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LoudQUIETloud: A Film About The Pixies Review


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If you're a fan of alternative rock music, you might recall an odd announcement from 2004, which heralded the unlikely reunion of The Pixies, the influential post-punk band that found modest success before disbanding amidst creative difficulties. But The Pixies had that rare legacy that outlived their time actually recording and touring. Most famously Kurt Cobain cited them as one of his most critical influences. And "Where Is My Mind?," perhaps their most famous (and best) song, plays over the final scene of Fight Club, as if it were almost custom written for the film.

But that was The Pixies then. The Pixies now are an older, weathered, almost beat-down quartet. Frank Black is considerably obese (and bald). Kim Deal has finally come out of rehab. David Lovering attempted a career as a magician and a metal-detecting beachcomber. And Joey Santiago settled down with a family.

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Bounce: Behind The Velvet Rope Review


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"You gotta do what you gotta do," and if you're a bouncer, that pretty much means busting skulls, working out, tanning, and fussing over your Sylvester Stallone scrapbook. This shortish documentary analyzes the workings of a few mostly Manhattan and Queens bouncers, proving once and for all that some members of the human race are more pit bull than man. Their bizarre habits are, at the very least, the case for considerable mockery -- but after about half an hour, looking at wounds and comparing workout rituals gets a bit tedious.

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Slasher Review


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Everything you think you know about car salesmen is wrong: It's worse. Michael Bennett is a car salesman for hire, flown in by desperate dealerships to get rid of excess inventory by "slashing" prices, with the aid of a DJ, beautiful local girls, ridiculous giveaways, and the promise of a cheap, cheap ride. More show than sale, Slasher follows Bennett's three-day stint at a delapidated Memphis dealership by the airport, where cars aren't exactly flying off the lot -- even after The Slasher shows up. Alternately sad and funny, you can't help but enjoy your 90 minutes with Bennett, even if he is out to get every last penny out of you.
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