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Artist: The Movies
Album: Based On A True Story
Label: Self Released
Release Date: May 2008

The Movies are the most enigmatic entity l've ever stumbled across. They are simply legendary in Los Angeles. Fans practically worship the ground that front man Timothy James walks on. Or at least that’s what I’ve witnessed. Regardless, there’s a barefaced glory and honor that comes along with calling yourself a fan of the Movies.

The band is entirely idealized—purported to be larger than life. And while this sort of obsessive quality has debunked many artists in the long run, it seems to, oddly enough, sustain the Movies. For it is their rebellious disposition, unwavering confidence and, furthermore, their imperfection that generates endless intrigue.

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And nothing expresses this peculiar idea more succinctly than their latest nine-song endeavor, Based On A True Story. Songs like the lionhearted “Missed Opportunities,” the awesomely disdainful “When I Was In Nam” and the surprisingly even-tempered “Get Your Macho Out” are inordinately anthemic.

The Movies - "When I Was In Nam"

Yet, ultimately, the underlying notion of otherness is solidified in James' nonsensical quavering, which is delivered without a shadow of a doubt. Even the most seemingly fatuous moments--like closing out "Tired Of Being Superstitious" with: "Pedro Martinez says you make your own luck"--are to be taken seriously.

All in all, Based On A True Story is a dazzling synth-heavy testament to, what has proved to be, an interminable reign over the fringe. There's certainly no rhyme or reason, but their songs speak to you on a very fundamental level.