GREENDALE

Last year's "Greendale" CD featured thematically linked Neil Young songs played with Crazy Horse.

Last year's "Greendale" CD featured thematically linked Neil Young songs played with Crazy Horse. It was accompanied by the much better bonus DVD, which featured the artist affectingly performing "Greendale" solo, humorously explaining the oblique songs. Now comes the DVD for "Greendale," a film by Young. And it's pretty clear that he should have quit while he was ahead. There's no dialogue in the movie. The only word spoken is when an FBI agent curses as he's bitten by a cat while his partner plants drugs in the room of Sun Green (Sarah White). Green's goal, like that of most of the film's other characters, appears to be a move to Alaska to live a life of environmental purity and activism. "We've got a job to do/We've got to save Mother Earth," Young sings. Or Green sings, since the actors lip-synch Young's singing of the "Greendale" tunes. Ultimately, the songs do not represent a meaningful contribution to Young's body of work. In fact, the music seems to match the monotony of life in rural Greendale, and that dullness seeps through every frame.—WR