In one of the first scenes in the movie, we're driving around Chicago, and the first thing I noticed was that lead guy Jeff Tweedy has a SpongeBob Squarepants figure hanging from this rear view mirror. Check. I also liked the scenes of recording at their loft, especially since you get to hear different versions of the songs on Yankee Hotel Foxtrot that were then deconstructed and put back together again. In general, I think the best pop recordings can use the studio to the hilt, but there's got to be a solid live performance underneath or else it's just sterile.
It's really too bad the Jay Barrett left/was pushed out of the band. He co-wrote most of the songs on Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and Summerteeth, and constructed just as much of the current sound of Wilco as Jeff Tweedy. He comes off as the nothing-can-faze-me muso who could translate Jeff Tweedy's sometimes inarticulate wishes for the album into fully-formed production ideas. After the split, you definitely get the feeling that a lot of tension has gone, but perhaps Wilco could just turn into the Jeff Tweedy show. I just hope that Barrett finds success on his own, and the Wilco will continue evolve like they have over the past five years.
By the way, if you're local, you might to make the trek to Arlington Center for other cool events; I really hope the current management lasts. For example, they showed two trailers before the Wilco film. One was for the restored version of Metropolis, the groundbreaking film by Fritz Lang, now digitally restored and synched to its original score. Sure, trailers just show the good parts, but I couldn't believe the range of amazing range of imagery and themes that were flashing by. Man as cog in the industrial machine, the shining city of tomorrow, religion, a cyberbabe, a surreal collage of eyes, the rage of the mob, good old fashioned skin, and classic expressionistic silent-movie acting — Metropolis has it all. The other was for Satin Rouge, about a widowed Tunisian seamstress who becomes a belly dancer — two of the shows will be preceded by belly-dancing performances !
With events like this, who needs to go to Cambridge ?