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Compton Trailer

First trailer for N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton

Feb 09
I'm normally not a fan of biopics as they're usually hokey, but this first Red Band trailer for N.W.A.'s biopic Straight Outta Compton looks much better than other other ones out right now. It doesn't seem cheesy like those ... read
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It's Halloween night, so here's Thriller

Oct 31
This counts as a movie, right? Ah whatever, have a safe holiday!  read
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Nick Cave in NYC

Nick Cave performing in NYC for special screening on 20,000 Days on Earth

Also featuring a conversation with the film's directors
Sep 03
Are you a Nick Cave fan? Do you live in or around New York City? Then you need to mark September 20th on your calendar, because whatever you might have been doing that day is less important than what you will be doing now. To... read

First trailer for Jimi: All Is By My Side - Jimi Hendrix biopic

Jul 03
Jimi Hendrix is one of the indisputable legends of rock and roll, and now his iconic life will get the movie treatment it deserves. Starring OutKast's Andre Benjamin (Andre 3000), Jimi: All Is By My Side will focus on a sing... read
Super Duper Alice Cooper photo
An ambitious title for a blasé rock doc
As a child, my parents lived and breathed Alice Cooper. My father had a particularly terrifying poster of his made-up, screaming face thumbtacked into the cork-board wall of his office that scared me too much to ever listen t... read feature


Trailer: Heaven Adores You - an Elliot Smith documentary

Apr 04
You've probably heard of Elliot Smith before. Maybe you've heard his music, maybe you've heard about how he died, maybe you've heard about the Elliot Smith memorial mural in Los Angles. Heaven Adores You is a documentary abo... read

Rubber director and Marilyn Manson working on new flick

Rockstar to Moviestar?
Dec 18
Recently I had the pleasure to do a round table with Quentin Dupieux, Director of Rubber, Wrong, and most recently, Wrong Cops, starring Marilyn Manson. It seems their relationship in the entertainment world is only grow... read

Bret McKenzie writing a fairy tale comedy musical script

Will probably be cute and funny
Aug 08
In an interview with the dudes over at Collider, Bret McKenzie, of Flight of the Conchords and The Muppets fame, revealed that he is in the process of writing a script for a "fairy tale comedy musical" with "singing dragons a... read
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Jay Z

Flix for Short: Jay Z's "Picasso Baby" short film

Jay Z no longer lives a Hard Knock Life.
Aug 05
Say what you will about Jay Z's new album, Bible Quran Torah Dreidel Magna Carta Holy Grail (I know I've said plenty), but his newest music video (referred to as a "performance art film") is built on a pretty neat idea. The ... read
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I never travel far without a little Big Star
During junior high and high school, I was a big fan of Matthew Sweet, whose music I still dig today. When I hear songs from Girlfriend, Altered Beast, and 100% Fun, they bring me back to that age and those awkward adoles... read feature

Band Called Death Review photo
Family, punk rock, and the rebirth of Death
It's weird what manages to slip through the cracks. In last year's Academy Award-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man, the music of Sixto Rodriguez was ignored in its time, but he'd somehow garnered a major follow... read feature

Death (Band) Interview photo
The power trio talks rebirth and what it's like to be a band called Death
After speaking with A Band Called Death directors Jeff Howlett and Mark Covino, I had the opportunity to speak to the band Death itself. Bobby Hackney (bass, vocal), Bobbie Duncan (guitar), and Dannis Hackney (drums) were all... read feature


Trailer: One Direction: This Is Us

Jun 25
It was really only a matter of time before there was a One Direction documentary. After being formed in and finishing in 3rd place in the seventh series of Britain's The X-Factor television show, the young boy-band has catap... read
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An overview of the case that isn't punk rock enough
Pussy Riot was back in the news following the 11-day hunger strike of Maria Alyokhina. Alyokhina started the hunger strike on May 22 to protest the conditions of her imprisonment, which she claimed turned other inmates agains... read feature

Future Folk Review photo
Acoustical Alien Music
The History of Future Folk is about the origins of the universe's only alien bluegrass folk duo, and how they discovered and fell in love with Earth's music. It's charming, adventurous, and a ton of fun. I mean when's the las... read feature


This Is Spinal Tap soundtrack getting reissued on vinyl

The tracklist goes to 11
May 10
This Is Spinal is one of the best movies of the 1980s and one my my favorite movies of all time. It's still the grandaddy of the mockumentary genre, and I don't think it'll be topped in terms of execution or sheer quality. Th... read

Trailer: The History of Future Folk

May 02
After years of neglect, the Alien Folk Duo Sci-Fi Action Romance Comedy genre is finally getting some attention with John Mitchell and Jeremy Kipp Walker's The History of Future Folk. The movie stars Nils d’Aulaire and... read

