Hip video…Flaming Lips – Christmas on Mars

Hip haunted house…Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare





Hip quote…Willy Wonka


“Well, beatniks for one, folk singers, and motorbike riders. Y’know. All those hip, jazzy, super cool, neat, keen, and groovy cats. It’s in the fridge, daddy-o! Are you hip to the jive? Can you dig what I’m layin’ down? I knew that you could. Slide me some skin, soul brother!”


Willy Wonka (responding to the question “Who wants a beard?”) from the film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Hip film review…Hardcore Norfolk: A Story of Rock N Roll Survival

hcnAs a resident of the city of Norfolk Virginia, I was very excited to hear about this film. I believe I read the interview that was in Veer Magazine when the filmmakers appeared on the cover.

Somehow I lost track of the date and missed the Opening Night showing at the Naro Theater. I’m sure that must have been quite an event. And ‘red-carpet’ events like that don’t happen that often here in Norfolk, VA. (Some footage of it appears as bonus material on the second disc!)

Debra Persons, the films co-director and executive producer, was nice enough to meet with me to talk about the film. I could really tell that this movie was a labor of love for Debra. This film is very personal to her, and co-director and associate producer Andrea Rizzo. The two were living the awesome life you see portrayed on the screen. By that I mean that the bands that you see in the movie are the bands that they were going out to see and getting to know. The same goes for cinematographer and editor Paul Unger only a bit later in the local scene.

The film starts with a brief history of the ‘Norfolk Sound‘ and the rich musical past that was in this area for quite some time. Very interesting. The footage of Tidewater landmarks and skylines are great and the ‘DIY‘ feel of it adds to the overall aesthetic of the film.

It’s not long till the documentary focuses on rock n roll…
I’m not going to spoil any of the great stories that are told in the film. (And it’s awesome that I know so many people interviewed in the movie!) I advise that you buy a copy of this great DVD for yourself and watch it. And tell your friends to do the same. These film-makers had a dream and went for it…and had success! That is a very bold thing for someone to do and I applaud them for that. We should all show our support by getting a DVD or CD (or both).

They don’t have any plans to make other feature films. (Except Paul…he’s still working in the video business). This is the movie that they envisioned to make, and after a lot of tweaking…it’s done. You can check out their website at –> www.HardcoreNorfolk.com

They are living the dream.

Hip quote…Stan from the film Office Space


Look, we want you to express yourself, ok? If you think the bare minimum is enough, then ok. But some people choose to wear more and we encourage that, ok? You do want to express yourself, don’t you?

– Stan discussing flair with JoAnna at Chotchkie’s

Hip video…We Used To Wait by Arcade Fire

afIt actually may not be correct to call this a ‘video’. On the site, it’s referred to as ‘An interactive film by Chris Milk‘ called The Wilderness Downtown. It uses the song ‘We Used To Wait’ by Arcade Fire as sort of the musical score.

What you do is go to the site http://thewildernessdowntown.com/ and you are asked to type in the address of the house you grew up in as a child. Once loaded the ‘film’ will start. It’s important you don’t click closed any of the windows that ‘pop up’! They are supposed to do that

It’s unlike any music video I’ve seen before because it uses Google Maps for images of the house and neighborhood which you’ve entered. Another outstanding feature is the use of multiple PC ‘windows’ opening and closing to the beat of the song. Very cool!

PS…You’ve seen this clip of Bowie performing with Arcade Fire in NYC’s Radio City a few years back…right? Awesome.