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I Just Wasn't Made for These Times

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There’s been much laudatory talk about I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times, a 69-minute portrait of the artist as a spent man — but what’s with all the blather about its ”artistry”? Directed by record producer/first-time filmmaker Don Was, who also put together the tie-in soundtrack, the film was shot for no good reason in black and white and in a wide-screen format that’s unnecessarily preserved on video with a letterboxed transfer. It throws an undeniably revealing spotlight on the Beach Boys’ tortured guiding composer, through testimony from Wilson, Linda Ronstadt, David Crosby, and others; but on home screens, Times feels more like an infomercial about a career rehab than a genuine documentary.