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Desolation Center

Desolation Center is a movie starring Anthony Ausgang, Joe Baiza, and Bob Bert. The story of a group of 1980s punk artists who started organizing and playing desert shows that later inspired Burning Man, Coachella, and Lollapalooza.

Running Time
1 hours 33 minutes
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
Documentary
Director
Stuart Swezey
Actors
Bob Bert, D. Boon, Joe Baiza, Anthony Ausgang
Country
USA
Year
2018
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Subtitles
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

The story of a group of 1980s punk artists who started organizing and playing desert shows that later inspired Burning Man, Coachella, and Lollapalooza.

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Douglas

This is a documentary about the ill-fated record label "Perverted by Pleasure" and the story of the "Evil Angel" and his attempted escape. It's certainly an interesting story, but it's a bit hard to believe that this happened. The most plausible thing is that the "Evil Angel" was "tortured" by the police, which would make his story believable. It's also possible that the "Evil Angel" was trying to protect himself, which would make his story credible. What makes the story hard to believe is the fact that the police, who are supposed to be experts in this field, knew nothing about it. They also know nothing about Perverted by Pleasure and therefore didn't know what the label was. The other thing is that they knew the label wasn't good and yet they allowed the "Evil Angel" to escape. The thing is, this is all just a rumor. There's no evidence to support the claim that the police knew nothing about Perverted by Pleasure. So, we're left with a story that just doesn't ring true. It's possible that the "Evil Angel" did escape, but he could have done so under duress. This was probably the main reason the police let him go. The police probably knew about Perverted by Pleasure and the fact that the label was a joke. That's why the police let him go. There is also the possibility that the police lied about the label, which would make the story believable. I don't know. I think it's impossible to know.

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Raymond

I was fortunate enough to see this documentary on TV recently. I have no prior knowledge of the group and I do not consider myself a friend of any of them. But I do know they have a lot of passionate followers who make the whole process of making the movie worthwhile. I've never had any particular interest in the group, but the movie certainly got me thinking about it. The interviews were interesting and well-researched. I loved the interviews with the founders of the group and the members of the subculture of the group. I think a lot of the criticism that has been leveled at the group is unfair. I think this is a group that has developed a lot of a sense of identity and purpose, and that's the most important thing. They have achieved this without having any financial resources. And I don't think there is any sign of financial strain or lack of funds in their lives. I think the documentary made me realize that I don't have to like the group or the subculture, and I don't have to agree with them, just to understand their goals and how they accomplish them. I think that the main goal of the film was to show how hard it is to make a movie about something as nebulous as the group. A movie about the subculture would not necessarily be a good thing. I also think that the documentary was a good thing for the group because they were given an opportunity to talk about the group and their life. I've always been fascinated by them. And this documentary definitely helped them to open up a bit about themselves and their lives.

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Patricia Lewis

I was expecting to get a bit more information than what was on the DVD, but that was not the case. I had no idea what the movie was about, so I was very much surprised to find out that this was a documentary. I found the time and effort put into this film to be very informative and interesting. I would recommend this movie to anyone who is interested in knowing more about the history of the F3 event. I also would recommend it to anyone who is not interested in the history of the F3 event. If you are interested in the F3 event, I recommend this movie to you. This is a great film, and it should be in every people's library.

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Alan Rice

I've been following this subject since I first heard about it in the 1980s. It seems to have gotten a lot of negative attention in the past few years, so I was interested to see what would happen to the subject in a media frenzy. The subject was recently covered in a documentary (which I didn't find very compelling), and now another documentary has gotten a fair amount of publicity. I found this film to be more factual, which means more useful information. While it's also very professional. For example, the depiction of the use of child labor in the United States. (Though the documentary was very pro-labor, it does say in the beginning that it's not supposed to be.) This is the subject of the documentary "Reefer Madness." (I saw "The Interview" before I saw "Reefer Madness," and I found "The Interview" to be much more revealing about the Nazi connection.) This documentary goes into some detail about the actual case that caused the frenzy in the media, and the Nazi connection. It also takes a look at what happened to the story in the late 1980s, as well as what was happening to the subject. I thought that the subjects were very credible and had their moments of truth, though I had some questions about some aspects of the documentary. For example, why did the psychiatrist just keep going to the police when she got in trouble? Also, she kept complaining about the abuse that she and her husband were doing to her husband. The documentary points out that that was just a cover for her to get him into the mental institution. It would have been much more effective to show that he was being abused by his wife and that she was making all this noise about it. Also, her husband kept saying "there's no way I could do this," even when he was at the police station. So, it's not clear that it's the fact that the police were pressuring her to do something that caused the frenzy. Another question was why didn't the psychiatrist just leave the state hospital to get better? She was being forced to do this. The people at the hospital were even using the same psychiatric drugs that were being given to her husband. That may have been the case, but it didn't really seem to be a very compelling case. Another problem I had was with the interviews. The only one that I didn't like was that of the young man. His mother was really telling a different story than the one she was saying in the interview. I also found that it wasn't very clear how the other people in the movie would react to the Nazi connection. There was no discussion about the fact that the head of the SS would not be someone who was anti-Semitic. They did talk about the man being a friend of Hitler, but he was a good guy. I did find this interesting that they talked about the fact that he had a Jewish mother, and that the man was raised in a Jewish household. It's also interesting that the man's father was a member of the Nazi party, but not that his mother was. Overall, I thought that this documentary was much more useful than "The Interview." It had more information, and it was more professional. This documentary is about the subject of the Nazi connection more than it is about the famous case.

