David Bowie Documentary Shows Artist's Vast Influence on Music, Fashion, Art

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David Bowie, album shoot for Aladdin Sane, 1973

The new documentary film David Bowie is does not tackle the epic career of the legendary rock star, but rather takes you inside London's Victoria and Albert Museum's (V&A) exhibition, where more than 300 pieces of Bowie history are on display. Stories behind the extraordinary stage costumes, handwritten lyrics, sketches, and other artwork attempt to humanize the larger than life performer and expose the inspiration behind his otherworldly musical characters.

You won't see any new interviews with the 67-year-old performer. There are no insights to his sexuality or addictions. No mention of his work Klaus Nomi. Instead, the documentary takes place during the last day of V&A's exhibition before the show started a worldwide tour. It will arrive at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago on September 23, the same day the film will be shown at more than 100 theaters across the nation, including Phoenix's FilmBar.

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David Lynch's Duran Duran Concert Film Screening in Phoenix September 10

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Duran Duran

It seemed the unlikeliest of pairings when it was announced last week.

Surrealist filmmaker David Lynch, co-creator of the influential TV show Twin Peaks and the celebrated director of 10 feature films, including Mulholland Drive, Blue Velvet, and The Elephant Man, has teamed up with very mainstream '80s pop stars Duran Duran for a concert film. Duran Duran Unstaged features footage Lynch shot during the band's sold-out concert at the Mayan Theater in Los Angeles in 2011 and features appearances from Kelis, Mark Ronson, and My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way. The film will screen at theaters worldwide on September 10, including FilmBar in downtown Phoenix.

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The Past Is a Grotesque Animal Explores the Turbulent Psyche Behind Of Montreal

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Find out what's under all of those corsets and animal masks and layers of lipstick.
Band rockumentaries can typically be watched in two ways: for those unfamiliar with the film's subject, it's usually an insightful peak into the world of professional musicians. For fans, however, these movies can induce what I like to call the Wizard of Oz effect. By the end of it, you'll have seen almost everything behind the curtain, though you might wish it could've all remained a wonderful, grandiose mystery.

In any case, Of Montreal is under the spotlight in The Past Is a Grotesque Animal, which is screening at FilmBar August 12 and August 14.

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6 Songs That Evoke Movie Scenes

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Hannibal Lecter was more of a classical guy than a rock guy.

Steve Wiley is Up on the Sun's resident Record Store Geek. Biweekly, he shares stories of great music and whacky characters from his continuing 27 years in Valley record stores and the always-zany music biz.

When you are a music geek like I am, you are constantly aware of the music that's playing.

At a restaurant. At the bar. At the game. At anything.

I especially hear it during movies. So I often end up linking certain songs and certain movie scenes. It's just the way I do it.

You too? Maybe you can relate to this little ditty.

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Top 5 Moments from Talking Heads' Concert Film Stop Making Sense

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Talking Heads and Jonathan Demme's Stop Making Sense returns to theaters in honor of its 30th anniversary

Stop Making Sense turned 30 this year, and in honor of the anniversary, The Talking Heads' legendary concert film is returning to theaters, and will screen this Sunday at Phoenix Center for the Arts.

Presented by No Festival Required, the Valley's top microcinema producer, the screening, like the film, won't quite be traditional. According to the press release, beer, wine, and snacks will be available for purchase prior to the screening, and "spontaneous singing and dancing is encouraged" inside the 230-seat theater.

In anticipation of this exciting event, we've compiled our top five moments from a film filled with exciting ones.

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Alice Cooper's New "Doc Opera" Details Drug Abuse and Other Sordid Stories

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Alice Cooper's new "doc opera" is coming to Phoenix.

Anything involving Alice Cooper is bound to push the boundaries of what's normal in the world of pop culture and music. Forty-five years after he began shocking the world for the first time, Cooper, along with a team of filmmakers, Cooper is back, this time in film form.