Trailer: A Band Called Death

Apr 25
"Before there was punk, there was a band called Death." Death is a band that's now referred to as protopunk, basically meaning they were punk rock before punk rock existed. Basically meaning that they're super cool and were ... read
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♫ I won't f**k us over, I'm the lead singer's brother / I'm the lead singer's brother, I won't f**k us over ♫
If you're going into Mistaken for Strangers looking for a rockumentary/tour documentary on The National, you're in for disappointment. The film was directed by Tom Berninger, the younger brother of the band's frontman Matt Be... read feature

Rob Zombie Interview photo
Bottom line: Rob Zombie is an absolutely f**king delightful person
Even though I didn't care for Rob Zombie's The Lords of Salem, I was interested in speaking to him, having dug White Zombie growing up and enjoying The Devil's Rejects. A friend of a friend had met Zombie through his job and ... read feature

Los Wild Ones Review photo
Meet the family of Wild Records, a DIY rockabilly label based in LA
[From March 9th - 17th, Flixist will be providing coverage from South by Southwest 2013 in Austin, TX. Prepare yourselves for reviews, interviews, features, photos, videos, and all types of shenanigans!] I'd originally plann... read feature


Documentary on The National to open Tribeca Film Festival

Mistaken for Strangers is directed by the brother of lead singer Matt Berninger
Mar 01
Even thouh SXSW is almost upon us, a few of us New York-based editors are also gearing up for the Tribeca Film Festival, which runs from April 17th to April 28th. The opening film was just announced: Mistaken for Strangers, a... read

Flix for Short: The Stars (Are Out Tonight)

New David Bowie music video featuring Tilda Swinton (aka Also David Bowie)
Feb 26
David Bowie just put out a music video for "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)," the second single from his forthcoming album The Next Day. Whereas the previous single, "Where Are We Now?", was melancholic and a touch wistful befor... read

David Bowie & Iggy Pop biopic Lust for Life in the works

Set in West Berlin during the mid-to-late 1970s
Feb 07
A new film is going to focus on David Bowie and Iggy Pop's collaboration and friendship in West Berlin circa 1976-1978. Titled Lust for Life, the film will be directed by Gabriel Range (Death of a President). The screenplay i... read

Jay-Z will score Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby

I got 99 problems with the adaptation but this ain't one
Jan 03
The most recent trailer for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby featured Filter's abysmal cover of "Happy Together." I hope that song doesn't wind up in the final film. But even if it does, at least the score will be interesting.... read

Lady Gaga documentary in the works

Terry Richardson will chronicle the singer's life and her new album, Artpop
Dec 28
A documentary about Lady Gaga is now in the works, which will chronicle her life as well as the creation of her forthcoming album, Artpop. (Oh, I get it... how drôle.) The film will be made by Terry Richardson, who you ... read

Flix for Short: Labrador and Charmer

The music videos for "Labrador" and "Charmer" by Aimee Mann, directed by Tom Scharpling
Dec 06
I've been a big fan of Aimee Mann since the late '90s after a chance encounter with the song "I Should've Known." With the year winding down, I figured it's a good time to highlight two music videos from her new album Charme... read

Flix for Short: Breezeblocks

The music video for "Breezeblocks" by Alt-J
Dec 05
It's that time of year when I catch up with music that slipped passed me in the last 11 months. I recently ran into the song "Breezeblocks" by Alt-J (∆). It's not bad, and it's been growing on me. I actually find mysel... read
Jay Bulger's documentary on a force of nature named Ginger Baker
Beware of Mr. Baker is like the anti-Searching for Sugar Man. The latter chronicled Sixto Rodriguez, an obscure Detroit folk singer who inexplicably developed a following in South Africa. Beware of Mr. Baker follows Ginger Ba... read feature


Lenny Kravitz starring in Marvin Gaye biopic

What's going on?
Nov 26
It looks like famed musician Lenny Kravitz has officially signed on to portray legendary musician Marvin Gaye in an upcoming biopic directed by Juilien Temple. Details are iffy at the moment, but it is said that the movi... read

One Direction to get a documentary, totes not a joke

Nov 14
I really wish this was a demented joke, but sadly that's not true. Morgan Spurlock, yes the semi-respectable documentary director of Comic-Con: A Fan's Hope and Super Size Me, and Simon Cowell (former American Idol jerk and ... read

Drafthouse releases award-season Miami Connection Ads

For Your Consideration: New Wave Taekwondo
Nov 06
Just when you thought that John Carter and Battleship had this year's awards season on lockdown, the dark-horse candidate emerges onto the foggy stage, shirtless, mustached and ready to blow you away with his heartfelt taekw... read

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