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Rebecca

If you like art you'll like this. if you like the music, you'll enjoy it. I like to watch a documentary when I am sick, so I'd say the movie is very good. It's very relaxing and gives a view of our culture.

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Evelyn

I'd never heard of "The Incident" before I watched it and when I saw the title it immediately jumped into my head and I couldn't stop thinking about it. I love the sound of those cars (too much). The story behind it is also fascinating and the story of how the incident came to be is very interesting. The acting was really good. I think many people will not understand what the documentary was trying to tell them but I felt like I had a really good understanding of it and the actors portrayed their characters really well. I loved the whole idea of the "B" bomb that was released on September 11th and I also loved the director's perspective of what happened. There was also some really incredible footage of the burning buildings and the aftermath of the event. The editing was really good and it helped the film to flow and tell a story that was really hard to grasp at first but you got the idea of what the film was trying to tell and I liked it. If you've never heard of the Incident or if you like stories of what happened and don't really understand what happened, I definitely recommend this film to you. It's definitely not a "must see" film but it's definitely a great documentary.

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Alan F.

I think that the main reason that people are not seeing this film is that they are expecting a serious look at the nuclear holocaust and the Japanese War Crime records. There is some true information here but in most cases you will find that they just take the superficial stuff from the documents and don't really put in anything much more. I would say that this is a really good film, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about this topic. But if you are going to see it for the film you will not get the very interesting but also very misleading information about the actual event. One of the main things that are really important to get in this film is the official documents, but if you don't have access to these you will find that the director is pretty lazy in the way that he tries to make the film more interesting. I think that this film is a good film, but I don't think that it deserves much more than an average rating of 7.

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Brenda

So much about the country is highlighted. So much about the politics is highlighted. But the hidden picture is so much more interesting than the beauty of the country. What would you do if you were given a chance to save your children's life and everyone's life? Would you have the courage to give that chance?

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Jacqueline

It's been a long time since I've been so swept up in a movie, and this one is no exception. I read somewhere that this movie was called "Disposable," and to be honest I never really bought it. But I have to admit that this movie was a great, immersive experience. After I watched the film, I wanted to know more about what the real story was. What was the real background story behind the "disposable" unit, and why was it brought on to fulfill a big government need. I was happy to find out that I had been lied to about what happened in Iraq. This film really took me to the heart of the story, and made me wonder if there really was a war going on. I believe that this is a great story of what happens when a government doesn't have the answers, and we have to rely on our own experience to figure it out. I hope that the film is shown on public television, because it is a story that everyone should see. The best part of this movie was watching this amazing team of soldiers who had to struggle to fulfill a big government need. I'm not sure if this was the story they were told or what, but it was a great movie.

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Henry

I don't really know where to start. This documentary is about a guy who works for an oil company who has a severe aversion to talking about his life. He's living his life in a way that he doesn't want to talk about. I've known this guy for almost 10 years and I don't think that I've ever seen him give a negative comment about himself. It's like he's a zombie. So when the film was starting I was like "I hope he's happy." I was really hoping that this guy would be able to get through the film and get the message out that there are still some people out there who care about their lives and their families. It's like he didn't even know what was happening in his life and it was all this all this and that. I don't know if he got any help or what. I thought it was a really good documentary and it's about something that affects a lot of people and that I thought was really interesting. I hope that he gets some help for some of the issues he's facing. But I really don't know if he's been able to get that help or not. I don't know if he's been able to get help from any of the people in his life and what his problems are. That's the thing that I didn't really understand about this documentary. It just seemed to be about his job and the things he did and he seemed to be living a completely selfish life and just about nothing in his life mattered. It's kind of like he was living in a world that he didn't want to get out of.

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Carolyn B.

