Andrew Bird at First Avenue

posted by Mojo Marshall

Saturday, December 3
First Avenue
6 PM | $30 | 18+

Tickets go on sale September 24 at noon.

First Assassin’s Creed FREE With Purchase Of AC: Revelations

posted by Andrew Cross

If you plan on buying Assassin’s Creed: Revelations on day one (like me), then you will receive the 2007 original game for free. This deal is only available to PlayStation 3 owners and it has to be bought on launch day, which is November 15th.

AWOLNATION at the Varsity

posted by MP Johnson

Have you ever been in the Varsity Theater’s recently remodeled bathrooms? I can’t say I’ve been in every shitter in town, but I can say I’ve been in every shitter at every relevant music venue in town and the Varsity’s is the best. It’s like a fantasy castle bathroom. True, it’s creepy that when you go into this bathroom, you’re likely to find a tourist or two just looking around, staring awkwardly at its awesomeness, but you should still have no problem doing your business.

If you’re having trouble deciding which of the Varsity Theater’s many awesome upcoming events to go to so you can enjoy the bathroom, perhaps you should consider this AWOLNATION show?

Thursday, November 10
Varsity Theater
5 PM | All Ages


The Star Wars Saga Is On Blu-Ray Today

posted by Andrew Cross

Thank you Conan for encompassing my feelings on this release into a 30 second gag.

The Weekend Movie Recap: 9/16/11

posted by Rolocop

DRIVE – I really haven’t seen much from director Nicolas Winding Refn (only the overrated BRONSON), but after watching his latest, I will definitely make an effort to seek out more of his stuff.

Ryan Gosling plays the nameless Driver, who works part time as a movie stunt driver and as a mechanic.  But he also moonlights as a getaway driver. He’s a man of few words, and is very precise in his work.  His friend who runs the auto shop wants to help him be a professional racer, and they get a loan from 2 criminals (Albert Brooks and Ron Perlman).  The driver also becomes friends with his young neighbor (Carey Mulligan), who has a cute little boy and a recently paroled husband.  The husband is in trouble and his family is in danger, so the driver decides to help him pull a quick job.  Of course things don’t go as planned.

The plot is typical of your standard action film, but the execution could be far from your ordinary run-of-the-mill Jason Statham film.  Refn has made this movie to emulate dark, violent thrillers from the 80’s.  The vibrant colors, the use of pink for the credits, and the outstanding synth score by Cliff Martinez, all make the tone for a different time in which films were made.  When I saw the trailers, the movie I kept thinking it looked like was Walter Hill’s 1978 thriller, THE DRIVER (which you should also seek out right now), but now after seeing it, I can’t help but think of Michael Mann’s directorial debut, THIEF.  Tangerine Dream’s score, the slow motion and the cinematography are all very similar.  I would be willing to bet that Refn would site that film as an influence.

The performances are all top notch, beginning with Gosling as the Driver.  He hardly says a word, and when he does, it’s short, blunt, and to the point.  A great moment is when he tells someone off in a restaurant.  That one line shocked the hell out of me and Gosling delivers it with subtle intensity.  It’s a marvelous performance.  Bryan Cranston (the dad from Malcolm in the Middle)  is surprisingly effective as the driver’s mechanic friend.  Mulligan is very good.  I think she’s going to be the next Maggie Gyllenhaal (cause both look much older than their age), but she’s much better looking.  It’s nice to see Albert Brooks in such a dark role, and boy was it great to see Ron Perlman give a fantastic performance in a GOOD movie for once.

But the real star of this movie is Refn.  Every shot is perfectly calculated and chosen to create a certain mood and atmosphere.  The movie runs at an extremely slow pace, which I loved, and makes the sudden bursts of violent action seem all the more shocking.  There are lots of long takes focusing only on character’s faces.  Refn really cares about his characters, and he doesn’t shortchange anyone.  And the action?  Well, don’t watch the trailers, cause they give too much away.  Even though there are shootouts, car chases, and various other violent moments, they are very self contained.  Short and shocking.  Refn executes them with just as much precision as the driver does his jobs.  Perfectly storyboarded, shot and edited.  So many great little set pieces that I can’t wait to see again.  Love the elevator scene!

I can see the average filmgoer who just likes to see shit blow up think that this movie is boring, but if you’re the least bit intelligent, and love true filmmaking, DRIVE will get your adrenaline pumping.  FAST AND THE FURIOUS?  Forget that B.S.!!!   This is way more bad ass!  Get to the theater now to see an elegant action flick!  Opening in Wide Release. Rating:


Also opening this weekend:

MOZART’S SISTER – A handsome looking production with good performances, but the structure is a bit too sloppy for me to fully recommend. At the Edina Rating:

I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT – Sarah Jessica Parker actually gives a good performance, even though she’s not aging well (she looks like a Mystic from THE DARK CRYSTAL).  But unfortunately the movie can’t decide to be a solid drama, or a flat-out farce.  The comedy was just too broad and clashed with the more tender moments of the film.  Uneven.  Wide Release.  Rating:

STRAW DOGS – Missed my screening for this remake of Sam Peckinpah’s classic.  No matter how good this may be, you should probably watch the original first, just because it’s respectful to film history.  Wide Release.

AMIGO – St. Anthony Main.



KEVIN HART: LAUGH AT MY PAIN – Rosedale, Block E and Southdale.

PROJECT NIM – The Lagoon.

Buck Satan and the 666 Shooters – “Medication Nation”

posted by MP Johnson

I’ve been waiting for this for about 20 years. Ministry’s Psalm 69 was an early addition to my tape collection. Around the time it came out, Al Jourgensen started talking about his industrial country side project, Buck Satan and the 666 Shooters. The album is finally scheduled for release in November and you can listen to one of the songs, “Medication Nation” now. I’m psyched that it sounds exactly like I expected it to: Old school outlaw country + Ministry. As odd as that combo sounds, it works brilliantly.

