIFF 2015 – Head (1968)

Director: Bob Rafelson
Starring: Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Peter Tork, Michael Nesmith, Victor Mature, Frank Zappa, Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper, plus many more

Hey, hey, we are The Monkees
You know we love to please
A manufactured image
With no philosophies.

There is not really a plot for this movie so it really defies a conventional review. As a cultural artefact it is an interesting example of what happens when someone tries to tap into a popular movement and fails.

Unfortunately for the Monkees it meant the end of them as a group due to problems with the production and the movie being rejected by their core audience and the older audience they were trying to attract. The film bombing so hard meant it was not seen that widely and cost the studio a lot of money.

There are quite a few examples of this sort of movie, even the Beatles had a go at one point. Some of the more obscure movies have only recently been released on the “manufacture on demand” catalogues from studios such as the Warner Archive.
The songs were really good in this and it was a pity the album that was released at the same time as the movie did not do too well either.

Even before I watched the movie people were telling me their favourite scenes, so it has a big impact on the people who get to see it.

While I don’t know if I like the same things other people like about it, I do like certain things and not others such as the execution of the Viet Cong prisoner being used as a punchline several times. It was obnoxious to even consider. It does feel like a lot of things were either included in the movie by someone deliberately trying to sabotage it or trying to see what they could get away with.

Some films to watch if you liked this movie (courtesy of the Gentlemen’s Guide to Midnite Cinema Facebook group and my own research)
The Phynx
I Love You, Alice B. Tolkas
The Groove Tube
The Pink Angels
Everything You Know Is Wrong
Kentucky Fried Movie
Amazon Women on the Moon
The Holy Mountain
The Magic Christian
Hollywood Boulevard