Bound to Lose
Bound to Lose (2006)

Filmmakers Paul Lovelace and Sam Wainwright Douglas invite viewers to follow the tale of two true American originals in this documentary detailing the collaboration between fiddler Pete Stampfel and guitarist Steve Weber -- aka the Holy… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 23, 2006
DVD Release Date: November 4, 2008
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

As much the chronicle of an era as of a band, The Holy Modal Rounders ... Bound to Lose casts an affectionate eye on the kind of hedonism no one is meant to survive.

Joe Leydon

Charged with alternating currents of affection, exuberance and ineffable melancholy, The Holy Modal Rounders ... Bound to Lose offers an intriguing overview of the cult-fave combo.

Bill Weber
Slant Magazine

Among the recent wave of music documentaries on the marginally infamous, this video history gets its juice from a love-hate affair with the vibe of a graying boho remake of The Sunshine Boys.

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Jim Ridley
Village Voice

They [Rounders] stand as perhaps the truest heirs to the Harry Smith Anthology's wild and woolly Americana‚"a point Sam Wainwright Douglas and Paul C. Lovelace's affectionate doc makes with a minimum of fuss and lots of bawdy hilarity.

Eric Monder
Film Journal International

The humor and eccentricity of the band members should prevent a "Who cares?" response, and the twist that occurs in the final section of the piece will keep every viewer mesmerized.

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Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

It might be the first movie about the psychedelic generation told from the point of view of the doddering seniors they have become.

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Ted Fry
Seattle Times

A truly mad tale of a band that began as a loose amalgamation out of the Greenwich Village folk scene in the early '60s and managed to keep getting back together for reunions and revivals until 2005.

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Louis Proyect

Another "what ever happened to" type documentary. Always fascinating to see how personal flaws and the corrupt star-making machinery of the capitalist entertainment industry present obstacles to fame and fortune.

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Mark Abell
I suppose as a definitive history of the band, this fails on several levels. But, as a portrait of where the members of the band are now, and as a small tribute… More