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Mtley Cre documentary is what youd expect, but dumber. Theres been a lot of pre-hype buildup to the new bio-pic about popular metal stars Mtley Cre, available starting today on Netflix. Based on their ridiculously over-the-top, egomaniacal and cringe-inducing book, The Dirt, the movie charts the rise of one of the most politically incorrect hair metal bands of the 80s, which might seem odd to audiences today, during one of the most politically correct times in American history. The films creators have given us a reminder of just how far weve come since that era. The fast-paced, fragmentary movie is directed by Jeff Tremaine, known for his work on the Jackass franchise, and it starts with a stereotypical party at the bands apartment just off the Sunset Strip, before they were famous. More specifically, it begins with a woman squirting a stream of ejaculate across the party after being orally stimulated by drummer Tommy Lee, akin to a Tijuana side-show spectacle. These guys are throwbacks to a more vulgar, clueless time when shitty musicians got away with everything, from blatant sexism women are treated a notch below over-the-counter jock itch cream to homophobia, assault and yes, even manslaughter. The bands singer Vince Neil drove drunk a few blocks to buy more beer and managed to kill his passenger, critically injuring several others, and somehow served only 19 days in jail. Ah, the 80s. Unlike their hero Ozzy Osborne, who was usually too drunk to do much of anything, the band left a path of destruction and probably singlehandedly caused STD outbreaks around the globe. So would this soap opera-ish movie about their inane, sex/drug/rock and roll exploits offer any insight or moral revelations Oh, hell no. The problem likely is that the band members, who somehow have moved on to even more egregious musical side projects, had too much oversight in telling their story. Boys will be cretins is the general theme, and if that isnt bad enough, a nostalgic wistfulness in tone permeates the film like a particularly foul puddle of vomit and bong water. Like the book, the movie is told through first-person voice-over by each band member while recounting their rise to fame as an us-against-the world triumph. None of these characters are sympathetic Muzzle that, Nikki Sixx says to his singers girlfriend at their first practice and by midway through the film, when the band starts to destroy itself with hard drugs and infighting, viewers may want to cheer. Sadly, even the dark moments lack originality: Sixxs heroin overdose scene is copped straight from Pulp Fiction minus Rosanna Arquette saying that was fuckin trippy.Whats amazing about the film and the book is the sheer number of bad decisions this band made daily while still managing to be successful though you cant trust much of the material as anything other than self-serving. While the groups first two albums remain classics of the genre, one can only surmise that MTV played a major role in helping them sell millions of records as the band disintegrated. In the film, the music takes a backseat just as it did in real life, since the band was foremost an attitude, sold as a sort of glam-punk anarchy -- their metal better described as party or strip-club rock. In many ways, they were the antithesis of punk: Mtley Cre will probably be remembered as an apotheosis of entitled, bad-boy rock star behavior and crass commercialism that started in the 70s. Its members, who struggled with personal childhood demons except Tommy Lee resemble spoiled, psychologically damaged children, whose dumb antics appear to be cries for help. We should probably be thankful that help came in the form of Kurt Cobain, who slayed the L.A. hair metal scene with better music, not to mention a level of authenticity, compassion and kill rock stars mentality. Of course, he had his own issues. As a dark comedy, or Spinal Tap-mockumentary, this mightve worked better. Instead its just another self-glorifying rock bio picture, one devoid of lessons learned, and one that is badly misnamed. It shouldve been called The Idiots. Or just Gross.