Unveiled as the first "doc opera," Super Duper Alice Cooper is a sight to be seen; a detailing of Vincent Furnier's childhood from a preacher's son to his transformation into Alice Cooper, followed by a brutal battle with the character that almost killed the real man behind the makeup -- all in the name of celebrating how the extremely influential and accomplished man came out for the better in the end. It isn't about glamorizing the hedonistic, chaotic and typical rock star lifestyle; it's a story of strong family bonds and how they can get us through the darkest of times. It's about survival, suffering, and stability.

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The 5 Most Underappreciated Wes Anderson Soundtrack Choices

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This scene wouldn't be this scene without Sigur Rós.

Fans looking to update their playlists with a new set of jangly British Invasion ditties brought (back) to light by filmmaker/auteur Wes Anderson will likely be disappointed with the soundtrack for his newest effort, The Grand Budapest Hotel, which is streamable online as of today and is largely instrumental and sans pop-rock gems.

While that's going to delight some (musician Will Oldham once memorably referred to Anderson as "the cancer that is that Darjeeling guy" who approaches soundtracks as: "Here's my iPod on shuffle, and here's my movie"), many music fans will likely feel slighted. With that in mind, it's worth revisiting Anderson's previous efforts to pull up some soundtrack choices you might've missed the first time around; Nico and the Kinks and the Rolling Stones need not apply.

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Anchorman's Ron Burgundy Tries Heavy Metal, Hatebreed on for Size

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Whenever my brothers and I are together, it's pretty difficult for anyone to understand our conversation unless they have a strong knowledge of Dumb & Dumber, Ace Ventura, or Anchorman quotes. And when I heard there was going to be an Anchorman: The Legend Continues film, I had my hopes set high.

And when heavy metal is combined with either movies or sports, it's always a win. So when I heard that Anchorman's "Ron Burgundy" (a.k.a. Will Ferrell) made an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show, a sports talk radio show with a host that has a solid appreciation for heavy metal, I was pretty stoked.

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Despite All Logic, The Original Batman Soundtracks are Actually Pretty Okay

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Credit to the pride of Minnesota, Prince, for nailing it right out of the gate: Few Batman fans of the right age can hear his infectious "Partyman" and not envision Nicholson-as-Joker destructively "broadening his mind" with a purple paintbrush in the Gotham art gallery, goofily dancing to Prince's funky awesomeness, the devilish grin permanently fixed to his face.

It's a great song from a great soundtrack--one that set a trend which has remained, despite this author's best efforts, entirely unexplainable. For the most part, the Keaton/Kilmer/Clooney Batman films were abysmal failures, completely overshadowed by Christopher Nolan's serious, stellar efforts. But now that everyone is having a fit over Ben Affleck being named the new Batman, it pays to remind ourselves that, even if the film sucks, the soundtrack might be surprisingly great.

Case in point: the way-better-than-it-had-any-right-to-be Batman Forever soundtrack,

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What Happened to the Phoenix Girls Who Tackled Bruce Springsteen on Stage in 1978?

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It could be the dance moves, or the tight pants, or the man-of-the-people lyrics. It could be that video with Courtney Cox in it. Whatever it is, people -- ordinary, otherwise law-abiding people -- cannot resist rushing the stage at Bruce Springsteen concerts.

It's a phenomenon that's led journalist and Springsteen fan Julian Garcia all the way to Phoenix, the site of a stage-rush immortalized in the "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" video. He's working on a documentary about the phenomenon -- I Could Use Just a Little Help -- and he's got one last target for interviews: The girls who manhandled the Boss at the Coliseum in Phoenix on July 8, 1978.

We talked to him last week about the documentary, the allure of dancing with Bruce, and his "Rosalita" manhunt. If you have any information on these most-wanted Bruce fans, send him an e-mail or tweet @JulianG922. (We're probably past the period mandated by the FBI's statute of limitations.)

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