(Alex Winter, USA). 107 minutes. Rating: NNNN Alex Winter – adored by millions for playing Bill in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure – investigates the rise (and fall) of Napster and the end of business as usual for the record industry in a smart, densely packed talking-heads doc.
Winter talks to virtually everyone who was involved in Napster, including genius programmer Shawn Fanning and endlessly self- reinventing money guy Sean Parker, and what feels like the entire music industry. ( The doc was produced by VH-1, which presumably had little trouble getting access to musicians and producers.)
And he presents the information as an entertaining narrative, using archival news clips for both context ( Lars Ulrich) and sheer humour value (Ulrich again). After a decade of books, magazine articles and other docs about the rise of peer-to-peer sharing, this feels like the definitive work. NW Apr 27, 9 pm, Isabel Bader Theatre; Apr 28, 3: 30 pm, Scotiabank Theatre 3; May 3, 9: 30 pm, Fox Theatre.