The second video from Spacebomb arrangement wizard/composer Trey Pollard is a mesmerizing, autumnal sequence of Gods eye drone footage set to Fixed Ideas, the opening cut of his recent recording Antiphone. Familiar Richmond locations, the downtown bridges, islands in the rapids, the Luck Stone quarry, become dynamic abstractions in the sharply detailed, top-down view. The score sets modern classical piano played by Wells Hanley against a complex, ever-shifting string arrangement. About halfway through the natural view splits into mirrored images, separating and coming together, at one point becoming a trippy starburst of radiating train cars. This is the second video by Pollards brother-in-law and Spacebomb videographer, Tony Forgey. The first was a perfect, stop-motion realization of 8 Pairs: Fugue 6. Very Slowly. The video for Fixed Ideas takes a more organic path, setting dynamic, flowing elements against fixed and frozen lines, then kaleidoscopes them all before almost settling down in the end. The penultimate shot still has a bit of lingering visual trickery. In both cases the visualization both complements and provides a charming way into brilliant and challenging music.
As an ascending writer and director specializing in horror cinema, Jordan Peele suggests an eager student. Get Out and Us are loaded with themes, symbols, and -- despite the claims people make of their originality -- endless quotations from other horror films. These often distracting signifiers resemble a kind of formalist homework, completed by someone who wants to be inducted into the canon along the ranks of icons such as John Carpenter, David Cronenberg and Steven Spielberg. For instance, Us opens in 1986 with a close-up of a television broadcasting an advertisement for Hands Across America, an event in which millions of Americans held hands in a human chain to combat homelessness. Next to the TV, videotapes of The Goonies and C.H.U.D. are conspicuously visible. This juxtaposition of references is creepy and does compel one to wonder where Peele is headed. But such images are also mannered and self-conscious in the vein of other nostalgia projects like Netflixs Stranger Things. One can feel Peele fussing over each artifact. Fast-forward to the present day, where a prosperous African-American family is on their way to vacation with their even more comfortable Caucasian yuppie friends. In the car, Peele makes sure that we notice that a boy, Jason Evan Alex, is wearing a T-shirt sporting the classic poster for Spielbergs Jaws, along with a mask for the Wolf Man from the 1940s-era Universal Studios horror movies. Even as someone who grew up as a horror-minded nerd, I find these wardrobe choices hard to believe, as Ive met people twice Jasons age whove never heard of Raiders of the Lost Ark let alone Jaws or especially the Wolf Man movies that were initially headlined by Lon Chaney Jr. If Im sounding nitpicky, its because Peeles emphatic direction in such scenes encourages one to pore over the anal-retentive details. In its first act, before it cuts loose, Us feels even less incidental and spontaneous than Get Out. The reference to Jaws is paid off when Alex disappears at the beach, prompting his mother, Adelaide Lupita Nyongo, to search for him in a manner that echoes Roy Scheiders panicked exertions in Spielbergs film. Which is to say that our emotional reaction to the scene itself is needlessly cluttered with a pop cultural reference. The Wolf Man mask leads to eerier and more resonant business. When Adelaide, her husband, Gabe Winston Duke, their teenage daughter, Zora Shahadi Wright Joseph, and Jason are stalked in their beach house by a cabal of red robe-clad doppelgngers, Jasons double wears a mask that appears to be fashioned from a toboggan. The contrast between the polished and makeshift masks encapsulates the disparity between the relatively wealthy family and the shadow clan that toils underground, representing the underclass that suffers for our privilege. In this moment, Peeles fan-boy zeal meshes seamlessly and suggestively with his films theme.Ultimately, the primary reference driving Us is Stanley Kubricks The Shining, as Peele similarly loads his film with references and motifs that come to suggest a subterranean language that reveals a well of evil hidden in plain sight within pop culture. The difference is that Kubrick had the confidence to risk throwing his code away. He didnt care whether or not you noticed what he was up to, which led to the sort of ongoing fan obsession that drove The Shining-related essay film Room 237. Peele needs you to see his considerable ambition. Yet theres another side of Peele. One can say that hes haunted as a filmmaker by a doppelgnger of his own. His Dr. Jekyll, so keen to be seen as an auteur, a desire that has already been fulfilled, is trailed by a Mr. Hyde who craves hard-hitting horror. Us is less satisfying in certain fashions than Get Out, making less sense and quickly devolving into a repetitive stalk-and-slash formula that, perversely, does almost nothing with the central double-family hook. Yet Us is also less pat, less good for you.Perhaps the acclaim of Get Out annoyed Peele just a little bit. Everyone keyed into the films efficient induction of white guilt, conveniently ignoring its incendiary third act, which called for a revolution that was quickly halted by a formulaic happy ending. Many reviews of Get Out read as if they were written by the villainous liberal white family at the films center as critics congratulated themselves for getting the theme while ignoring the howling rage of the violence. Us is much grislier than Get Out, and its political critique is less predigested. Its impossible, this time, to overlook the spectacle of families butchering one another in their homes an expansion of the self-destructive implications of the climax of Get Out. There are images in Us that are worthy of classic horror films, particularly the shots of the sterile labyrinthine world of the doppelgngers. But Peele, the student, cheapens them with a twist ending as stupid as anything in Wes Cravens similarly-themed The People Under the Stairs. Peeles immensely talented, but he should let his Hyde have the wheel more often. Hyde would have the confidence, and the sadism, to let these great images hang, pointedly un-rationalized.
