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SHINE A LIGHT (2008) ****


Well, if you’ve been waiting for a Rolling Stones concert movie as good as Gimme Shelter, this one comes pretty close.  The ads simply read:  “Stones.  Scorsese.”  That’s pretty much all you need to know.  I’ll hit the highlights anyway.


The set list:  All the classics are here.  Satisfaction, Brown Sugar, Start Me Up, Jumping Jack Flash and Sympathy for the Devil.  Some Girls is the album most covered (four songs:  Shattered, Some Girls, Just My Imagination, and Far Away Eyes) with Exile on Main Street coming in a close second (Tumblin’ Dice, All Down the Line, and Loving Cup).


The guests:  Usually nothing stops the Stones dead in their tracks like guest artists.  (If you’ve ever heard Dave Matthews butcher Memory Motel, you know what I’m talking about.)  Thankfully, the guests are pretty good.  Jack White duets with Mick on Loving Cup while Buddy Guy helps out on Champagne and Reefer, but it’s Christina Aguilera who steals the show on Live With Me.  You may be grossed out by Mick dry humping a pregnant Christina, but it’s okay because their duet kicks ass.


The good:  Keith says eight intelligible words.


The bad:  The lyric, “Black girls just wanna get fucked all night” is missing from Some Girls.  I guess this was done to secure a PG-13 rating, but Mick was somehow able to slip in multiple F-Bombs in other songs, so I don’t understand what the deal was.


No matter though.  All I’m gonna say is that The Stones played She Was Hot.  That alone is worth four stars in my book anyday.


Martin Scorsese gets the best line of the movie when he says, “We can’t burn Mick Jagger!”


Shine a Light features enough awesome rock n’ roll goodness to dethrone Doomsday from the Number 2 spot on The Video Vacuum Top Ten of 2008, placing it just under the current king, Rambo.


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