Collide (2016) - IMDb

Directed by Eran Creevy. With Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Anthony Hopkins, Ben Kingsley. An American backpacker gets involved with a ring of drug smugglers as their driver, though he winds up on the run from his employers across Cologne high-speed Au

Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2126235/
Join bestselling author Jon Ronson as he traces a very strange butterfly effect. A teen in Brussels had an idea – to make porn free and easy to stream online. The consequences of that idea are mysterious, delightful, surprising, and sad. This 7-part series takes you on a journey to places you’ll never expect.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) - IMDb

Directed by Martin McDonagh. With Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Caleb Landry Jones. A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter's murder when they fail to catch the culprit.

Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5027774/
Join bestselling author Jon Ronson as he traces a very strange butterfly effect. A teen in Brussels had an idea – to make porn free and easy to stream online. The consequences of that idea are mysterious, delightful, surprising, and sad. This 7-part series takes you on a journey to places you’ll never expect.

Good Time (2017) - IMDb

Directed by Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie. With Robert Pattinson, Benny Safdie, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Buddy Duress. After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Connie Nikas embarks on a twisted odyssey through New York City's underworld

Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4846232/
We took the children over to Father's house so they could be tended by his many childless wives.

Before I Fall (2017) - IMDb

Directed by Ry Russo-Young. With Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Cynthy Wu, Medalion Rahimi. February 12 is just another day in Sam's charmed life, until it turns out to be her last. Stuck reliving her last day over and over, Sam untangles the mystery around

Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1691916/
We took the children over to Father's house so they could be tended by his many childless wives.

Lady Bird (2017) - IMDb

Directed by Greta Gerwig. With Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges. In 2002, an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl comes of age in Sacramento, California.

Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4925292/
We took the children over to Father's house so they could be tended by his many childless wives.

Murder on the Orient Express (2017) - IMDb

Directed by Kenneth Branagh. With Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench. When a murder occurs on the train on which he's travelling, celebrated detective Hercule Poirot is recruited to solve the case.

Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3402236/
Dora played the game as only a natural can. Soul surfing— surfing for the sheer art and pleasure of it— was his church long before the term was coined, and his passion for worship was equaled only by his drive to create and sustain a lifestyle that gave him the liberty to live free to seek thrills, spontaneous adventure, waves, and wonder, wherever he could find them.

The Love Witch (2016) - IMDb

Directed by Anna Biller. With Samantha Robinson, Jeffrey Vincent Parise, Laura Waddell, Gian Keys. A modern-day witch uses spells and magic to get men to fall in love with her, with deadly consequences.

Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3908142/
Dora played the game as only a natural can. Soul surfing— surfing for the sheer art and pleasure of it— was his church long before the term was coined, and his passion for worship was equaled only by his drive to create and sustain a lifestyle that gave him the liberty to live free to seek thrills, spontaneous adventure, waves, and wonder, wherever he could find them.

Episode 10 - No FoPo, Fight the Blob feat. @dwdavison9318 (5/15/16)

In episode 10, we're joined by Derek Davison (@dwdavison9318)who voxsplains to us what the Iran nuclear deal is and breaks down a juicy New York Times Magazine profile of White House literary savage B

Link: https://soundcloud.com/chapo-trap-house/episode-10-no-fopo-fight-the-blob-feat-dwdavison9318-51516
I don’t think that in my lifetime there will be a Woman in the White House. We learned that women can still be abused, physically and mentally. There will still be men and women who work to take decisions about control of our bodies, , we will not make as much money as our male counterparts, decisions about the people we love must have religious boundaries.

American Hardcore, A for fans, B for anyone else.

Thanks to Grayson, I ended up with two tickets to a showing of the punk documentary American Hardcore at the Sundance Film Festival. The film re-lives the eruption of the often brutal underground scene from 1980-1986.

From the start of the film, when the frantic Bad Brains track “Pay to Cum” is blasting away, it was striking. Hearing that music in a movie theater, or anywhere out in public, was a completely novel experience.

