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Motion Picture Purgatory: Leslie, My Name Is Evil

Everybody grab your copy of the Beatles’ White Album, light some incense, and go helter skelter over Trembles’ review this week of Leslie, My Name Is Evil starring Kristen Hager as Leslie Van Houten, a member of the infamous Manson Family.

Synopsis:
Perry, a sheltered chemist, falls in love with Leslie, a former homecoming princess, when he is selected to be a jury member at her hippie death cult murder trial. Perry has always done what is expected of him. He was a straight-A student who got a good job at a chemical company and proposed to his Christian girlfriend, Dorothy. Leslie took a different path after she was traumatized by Kennedy’s assassination, an abortion, and the divorce of her parents. She took LSD, joined a hippie death cult, and helped murder a God-fearing citizen in her own home. When Perry and Leslie lock eyes in court, Perry is forced to confront the darkest parts of himself and, by extension, society. Leslie, My Name Is Evil is a film that explores how the choices Perry and Leslie make reflect upon the moral choices our society has made.

“Sorry is just a five-letter word” –Leslie Van Houten

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  • Floydian Trip

    I love every Beatles song and know all the lyrics by heart but if a person can’t even appreciate the brilliance of the White Album then they shouldn’t be discussing music.

    • Terminal

      I love almost every Beatles song. I’m not a fan of stuff like Rocky Raccoon and The Continuing Adventures of Bungalow Bill.
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    • Floydian Trip

      Rocky Raccoon is my favorite song followed by Norwegian Wood.

  • James Coker

    Sorry Guys but the BEATLES AND THE 1960’s IN GENERAL ARE DEAD TO ME AFTER WATCHING THAT MEGATON PIECE OF SHIT KNOWN AS ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, after watching that i could not listen to another beatles song again….sorry guys I don’t know if i could ever regain a 60’s nostalgia after that piece of shit

    • Terminal

      I loved “Across the Universe” personally. I thought it was incredible.
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      “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

      • Uncle Creepy

        Me too. Loved that flick. Thought it captured the feel and spirit of both the music and the times perfectly.

        • Terminal

          Word, Creepy. I was in bliss while watching it. It made even Bono bearable. I loved all of the covers to the songs, especially “Because” and “Being for the Courtesy of Mr. Kite.”
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  • Cinemascribe

    The thing about The Beatles is that they changed the musical landscape. Rock & roll and the boundaries pushed by rock & roll would forever be altered by their emergence on the scene. The “four lads from Liverpool” weren’t merely pop artists…they were an early chart topping group who in subsequent years frequently referenced the use of drugs in their songs and helped set the tone for the revolutionary spirit of the 1960’s( listen to Daytripper and tell me what that song is really about. if you come up with anything other than a woman who uses LSD, you’re not paying attention).

    Something else they did was launch the British Invasion, which changed the flow of the American musical lexicon by making the rock/pop material being crafted by our friends across The Big Pond more accessible to US audiences. Because of The Beatles, the notion of an international audience was even further solidified , paving the way for such excellent acts as the Rolling Stones, ELO and- some years later- even U2.

    Besides, all one needs to do is spend an afternoon listening to Abbey Road in it’s entirety to realize how brilliant those guys were. Hell, horror fans alone should give the Beatles their props for supplying us the funny, quirky charms of “Maxwells’ Silver Hammer”, probably the first pop/rock hit about a serial killer. Let’s see Bono top that. :)

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    • Terminal

      They also inspired one of the worlds most notorious murderers with two Excellent songs Helter Skelter and Little Piggies, on a twisted note.

      Well said as always Cinemascribe.
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  • AngryChairr

    No one can really match the Beatles, at least in music. Most forms of popular music have drawn so immensely from the Beatles that it’s impossible to find anyone that can match them. When you have genres as diverse as metal to punk to various forms of dance and experimental genres citing them as a direct influence, I don’t think you can find anyone even close.

    • Terminal

      Exactly AngryChairr. The Beatles have been it for a long long long time. Everyone since them has been compared to them and just can’t match them. Sure the Stones rock but they were out and rocking because the Beatles opened the doors for them.