The BBC's Survival of the Fittest series was just my childhood. I remember feeling so helpless and lost in the ring with the contestants, I watched them year after year. The competition was a strange and wonderful thing. The ring is a maze. The contestants would be in one area and the teams would battle it out until one of the teams won the other team's best three positions. The contestants would be in the ring and the audience would see the cage and the contestants would try to break out. Sometimes they would be able to, but most of the time they would be trapped. I'm afraid I have never seen the end of the show. I'm afraid that the television show will come back for another season, I've already seen one year that I watched. But I do hope the BBC does not have to use the same actors again. They did a good job with the actors they did, but if they had to go out and find new people they would be disappointed. I'm sure the BBC is a great organization and would do a great job with this. It would be a shame if this program was cut and not put on tape. I would love to see a reunion show with the old contestants.

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Maria

Most of the positive reviews of this film have been written by the same people who gave the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie (which I didn't even bother to see). The Hallmark movie was done with no special effects, no special effects at all. I love the Hallmark Hall of Fame movies, they are always so much fun and I would rather see them than this film. The movie was done with as much effect as a soap opera, and that is the only way to describe it. I've seen some great documentary's with a little film effects, but this one was terrible. It was awful. If you want to see a great documentary about a Hall of Fame movie then go see "Man on the Moon" or "Shawshank Redemption". These films have a great deal of special effects and they are also a lot of fun. This film is awful. So if you like these types of documentaries and you don't like this one, I suggest you go see one of the Hallmark movies. This one is so boring that you would not be able to sit through it, and the acting is not good either.

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Harry Walters

I'm a movie fan who has a passion for movies. I've seen movies from every decade, and I love movies. I'm a big fan of director Peter Jackson, and I also love movies that don't rely on special effects or blockbuster action. When I was 10 years old, I saw The Lord of the Rings trilogy for the first time, and I fell in love with it. I've seen dozens of movies since then, and I always watch a movie to see the story unfold, and I always find that movies can only be as good as the story, and the writing is the way to go. I've seen several of the movies mentioned in this film, and they are all great. I was very excited to watch this film, because I've heard that it was a slow movie, but I was very pleasantly surprised. It was a very dark movie, and the story was great. I loved how the story flowed, and I was able to connect with all the characters. The movie was a little slow in the beginning, but it was alright, because it didn't drag, and I was able to get into the story and become a part of it. The acting was great, because the cast did a great job. The movie was about what it was about. It wasn't trying to make you think, it was about what it was about. I was very impressed with the actors. Everyone did a fantastic job, and they all showed the talent they have. I was very happy with this movie. It was a great story, it was very well acted, and it was well written. I recommend this movie to everyone, because it is a very great movie, and I enjoyed every second of it. It was very well written, and the story flowed very well. I also recommend this movie to those who have never seen a movie before, because it will show you a lot of different movies that you might not know of. I give it a 9/10, because it was great. I love this movie, and I would recommend this movie to anyone. It's one of my favorite movies of all time.

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Tyler D.

I was very skeptical about this movie. It seemed like it was going to be all about Michael Moore and not about the fact that there is no major science, but I think I am in the minority. This film really moved me and I enjoyed it. I also thought the political message was very well-done. I think most people will be able to understand it, but I did not have any problems with it. I was able to understand the messages, but not necessarily the motivation. I think the most important message for me was the movie was very well-made, the actors did an excellent job, the editing was excellent, and the overall look of the movie was very good. I don't think the message was pushed too much in this movie, but I think it was still present. There were some parts that were a little forced and were a little confusing. I also thought that they could have used a little more focus on the science. This is not to say that this movie was bad, but it was very good. I also thought the final conclusion was very good. I enjoyed the message that they were trying to tell, and I think that this movie will be a good introduction to the concepts and the history of climate change.

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Jonathan R.

It's not an easy task to put a film on a billboard, but Sean was able to do it here. I'm not sure how Sean's life was from all the horror stories that came out during his lifetime, but it was certainly a turbulent time. As the narrator, we see the man's physical deterioration and the changes in his family, including his wife. In addition to this, we see some of his early days as a Nazi soldier during World War II. We also see a history of drug abuse and alcoholism. As a whole, this is a pretty good documentary. We see some of the highlights of Sean's life, including some of the things he was able to accomplish. We see him in his early years as a Nazi soldier, and his changes as a result of his addiction. We also see some of the changes he went through when his wife died. All of this is important to understand as a man, as an artist, and as a human being. Unfortunately, as a man who has had his life turned upside down and gone through a lot of things, I am not sure if I'm going to see Sean in my life again. It would be good to see him again, though. I feel this film is very well-done, and well-crafted.

