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on February 28, 2017
Hollywood it ain't, but for a homemade obviously low budget movie by a great rock band, it's pretty entertaining. Anyway, it's a lot better than I thought it would be and surprised at the special effects they used, I wish I had checked it out when it came out in 2008. It has some very well done and memorable scenes. Recommended for Lips fans who don't have it. The soundtrack is nice, very atmospheric compositions. I wouldn't recommend getting the soundtrack without seeing the movie, definitely get the CD/DVD and watch the film, since it's the same price as the mp3 version.
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on June 9, 2009
Although it has been mentioned by other reviewers, I will confirm that you do, indeed, get a DVD copy of the movie slipped in with this beautiful green vinyl LP, as well as the white 45rpm single with two songs that, as far as I know, are unavailable elsewhere. By far the best Christmas present I ever gave to myself.

Despite the fabulous musical phenomenon that the Flaming Lips are, the main attraction here is the movie. My only caveat, and I am quite serious about this: this film is not recommended for anyone averse to viewing female genitalia, or simulations thereof, or various fantastical constructs suggestive in appearance of female genitalia. Having said that, this is definitely not porn. There is curiously only one female character in the film, and she spends the vast majority of her screen time literally sealed alone in a plastic bubble, nor do we at any time see anything which is unambiguously suggested to be the genitalia of this specific character.

Having fulfilled my duty to convey the above warning, I am somewhat hesitant to describe the film in much detail. It is an experience unto itself which, much like a dream, cannot be adequately conveyed through narrative description.

I will say that I enjoy the great contrasts in this film, between the very quiet and the very loud, between the colorless, and the very effectively shocking moments of brilliant color, between bleak and pervasive hopelessness and the kind of ecstatic wonder and fearless faith normally reserved only for the luckiest of young children, and only in the best and most magical moments of their lives.

This film is also the kind of art that finds beauty in strange places, like a lingering shot of a glistening tear of blood creeping down a cheek from a bandaged and ruined eye.

The whole thing looks and feels home-made, because it literally is, and as such has authenticity, bravery, heart and just plain freakyness that Hollywood simply cannot understand, much less create.

This moves to the top of my list of movies that I must force everyone I know to watch every Christmas (curiously enough, edging out the MST3K treatment of Santa Claus Conquers The Martians).

The music itself (this is ostensibly a record review after all) is gloriously avant-garde noise experimentation, with a little bit of uncredited dreamy Holst choral music from Neptune snuck in (performed, not sampled). So in the vast stylistic range of the Lips, don't expect this to represent their Pop or Punk persona. This is more like listening to spacey ambient music while getting your teeth drilled, along with occasional bursts of electroshock, but I mean all of that in the best way possible.
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on August 17, 2015
Good movie and good music! Very weird!
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on May 12, 2009
i love the flaming lips and i thought it would have been a better sound track, but it is just for this movie. the soundtrack is not something i want to pop in and listen to, like i do with all the other sounds the lips make. i still need to see the movie, and i'm sure i'll like it all together.
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on December 3, 2008
Love the Lips. Got everything. The soundtrack is interesting, but not listenable. Do not buy it without checking it out first. I was very disappointed with how lame the music was, compared to what they could have created. I expect the DVD to be as silly as it's been made out to be, so no review needed there. Of course I pre-ordered this, but I think reading a review like this one would have saved me 20 bucks. It'll be budget bin in a year.
Too bad - I always look forward to the latest Lips to hear what melodies they've stolen this time (insert smiley face HERE) - but no melodies on THIS puppy. (P.S. - Soft Bulletin is one of the finest albums ever made).
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VINE VOICEon March 26, 2009
OH BAD! Total waste of time, terrible. This should be shown to terrorists as torture. The "movie" was bad enough but then their "special features" is over the top and down the backside! Wayne proves that he really is nuts when he talks seriously about this foolishness. Any good reviews must be written by family! I expected it to be inauspicious, but this was about as foolish a waste of an hour and a half of my life as it gets. They owe me this time back! GAG ME, this is crap!

I like most of their music, that would be where they should reside. PLEASE!
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