Unless you're really into music docs, punk rock or Laurence Fishburne narration, then there's a good chance you haven't heard of the film Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone. It was a small documentary that arrived in limited release back on October 7th from Pale Griot Films after playing a few film festivals, and a brief search doesn't even reveal how much money (if any) it actually made. And if it weren't for one intriguing little factoid, chances are you wouldn't have even heard anyone mention the name of this film from here on out. That factoid? With two days left in 2011, Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone is the best-reviewed film of the year on Rotten Tomatoes.
As of right now, there are nine films from 2011 with 100% Fresh ratings over at RT, but Everyday Sunshine sits atop the list because it has the most amount of Fresh reviews at 40, and 0 Rotten reviews. The next best-reviewed film is A Separation with 37 Fresh reviews and 0 Rotten (it arrives in limited release this weekend, so this could eventually top the list), and with the exception of Leap Year in the final spot, the rest of the 100% list features all documentaries. Before you freak out and label 2011 as some sort of weird bastard child, one glance at 2010 and 2009 wields similar results, with documentaries Last Train Home (2009) and Waste Land (2010) topping the best-reviewed lists of their respective years. (Check out more of RT's lists over here.)
Here's some more information on Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone, which was narrated by Laurence Fishburne because Fishbone and Fishburne make sense together. So even if you haven't watched most of the films that end up on the majority of these year-end, best-of lists, if you watch Everyday Sunshine, at least you can say you watched the best-reviewed movie of the year (according to Rotten Tomatoes).
Everyday Sunshine is available to watch via Netflix and Amazon.
EVERYDAY SUNSHINE is a documentary about the band Fishbone, musical pioneers who have been rocking on the margins of pop culture for the past 25 years. From the streets of South-Central Los Angeles and the competitive Hollywood music scene of the 1980's, the band rose to prominence, only to fall apart when on the verge of "making it."
Laurence Fishburne narrates EVERYDAY SUNSHINE, an entertaining cinematic journey into the personal lives of this unique Black rock band, an untold story of fiercely individual artists in their quest to reclaim their musical legacy while debunking the myths of young Black men from urban America. Highlighting the parallel journeys of a band and their city, EVERYDAY SUNSHINE explores the personal and cultural forces that gave rise to California's legendary Black punk sons that continue to defy categories and expectations.
At the heart of the film's story is lead singer Angelo Moore and bassist Norwood Fisher who show how they keep the band rolling, out of pride, desperation and love for their art. To overcome money woes, family strife, and the strain of being aging Punk rockers on the road, Norwood and Angelo are challenged to re-invent themselves in the face of dysfunction and ghosts from a painful past.