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What We Do Is Secret (2007)
Director: Rodger Grossman
Penelope Spheeris options 3 times on this listing—right here it’s not because the director however as a historic character, performed by an actress, and seen approaching Darby Crash about showing in her documentary. Within the Germs singer’s case, the unreal factor surpasses the precise icon as captured in Decline: Shane West is hunkier and extra magnetic than Crash ever was. A lot the identical applies to Rick Gonzalez as guitarist Pat Smear and Bijou Phillips as bassist Lorna Doom—it’s a prettified model of an unpleasant story, however that makes it watchable.
A persistent Anglophile, Crash emulated Bowie, then Vicious, then lastly, absurdly, Adam Ant. Right here, Crash is introduced as a Nietzsche-reading “Jim Morrison for our era,” a self-martyring poet-visionary. The movie’s different mental and ideologue is Brendan Mullen, the promoter behind L.A. punk haven the Masque, whose spiels about “medieval filth remedy for youngsters” are delivered in a thick Scots accent and, in a witty contact, given subtitles. All’s positive till the fizzled ending: Missing the narrative necessity that drove Ian Curtis and Sid Vicious to their doom, Crash’s deadly overdose seems like a pose taken too far slightly than rock martyrdom.
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Director: Penelope Spheeris
The nothingness of suburbia was one in all punk’s favourite targets. It’s that religious vacancy, together with dysfunctional home conditions, that individually propels runaways Sheila and Evan into the wild, the place they discover sanctuary in a punk commune. The children reside out a parody of suburban household life: listlessly watching TV for hours on finish, barbecuing meals heisted from the storage freezers of normies. Calling themselves the Rejected, they model their flesh with the stigmata of their alienation, a stark and actually searing TR. Suburbia is stuffed with memorable scenes: Flea inserting your complete high half of his pet rat into his mouth, the children stealing the turf off some schmuck’s garden to make a comfortable carpet. However the children don’t appear far more enlightened or inspiring than the straight world off which they leech. Spheeris pointedly contains some nasty sexism and a scene the place the punks mock a disabled shopkeeper. “Everybody is aware of households don’t work,” the Rejected inform a cop who asks why they don’t need to make one thing of their lives. “That is the most effective house any of us ever had.” That ain’t saying an terrible lot.
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The Clean Technology (1976)
Director: Amos Poe and Ivan Král
A collaboration between Patti Smith Group guitarist Ivan Král and Amos Poe, a number one determine in No Wave Cinema, The Clean Technology is a rough-looking dispatch from the subcultural frontline. Foggy focus and high-contrast black-and-white movie exaggerates Tom Verlaine’s lunar gauntness and makes Tina Weymouth resemble Jean Seberg’s ghost. The sound high quality is variable and intentionally out-of-sync with the performances, partly as a result of the audio is sourced in demo recordings by the bands slightly than the concert events truly being filmed, and partly as a result of Poe was a fan of French New Wave administrators like Godard and the disruptive alienation-effects they used. Speaking Heads are in it, however there’s no speaking heads offering clarification and context. However in its opaque, actually speechless manner, the movie is an excellent doc capturing future stars (Blondie, Ramones) and soon-forgottens (Tuff Darts, the Shirts) with equanimity.