Movie Review by Kristin: Netflix’s THE DIRT

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What’s up, movie lovers?

It’s been a while since my brothers and I made plans to catch a movie together, but the release of Motley Crue & Netflix’s THE DIRT seemed like an appropriate time to change that! Let me give you just a little bit of backstory before I get into my review of the movie.

My brothers and I are all 4 years apart and I’m the youngest of three. My oldest brother has been the biggest Motley Crue fan since his teenage years, but we weren’t far behind. In 2008 I’d been laid off from my job, I had just found out that my best friend slept with the guy I was with & I was just an overall hot mess. My brother had never seen Motley live before, but he gave me his ticket to Crue Fest without a second thought. It was only natural that I repay his generosity by buying the three of us tickets to see them live TWICE after that, including seeing their Farewell Tour with our niece. The three of us had also read the book years ago, so we pretty much knew what to expect from the movie. (Side note: I’ve always had a little crush on Nikki, so there you have it.)

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With that being said, the three of us made plans for a family movie night to catch THE DIRT on Netflix and we were all super stoked about it! Especially considering the fact that Motley served as producers and we all know that if something was fabricated or came across badly, Nikki would make those changes prior to the release lol.

Here’s the official synopsis of the movie:

In this unflinching biopic based on Motley Crue’s best-selling book, four LA misfits navigate the monster highs and savage lows of music superstardom.

First, I want to talk about the casting for the movie. Colson Baker (aka Machine Gun Kelly) as Tommy Lee was absolutely PERFECT. It actually felt like we were watching Tommy act out his past. Everything from their build to their mannerisms were spot-on, so kudos to Colson for his performance.

The other guys (Douglas Booth as Nikki Sixx, Iwan Rheon as Mick Mars and Daniel Webber as Vince Neil) were great as well. Admittedly, I had a little bit of a harder time believing Daniel Webber to be Vince, but he definitely had Vince’s on-stage mannerisms down. That might be partly because I’ve seen interviews with the others guys talking about their preparation and everything, but Daniel Webber hasn’t really done any press. My opinion of him in this movie has nothing to do with his acting skills though because he was great in The Punisher! It’s just difficult to portray someone so well known. Either way, you can tell that the guys all did their research on the OG’s to get this right.

I had looked up critic reviews before watching the movie myself and what I saw was awful. After watching it though, I have to disagree with their reviews. There were some things about the movie that I wasn’t particularly a fan of, but it wasn’t the debauchery that the band caused and lived through. That’s part of their story and all of what makes them Motley Crue. What I wasn’t a fan of were some of the transitions throughout the movie. I know it’s hard to take a 431-page book and almost 40 years together and make it into a 2 hour movie. But, at one point, they went from playing little club shows to playing arenas with no in between on how they got there. There was also the part where it seemed like a snarky comment from Nikki resulted in their owning their own music, but I’m sure it was much more detailed than that. It was little transitional things like that that seemed off to me. I guess it boils down to just wanting to see more. Maybe it could’ve been like a two-part movie, or like a mini-series or something.

That doesn’t take away from the quality of the movie though. THE DIRT transports you back to the 80s and definitely had great production value. What critics failed to take away from the movie is that this movie  is about a band that was determined to play music their way and overcame some horrible situations over the course of their years together. Their story of success and debauchery is horrific and legendary at the same time, but these are 4 guys who went through the craziest of times and lived to tell the tale. Fans have loved seeing important moments from the band’s lives being played out on-screen, so that’s what matters most. The bottom line is that critics have always criticized Motley, but look at them now! They own their music, they have a book, a film adaptation of that book, and their music is back at the top of the charts. Seems like they’re doing alright for themselves! Plus, they still have loyal fans that are loving every second of their success.

If you’re a fan of the band, the guys as individuals, the 80s or just music and movies in general, I would recommend checking this out when you can. It’s gritty, it has moments that make you laugh and it makes you proud, as a fan, to watch the craziness that tried to take Motley away but failed! Lucky for us!