ARIES March 21-April 19 During the coming weeks, everything that needs to happen will indeed happen only if you surprise yourself on a regular basis. So I hope you will place yourself in unpredictable situations where you wont be able to rely on well-rehearsed responses. I trust that you will regard innocence and curiosity and spontaneity as your superpowers. Your willingness to change your mind wont be a mark of weakness but rather a sign of strength.TAURUS April 20-May 20In the animated kids film Over the Hedge, ten talking animals come upon a massive, towering hedge theyve never seen. The friendly group consists of a skunk, red squirrel, box turtle, two opossums, and five porcupines. The hedge perplexes and mystifies them. It makes them nervous. Theres nothing comparable to it in their previous experience. One of the porcupines says she would be less afraid of it if she just knew what it was called, whereupon the red squirrel suggests that from now on they refer to it as Steve. After that, they all feel better. I recommend that you borrow their strategy in the coming weeks. If a Big Unknown arrives in your vicinity, dub it Steve or Betty.GEMINI May 21-June 20I urge you to locate a metaphorical or very literal door that will give you access to a place that affords you more freedom and healing and support. Maybe you already know about the existence of this dooror maybe its not yet on your radar. Heres advice from Clarissa Pinkola stes that might help. If you have a deep scar, that is a door, she writes. If you have an old, old story, that is a door. If you love the sky and the water so much that you almost cannot bear it, that is a door. If you yearn for a deeper life, a full life, a sane life, that is a door.CANCER June 21-July 22Musician Carole Kaye is the most famous bass guitarist youve never heard of. Over the course of five decades, she has plied her soulful talents on more than 10,000 recordings, including gems by Frank Zappa, Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, Simon and Garfunkel, and the Beach Boys. Twenty-seven-time Grammy winner Quincy Jones has testified that Kaye has written some of the most beautiful themes Ive ever heard in my life and that she could do anything and leave men in the dust. I trust this horoscope will expand the number of people who appreciate her. I also hope youll be inspired to become more active in spreading the word about the gifts that you have to offer the world. Its high time to make sure that people know more of the beautiful truth about you.LEO July 23-Aug. 22When you want happiness, what are you wanting asks aphorist Olivia Dresher. The repeat of an event that made you feel good in the past A sweet adventure youve thought about but never actually experienced Heres a third possibility. Maybe happiness is a state you could feel no matter what your circumstances are maybe you could learn how to relax into life exactly as it is, and feel glad about your destiny wherever it takes you. In my opinion, Leo, that third approach to happiness will be especially natural for you to foster in the coming weeks.VIRGO Aug. 23-Sept. 22There are old traditions in many cultures that pay special attention to the first brick or stone that is laid in the earth to initiate the construction of a future building. Its called a cornerstone or foundation stone. All further work to create the new structure refers back to this original building block, and depends on it. Im pleased to inform you that now is a favorable phase to put your own metaphorical cornerstone in place, Virgo. Youre ready to begin erecting a structure or system that will serve you for years to come. Be sure you select the right place for it, as well as the best building materials. LIBRA Sept. 23-Oct. 22Born under the sign of Libra, Ivan Kharchenko 19181989 was a military officer and engineer for the Soviet army. His specialty was disarming explosive devices before they detonated. Over the course of his career, he defused an estimated 50,000 bombs and mines. Lets make him your patron saint for the coming weeks. Why Because I suspect you will be able to summon a metaphorical version of his power: an extraordinary capacity