"BEST OF 2003"
THE VILLAGE VOICE FILM CRITICS POLL

Filmmaker Jon Moritsugu never met a loser he didn't like. After making no-budget film-festival sensations like FAME WHORE, his latest and most successfully realized flick dives into the cultural underground. The story of aging hipsters, SCUMROCK is a stylishly scruffy (shot on very lo-fi video), heartfelt movie that could, ironically, get its resolutely independent creator more mainstream attention.
Our grade: A.
E! ONLINE
11/6/04

Ever-subversive San Francisco independent filmmaker Jon Moritsugu is back with SCUMROCK, a deadpan comedy that relies on a sense of spot-on accuracy to capture the lives of a would-be filmmaker (Kyp Malone of the band TV ON THE RADIO) and his friend, a rock performer striving for a comeback (Amy Davis, who also shot the film)... SCUMROCK is as fast and energetic as it is funny. Moritsugu is a true visionary who knows how to meld images and sound.
LA TIMES
Kevin Thomas, 11/5/04

The perma-sneers of MOD FUCK EXPLOSION director Jon Moritsugu's fringe-art rebels are refreshingly turned on themselves in this sweetly mocking comedy about the perils of reaching 30 with little to show for one's avant-gardeness except crazy hair and an ossifying attitude. The movie's loose, short scenes play like a form of post-punk vaudeville, and it's idealism that gets the pie in the face... This is a quick-witted, smartly poignant effort from someone who's earned his indie cred and has hit upon a rich new vein for counterculture comedy: slacker desperation.
LA WEEKLY
Robert Abele, 11/04

Gripping, strangely beautiful, and poignant.
THE VILLAGE VOICE
Edward Crouse, 3/04