Film Review “Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone”

Director: Lev Anderson and Chris Metzler
Starring: Fishbone
Pale Griot Films
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 1 hr 47 minutes

Our Score: 5 out of 5 stars

“Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone” directed by Lev Anderson and Chris Metzler is a documentary film chronicling the legendary black punk/ska band Fishbone. The film spans the bands entire career and is filled with performance footage both new and old. Combined with archival footage and candid interviews with both the band as and fans of the group including Gwen Stefani, Ice-T and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. To top off this already stellar production the film is packed with colorful animation and is narrated by none other than actor Laurence Fishburne.

I have been a fan of Fishbone since first being exposed to the group during their energetic appearance in the 1987 cult classic “Back to the Beach” which starred Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. Upon hearing that someone was going to be brave enough to tackle the feet of telling this bands story I was instantly drawn in. Chris Metzler and Lev Anderson left no stone unturned no matter how sensitive the issue may have been. I felt this only added to the films appeal. I really enjoyed the films soundtrack which featured a slew of Fishbone staples. However I think what really impressed me the most about the film was the animation and still art which was heavily featured throughout the film. These visual elements really brought something different to the film and added a new take to documentary film making.

Even if you have no idea who Fishbone is I still highly recommend watching or picking up a copy of “Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone”. It is much more than just a documentary about the career and struggles of your not so typical rock and roll band. It is a must for all music fans.

DVD Review “Blue Sunshine”

Directed by: Jeff Lieberman
Starring: Zalman King, Deborah Winters, Robert Walden,Mark Goddard, Brion James, Charles Siebert
Distributed by New Video Group
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running time: 89 mins

Film: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 2 out of 5 stars

I have been a fan of Jeff Lieberman for a long time and have also seen “Blue Sunshine” quite a few times. Along with “Squirm”, this is one of my favorite films of his. I believe it still holds up with each viewing. It is quite a trip and one very interesting film for sure. I also found it strange that this film was listed as horror because it is not really scary, falls more into thriller. This release though is not up to par with the special edition DVD by Synapse Entertainment in 2003, which is a two disc set with a lot of extras.

Certain words have been used to describe this film over the years, like “weird”, “out-there” and “creative” and that describes this quite well. The film follows Jerry Zipkin (Zalman King) who is wrongly accused of murder and tries to gather evidence to prove his innocence with the help of Alicia Sweeney (Deborah Winters). Through his search he discovers that college kids 10 years ago had taken a new form of LSD called “Blue Sunshine,” which causes them to loose their hair loss and become psychopathic murderers. He needs to get proof and clear his name.

The only real extra on this set is a never-before-seen interview with director Jeff Lieberman called “Blue Sunshine, 35 Years Later”. It is a decent length 40 minutes interview and covers good ground. Besides a photo gallery, this is the only feature, which is disappointing.