Friendly Fire (2006)
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(A small note, I'm surprised that Rotten Tomatoes even has this, seeing how most other sites have never heard of it.) Friendly Fire is a beautiful and bittersweet movie with brilliant songs by Sean Lennon and while doesn't have the greatest acting, the visuals and songs make up for it. Friendly Fire is the video accompaniment to Sean Lennon's most recent solo album "Friendly Fire". The album's theme is much like a break-up album so Friendly Fire follows suit. It tells a fictional retelling of Sean Lennon's messy relationship with Bijou Phillips, showing Sean playing himself, and Lindsey Lohan playing his girlfriend. Using the music to help push the story along, Friendly Fire crafts a story ultimately resulting in his finding out that the girlfriend is cheating on him with his best friend, leaving him broken hearted. The direction of the music videos is amazing. The look is breath taking, and has a sort of "Across the Universe" look to parts of it. It has some more avant-garde bits in it that may not make sense to movie goers, but Sean was raised by Yoko Ono so it's sort of expected. Like I said, none of the actors give a truly amazing performance, but it's not that important. The music is excellent, with my personal favorite tracks being "Dead Meat", "Tomorrow", "Parachute", "Falling out of Love", and "Friendly Fire". Yeah, it's a depressing film, thus the depressing song titles! The actual story behind this is that Sean Lennon's then girlfriend Bijou Phillips was found to be cheating with his childhood best friend Max Leroy. This resulted in Sean breaking up with Bijou and his friendship with Max taking a hit. Before the two could sort anything out, Max passed away in a motorcycle accident. It's really sad to hear that things turned out that way, and Sean's sadness about the incident is shown beautifully in Friendly Fire. If you like more surreal movies as well as alternative music, you'll probably enjoy this movie. If you think that avant-garde surrealist pieces should burn in a fire as you dance to modern pop music like Akon and Lady Gaga, you should leave this movie be. (Just joking, I have nothing against Lady Gaga. Only Akon. He sucks.) I should note real quick that you can't find this movie in stores or on Netflix. So far, you can only find this on Amazon or on Youtube. Here's the first part: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBe2ZSQm95A&ob=av2n (Real rating: 99.5%, only because of the acting.)
It's a 52 minute Sean Lennon music video with Asia Argento and Lindsay Lohan. A couple of decent visual ideas, but the songs are so good on their own that the visual element actually ends up defeating the purpose. You were expecting?
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