Thursday, July 2, 2009

Movies about Music

This is a fun little category, that will lead to other posts I am sure. But keeping in the scheme of things, these are movies worth watching and owning the soundtracks to, great tunes and films.

Across the Universe- A rather unique approach to musicals, featuring the Beatles music. A trippy ride through the lyrics of the Fab Four.

The Commitments- This is a fantastic cult classic about a soul band in Dublin Ireland, trying to be the next big group after U2 and Boontown Rats to make it out of the slums. The band was put together for the sake of the film, but actually toured around the world briefly while promoting the movie. The soundtrack is amazing. The group covers such classic artists like Smokey Robinson, Wilson Picket, Percy Sledge, Marvin Gaye and many, many soul music legends. A seriously must own DVD and CD!!!!

8 Mile- A decent film starring Eminem, Kim Bassinger and Mekhi Phifer. Featuring Mr. M's tunes and other prominent rappers like 50 Cent, Obi Trice and Macy Gray.

Music & Lyrics - A charming romantic comedy starring yet again, Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore. About an 80's Popstar has-been getting a chance to revive his career. Features singing by Hugh and Drew, which is surprisingly good, and a relatively unknown actress/singer Halley Bennett.

Once- Glen Hansard of The Commitments fame, stars in this delightful little film about a struggling street performer/muscian, who meets a girl who inspires him to reach for his dreams.
The songs are all original tunes written and performed by Glen and his friend and co-star Marketa Irglova. Brilliant film and a serious must own soundtrack.

That Thing You Do- A rather curious and fun film by Tom Hanks, dealing with the musical phenomenon of One Hit Wonders. The tunes were written for the film and the four male actors learned to play their respective instruments to give it an authentic look and feel. Based in the 60's pop music explosion.

Walk the Line- The brilliant homage to Johnny Cash starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon. Shows the real life struggles of country music legend and his struggles with inner demons, and how he was saved by the love of his soul mate June Carter. Chilling perfomances, and great music. Great film, and a great soundtrack!

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