Phil Spector was a dabbler. He dabbled in little things such as legendary pop music production (his credits include the Beatles final album, Let It Be, and the Top Gun ballad Youve Lost That Lovin Feelin ), mad scientist hairstyling, and murder. Oh, how he loved murder. And as an American music pioneer turned homicide enthusiast, its only natural a documentary be made of his fame and subsequent downward spiral.
Director Vikram Jayantis ego-driven portrait, The Agony and Ecstasy of Phil Spector, explores the music mans genius, his thoughts about John Lennons role in saving the film careers of Scorsese and De Niro, and his part in the murder of actress Lana Clarkson. Spectors insanity is brilliantly showcased in this 100-minute exposé, which features murder trial footage played to music produced by the man himself. Plus the dude has more daddy issues than Parenting magazine, and he sports a do that makes Gagas choices look conservative.
Sun., May 22, 1, 3:15 & 5:30 p.m., 2011