Twin Cities Film Nerd Calendar: Sept 15-22

posted by Jason Lynn Mitchell

Special event screenings happening in the Twin Cities over the next week. It’s always a good idea to confirm showtimes with the theater, ’cause things can change. Know about a screening you don’t see here? Let me know, and I’ll add it.


Thursday September 15

The Doomsday Machine (1972) – 7:00 pm, Parkway Theater
Cinematic Titanic event

Life After Django Reinhardt (2011) – 7:30 pm, The Trylon
JAZZ88’s REEL JAZZ Film Series

Nine Nation Animation – 5:00 pm, St. Anthony Main
International animated shorts program

Paprika (2006) – 9:00 pm, St. Anthony Main

Yellow Submarine (1968) – 7:00 pm, St. Anthony Main

Friday September 16

Batman (1989) – 9:15 pm, The Trylon
Tim Burton: Hopes and Screams

Conan the Barbarian (1982) – 12:00 am, Uptown Theater

Dating While Black (2010) – 6:45 pm, The Trylon
Twin Cities Black Film Festival

Number 37 (2010) – 6:05 pm, The Trylon
Twin Cities Black Film Festival

The Secret – 5:30 pm, The Trylon
Twin Cities Black Film Festival

Underground (2010) – 6:25 pm, The Trylon
Twin Cities Black Film Festival

War of the Insects (1968) – 7:00 pm, Parkway Theater
Cinematic Titanic event

Saturday September 17

Batman (1989) – 7:00 pm, 9:15 pm, The Trylon
Tim Burton: Hopes and Screams

Bingo (1991) – 10:00 am, Mall of America

Conan the Barbarian (1982) – 12:00 am, Uptown Theater

The Family Guardians – 2:30 pm, The Trylon
Twin Cities Black Film Festival

Full Cycle – 3:10 pm, The Trylon
Twin Cities Black Film Festival

Men Ain’t Boys – 3:20 pm, The Trylon
Twin Cities Black Film Festival

A Poet’s Poet (2010) – 1:40 pm, The Trylon
Twin Cities Black Film Festival

The Projection Room – 2:15 pm, The Trylon
Twin Cities Black Film Festival

Rattlers (1976) – 7:00 pm, Parkway Theater
Cinematic Titanic event

The Three Way (2011) – 4:15 pm, The Trylon
Twin Cities Black Film Festival

Urban Warfare: The Peaceful Warriors (2010) – 12:30 pm, The Trylon
Twin Cities Black Film Festival

Sunday September 18

Batman (1989) – 4:30 pm, 7:00 pm, The Trylon
Tim Burton: Hopes and Screams

Monday September 19

Nothing today. Read a book?

Tuesday September 20

The Bully Project (2011) – 7:30 pm, Showplace ICON
Twin Cities Film Festival screening

The Last Circus (2010) – 7:00 pm, 9:15 pm, The Trylon
Trylon Premiere Tuesdays

Wednesday September 21

50/50 (2011) – 8:15 pm, Showplace ICON
Twin Cities Film Festival screening

Benda Bilili! (2010) – 7:30 pm, Walker Art Center

Boy Wonder (2010) – 9:45 pm, Showplace ICON
Twin Cities Film Festival screening

The Defenders: Robyne Robinson
Secret Film hosted by local film personality

Thursday September 22

East Fifth Bliss (2011) – 7:30 pm, Showplace ICON
Twin Cities Film Festival screening

Night Gamers (2009) – 10:30 pm, Showplace ICON
Twin Cities Film Festival screening

Unraveled (2010) – 5:15 pm, Showplace ICON
Twin Cities Film Festival screening

Ved Lavi Jeeva (2010) – 4:15 pm, Showplace ICON
Twin Cities Film Festival screening

West Side Story (1961) – 7:30 pm, The Heights
Celluloid and Cinema Scores, 70 mm print

Max Payne 3 Trailer

posted by Andrew Cross

Like I said, he’s bald now.

Max Payne 3 is aiming for a March 2012 release on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.

Anthrax at First Avenue

posted by MP Johnson

Songs that will not be played at the Anthrax Thrash-O-Rama include “Only.” For whatever reason, I really got into this tune and the whole Sound of White Noise album. Still, I’m not disappointed that it’s the classic Joey Belladonna version of Anthrax that’s playing this show. I’m also not disappointed that they’re joined by fellow thrash titans Death Angel and Testament (FYI – Testament has the greatest thrash guitar player ever in Alex Skolnick).

Sunday, October 16
First Avenue
7 PM | $30 | 18+

The Golden Filter: Mother

posted by Jason Lynn Mitchell

S Y N D R O M E S // M O T H E R from The Golden Filter on Vimeo.


Sims – “LMG”

posted by Mojo Marshall

“Created in director Scharenbroich’s studio over the course of an icy winter in Minneapolis the ‘LMG’ video is the end result of more than 1600 individual drawings, 400 cups of coffee, 60 markers and two ecstatic hands.”

From Bad Time Zoo, out now via Doomtree Records.

Kinky Friedman at the 400 Bar

posted by MP Johnson

Texas gubernatorial candidate, author of sordid crime novels and storytelling country singer Kinky Friedman will be stopping by the 400 Bar in December. If you can afford the steep ticket price, you best go. It’s hard to find songs more entertaining than “They Ain’t Makin’ Jews Like Jesus Anymore.” I mean, one look at the poster is all you need to know that this isn’t going to be an ordinary evening.

Saturday, December 3
400 Bar
8 PM | $40 | 21+

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