American Hardcore follows the growth of the hardcore scene with a spotlight on bands in LA like Black Flag and Washington, DC’s Minor Threat and especially the Bad Brains.

The movie starts brilliantly, contrasting the feeling of the times- the saccharine 80’s, Ronald Reagan as president, skinny ties- with the alienation so easy to feel in such a conformist era. The political similarities to today were amazing, and in fact it’s scary how today it’s so much worse. I remember wearing an anti-Ronald Reagan button around in high school. Today it feels almost illegal to make the same statement against Bush. Maybe that’s just the mood in Utah, but I doubt it.

So they mix all these clips of the fine and dandy 80’s with interviews with Vic Bondi and Keith Harris who have so many great lines about rebelling and the need to be different. The need to scream at the rest of society. It’s a great entrance to the film.

A bunch of other bands are featured as the movie hops from one thought to the next. Bands that quickly appear and vanish include MDC, DOA, Zero Boys, 7 Seconds, Agnostic Front, and a bunch more. At some points, it feels like they’re just cramming people in, as many as they can. And since this film is twenty years late, and there are so many bands worth mentioning, that’s exactly the idea. Not like there will be another in depth movie about 80’s hardcore.

The film doesn’t really explain how amazing the growth of the scene, across the United States, really was. There wasn’t any MySpace for bands to promote themselves and their shows. Hell, there wasn’t any Internet at all, let alone cel phones. Too bad the film didn’t spend more time on fanzines and other people who documented the scene. The only two ways to keep up on things were going to shows and reading cheaply-made fanzines, often xeroxed illicitly at someone’s parent’s business office.

There is one glaring hole in the movie. Almost no mention about San Francisco’s Dead Kennedys. The DKs were a huge band from that time. They put on an amazing show. But the recent history of the band has been very ugly, including a court case where control of the band’s recordings was taken from Jello and given to the other band members. After the film, during a Q&A, the film-makers basically said that Jello wasn’t talking and getting rights to the DK music was way too difficult. So leave it to the DKs to tell their own story. It will never happen.

The cut we saw clocked in at 98 minutes. And after an hour or so it started to drag. There are some segments that just don’t fit. Like, who ever liked the band Flipper and why are they in this movie? The film-makers say they left out the Misfits because they weren’t a real hardcore band. Okay, then take out Flipper. And that horrible Nig Heist segment is just stupid.

A short segment on gangs in the punk scene goes nowhere as well. It comes and goes so quickly that you just get confused.

As the scene klunks along into the mid-80’s, the film claims to record the death of the scene. Their position is that the scene just burned out and was over by 1986. Bad Brains had stopped playing hardcore in favor of reggae. And clips of Black Flag in their awful metal stage seem to offer proof that things were over. But the film misses the point.

I came into the scene around 1985. The fact is that the scene didn’t die. The legendary bands that were going strong in 1983, like Circle Jerks, Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, Minor Threat, and Bad Brains, were all pretty much broken up or past their prime by 1985. They had made their amazing contributions and were done.

Let’s face it, you can’t blame them. How much longer could they go on making no money, touring in broken-down vans, sleeping on the floors of fans. It was a hard life.

But the scene lived on and evolved after these original hardcore bands died out. Bands like RKL, SNFU, Ill Repute, picked up the flag and ran with it. I could name a hundred more. It was crazy how many good bands would play a single show at the Farm, the On Broadway, even Ruthie’s Inn.
The point is, the scene evolved. And it’s easy for it to leave you behind as new kids flood into the scene and write music that comes out of their lives.

Throughout the film, I thought to myself that this is finally the movie that explains how I feel, where I come from. The way these bands were just exploding with energy, how everything was built from the ground up with an amazing passion. That’s how I’ve tried to live and create. But the film encompasses so many bands and so many people that I could hardly claim these feelings as mine alone.