Alright, I'm totally biased. I can't even pretend I'm not in this case and normally I try to be pretty objective. The good points, it's a styley original film that look pretty and gritty and reflect the environment of underground music along with the beauty that the scene contains. The quotes are reflective of the drug induced artistry or the personal reflective character of all the people protrayed. Some characters you will like, some will strike you as just plain odd, but all are compelling in some way or another.
This is where my aesthetic diverges from the film makers, and probably why I'm totally biased. I'm not saying that my aesthetic is better or whatever, just different. I think that the movie got off to a great start, but I started losing it. Too much time was given to bands that didn't have compelling music while their personalities were what drove the scene. And at other times there wasn't enough live footage to keep me interested when the band couldn't either communicate their ideas effectively or their ideas just weren't that interesting to begin with...
All told however. It was a worthwhile film for the documentary fans, and it was well executed. As one that can relate to the difficulties of creating a documentary about the subject and making it both artistically interesting and accessible, I feel that the director was walking a tightrope and did the best he could with no major falls.
It scores nothing on the dancing monkey scale, but I'll give it a 7 out of 10 with a bonus point for having great bands involved, and a great conceptual seed (a John Cassavetes quote).
Site link: Songs for Cassavetes homepage