Every year fans wait for Warped Tour to hit their town for a day of punk, rock, pop, and metal. It is a day for the musical misfits to run wild. No Room For Rockstars is a documentary about the road festival in 2010. Hosting the film is Mitch Lucker (Suicide Silence), Christofer Drew Ingle (Never Shout Never), Mike Posner and Forever Came Calling. The film helps the viewer see the festival from a musician's point of view. We can see the good and the bad aspects of the tour that can either make or break a group.
When I saw the title of this film I was sure it was going to be real dud. I was an occasional Tetris player back in the day, but had no idea how seriously people really took the game. At first I was skeptical that a full-length movie devoted to die-hard players could be even remotely interesting. Man was I wrong.
The title alone was enough for me to at least want to take a chance and check out Zombie A-Hole, especially since it was produce by Dustin Mills! I really liked his film, The Puppet Monster Massacre, so I jumped right in. As you might expect this is a low budget B-movie; but I didn't realize just how low of a budget. After a little bit of research I found out that the budget for this movie was a mere $1000 dollars. That alone should give you an idea of what to expect here.
At the end of the day this is a classic, lighthearted movie that the whole family can enjoy, and that Beatles fans will totally dig!
Casey Jones has self-released Start to Finish, a documentary that chronicles the life and death of the band, with a pick-your-price option - it can be purchased for a range of prices from $5 to $20. The straight-edge hardcore band from Jacksonville, Florida called it quits earlier this year and what better way to say goodbye to the fans than through a documentary-style video retrospective?
This Blu-Ray disc captures, The Raconteurs, (fronted by Jack White of White Stripes fame) at the 2008 Montreux festival where they entertained the capacity crowd with their brand of raw, gritty rock and roll. The performance was part of a tour in support of their second release, Consolers Of The Lonely and it really showcases the band in what I feel was the highlight of their career. The movie includes fantastic, passion-filled performances of hits such as "Broken Boy Soldier", "Salute Your Solution" and many more.
Does the world need another Iron Maiden live video or album? Hell yes!!! Especially if it possesses the lavish visual quality of their latest offering En Vivo!. Filmed at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago de Chile during their 2011 world tour in support of the The Final Frontier album, this concert offers everything Maiden fans would die for. The well-balanced set list mixes classics like "The Trooper", "Hollowed be Thy Name" and "The Wicker Man" with some the band's recent material, including "The Talisman", "When The Wild Wind Blows" and "El Dorado".
After glancing at the skull on the cover I was expecting a low budget horror movie, but The Museum of Wonders is more of a statement on the ugliness of prejudice and greed in society than a horror flick. Thinly veiled in a horror movie shell this film works on a much deeper level. The group of side show performers and freaks may not be your typical family, but I would argue that they are indeed a family and serve here as a microcosm for society as a whole.
Just when I thought I'd seen it all, I received a DVD copy of the independent comedic horror/suspense movie, Clown Hunt. As the name suggests, it's a movie about a world in which clowns are hunted for sport and food; much like many hunt deer, bear and other forest animals. And as with the real world, over-hunting has decimated the population of huntable clowns and their numbers have gotten frighteningly low. It's interesting to see clowns, in full clown regalia running in the Savannah alongside wild horses and giraffes. I am a clown hunting novice for sure - I didn't even know that there were two clown seasons; happy clown season and sad clown season, and the repercussions for hunting out of season clowns can be harsh.
Think Cheech and Chong meets 'Friday' and you might be able to get a good idea of what this movie is like. It's basically the story of two ne'er-do-well stoner security guards Left & Loose who smoke insane amounts of weed from modified gas mask bongs and work, (if that's what you want to call it) as security guards in a parking garage. This is not your everyday, average parking garage though, because as fortune might have it for our two main characters, this garage is the location of a massive grow house and storage facility for some big time drug dealers. I won’t spoil the rest of the plot, but these two bumble heads manage to get themselves involved in all manner of things with some hilarious outcomes.
House of Flesh Mannequins is a very interesting and extremely disturbing movie; it's flat out creepy on just about every level and left me wanting a shower to remove the scum I felt I'd accumulated during the viewing. Let me see if I can explain a bit.
Originally broadcast last year by the BBC in celebration of Queen’s 40th Anniversary, Days Of Our Lives has been presented to audiences as "the definitive documentary" about this iconic British rock band. Trying to comprise decades of vital rock history in just 2:30 hours was a task of monumental proportions, but director Matt O'Casey (mastermind behind the BBC series 'I'm in a Rock N' Roll band') accepted the challenge and emerged mostly victorious.
Since its inception in 1995, The Vans Warped Tour has been crisscrossing the country every summer bringing with it a mixture of up-and-coming bands and well-established musical acts. Over the years many groups have gotten their first real exposure while playing on the tour and the list of artists who have played its stages reads like a who’s who of the music world.
Back From Hell is a documentary style film that provides a behind-the-scenes peak at one of the greatest comics of all time. Through interviews with friends, peers and those who drew their inspiration from the iconic comic, viewers gain insight into the stories behind the bits. Before his untimely death in a car accident nearly twenty years ago, Kinison had a way of entertaining and offending just about everyone he came across. His larger than life persona was not an act just for the camera; he truly led a hedonistic rock star lifestyle complete with drugs, booze women and debauchery of unimaginable proportions.
With the electrifying performance of the legendary band Fishbone in the opening scene of this fascinating documentary, director Raymond Gayle effectively establishes and proves his point: black musicians REALLY rock and oh boy… they rock hard!
This Blu-ray captures legendary guitarist Al Di Meola live in Morocco in 2009. Di Meola takes center stage surrounded by an unbelievably talented group of musicians. As a self-proclaimed hack guitarist, I found myself in absolute awe watching how effortlessly Di Meola moves about the frets of his acoustic guitar; it's truly astounding what he is capable of. Di Meola’s performance is beautifully accented by a stage drenched in rich, vibrant colors and tons of slides and images of Morocco.
Very few people have had such a prolific and storied career as Carlos Santana. For decades this guitar great has created music that crosses genres and entertains fans of all ages, and this Blu-ray disc is no different. The 23 songs included in this set are extremely entertaining and at times off the cuff. As you would expect many of his wildly popular, crowd-pleasing tunes ("Black Magic Woman" and "Oye Como Va" to name but a couple) are present and accounted for.
Elvis has left the building… or perhaps he hasn’t? As long as I can remember there have been conspiracy theories suggesting Elvis Presley faked his death back in the late '70s in order to escape from the hassles of being a mega celebrity. This DVD purports to have found Mr. Presley living in Simi Valley, California under the assumed name of "Jon Burrrows." Apparently director Joel Gilbert made a request for the government files on Presley citing the "Freedom of Information Act" and he was able to track him down. This DVD documents the incredible, yet slightly improbable tale of the greatest entertainer to have ever lived.
The New York Dolls were one of the most influential bands to emerge from the '70s music scene. Their direct impact on the punk movement is widely acknowledged and more than obvious but even now, more than 30 years later, their influences can be found. Lookin' Fine On Television is a series of interviews and performances that captures the rawness and the energy of the cross dressing, gender bending visionaries, David Johansen, Johnny Thunders, Jerry Nolan, Sylvain Sylvain, Arthur Kane.
This performance was filmed live at Montreux in 2011 and features Deep Purple accompanied by a full philharmonic orchestra. This is not the original cast though, as Steve Morse has taken over the guitar duties and legendary keyboardist Don Airey fills in for John Lord. Substitutions aside, the band does a really good job of ripping through many of their classic hits all nicely reworked to include a background orchestra.