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Old 22-06-2012, 04:16 PM   #1
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Movies about musicians

I watched the movie The Commitments the other day. It's about some people who start a band and try to make it. I found it to be pretty inspiring so I decided to make a thread for people to share their favorite music movies. I can't think of any other movies off the top of my head so please share yours

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Old 23-06-2012, 05:53 AM   #2
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Old 23-06-2012, 06:25 AM   #3
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Genghis Blues. Documentary about Paul Pena, a blind singer/songwriter, who travels to Tuva to throat-sing with natives. So awesome.

Leningrad Cowboys Go America. Just watch it.

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Old 23-06-2012, 06:30 AM   #4
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never really liked this kinda stuff.

usually rather be making art than watching a fiction about people making art, and for biographies books are almost always soooo so so much better.

There's a documentary about Bob Moog that's pretty good. I get the feeling you're looking more for stories than facts and interviews though.






... Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure/Bogus Journey? They're a band. Wyld Stallyns. They 'make it' at the end. :U
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Once. It really captures the excitement of musical collaboration in some beautiful ways.

Also, another vote for Walk Hard, but it's best appreciated if you've already seen a lot of Rock'n'Roll biopics, like Great Balls of Fire, La Bamba, and the Buddy Holly Story (which are all great movies, for what they are). A lot of the gags probably won't make sense otherwise.

Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey is a great documentary about the man who invented that instrument. (The interview with Brian Wilson is an amazing experience on its own.)

Oh shit, and for cheesy yet awesome 80s nostalgia, there's the fictional rock band mystery, Eddie and the Cruisers.

EDIT: Oh lawd, how could I forget the original Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare?

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Old 23-06-2012, 07:35 AM   #6
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Control, about Ian Curtis from Joy Division

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Old 23-06-2012, 07:42 AM   #7
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Old 23-06-2012, 08:18 AM   #8
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Also, though it is more of a documentary than a movie:

1. I kind of want to see this... Have any of you?

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2. How is it?

EDIT: Nevermind, saw it. Was pretty good.

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Old 23-06-2012, 08:40 AM   #9
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actually there's a decent one about Jimi Hendrix, I think just called Hendrix, guy who played Jimi was pretty good, got his mannerisms down very well.
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Old 24-06-2012, 08:39 AM   #10
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Old 24-06-2012, 09:47 AM   #11
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Scratch is a wicked film for any hip hop heads. Some really good interviews with some of the biggest sample-based peroducers out there too (DJ Shadow and DJ Permier anyone??).

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Old 26-06-2012, 07:30 AM   #12
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Lots of negative critique about The Doors being inaccurate. I love the movie. I felt it was influenced by the mystery invoked by atmosphere of the songs.

Immortal Beloved is a favorite. Also taking liberty and using the music to tell and enhance the story.

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Old 26-06-2012, 08:03 AM   #13
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The Doors chose to show just a certain side of Jim's life and the story of the band. It wasn't meant to be 100% accurate, it was meant to be entertaining. If you want accurate read No One Here Gets Out Alive.
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The Doors movie was made to remind us that Meg Ryan used to be hot and not look like the Joker, and Val Kilmer used to be skinny and not look like Marlon Brando.

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The Doors chose to show just a certain side of Jim's life and the story of the band. It wasn't meant to be 100% accurate, it was meant to be entertaining. If you want accurate read No One Here Gets Out Alive.

That's how I liked it. It was kind of how you though his life was while listening to the songs.

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Old 26-06-2012, 09:41 AM   #16
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Click the pics for imdb links.

Hmm, totally forgot about this being made... screw that imdb rating - is it any good?

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Here's another one:

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0280754/

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- The Blues Brothers
- Bird (amazing movie from Clint Eastwood on Charlie Parker's life), with Forest Whitaker awesome acting.
- Spinal Tap, obviously
- Ray ; not so bad.
- ... Crap, I don't remember.
- Berlin Calling
- A little bit offtopic, but awesome : Scott Pilgrim vs the World.
- Offtopic again : Wayne's World.
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Old 26-06-2012, 01:13 PM   #19
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Hmm, totally forgot about this being made... screw that imdb rating - is it any good?
It's "weird and arty".
Most of my friends (who like bs hollywood movies) say no.
I thought it was at least interesting, I liked it more than Chronicle for example, although it does move at a very slow pace.
It does what it says on the lid.
Get wasted and watch it on a sunday afternoon if you're a Nirvana/KC fan, otherwise probably don't bother.

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There's also Amadeus:


Scorcese did a film about Dylan (which I haven't seen but keep meaning to watch)

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