to keep volatile situations from blowing up. Youll be a virtuoso at waging peace and preventing strife.SCORPIO Oct. 23-Nov. 21There was a time, less than a century ago, when pink was considered a masculine color and blue a feminine hue. In previous eras, many European men sported long hair, wore high heels, and favored clothes with floral patterns. Franklin D. Roosevelt, one of Americas most prominent twentieth-century presidents, sometimes wore skirts and feather-bedecked hats as a child. With these facts as your keystone, and in accordance with astrological omens, I encourage you to experiment with your own gender expressions in the coming weeks. Its prime time to have fun with the way you interpret what it means to be a man or womanor any other gender you might consider yourself to be.SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22-Dec. 21According to estimates by population experts, about 109 billion humans have been born on planet Earth over the millennia. And yet Im quite sure that not a single one of those other individuals has been anything like you. You are absolutely unique, an unmatched treasure, a one-of-a-kind creation with your own special blend of qualities. And in my prophetic view, youre ready to fully acknowledge and celebrate these facts on a higher octave than ever before. Its high time for you to own your deepest authenticity to work with extra devotion to express your souls code to unabashedly claim your idiosyncratic genius.CAPRICORN Dec. 22-Jan. 19We dont know as much about European history between the sixth and ninth centuries as we do about other eras. Compared to the times that preceded and followed it, cultural and literary energies were low. Fewer records were kept. Governments were weaker and commerce was less vigorous. But historians dont like to use the term Dark Ages to name that period because it brought many important developments and activities, such as improvements in farming techniques. So in some ways, Lost Ages might be a more apropos descriptor. Now lets turn our attention to a metaphorically comparable phase of your own past, Capricorn: an era thats a bit fuzzy in your memory a phase about which your understanding is incomplete. I suspect that the coming weeks will be an excellent time to revisit that part of your life and see what new evidence and insights you can mine. AQUARIUS Jan. 20-Feb. 18Why do some American libraries ban certain books, ensuring theyre unavailable to local readers The reasons may be because they feature profanity or include references to sex, drug use, the occult, atheism, and unusual political viewpoints. Marjane Satrapis Persepolis is one of the most frequently censored books. Others are Maya Angelous I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Beloved, by Toni Morrison, and The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini. In my astrological opinion, these are exactly the kinds of books you should especially seek out in the coming weeks. In fact, I suggest you commune with a variety of art and ideas and influences that are controversial, provocative, and intriguing.PISCES Feb. 19-March 20At the age of 97, Piscean cartoonist Al Jaffee is still creating new material for the satirical Mad magazine, where he has worked since 1964. There was one 63-year stretch when his comic stylings appeared in all but one of Mads monthly issues. I nominate him to be your role model during the next four weeks. Its a favorable time for you to access and express a high degree of tenacity, stamina, and consistency.
A 20-person tour of the Pumphouse and concert this Sunday. Don a hard hat. The Friends of the Pumphouse will be conducting tours of the evocative, abandoned, 1882 Gothic Revival landmark this Sunday, March 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donation of $5.00 for the tour. This will be followed at 2 p.m. by a hard hat helmets provided on-site benefit concert by Dave Watkins with limited seats. This $30 admission includes a 1:30 guided tour of the riverside landmark near Byrd Park. All the money goes to Friends of the Pumphouse. For info: www.friendsofpumphouse.org.
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