Mayor of the Sunset Strip
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When Rodney Bingenheimer was just a teenager -- a diminutive, long-haired kid who was picked on a lot -- his mother, a divorced autograph hound, dropped him off in front of the home of actress Connie Stevens and essentially said, "Good luck." Stevens was on location shooting a movie and Bingenheimer says he didn't see his mother again for five or six years after that. The Mayor of the Sunset Strip, a documentary by George Hickenlooper (Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse), tracks Bingenheimer's rise from the 1960s, when he was a groupie -- eventually landing his… More
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"Has a commercial reach that goes beyond local hero worship thanks in part to an all-star lineup of interviewees, including Cher, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Gwen Stefani and Courtney Love, to name just a few confirmed Rod-heads."
‑ Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
"Feels like an elegy for an aging rock pixie."
‑ Richard Harrington, Washington Post
"a great doc but sad as hell"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson, sbs.is
"By the end, I felt neither happy nor sad for Rodney. I enjoyed being in his presence for 90 minutes, but I can't exactly agree that he has a magnetic personality."
‑ Collin Souter, eFilmCritic.com
"Hickenlooper is admittedly not an obsessive rock 'n' roll fan, which is an advantage and a problem. He's able to see the subterranean L.A. demimonde through fresh eyes ..."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Captures Bingenheimer in all his celeb-fondling glory. But it's a forlorn sight, one the film doesn't turn away from as it arcs from giddy inclusion to lonely pathos."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"At first a wryly comic study of a real-life, shag-topped Zelig ... Hickenlooper's nuanced documentary shifts into far deeper and darker emotional territory once it starts revealing Bingenheimer's heart-wrenching backstory."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"A film that critiques our obsession with celebrity while simultaneously exploiting it."
‑ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide
"too much in awe of subject matter"
‑ Dragan Antulov, Draxblog Movie Reviews
"If Hickenlooper's wistful documentary starts with a short subject, heavier concerns drum in the background."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"Creepily entertaining."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"Occasionally laughable, often sad, and profoundly evocative of the way we live now, adrift in a culture saturated with celebrity and obsessed by fame."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Wisely switching from film to DV when the setting demands a more subtle camera situation, it's a mature documentary from a veteran of the form."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Wistful oddball documentary by George Hickenlooper."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"...a nostalgic merry-go-round. It's quaint, charming, and often entrancing. You're riding the best horse on the ride. And the music couldn't be better."
‑ Elias Savada, Nitrate Online
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