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Martha E.

Somewhat like the title, it's more about the effects of the weather and the people on the road to get to the park, than the desert itself. And it's definitely not a documentary, so there's nothing there you wouldn't already know. That said, the doco is pretty good, and even though it's only about two and a half hours, it's still well worth your time. I thought the whole story of how people get there, was well put together. The only thing I didn't like was the one scene that doesn't make sense. But it's not like the movie is bad, it's just that the one scene doesn't make sense. I do think it would be better to have the doco be about the other side of the story, the ones who don't go to the desert, because it's just as depressing and difficult, and the ones who go to the desert are a little more realistic. It's not a good movie, but I think that if you like nature documentaries, it's worth a watch.

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Sharon Hawkins

Not a lot of surprises, but I do like the theme of this documentary. It focuses on the impact of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, and it explores the fallout and what happened afterwards. I particularly liked the way that the footage was shot in black and white, as opposed to the current reality in which most of the footage is in color. It is a documentary of its own, and the subjects are not the usual Hollywood types. I also liked the way that the documentary was made, which gives it a sort of "bioscience" feel. The scientists were very realistic and did not look like a bunch of people who have a lot of knowledge and money. All in all, I think this is an important documentary and is worth seeing. It is also interesting to hear from some of the people who were there at the time of the accident. I found it interesting how, in some cases, they had very little information on what happened at the time. Overall, this is an interesting documentary.

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Jacqueline

A film which reminds me a bit of "the last man on earth" (1997). We follow a woman (Sarah Polley) on a journey of self discovery. But a little more like "The Others" (2007) in terms of character development. Maybe not so much "The Last Man On Earth" (1997), but it's a good film nonetheless. I've never really liked this genre of films. I don't really like long walks on the beach, nor do I particularly enjoy deep, spiritual contemplations. But this film, on the other hand, is an interesting, intelligent and insightful look at the meaning of life and death. I do believe that it is an interesting film. I don't think it is too deep, but it is more than just one person's journey. It's an exploration of self-discovery, meaning and the meaning of life. Not too deep, not too simple, just an honest look at the human condition. I was very surprised by this film. I was expecting more from the director and producer. Not really an Oscar winner, but not bad. The performances are quite good. Sarah Polley is very believable. A little too idealistic, but the acting is very good. And to top it off, the film is so stylish and artistic. It's a very pleasant film to watch. I recommend it to anyone.

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Justin Hansen

After being abandoned by his family and forced to fend for himself in the desert, Craig Watkins (the newest member of the British cast) is desperate to return home. He arrives at a Desert Peril survival camp, where he finds that the locals don't mind turning fellow travelers away, though Craig has no place to go. He finds his only place of shelter is in the house of a woman who has been lost in the desert since the last time he was there. I watched this film a couple of years ago, and I think it is still a great story, although it has the feel of a late-night drive-in movie. I like the narrative structure, as Craig spends his time finding and talking to people while at the same time dealing with the problem of not being able to communicate with anyone in the outside world. The look and feel of the film is also a little flat, as the desert is mostly played in handheld camera-work. The fact that Craig is able to get a ride with a little girl and a guy who claims to be a psychic helps make up for this, as it provides some credibility for his story. The way he has to deal with his family and the situation in the desert is pretty interesting. Although he is pretty desperate, it is a surprisingly optimistic view on life, as the people he meets are fairly nice and honest. In addition, the message of the film is to never give up on a dream, even if that dream might be impossible.

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Diana Ward

Saw the film at the Chicago Film Festival and loved it. It is fascinating how the atrocities of the Holocaust are treated in this film and the women who bear them. A solid film, no doubt. This is why I liked it so much. I will watch it again soon.

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Jack

I have never seen this film before, but I remember being a little creeped out at how they explained the abductions. It was sort of like The Exorcist meets the Slender Man. I'd say the premise is really good, and it is really scary. The point of the film is to show the reality of these abductions, but it isn't an overly well done movie. It's all over the place. There are lots of poor cuts in the film, and the acting isn't that great. The entire idea of this film is that it takes place in a mall, and they go in, just to see a couple people, then they leave, and then the abductions start. This is a huge stretch of the imagination. There are also many instances of people walking around in dark clothing. This really creeped me out. It is only during the second abduction scene that you see people in full daylight, but even then, the footage is very shaky. Also, they show some of the creepiest images of the abductions that I've ever seen, and I've seen some really bad ones. I don't want to say too much about this movie because it is still a very bad movie. They could have done a better job of explaining the reality of the abductions, but it would have been too much of a stretch of the imagination. I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes to see a bunch of weird and frightening scenes that are just sick and twisted, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys horror films.