Air Guitar Nation
(R, 1:21:38, Released 2006)
|Genres:||Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest|
|Release Date:||Mar 9, 2006|
|DVD Release Date:||Aug 28, 2007|
|Starring:||David "C-Diddy" Jung, Dan "Björn Türoque" Crane|
|Directed by:||Alexandra Lipsitz|
|Synopsis:||In this documentary from filmmaker Alexandra Lipsitz, the cameras roll to capture the fierce competitive spirit that defined the first annual U.S. Air Guitar Championship. Staged in Finland and featuring some of the fastest-fingered shredders on the planet, the U.S. Air Guitar Championship would bring a hobby once contained to the bedroom directly into the spotlight for all to enjoy. Featured jam sessions and interviews with both the performers and their "airhead" groupies offer a humorous look at an unlikely competition driven by pure showmanship. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi|
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July 1, 2011
Air Guitar Nation is insanely entertaining. Honestly, I put this movie off for a long time thinking that there was no way I was going to be entertained or at all care about air guitar. But it's really easy to like and actually dare I say respect what they are doing. C-Diddy and Bjorn Turoque are really likable in their own weird way and that's what makes the movie as they are the prime focus of the documentary. Some of the things the players say and so just make you laugh and then you see they aren't laughing and you think, "Wait, Are they serious?" To some extent they are, but the good thing is they only do it to have fun and I have to say it's a lot of fun to watch them.
August 30, 2008
This is a really fun movie to watch. It starts with a ridiculous premise, but eventually wins you over with its exhuberance and, I hate to say it, skill. Some of the guys who compete are really quite accomplished in thier strange field and are pretty impressive to watch. This movie is like watching multiple love letters to rock music, if not guitar aptitude. It's too bad that Dan Crane kind of comes off as a bit desperate and pathetic. He's not too bad, but his tenacity makes him kind of a tragic character.
October 29, 2007
Terrific and funny. Had me giggling the entire time.
June 1, 2009
On a scale between 4.0 and 6.0, I give it a 5.8! What an interesting film! This "mockumentary" film ranks up there with "Murderball" and "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters", really defining this genre of movies at the top of the ranks. This is top-notch entertainment, you can't script better characters. If you haven't seen "C-Diddy" perform, then you're just missing out.
May 24, 2008
Entertaining and fun documentary on the air guitar championships of 2003.
May 20, 2011
I thought I would like it more. I usually like documentaries about quirky people with strange hobbies or talents, like King of Kong or Chasing Ghosts as far as old school video game players. I guess I just wasn't that impressed with air guitar. The guy who wins the world championship was pretty good, but not good enough to really carry the movie. It was interesting to see all the different approaches people had to air guitar. The champ had a technical approach where it actually looked like he was playing some of the chords and notes. So I guess the contests are judged for a combination of "technical skill" so to speak and showmanship. Just being able to do something original, or acrobatically impressive during an air guitar session would seem to be enough to earn points, like doing a backflip for example.
I think I was a little unclear on the concept. Either that or I was looking for meaning where there really was none. It's entertaining enough to be worth a look. I'm sure there are people who will go apeshit over it, since Guitar Hero and Rock Band were such huge megahits. Being a bass player myself, and knowing many people who are amazingly skillful guitar players in real life, it was a little hard for me to muster enthusiasm for a nonexistent guitar.
This kind of lighthearted documentary seems to be a celebration of the average person, the "everyman" so to speak. There seems to be a humanistic message underlying it all, like "everybody has a unique talent or strong point." I guess I prefer stuff along the lines of the Anvil movie, where there's pathos mixed in with the humor. That movie made me feel the ups and downs of the people in it: I didn't feel like I really got to know the people in Air Guitar Nation intimately enough to care.
March 7, 2011
Anyone who has ever picked up an air guitar MUST see this documentary. It is a touching film that follows one man's quest for greatness.
February 27, 2011
Make air guitar, not war! See it for the kitsch factor, love it for the sincerity and utter love of rock.
January 21, 2011
"Put aside all of your preconceptions of air guitar as a hobby of shamelessly untalented wanna-be guitar players, and step into the world of competitive air guitar." - Cole Smithey (ColeSmithey.com)
"To Err is Human, to Air Guitar... Divine." - Dan Crane (Professional Air Guitarist)
If there's anything to be fanatically religious about... it's the Zen of Air Guitar.
"...the hand of God - well, actually, the hand of Carson Daly..."
"Through interviews and a gripping narrative structure . . . This raucously entertaining documentary about one of the silliest competitions on the planet actually has a serious message about the power of "airness" to change the world. Well, maybe." - Rich Cline (Shadows on the Wall)
This film changed my life. ;-)
"Peace was always the motivation behind the World Championship Air Guitar." - Jukka Takalo (Professional Air Guitarist)
"It's about finding your inner peace and loving everyone."
October 5, 2010
I loved it. At first the premise seems a little stupid but by the end you feel like your watching a legitimate competetion.
March 18, 2008
hilarious documentary! picks up where spinal tap left off...says the f word 3 times and shows male nudity to get it the R rating, other than that its a clean movie.
November 29, 2007
To be honest, I didn't think I'd be so riveted. I thought it'd be funnier. Um...not so much.
I Air Bass. That's right. Everywhere I go, I Air Bass. Why? Because everybody air guitars. Especially the Finnish people. But again, I don't take it seriously. No one should take it seriously. Now, I'm not saying that people shouldn't put pride into performance, but to say that air guitaring will lead to world peace? Gah.
But here's the fun bit. I was actually rooting for C-Diddy. (That's right...C-Diddy.) I was pretty sure that I already knew the results of the competition, but I had to make sure he won. I would have actually been depressed if he lost. Mainly because of Bjorn Turoque. He sucked. He kept saying how he was so much different than he egomaniacal alter-ego in real life, but in all the discussions with him...you realize that he really is a turd. C-Diddy, on the other hand, was completely modest and humble about what he was doing. He was silly about it, but he honestly had a respect (if not a newfound respect) for the artform (if you can call it that.) I really admire that.
Overall, this movie is silly how seriously it takes itself, but it has the talent and story behind it to make you look past the absurdity of the entire situation.
September 13, 2007
i can't believe i watched this, but i managed to make it through it. im not really a fan of documentarys or air guitar, but i think it was well made and was funny at times.