‘The Bourne Legacy,’ ‘Ted,’ ‘I’m Now: The Story of Mudhoney’ | New DVDs
New DVD releases for Tuesday, Dec. 11, include “I’m Now: The Story of Mudhoney,” “The Bourne Legacy,” “Ice Age: Continental Drift” and “Ted.”
Tuesday’s releases spotlight Mudhoney, sequels and a foul-mouthed teddy bear. Star ratings are by Seattle Times movie reviewers, freelancers or wire services. For full reviews, search the movie title at seattletimes.com.
“I’m Now: The Story of Mudhoney” (not rated): No Seattle band was so directly tied to the wave of grunge as Mudhoney, and this new documentary traces the band’s 23-year history. Mudhoney is extensively interviewed, as are other local musicians. Those interviews are interspersed with live concert footage, including the 1988 “Lamefest” appearance with Nirvana.
In their earliest bands, Mudhoney’s Mark Arm and Steve Turner played with future members of Pearl Jam, who give their observations, as well. Producer Jack Endino correctly calls the guitar riff that starts “Touch Me, I’m Sick,” the band’s first single, “the opening salvo of grunge,” and it certainly launched Sub Pop Records.
Eventually the band left Sub Pop, though in the greatest irony of the band’s story, Mudhoney lead singer Arm now runs the label’s mailroom, and the film starts with him shipping out mail-order albums. It is humbling, but the band still tours, and their show at Bumbershoot was packed, proof that people still care.
The best explanation of why Mudhoney is an everyman’s band comes from Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil: “They are the people who would be watching them.” Those people will love “I’m Now.”
“The Bourne Legacy” (PG-13): Tony Gilroy’s fourth installment of the spy series — and the first without Matt Damon — centers on a new hero, played by Jeremy Renner.
“Ice Age: Continental Drift” (PG): Manny the mammoth (voiced by Ray Romano), Sid the daffy sloth (John Leguizamo) and Diego the saber-toothed tiger (Denis Leary) set sail — on an iceberg — for a high-seas adventure.
“Ted” (R): Director-writer-star Seth MacFarlane brings a teddy bear, stuffed with bad behavior, to life. Mark Wahlberg plays the bear’s owner.
“Why Stop Now” (not rated; for mature audiences): A comedy/drama about a cocaine addict (Melissa Leo) who tries, with the help of her son (Jesse Eisenberg), to get drugs so she can have “dirty” urine and check into rehab. No star rating provided.
Compiled by Lori Taki Uno: firstname.lastname@example.org