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on 3 July 2015
Awful, cliched storylines with quotes from random Roses songs thrown in that will make you groan- for example telling a teacher "but sir, the past was yours but the futures mine" - i nearly choked at its lameness.
Roses tie in was completely unnecessary and added nothing to a storyline, was clearly only put there to rope people in to see it.
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on 12 February 2016
Fundamentally flawed. Coming of age film about about a band who go to see a legendary gig. Can't go wrong, right? Wrong. Three of the characters in the band are totally ancillary and may as well not be there, the lead man is completely unlikeable and the other guy was last seen repeatedly saying "eli" in a demented voice on the set of hollyoaks. The other problem is that any currency the characters gain from being in a "cool" band is spent when you realise they are just a bunch of sad act fan boys whose sole dream in life is to smell Ian Brown's body odour. Proper bands want to make their own scene - this lot are like a mid-life crisis tribute band. Most interesting part was trying to figure out if the leading lady really is that one out of game of thrones. Irredeemable guff. So bad it made me angry.
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It's May 1990, Great Britain, and The Stone Roses are about to play a monumental outdoor gig at Spike Island in Widnes, Cheshire. A bunch of teenage acolytes of the band, aspiring musicians themselves, embark on a journey to Spike Island whist at the same time embarking on personal journeys of the real life kind.

Us Brits do like ourselves a coming of age drama set to the backdrop of musical importance. Mat Whitecross (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll) taps into the era of Baggy Manchester, of a Northern Britain dominated by pills, thrills and romantic bellyaches. To many of a certain age The Stone Roses were "their" Beatles, a power pop foursome that rocked it big time, their influence on the British music industry is still being felt today. This in spite of their relatively short life span. Re: The Sex Pistols at Winterland, see The Stone Roses at Spike Island (in other words it was a pretty awful gig all told).

However, the band are secondary to the teen angst narrative threads, to the scallywag japes and sexual growing pains. As Messrs Ian Brown and John Squire weave their chordal magic in the background, a bunch of spotty Herbert's with mad mac haircuts and iffy accents try and make sense of it all, of life, death, loves and hates. Music binds them together, but does anything else?

It's all very formulaic stuff, but for those of the time, or for those with a love for how music can define your life, or at the least shape its direction, then this hits the requisite chords. It's funny at times and the cast are ebullient enough to carry the clichéd and thin material home, but come the finale you will be remembering the soundtrack more than the story itself. 6.5/10
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on 26 October 2013
Set in the early 90's, Spike Island tells the fictional story of a group of late teens from Manchester who have formed an indie band, and are determined to get to see The Stone Roses at Spike Island in Widnes.For forty somethings, and especially Stone Roses fans, this is nostalgia overload, the clothes, the attitude, and the great music. A very likeable strong cast, especially the charismatic Elliot Tittensor as 'Tits' and Emily Clarke as his school days crush Sally. The scenes at the gig are brilliantly recreated, the atmosphere, the excitement at seeing, hearing your legends, and of course the loved up ecstasy drugs culture. Yes it does get slightly melodramatic at times but this is still an enjoyable 'gig'.
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on 30 November 2013
Overshadowed by the release within a couple of weeks (at the cinema and months later, blu-ray) of Shane Meadow's Made Of Stone... Maybe the extra publicity was a blessing rather than a curse, though it might have performed better if it had been the only Stone Roses related cinema outing at the time... If the Stone Roses fan in your life doesn't own either, then Made Of Stone is definitely the must-buy. However...

I was just discovering The Stone Roses when they played Spike Island and was probably too young to have gone anyway. I AM old enough to remember the haircuts and the fashion, and this film captures the times brilliantly. This might be a redeeming factor to non-fans of the band old enough to remember though I'm not sure what else there might be, as it such a love story to that whole scene (other than for fans of Shameless to spot the many actors that appear in both). The script is a bit clunky, the acting of the lesser characters a bit wooden and the prolonged scenes of the cast singing along to the Roses a bit cheesy but it's not a bad film by any means. At times this film is funny, engaging and heartwarming (I had a tear in my eye in one scene not related to the music). Rather like Rude Boy or Take It Or Leave It, it's a must see for the older fans of The Stone Roses - one to sit proudly as a companion to Made Of Stone, even if it doesn't leave the shelf anywhere near as much. The best part is the soundtrack. Obvious I know, but I was actually impressed by the incidental music (co-written by Ash's Tim Wheeler) and the way it seamlessly blends in to the classic Stone Roses tracks themselves. So... recommended but not at the expense of Made Of Stone!
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on 6 February 2016
I watched this film on netflix before purchasing the DVD but it is my favourite film ever! Any fan of the stone roses or that era of music will love this film!
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 1 January 2015
I am a fan of the Stone Roses, so thought I would like this more than I actually did. The first half hour or so is a like a mandatory check-list of all the things grim up north including a rough comprehensive, limited horizons and poor parenting. The impression of deprivation sits oddly with the studio in a nearby warehouse, the boys have, full of their not inexpensive instruments and recording equipment.
The better part is when the characters head for the gig itself capturing the spirit of venturing out at that age, loving music, festivals and relationships between friends. The music was great including the tunes written for the characters' fictional band Shadowcaster & their local rivals Palaver.
Then it's back to Manchester for some more misery and overacting - apart from Lesley Manville singing Ewan McColl which was natural & touching in comparison.
Made Of Stone is the better film for fans of the music.
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on 25 January 2014
Love stone roses, and if you do then this is for you, great music and a nice coming of age film. Takes you back to a great time in manchesters music history !!
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on 9 January 2014
if you like stone roses you will like this dvd. funny, good music, really enjoyed it. bought it for my 19 year old son and he loved it too.
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on 24 August 2015
A good old nostalgic look at a group of boys and the love and affection for the Stone Roses and a trip to Spike Island to see the band
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