(Ron Eldard, Jill Hennessy, Bobby Cannavale, et al / DVD / R / 2012 / Magnolia Home Entertainment)
Overview: Jimmy, a longtime roadie for the legendary Blue Oyster Cult, has been fired by the band. With nowhere else to go, he returns home to see his aging mom in Forest Hills, Queens, where a wild encounter with two old high school friends shows him that some things never change.
DVD Verdict: Setting up the premise for this great new indie film, Ron Eldard ('Super 8') plays Jimmy, a roadie for Long Island rock band Blue Oyster Cult back in the mid-70s. Having been part of their tour for some 20 years or so, out of nowhere - and by phone - he is fired and so with no money and no prospects he decides to goes back to his old house in Queens, N.Y.
With his mother - the brilliant veteran actress Lois Smith at the helm of a wonderful role - hardly recognizing him, he knows he is at his lowest ebb. Whilst out and about, he runs into an old high school nemisis (Bobby Cannavale) and his wife and Jimmy's old girlfriend (the always stunning Jill Hennessy). Nikki (Hennessy) is a struggling singer, but seems happy in her life regardless.
In truth, 'Roadie' is about real people, with lots of issues, who love music and are dealing with some very real problems. So, if you enjoy music, or have actually been on the road with a band - or simply just dreamed about doing so - you will really love this quality movie. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.66:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.