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This movie is good.

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For their latest album, Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2, The Beastie Boys decided to put out an accompanying short-film starring a stacked line-up of popular actors.  The 30 minute long film is a wash of actor cameos, Bestie Boys’ music and awesomeness.  It is one of the most entertaining videos of the year and captures the Bestie Boy spirit perfectly.

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Before he was a member of the prolific band Animal Collective, Noah Lennox was a Religion major at Boston University.  While attending BU, Lennox stared in three short films that show off his true acting talent.  One of those films is the black and white Fecal Matters which follows Noah as Bobby a geeky student seeking acceptance through unconventional methods: eating fecal matter.  As a big fan of Noah watching these films is really amazing and each one is worth watching.  Definitely check out Fish Sticks where Noah plays an aquatic obsessive and Appy Halloween where Noah dresses as George Washington.

Watch: Fish Sticks

Watch: Appy Halloween

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To coincide with the release of their album, Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2, Beastie Boys are putting out a 30 minute short film called Fight For Your Right Revisited.  Calling on Will Ferrell, Elijah Wood, Seth Rogan, Jason Schwartzman, Rain Wilson and many others the film is looking pretty awesome to me.

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Smith Westerns’ struck gold with their rock throwback album, Dye it BlondeDie With Your Chin Up is a short 10-minute film that was recorded, in studio, during the making of Dye it Blonde.  It may not be the most interesting ‘behind the scenes’ video, but the film provides a great perspective from the band that couldn’t all be heard on the album: just how badly these guys wanted to make something good.  The band talks about playing the album continuously on a 14-hour car ride to Chicago and how it had to be good the entire time.  I can’t imagine anything that could last 14 hours but it’s still an inspiring look into the careers of these young musicians.

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Director Spike Jonze’s planned project with Arcade Fire has been known about for a while and we got our first taste of the collaboration with the video for their track ‘Suburbs’.  Although the trailer is under two minutes so far the movie seems (as is expected) to detail the lives of teenagers living in a typical North American suburb… the only difference is that their suburb seems to have been taken over by army soldiers and some sort of war.  Although I was disappointed by Jonze’s last movie, Where the Wild Things Are, I am actually pretty optimistic and hopeful about this project.  The concept and exploration of 21st century suburbia is a pretty interesting and gripping topic and I am excited to see how it pans out.

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Sufjan Stevens has become a prolific figure in the world of independent music for his stunning and ambitious albums and incredibly personal and emotional lyrics.  The 52 minute documentary Crooked River is looking to give fans of Stevens an even greater look into the personal life of Sufjan and his brother Marzuki.  Directed by Kaleo La Belle, a childhood friend of the Stevens, Crooked River follows the two brothers as they make a trip back to Michigan and their father.  The film was shot in 2006 and although for a while an official release was looking doubtful, release of the film will hopefully happen soon.  The trailer above was released on December 29th which shows hope that the movie may get a release date in 2011.  I would really be excited to see this film seeing how well done the trailer is.  If Sufjan is as amazing at Pac-Man as he claims to be, Crooked River could be an amazing film.

-PK