      Shit the WHOLE reason why the Beach Boys made the album Animal Sounds was because they were trying to match the genius of the Beatles who went from “She Loves You,” to “Helter Skelter” in literal years!
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      “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

  • Vanvance1

    The Beatles are so over.

    John Lennon is in Heaven playing poker with Michael Jackson and some talking dogs. I don’t mean the card game.

    • The Woman In Black

      If there’s a hell, you’ll surely burn in it for that remark. The influence of the Beatles on both music and popular culture will never be matched.

      • Vanvance1

        Pop culture is a huge ever changing tapestry and the Beatles are a notable but small thread in it. I’m certain their influence has been matched and even exceeded by a great many people.

        Personally I find Lenon’s sappy socialist lyrics unbearable.

        • Floydian Trip

          On a lot of things you and I are on the same page but not this time, not at all. The Beatles are a evolutionary band. They pushed recording technology further than anyone had before them. They didn’t stay pop long and I call them a progressive rock band ultimately.

          Then there’s Rolling Stone with their 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time issue which I figured as I was opening it up that I’d see Beyonce at #1 but to my surprise it is fantastic and I can’t complain about a single song on there although Bohemian Rhapsody would be #1 if they had consulted me. They had people from all over the industry helping them put this together but if it had been just RS editors it’s be full of bullshit.

          Anyway The Beatles are in there a lot….

          The Beatles=23 Stones=14 Dylan=13 elvis-11 u2=8
          The Beach Boys=7 Hendrix=7

          The issue rocks and you can learn a lot about The Beatles from reading the few paragraphs that go with each song. Check it out.

          You too WIB!

          • FireRam

            Hmmm U2 8
            The Beatles 23

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        • Terminal

          Re: Vanvance1: God, is everyone on crack this week? The Beatles were a monumental historic groundbreaking earth shattering band and continue to be to this day. They shook the music world at its core, made Elvis look like a dinosaur, they mad pop music in to a frantic creative medium, displayed actual vocal talents with their music, and evolved in to one of the most brilliant bands of all time whose albums The White Album and Yellow Submarine haven’t been matched.

          Nope, they have not been exceeded. There’s yet to be another band who has shaken pop culture by the balls like they did.

          Seriously, put down the crack,
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          “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • Vanvance1

            Sorry dude, I’m not buying what you’re selling.

            I’ll agree they were important to the history of modern music but they don’t resonate strongly with everyone. I’ve noticed a tendency for people to assign a passionate love to their ‘nostalgia bands’ happily overlooking their weaknesses or anything that has come after to surpass their achievements.

            To my ears they just don’t sound that good. Worse still, the lyrics (shudders).

          • Terminal

            If you don’t like them, you don’t like them, but to downplay their importance and overall impact on music as a whole is laughable and quite insane.
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          • FireRam

            U2 did to pop culture in the 90’s the same as what The Beatles did in their day. I’m not a huge U2 fan so I’m not just throwing them out there because I love them.

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          • Terminal

            FireRam don’t say things you can’t take back. U2 did diddly squat compared to the Beatles.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • FireRam

            Not according to record sales and setting the tone for 90’s pop/rock.

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          • Terminal

            No, no you silly goose. Popularity does not a Beatles successor make.
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          • Floydian Trip

            The successor to the Beatles was Elton John you goofs.

          • FireRam

            No, it was Cindy Lauper.

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        • FireRam

          Vanvance1: “Personally I find Lenon’s sappy socialist lyrics unbearable.”

          YES!

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      • FireRam

        Then I’m not just going to burn in hell, but I’ll be hung by my ankles and tortured for this. Here goes: Beatles are not that great. Pretty bland band. They were the first of their kind and brought something edgy to the scene. That’s it. Most of the bands that say The Beatles were a huge influence say it because,well, it’s the cool thing in music to say. Oh, and Elvis Presley? Over-rated! Can’t sing,horrible actor, don’t get the Elvis popularity. He’s dead, move one. Worship Twilight or something. Ok, I’m gonna run outta here now.

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        Abashed the Devil stood and felt how awful goodness is.