Rock and Roll – ‘Hard Core Logo 2’ – with Bruce McDonald

"Tiff opening 'Hard Core 2'"

Nothing should surprise you in the world of Rock and Roll.

Yes, I have seen Roy Hay of ‘Culture Club’ jump out of a moving jeep outside of The Roxy on Sunset at the mention that Canadian rocker Alannah Myles might hit on a female guitarist on stage. The prospect of a lesbian ‘Femme Fetal’ too alluring for Roy Hay, who landed flat on his face on the sidewalk of the infamous Sunset Strip.

A rocker friend of mine with residue of cocaine on his nose, a bottle of Jack in one hand, Smith and Wesson in the other attempted to explain to me about the beauty of the hand gun.

Then there are the parties, drugs, sex, girls, more girls, complex relationships, with managers, producers, and band members that can weave a rich and colorful tapestry.

I ended up at the TIFF bar with my friend actor, singer, songwriter, model Jasmine Spence who had given me the heads up that there was a good buzz about the film to meet up with Lee Bremer of Listening Duck Productions who is working with Bruce McDonald. Lee made quick introductions to Pin who had just gotten of the plane from Hong Kong, and Sam.

I was quick to point out to all that I have never seen any of Bruce McDonald films. I knew nothing about the first cult classic Hard Core Logo, or it’s story line.

Hard Core Logo 2 directed by Bruce McDonald, in which Bruce McDonald plays a documentary film-maker took me for an unexpected ride, into a world I have known too well. The world of rock and roll.

Bruce McDonald plays a much in demand director till his life fall prey to the vicissitudes of life. As any director will tell you, projects never stop coming your way they just change in scope, subject and budjet. In the case of Bruce McDonald in ‘Hard Core Logo 2’ an opportunity presents itself to film a documentary following
Care Failure (played by the real musician Care Failure), a cross-addicted emotional whirlpool and the principal creative force behind punk outfit Die Mannequin. Care Failure claims she’s channelled Hard Core Logo’s late front man Joe Dick while writing songs for her new album. Bruce accepts the gig.

The film Hard Core Logo 2 had me from the start. It started in Laurel Canyon where I had my Shangri-La, perched above Los Angels. It was at this home of mine on the seductive Elusive Drive that Val Kilmer had recorded the tracks to Oliver Stone’s homage to 1960s rock group The Doors. I was captivated. I strapped into the seat as if ready for a sonic flight and I was not disappointed. the film delivered the goods.

Hard Core Logo 2, is funny with a great cast. Care Failure is brilliant and Bruce has done a great job capturing this wound-up complex character bringing it to life on the silver screen.

I really believed this was a true story, that is how real it was for me. If you’ve partied with some big rock bands and think this is real, that’s a big deal. If you don’t get the film then you just have no grasp of the world of rock and roll or those who make films and live in the hills of Los Angeles.

After the screening I told Bruce, how real the film was. That speaks volumes for the script.

Inspired by the film my friend and I with our new found friends took off to catch a rock band leaving Bruce to have dinner. The night spun it’s magic transforming the producer, singer, director, model, banker, and artist into a cast of characters in a Bruce McDonald film Hard Core Logo 2.

There are some things you just can’t miss. This was a great discovery for me the discovery of an artist who is just having a blast doing what he likes doing. That man is none other then Bruce McDonald. Canadian talent that needs to be backed up.

Go see this film and I am certain it will cast it’s spell on you, so be prepared to party like a rock star.

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