 

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MÖTLEY CRÜE Announce ‘The Dirt Soundtrack’ From Upcoming Netflix Film

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THE DIRT SOUNDTRACK
OUT MARCH 22ND
FEATURING FOUR NEW SONGS
PRE-ORDER HERE

 ‘THE DIRT (EST. 1981) (FEAT. MACHINE GUN KELLY)’
NEW SINGLE OUT NOW
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

BIOPIC LAUNCHING WORLDWIDE ON NETFILX ON MARCH 22ND

The world’s most notorious rock band, Mötley Crüe announces the release of The Dirt Soundtrack that accompanies the upcoming Netflix Film The Dirt, based on the New York Times best-selling 2001 autobiography by Mötley Crüe and Neil Strauss. The soundtrack and film are set to release March 22nd worldwide.

SYNOPSIS: The upcoming Netflix Film The Dirt is an unflinching and uncensored story about sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll, fame, and the high price of excess. Director Jeff Tremaine (JACKASS co-creator) shows us just how Nikki Sixx (Douglas Booth), Mick Mars (Iwan Rheon), Tommy Lee (Colson Baker), and Vince Neil (Daniel Webber) took Mötley Crüe from the Sunset Strip to the world stage, and what it meant to become the world’s most notorious rock band.

The Dirt Soundtrack includes four brand new songs and is available for pre-order now through Mötley Records and Eleven Seven Music. The pre-order offers an instant download of the single, ‘The Dirt (Est. 1981) (feat. Machine Gun Kelly)’ HERE and check out the official music video HERE that includes behind the scenes footage. Additionally, exclusive to the film and soundtrack, you can find The Dirt inspired merch bundles HERE.

The 18-song soundtrack mastered by GRAMMY winner, Dave Donnelly features a collection of Mötley Crüe classics that meaningfully underscore significant moments that shape the film. The album includes 14 fan-favourites and chart topping tracks such as ‘Dr. Feelgood’ that charted at #6 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and the anthemic ‘Girls, Girls, Girls’ which reached #2 on Billboard’s Top 200 amongst others. Additional hits featured are ‘Kickstart My Heart’, ‘Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S.)’, ‘Shout At The Devil’ and the iconic ballad, ‘Home Sweet Home’ that landed the band mainstream recognition.

Exclusive to the film’s soundtrack, Mötley Crüe recorded four new songs featuring the single, ‘The Dirt (Est. 1981) (feat. Machine Gun Kelly)’ with effortless rap verses surrounding signature guitar riffs. The three remaining songs conclude the album with the catchy ‘Ride With The Devil’, ‘Crash And Burn’ and the band’s own spin on Madonna’s, ‘Like A Virgin’.

“During the filming of our movie we got excited and inspired to write new music. Getting back in the studio with Bob Rock just fuelled the creative fires for us. To me, the music sounds like classic Mötley. The lyrics were written for the movie and are a reflection of our life.”          – Nikki Sixx

THE DIRT SOUNDTRACK TRACKLIST
1. The Dirt (Est. 1981) (feat. Machine Gun Kelly)
2. Red Hot
3. On With The Show
4. Live Wire
5. Merry-Go-Round
6. Take Me To The Top
7. Piece Of Your Action
8. Shout At The Devil
9. Looks That Kill
10. Too Young To Fall In Love
11. Home Sweet Home
12. Girls, Girls, Girls
13. Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S.)
14. Kickstart My Heart
15. Dr. Feelgood
16. Ride With The Devil
17. Crash And Burn
18. Like A Virgin

 

About Mötley Crüe:
Hailing from Los Angeles, CA, the quartet—Vince Neil (vocals), Mick Mars (guitars), Nikki Sixx (bass), and Tommy Lee (drums)— has commandeered the rock pantheon for 38 years as the leaders in rock history. They’ve accumulated worldwide album sales exceeding 100m, 7 platinum and multi-platinum albums, 22 Top 40 mainstream rock hits, 6 Top 20 pop singles, 3 GRAMMY nominations, 4 New York Times best-sellers and even landed a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Known for their iconic live performances, they’ve sold-out countless tours across the globe in front of millions of fans with groundbreaking production highlights such as Tommy Lee’s, Crüecifly-Drum-Rollercoaster and Nikki Sixx’s Flame-Throwing-Bass. The band concluded their extensive two-year final tour in 2015 after 165 shows across 5 continents, grossing over $100m.

