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Driver 23 & Atlas Moth
Driver 23 Atlas Moth
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Documentary
NR     2003     2hr 27min

As an antidote for the bloated, manufactured rock stars of the MTV generation, these films are packed with stranger-than-fiction human comedy and down to earth realism. Driver 23 and The Atlas Moth document seven years i...  more »

     
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Movie Details

Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Documentary
Studio: Image Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 05/27/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2002
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 2hr 27min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
 

Movie Reviews

Will success spoil Dan Cleveland?
cookieman108 | Inside the jar... | 10/02/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I bought this based on the good reviews posted here, and I can say that I wasn't disappointed. In Driver 23/Atlas Moth, a window is provided into the world of Dan Cleveland, and what a strange world it is...one filled with delusions of grandeur and unfulfilled dreams. I knew a guy exactly like Dan, someone who was involved in so many projects, who had big dreams, but was never quite able to grab that brass ring. What's so endearing about Dan is his eternally optimistic outlook, the 'never say die' attitude. No matter what roadblocks are placed before him, he tries to go over them, around them, or even under them and continue to plod along. While endearing, this attitude can be harmful. Most people know when to quit, change gears, and focus their energies towards more fruitful ventures, but Dan seems determined to ride it out, regardless of the consequences, even if it means losing everything. Sorry to say my friend passed away sometime ago, but I feel like I got to spend a little more time with him in watching Dan and his travails. Driver 23 is a movie about Dan, a delivery driver by day, and the lead singer of a Minneapolis-based rock band called Dark Horse. Dan suffers from a myriad of problems that he takes medication for, but none of that seems to slow him down. Half of his band quits, and he keeps going....his wife moves across the country to take a job, and he keeps going. A man truly determined to fly into the face of logic regardless. And I swear, that guy must always have a roll of duct tape with him, and he's quite liberal with its uses. Oh yeah, I also loved when Dan built his own recording studio in his basement. It looked so creepy and funky as he used whatever materials he had handy, cinder blocks, pieces of wood, etc.In Atlas Moth, we get to see a continuance to where Driver 23 left off. Dan, now that his wife has left for good, lives a somewhat squalid apartment, but is still pressing on, despite his faculties sometimes being hamstringed by various medications (seems like he is taking more than before). After seven long years, we find that the Dark Horse CD is nearing completion. Being the perfectionist he is, Dan is taking an extra long time in postproduction, and his fellow band members are getting a little antsy. No real conclusions here, but another very intimate, uncensored glimpse into one man's life, duct taped slippers and all. At the very least, no one can say he did try to follow his dreams. Can we say the same about ourselves?"
I laughed, I cried, I rocked
cookieman108 | 06/02/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Do yourself a favor and buy this incredible documentary on Driver Dan, the crazed metal rocker and deliver van driver from Minneapolis. His struggle to succeed as a Prozac-drenched heavy metal musician coupled with his "Unique" personality and creative madness are a marvel to behold!"
I loved it!
cookieman108 | 06/02/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you've seen these on the Sundance channel and liked them, then you owe it to yourself to buy this DVD. The films themselves are great but when you watch them with the audio commentaries, you get a whole new layer of understanding about what's going on behind the scenes, and they answer alot of the burning questions I had about some of the relationships between the "characters". Also they cover some of the technical aspects like what cameras were used.
Cool of the filmmaker to included both films on one DVD; the DVD is dual-layer, so they don't skimp on image quality (although the films were shot on video).
Some reviews have called this a real-life "Spinal Tap" but that is really not accurate. In style it's really closer to the Maysles' "Great Gardens" for its sympathetic character studies than as a lampoon of its subject.
Thanks Dan, Thanks Rolf, Thanks Jeff. Thanks Jacque."