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Power Pyramid - The God Drums

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TJ Mayes - "When Love Comes Down"

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Boare - "playdatshit"

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Broncho - "Class Historian"

Broncho has never been hurting in the hook department. The success of the trio’s 2011 debut, Can’t Get Past the Lips, was predicated mostly on its ability to marry melodies with kinetic guitar riffs and anarchic energy. Yet we’ve heard nothing to the degree of pure pop catchiness on display in “Class Historian,” the new single from Broncho’s upcoming sophomore album, Just Enough Hip to Be Woman.
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Manmade Objects - Monuments

No one wants to be forgotten; everyone wants some sort of legacy, a mark they leave behind as they exit this life for whatever lies beyond.

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Keep these flicks on your radar at the 10th deadCENTER Film Festival, since you can't see everything


Joshua Boydston, Adam Kemp, Rod Lott and Joe Wertz June 10th, 2010

deadCENTER has been building momentum for a decade, and organizers expect more than 10,000 film fans to help celebrate the event's 10th year. There's more than 100 movies screening today through Sunda...

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deadCENTER has been building momentum for a decade, and organizers expect more than 10,000 film fans to help celebrate the event's 10th year.

There's more than 100 movies screening today through Sunday at seven spots spread throughout downtown. The Gazette film crew knows there's no way to watch it all, so we watched everything we could to give readers an eyes-on assessment of what's worth watching and given a green light to movies that mustn't be missed. "Joe Wertz

Armless
1 p.m. Saturday, Kerr Auditorium,
111 Robert S. Kerr
5 p.m. Sunday, IAO Gallery, 706 W. Sheridan
Loving husband and insurance exec John (Daniel London, "Rent") doesn't like his arms. So he leaves his wife, Anna (Janel Moloney, TV's "The West Wing"), via a phone message, buys a circular saw, rents a hotel room and plots to lop off his limbs. With mother-in-law in tow, Anna tries to find him first. The comedy is dark and droll as they come, and there are laughs to be had, even if the running time is padded. Moloney's performance is particularly heartfelt. "Rod Lott

Automorphosis
7:30 p.m. Saturday, [Artspace] at Untitled, 1 N.E. Third
As is echoed in the car world, "there's an ass for every seat." "Automorphosis" documents drivers unsatisfied with traditional transportation. Enter the "art car" phenomenon and its statement-making creators, an odd mix of freaks driven to change the meaning of four wheels. The most subtle vehicles are completely covered with objects like spoons and pennies, while others get their gears off by piloting shark cars, telephone transports and beach-ball mobiles. Documentarian Harrod Blank engages absurdity head-on with no cruise control. "JW

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead
1 p.m. Saturday, IAO Gallery
This documentary by Australian Joe Cross documents his 60-day trek coast-to-coast trip across America, during which he's pledged not to eat our food. At 309 pounds, the overweight man with a skin disease ditches pills and snacks, surviving only on juice that he'll make with produce he finds along the way. Like "Super Size Me" in reverse, "Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead" is an amusing doc that makes a strong statement, sadly all too relevant even half a world away. "RL

The Four-Faced Liar
7:30 p.m. Friday, [Artspace] at Untitled
7:30 p.m. Saturday, IAO Gallery
Whit Stillman carved a career out of chronicling the lives of sophisticated New Yorkers verging on adulthood. The Big Apple characters of "The Four-Faced Liar" could use his touch. These 20-somethings fall in and out of love, drink, smoke, have sex, play Connect Four, but mostly whine about the opposite gender. The problem is, you care about maybe one or two of them; the rest are annoying. Jacob Chase's film is polished and well-shot, with a bubbly soundtrack, but a tad too precious for its own good. "RL

Biker Fox
10 p.m. Thursday, IAO Gallery
An examination of a true Oklahoma oddity, "Biker Fox" is totally entertaining if not completely revealing. Jeremy Lamberton's subject, Frank P. DeLarzelere III, is an activist, animal enthusiast and muscle-car-parts guru whose bicycle infatuation is fueled by strange rage and expressed through phosphorescent spandex and scrapes with Tulsa law enforcement. It's not as clever as it could be, but this "Fox" is fast and a ton of fun. "JW

our House
3:30 p.m. Saturday, [Artspace] at Untitled
This hour-long documentary recounts the story of an alternative homeless shelter located in an abandoned warehouse in which several troubled, often drug-riddled individuals have taken haven. When the group learns the building is to be torn down, each member is forced to find a new place to call home. While it's heartfelt and often touching, "Our House" loses much of its momentum with a seemingly endless barrage of empty art shots and lengthy pauses in action and dialogue " a simple case of too much built on too little a foundation. "Joshua Boydston

Rachel Is
5:30 p.m. Thursday, IAO Gallery
Like most 21-year-olds, Rachel Glynn just wanted to get away from her mother. This documentary portrays the struggles of Rachel, who was born developmentally disabled, and her mother, Jane, who is conflicted between letting go of her daughter and also trying to live a life of her own. The film was directed by Rachel's sister, Charlotte Glynn, who is also looking for her own answers to the mysterious life of her younger sibling. Everything from frustrating breakfasts to Rachel's prom and graduation, and finishing with Rachel's move to a new home, makes this a fresh look into a world into which most are to afraid to venture. "Adam Kemp

The Rock 'n' Roll Dreams of Duncan Christopher
7 p.m. Saturday, Kerr Auditorium
In a bid to make it big, rich-boy Duncan Christopher leaves his Collinsville compound and strikes out for Tulsa, to start his rock 'n' roll dreams the big Oklahoma city way: karaoke. Unsure of himself, he awkwardly aligns himself with his plotting cousin and struggles to reconcile his big dreams with tiny talent and the overshadowing presence of his father's rock star legacy. Justin Monroe's film has an appealing stage-play quality that imbues his characters with funny, dramatic tragedy. "Dreams" is well-scripted and strangely relatable. "JW

Roll Out, Cowboy
7 p.m. Friday, IAO Gallery
Chris Sand, aka "Sandman," is a rapping cowboy and an unlikely star, especially in North Dakota. He's a character for sure, and documentary filmmaker Elizabeth Lawrence is smart to let Sandman lead the way. Set amid the 2008 presidential election, Sand is seen rocking fundraisers for family farms and working the scene with the 120 residents that occupy his hometown. The story is in the struggle, and Sands wrestles with himself and his persona, often awkwardly, but always endearingly. "JW

To Be Remembered
10 p.m. Friday, IAO Gallery
Cassie (Eliza Farren) is forced to deal with a life of constantly being forgotten, and the wrenching loneliness that entails. Farren gives an appropriately blank, but pained performance as Cassie, and the rest of the cast does a solid job as well. With shades of M. Night Shyamalan, this short gets slightly lost in metaphor, but maintains a solid focus. And with its middling, but effective twist at the end, Kelley Katzenmeyer's "To Be Remembered" is hardly forgettable. "JB
    
The Van
6 p.m. Thursday,
Kerr Auditorium
3 p.m. Saturday, IAO Gallery  
If Moby Dick took place atop a bike in New York City, then the hipster population would be more well-read. Herman Melville's tale of a man's obsession with a giant mammal is adapted to a bike messenger's desire to catch a Great White Van that had maimed his leg. Ishmael (Hamish Strong) provides the narrative for Ahab's (James Warke) psychotic cyclist journey into the pursuit and suicidal capture of the van, and director Jeremy Berger's beautiful Brooklyn scenery is quite eye-catching. "The Van" may be the best five minutes you spend at deadCENTER. "AK
 
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