Monday, March 25, 2019

MOVIE REVIEW: The Dirt

MOVIE REVIEW
The Dirt
10th Street Entertainment / 
LBI Entertainment
108 Minutes
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"We were a gang — a
gang of fucking idiots."
-Nikki Sixx
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Heavy on promise, but light on payoff, the long-awaited Mötley Crüe bio pic, The Dirt made its global Netflix debut this past weekend. Directed by Jeff Tremaine, the much-anticipated film is based on the wildly successful 2001 auto biography, The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band  a collaborative writing effort between Mötley members, Tommy LeeMick MarsVince Neil and Nikki Sixx, along with acknowledged pop culture journalist, Neil Strauss.

The Dirt wants to mirror the book's sensational celebration of debauchery from the shameless "decade of decadence." However, despite a few vivid accounts of sexual exploits and recreations of vandalous mischief, in execution, the film feels sanitized. Chunks of timeline are glossed over, key players are omitted and facts are "revised," all for dramatic effect. The result is a film that generally packs about as much punch as an early made-for-VH1 special. It further endeavors to portray the band members as likable, perhaps even lovable, misunderstood misfits — further fueling the perception that if you pluck a twanger (or whatever) and possess a good measure of swagger, you can be a degenerate and still be worthy of "golden god-style" worship — no matter what.

Douglas Booth (as Sixx), Daniel Webber (as Neil),
Iwan Rheon (as Mars) and Colson Baker (as Lee).
Kudos are in order for the lead cast. Daniel Webber (as Vince Neil) and Iwan Rheon (as Mick Mars) both offer solid performances. However, Douglas Booth (as Nikki Sixx) and Colson Baker aka Machine Gun Kelly (as Tommy Lee) are particularly impressive. In addition to the noteworthy cast, The Dirt also benefits from a high-energy soundtrack — as Mötley Crüe's slew of fist-pumping, hard-rocking anthems remain as powerful as ever.

In sum, The Dirt offers a fun and entertaining, albeit "modified," adults only glimpse into the history of "the world's most notorious rock band." And as a Netflix film, it doesn't require leaving the house or ponying-up a $9 admission fee. Hence, for those who still prefer their rock on the wild side, it's worth taking a look. 

-Christopher Long
(March 2019)


SUPERSTAR -
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SHOUT IT OUT LOUD -
(2014)
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C'MON! -
2012

Saturday, March 23, 2019

MY TOP 10 FAVORITE FILMS OF 1993 (Guest Feature by Jesse Tanner Long)

MY TOP 10 FAVORITE
FILMS OF 1993
Guest Feature by
Jesse Tanner Long
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25-year-old pop culture
aficionado, ice cream
chemist, and one of my
favorite frequent guest
contributors, Jesse Long
returns today with yet
another fab Top 10 list.
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It was a great year for film. We were given such classics as Philadelphia, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and The Nightmare Before Christmas. It also was a great year for me personally — y’know, I was born and whatnot. These are my Top 10 favorite films from 1993. 

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9
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3
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2
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1

-Jesse Tanner Long
(March 2019)

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CONTACT JESSE TANNER LONG

Twitter and Instagram
@freezerp

Email
JesseTannerLong@gmail.com
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Friday, March 8, 2019

LIVING SOBER: Celebrating 15 Years of Freedom

LIVING SOBER
Celebrating 15 Years of Freedom
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It's a personal milestone.
St. Patty's Day 2019 will
mark my incredible 15th
anniversary of living sober.
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March 17, 2004 — the night I had my last drink. I've recounted my personal story of sobriety a good many times for a good many years — particularly here on my website. In fact, revealing realities about alcohol has become one of my primary life missions — which is particularly wacky, given my connection to the nightclub industry.

If there's one thing I've learned over the last 56 years, it's that alcohol is "soul poison," plain and simple. It destroys personal relationships and wrecks professional endeavors — obliterating families and careers. Sadly, I've had several friends over the years who actually have lost their lives completely as a result of alcohol.


I'm not preaching — I'm merely sharing a few perspectives. Being sober doesn't make me a better person. However, sobriety has enhanced my quality of life immeasurably. Simply put, I possess a genuine heart for people. And my desire is for people to live the best and brightest, most productive and rewarding lives possible.

I've posted links below to several of my related features from over the years. My hope is that they might be a source of inspiration and encouragement to people. I invite you to check them out.

The harsh realities of alcohol.
In sum, beating the bottle is a battle you CAN win. I'm very accessible — should you have a need, I welcome you to reach out to me anytime via my personal email address. I'm not a licensed counselor or professional therapist. But I am a nightclub DJ — which is kinda the same thing.

AuthorChristopherLong@yahoo.com 

-Christopher Long
(March 2019)
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Don't miss my other
sobriety features: 

- Lucky 13 Edition (2017) -
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SUPERSTAR -
__________

SHOUT IT OUT LOUD -
(2014)
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C'MON! -
2012