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2010 | 2008

2 items from 2008

What We Do Is Secret

7 August 2008 3:30 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

The "fake documentary" technique can be a useful way for a biopic to cut to the chase, or it can be a cheat. In What We Do Is SecretRodger Grossman's dramatization of the life and death of The Germs frontman Darby Crash—it's a little of both. Grossman tells the full Germs story, from Crash persuading his friend Pat Smear that he had a "five-year plan" for world domination to Crash overdosing on heroin the night before John Lennon was murdered. In case anyone misses the point, Grossman inserts scripted first-person interviews in which his characters tell the audience what The Germs were about. And in case we miss that, Grossman has the characters converse in the most pointed way possible, asking each other questions like "Is this what we wanted?" and making pronouncements like "The Germs are the most unpredictable, the most chaotic, the least-understood band in L. »

- Noel Murray

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Opening This Week: Diy art, Philip Roth, the Germs and motorcycle gangs

4 August 2008 7:20 AM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

By Neil Pedley

This week's delectable delights include, amongst other things, such highbrow morsels as a gallery retrospective on D.I.Y. art and a crash course in the history of the California vineyards. If that's not your cup of proverbial tea, there's always psychotic bikers and the ballad of two stoned losers on the run from gangsters and the police.

"Beautiful Losers"

More than 15 years after founding the hugely influential Alleged Gallery in New York, the freelance curator Aaron Rose continues to serve as a cornerstone of the now-global D.I.Y. art scene. Here he teams with "Blair Witch" actor-turned-director Joshua Leonard to chart the evolution and subsequent commercialization of a movement whose genesis was found in a group of outcasts, slackers and misfits from the fringes of subculture. Emerging from the dirty little worlds of surfing, skateboarding and street graffiti, a group of artists including the likes of Harmony Korine, »

- Neil Pedley

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2010 | 2008

2 items from 2008

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