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Stereotoid invites you to a night of movies, music, and pancakes...

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...but not literally.

As promised in our last episode of Stereocast (You have been listening to Stereocast, right?) our next episode is going to be a movie commentary. We've all huddled together and chosen three music-related flicks that should definitely spark some interesting talks. We want you guys to pick the movie we do commentary on...

....BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE!

We've decided to steal a page from GenkiJAM's ShiMuNi and make the viewing open to everyone as we record the commentary. Now this doesn't mean you guys will be in the commentary but if you've ever joined ShiMuNi you know that there is a chatroom on the side so hopefully we'll all be able to get together and communicate and even answer questions and respond to comments during the podcast!

And the nominees are...



Film: Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem
Released: December 1, 2003
Directed by: Kazuhisa Takenouchi
Featured musicians: Daft Punk, Romanthony, DJ Sneak, Todd Edwards
Rotten Tomatoes "Fresh" rating: 88%

An unscrupulous music executive and his flunky kidnap an alien, blue-skinned techno band, rob them of their identities, pass them off as human, and foist them on an unsuspecting public on Earth. After their arrival and their impact on the human population, the members of the band try to piece back their identities, escape from the clutches of the evil music executive, and return to their own world. [Synopsis via IMDB]





Film: The Runaways
Released: March 19, 2010
Directed by: Floria Sigismondi
Featured musicians: The Runaways, MC5, David Bowie, The Stooges, Joan Jett, Nick Gilder, Suzi Quatro, the cast
Rotten Tomatoes "Fresh" rating: 65%

The Runaways (aka: Neon Angels) is based on lead-singer Cherie Currie's book 'Neon Angel' - a reflection of her experiences as a rock star, but also delivering a strong anti-drug warning to teens and others. David Bowie's "Space Oddity" serves as a metaphor for the narrative-- a slow countdown, a surreal but spectacular rise to fame, then alienation and burnout - a long long way from home.

The movie chronicles THE RUNAWAYS from 1975 - 1977; an all-girl rock band formed by teenage girls living near Hollywood, CA., and heavily manipulated by their manager Kim Fowley as 'jailbait rock' (all the girls were 16 or younger when the band recorded their first album). The band ultimately succeeds on their own merits as musicians, becoming the first all-girl rock-band to ever break into the world of arena-filling hard rock acts.

The movie focuses on the band's formation, and their meteoric rise to fame. Their first single, 'Cherry Bomb', gets some attention in the United States, where THE RUNAWAYS' U.S. tour hits major venues (Cobo Hall, with RUSH) and sleazy rock-clubs, often pairing them up with other rock groups such as The Ramones, Cheap Trick, Tom Petty, and other popular 1970's rock acts. But 'Cherry Bomb' and several other songs from THE RUNAWAYS' first 2 albums become huge hits in Japan -- and their arrival for a set of shows there in 1977 is like Beatle-Mania. The band is overwhelmed by the Japanese reception. Almost prophetic, THE RUNAWAYS' last big hit song in Japan is 'Neon Angels On The Road To Ruin'.

Cherie is initially thrilled to be in the band, and lives the rock star life. She pushes the edge -- and their records sell well, generating lots of media controversy and hype. But during the tour of Japan, her personal life disnintegrates, and she burns out -- ultimately leaving The Runaways when they return to the U.S. The bass player (Jackie Fox) quits too, leaving only Lita Ford, Joan Jett and Sandy West. Joan Jett has decided that rock & roll is her life, and that The Runaways is her 'family'; she is upset by Cherie's decision to leave, but knows that decision is best -- for Cherie.

THE RUNAWAYS' success was earth-shaking in rock music -- changing the rules forever. But with the successful 5-girl lineup no longer intact after the Japan tour, their future was dubious, at best. Lita Ford (guitar) and Sandy West (drums) still think the band can make it big again, so they persevere with Joan Jett. [Synopsis via IMDB]





Film: Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
Released: December 21, 2007
Directed by: Jake Kasdan
Featured musicians: The cast, cameos I don't feel like recalling but Jack White plays Elvis. It rules.
Rotten Tomatoes "Fresh" rating: 75%

The up-and-down-and-up-again story of musician Dewey Cox, whose songs would change a nation. On his rock 'n roll spiral, Cox sleeps with 411 women, marries three times, has 22 kids and 14 step-kids, stars in his own 70s TV show, collects friends ranging from Elvis to the Beatles to a chimp, and gets addicted to - and then kicks - every drug known to man; but despite it all, Cox grows into a national icon and eventually earns the love of a good woman - longtime backup singer Darlene. [Synopsis via Sony Pictures]



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