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Review: Junun

How do you review a home movie with a great soundtrack? In a lot of ways that's precisely what Paul Thomas Anderson's Junun is. Anderson shot the footage earlier this year, chronicling a month-long recording session between Radiohead's Jonn...

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

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 TLC or Aaliyah ...

 
 
 
 
 
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Tribeca Review: Super Duper Alice Cooper

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 to his music. No...

 
 
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Trailer: Heaven Adores You - an Elliot Smith documentary

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 about the late son...

 
 
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Rubber director and Marilyn Manson working on new flick

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 growing because Que...

 
 
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Bret McKenzie writing a fairy tale comedy musical script

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 and monsters and...

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

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 ten minute vide...

 
 
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Review: Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me

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 adolescent feelings. ...

 
 
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Review: A Band Called 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 following in South Af...

 
 
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Interview: The Detroit protopunk band 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 really cool gu...

 
 
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Trailer: One Direction: This Is Us

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 catapulted to stardo...

 
 
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HRWFF Review: Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer

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 against her. The Russ...

 
 
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Review: The History of Future Folk

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 last time you saw ...

 
 
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This Is Spinal Tap soundtrack getting reissued on vinyl

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. The soundtrack to...

 
 
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Trailer: The History of Future Folk

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 Jay Klaitz as ...

 
 
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Trailer: A Band Called Death

"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 super cool befo...

 
 
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Tribeca Review: Mistaken for Strangers

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 Berninger. Tom's ...

 
 
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Interview: Rob Zombie (The Lords of Salem)

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 said he was a r...

 
 
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SXSW Review: Los Wild Ones

[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 planned to catch a l...

 
 
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Documentary on The National to open Tribeca Film Festival

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 documentary on...

 
 
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Flix for Short: The Stars (Are Out Tonight)

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 before its hopeful c...

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

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 is by Robin Fren...

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

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. Turns out that...

 
 
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Lady Gaga documentary in the works

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 may know better...

 
 
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Flix for Short: Labrador and Charmer

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 Charmer. Above is the...

 
 
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Flix for Short: Breezeblocks

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 myself humming the v...

 
 
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Review: Beware of Mr. 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 Baker, the storie...

 
 
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Lenny Kravitz starring in Marvin Gaye biopic

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 movie would primari...

 
 
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One Direction to get a documentary, totes not a joke

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 1D discoverer) ...

 
 
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Drafthouse releases award-season Miami Connection Ads

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 taekwondo moves and ...

 
 
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The Muppets sequel begins shooting in January in London

Last years The Muppets seemed to be a surprise success for Disney, though I'm not sure why they didn't expect it, because anyone who's seen the movie can tell you it's fantastic. Anywho, the studio got the ball rolling on a sequel pret...

 
 
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Martin Scorsese's Frank Sinatra biopic acquires writer

Martin Scorsese, one of the most iconic of American filmmakers, is not a man to rest on his laurels. Even with production beginning on The Wolf of Wall Street, he is still keeping his prospects in order. To that effect, it seems that a...

 
 
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New image of Andre 3000 as Jimi 1970

Andre 3000 (Andre Benjamin of OutKast) will be playing Jimi Hendrix in the upcoming biopic All is By My Side. Well, he will sort of be playing Jimi Hendrix. He won't actually be playing any Jimi Hendrix, because the Hendrix Estate has refus...

 
 
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Kanye West debuting short film at Cannes

The 2012 Cannes Film Festival is currently happening, and it was announced this morning that it will premiere a short art film from Kanye West, titled Cruel Summer, next week. Produced by West's multimedia arts company DONDA (named after hi...

 
 
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Jack White to score The Lone Ranger

Fresh off from the release of his (awesome) solo album, Jack White has been announced to write the score to Gore Verbenski's adaptation of The Lone Ranger. Alex put it in the staff email "I think Max just spouted love juice in his pants." A...

 
 




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Preacher (Season 2)"Adapting the unadaptable"

 

Mother!"Mother of god this is pretentious"

 

American Assassin"American Ass"

 

It"Stephen King's scariest adaptation to date"

 

Good Time"Robert Pattinson: Vampire, no more"

 

Logan Lucky"No relation to Wolverine"

 

The Defenders (Season 1)"Masters of karate and friendship "

 

The Hitman's Bodyguard"I won't always love you"

 

Detroit"History, but not really"

 

The Dark Tower"The elevator pitch of an epic"

 

Atomic Blonde"Charlize Theron can fight"

 

The Emoji Movie"To live is to suffer"

 

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets"Such a well polished turd."

 

Dunkirk"Take a bow, Mr. Nolan, and cue the appla"

 

NYAFF Capsule Mrs. K"Who, What, When, Where, and Mostly Why?"

 

Endless Poetry"A portrait of Jodorowsky as a young poet"

 

Castlevania (Season1)"That's four! Four episodes! Ha-ha-ha! "

 

The Little Hours"I lost two of them."

 
 
 
 
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