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“The Chemical Brothers: Don’t Think” is a feast for the mind

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There are a set of challenges to making a great concert film. The movie should make you feel like a participant at the event, give you the full expanse of the stadium show as though you are in the back of the house, and finally, connect you with the band as though you have better than front row seats. And then, to be great, you have to transition between these perspectives without the viewer even realizing it. The Chemical Brothers’ “Don’t Think” is everything you want from a concert movie, with the added dimension of their signature spin on perceived reality.

Filmed at Japan’s Fujirock Festival last summer, the concert at its core is perfect record of the Manchester electronic duo at their zenith, taking their 20 years of collaboration and weaving their audience through a electronic symphony while stunning visuals cascade from the stage to the streets beyond. Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons conduct a stadium wide rave, the film’s close-ups shots offering an intimate look at the precision involved in their performance and their enthusiasm for the experience they deliver. Directed by Adam Smith, who has created designed the band’s visual elements for the past 18 years, the mind bending visuals compliment every step of the music, from mellow grooves to industrial cacophony in perfect harmony.

The crowd pulses as they are visited upon by spectral psychedelic lovers, bugs made of electric white light and an omnipresent clown who bounces from trees to attendees bellies, all building up to the appearance of techno-god made of what might be motion capture dots. The viewing experience is entrancing, don’t be surprised if you catch yourself dancing in your seat.

Like any good trip, watching “Don’t Think” is a fantastic high with just enough things to unsettle you to make things interesting, a full frontal engagement for your eyes and ears, and an overall experience that culminates like a deep tissue massage for the pleasure center of your brain.

“The Chemical Brothers: Don’t Think” will be released in theaters on Wednesday, February 1. If you’re a fan of the Chemical Brothers, this will be be an incomparable treat. If you’re not, seeing this will make you believe.

What is your favorite Chemical Brother’s performance? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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Nick Kroll and John Mulaney To Host Spirit Awards

The Spirit Awards Air February 25 LIVE on IFC.

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The 2017 Spirit Awards have finally found their frontmen: Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. And it’s no wonder. Just marvel in their splendid chemistry back when they appeared on Comedy Bang! Bang!:

The pair are prolific within the performing arts community: television (Kroll in The League and The Kroll Show, Mulaney as a writer of IFC’s own Documentary Now!), theater (including Broadway’s current Oh Hello Show), and stand-up comedy. In fact, it’s entirely possible that emceeing an awards show is one of the few remaining line items on their professional bucket lists.

It’s important to caveat this announcement, however. Unlike the bigger and more ubiquitously known awards shows, the Spirit Awards are not, well…boring. (We’re talking to you, Oscar.)

They’re funny. They’re honest. They have quality to match the red-carpet fanfare. And that’s alarmingly special. Last year’s show included some legitimately historic moments, like when transgender actress Mya Taylor won best supporting female, or Kate McKinnon’s hilarious and timely parody of Carol. See more highlights here to get the flavor of the Spirit Awards and read all about Film Independent to dig deeper.

The 2017 Spirit Awards air live February 25 at 5P ET exclusively on IFC.

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