Mötley Crüe is reaching new heights in the film industry on Netflix with their octane-fueled biopic, The Dirt from their bestselling autobiography with Neil Strauss. The Netflix Film is directed by Jeff Tremaine (Jackass) and includes a stellar cast: Douglas Booth (Loving Vincent), Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones), Colson Baker a.k.a. Machine Gun Kelly (Bird Box), Daniel Webber (The Punisher), David Costabile (Breaking Bad, Billions) and Pete Davidson (SNL) premiering on Netflix March 22nd.

 

THE STRUTS Announce New Album YOUNG&DANGEROUS

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ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM
YOUNG&DANGEROUS
OUT OCTOBER 26TH VIA POLYDOR RECORDS
PRE-ORDER HERE

RELEASE NEW TRACK
‘BULLETPROOF BABY’
LISTEN HERE

UK TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

British glam-rock sensations The Struts have announced the release of their new album, YOUNG&DANGEROUS, out October 26th via Polydor Records. The band have also released a brand new track, ‘Bulletproof Baby’, the latest to be taken from the upcoming album, as well as announcing a UK headline tour in February.

Following 2016’s critically acclaimed Everybody Wants, the new album features the current hit single, ‘Body Talks’, as well as ‘Primadonna Like Me’, with additional bonus track, ‘Body Talks feat. Kesha’. All of which will be available as an instant grat with each pre-order of the album in addition to the new track ‘Bulletproof Baby’, which is also on EA Games’ NHL 19 soundtrack.

“Finally we can reveal our second album, YOUNG&DANGEROUS,” says The Struts lead singer Luke Spiller. “We have poured our blood, sweat and tears into this album and I know you are all going to love it. This is dedicated to all of our amazing fans who have waited so long for this record. I hope these songs provide the perfect soundtrack to this crazy thing called life. Thank you once again. Be sure to get tickets to our tour so we can all sing these new songs together. Much love x.”

On YOUNG&DANGEROUS, The Struts let loose with the sing-along-ready and riff-heavy sound they’ve brought to stadiums and arenas all around the world, adorning that sound with deeper grooves and inventive textures, dreaming up a majestic glam-rock masterpiece that’s unabashedly fun but full of pure heart.

The band have also announced a UK tour for February 2019, which sees them play eight shows, finishing with London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on the 26th.

To celebrate their triumphant return, fans who pre-order the album will receive a code to get early access to tickets and a chance to win two spots to an intimate acoustic set and a meet & greet with the band. Full terms and conditions here. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 21st September, and full dates can be found below.

In just a few years, The Struts have found themselves embraced by some of the greatest icons in rock-and-roll history. Along with opening for The Rolling Stones, The Who, and Guns N’ Roses, the U.K.-bred four-piece was hand-picked by Mötley Crüe to serve as the supporting act for their last-ever performances, while Dave Grohl praised them as the best band to ever open for Foo Fighters.

Formed in Derby, England in 2012, The Struts are Luke Spiller (lead singer), Adam Slack (guitar), Jed Elliott (bass) and Gethin Davies (drums).

YOUNG&DANGEROUS TRACKLIST:
1. Body Talks
2. Primadonna Like Me
3. In Love With A Camera
4. Bulletproof Baby
5. Who Am I?
6. People
7. Fire (Part 1)
8. Somebody New
9. Tatler Magazine
10. I Do It So Well
11. Freak Like You
12. Ashes (Part 2)
13. Body Talks ft. Kesha

UK TOUR DATES – FEBRUARY 2019
16th – Leeds University Stylus, Leeds
17th – Rock City, Nottingham
18th – Newcastle University, Newcastle
19th – Garage, Glasgow
22nd – SWX, Bristol
23rd – Academy 2, Manchester
24th – O2 Institute, Birmingham
26th – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Tickets are available here.

