(Julien Temple, UK, 1980): As dubious as it is as history, there are reasons to be grateful for this particular load of bollocks. First, it contains some truly essential stuff, including some of the Sex Pistols' most electrifying performances and that splatterific Wild Bunch Go Vegas Sid...

(Brett Morgen, USA, 2015): As a immersion into the mind of Kurt Cobain, Brett Morgen's Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck is a suggestive and selective knockout, a provocative approximation of a painfully susceptible brain jolted by the constant barrage of ideas, images and sounds. In these passages, when...

(Lukas Moodysson, Sweden, 2013): As much as anything, the reason Bobo (Mira Barkhammar) and Klara (Mira Grosin) form a punk band is because everybody else at their middle school thinks it's so uncool. It's 1982, after all, and  everybody knows that punk is dead. Even Klara's...

Color Me Obsessed: A Film About The Replacements (Gorman Bechard, USA, 2011): If you've heard anything about this documentary about Minneapolis's most revered post-punk band, you already know the hook: there is no Replacements music in film about The Replacements, nor are there any interviews,...

(Jeff Howlett, Mark Covino, USA, 2012): The music made by the band called Death -- place: Detroit, period: early '70s -- was a form of intricate, speed-ramped rock that now sounds alarmingly like the first, premature howls of punk, but back then it just sounded...

(Alex Cox, U.S.A., 1984): Arriving as it did in a time of high post-punk deadpanning -- see also Penelope Spheeris' Suburbia, Jim Jarmusch's   Stranger than Paradise, the Coens' Blood Simple and, a couple of years later, Blue Velvet -- Alex Cox's Repo Man didn't seem quite as singularly inspired then as it does...

(Colin Brunton and Kire Paputts, Canada, 2013): The Toronto punk scene, which burned as intensely as any of its New York, London or L.A. counterparts -- and developed contemporaneously, not reactively -- has nevertheless never acquired the historical foothold it deserves. This may be attributable...

(Steven Sebring, USA, 2008): The single-most eye-rolling moment in Steven Sebring's decade-in-the-making Patti Smith Dream of Life occurs when the punk high priestess expresses her amusement at being called call a rock icon: "When they say that, I always think of Mount Rushmore." Well Patti,...

(Grant Gee, UK/USA, 2007): The sound they made was extraordinary and (s0 far) timeless, and all the more remarkable for the fact that it was pretty much accidental, something that happened because the right kids came together at the right time in the right place. The...

(Penelope Spheeris, USA, 1983): From this distance, it seems increasingly obvious that California is where punk went to die. On its way westward it not only boiled itself into hardcore and free of all the black influence it was born with in London and New York,...