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Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube | Snapchat: TheStrutsSnap

 

Harry Styles | “KIWI” Video Out Now! [watch]

Good morning, everyone!

Today we are blessed with the latest video from Harry Styles off of his self-titled debut album! I know this made my niece’s day, and I hope it makes yours as well!

Here’s the video for “Kiwi”

If you happen to live under a rock and haven’t seen the debut video from the album, here is “Sign of the Times”

The album is fantastic and features an 80’s rock-inspired sound that is rather surprising to some who are unaware of his talent. (Note: If Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue can admit that this is a great album, that is saying A LOT. Nikki Sixx is extremely outspoken and knows music like the back of his hand. It’s definitely a compliment to Harry) Check it out and let me know what you think!

 

@NikkiSixx Announces 10th Anniversary Release of The Heroin Diaries w/New Merch! | #music

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Hello, everyone!

Here’s a bit of backstory . . . my oldest brother has always been a fan of Motley Crue, and that was passed down to me at an early age. I’d gotten laid off in 2008 and he offered me his ticket to FanFest even though it would’ve been his first time seeing them live. To repay him, I took him to see Motley Crue twice in the past four years before they put an end to touring. There’s a bond that music can form between two completely different people and that has always been appreciated.

DH0NJHUVYAE9t2-[1]When The Heroin Diaries was released in 2007, it quickly became one of my favorites. I even shared the book with some of my friends who wouldn’t have necessarily thought to pick it up at the bookstore. After reading my copy, they actually did go out and buy it for themselves. Personally, I’ve never done any sort of drug, but reading about his struggle with addiction and the struggle to regain control of his life was heart wrenching and I couldn’t put the book down. To know that someone struggled that bad and has now been sober for so many years is incredible. You will definitely find yourself wondering how he survived this time in his life, but that’s what makes his whole life story so interesting. I also think of this book as a sort of cautionary tale to anyone considering taking any drugs.

If you haven’t read this biography, here is the unofficial synopsis:

The book is a 413-page collection of diary entries written between Christmas of 1986 and Christmas of 1987. In considerable detail, the diaries chronicle the recording of Mötley Crüe’s Girls, Girls, Girls album and the subsequent Girls Girls Girls tour, ending with Sixx’s near-death from a heroin overdose in late 1987, which inspires the band to quit heroin altogether.

With the 10th Anniversary of the release approaching, Sixx is partnering with PledgeMusic to release special editions of the book, which include 2 brand new chapters, as well as deluxe editions, a graphic novel, signed copies of certain items, CD and Vinyl versions of the soundtrack by Sixx: A.M. (which is also FANTASTIC) and more. You can check out the link below to pre-order your merch:

pledgemusic.com/projects/sixxammusic/pledgers

If you’ve read The Heroin Diaries already, let me know what you thought! If not, what are you waiting for?? Grab yourself a copy and you can thank me later!

You can find Nikki Sixx on the following social media platforms:

Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

You can also find his band, Sixx A.M. (Nikki Sixx, James Michael & DJ Ashba) here:

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Day 10 of My Favorite Things

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Day 10 of my favorite things in light of National Siblings Day!

Even though they annoy the crap out of me at times, I have to admit that I have two cool older brothers. One of them cried when I was born because he wanted a little brother, but he wouldn’t know what to do without me! Haha!

We’ve definitely had our share of fights over the years, but we’ve also had a ton of laughs. So here we are a few months ago at a Motley Crue concert at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. My oldest brother has always been a fan of theirs and has never seem them live. I decided to buy tix to their Farewell Tour, and it was the first time the three of us went out alone without our friends joining us. It was a blast and we’re doing it again this September! 🙂

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