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Directors Favorite rock'n'roll movies

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Daniel J.S., Jun 24, 2003.

  1. Daniel J.S.

    Daniel J.S. Well-Known Member

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    Film is a great art form, but it becomes even better when it incorporates another great art form like rock and roll. Here are five films that are essential to anyone who loves rock and roll:

    A Hard Day's Night-The greatest rock band of all time giving great performances in a genuinely funny film. This guarantees the top spot.


    This is Spinal Tap-If you don't like this one, I can only say "lick my love pump." [​IMG]

    American Graffiti-Okay, it's not about a rock group, but the soundtrack is an integral part of this film.

    Almost Famous-The 70's were generally a musical wasteland ("You Light Up My Life" anyone?), but some great stuff came out of the period. This movie makes use of that great stuff (no Springsteen or Floyd in the film unfortunately). Lester Bangs, no argument about your disdain for Emerson, Lake & Palmer and The Doors, but what were you thinking praising the Guess Who?

    Pink Floyd-The Wall- Yeah, the punks hated them and Roger Waters' self-pity can grate, but who cares? I'll take "Animals" over "Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols" any day.


    Those are my favorites, but keep in mind I haven't yet seen "Gimme Shelter," "Help," "Chuck Berry-Hail, Hail Rock and Roll." I'll also add that had the stuff from the Led Zeppelin DVD been released in the 70's instead of "The Song Remains the Same," it would have been on the list as well.
     
  2. Scott Weinberg

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    Great choices, Dan!

    I'd go with Glitter and Detroit Rock City and....

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    The Adventures of Ford Fairlane has its fair share of fans, though I'm not really one of 'em. Recently I've seen a few low-budget "grrrl-band" movies like Down and Out with the Dolls and Prey for Rock and Roll...though those would hardly challenge any of your Top Five.

    La Bamba and Great Balls of Fire! fill their own Rock & Roll Biopic niche fairly well. Oliver Stone's The Doors is a pretty good movie.
     
  3. Jim_K

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    Off the top of my head

    The Kids are Alright - Forget A Hard Days Night, this is The quintessential Rock film IMO

    Almost Famous

    Pink Floyd The Wall

    The Doors

    Dazed & Confused - fantastic soundtrack, captures the mood of High School in the 70's

    Gimme Shelter

    Song Remains the Same - I like it but I'd say it's for fans only
     
  4. Scott Van Dyke

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    The Doors Movie
    Song Remains the Same
    The Grateful Dead Movie
    The Wall

    Almost Famous

    Tommy - [​IMG]
     
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    Hands down ... DAZED AND CONFUSED

    ROCK'N ROLL HIGH SCHOOL, mostly because it was inspired by the school where I went to (and the Ramones as well), Forest Hills High School.
     
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    The Last Waltz: all-time fave
    Almost Famous
    This is Spinal Tap
    Stop Making Sense

    The Doors is fun, if somewhat heavy-handed in spots. Kilmer is great.

    I like Pink Floyd but have never warmed up to The Wall. I recognize the artistry of it, and that's about it.

    I dig U2, but I think that most of Rattle and Hum is embarrassing. I also think the Radiohead film (? title) is a joke.
     
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    For live performances: "Monterey Pop", "Gimme Shelter", "The Last Waltz", "Sunshine Daydream", "Stop Making Sense", "Ziggy Stardust"... "Bob Dylan: Don't Look Back" isn't exactly a live performance film, though it does include live performances, but I'll list that here, too. Same goes for "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart".

    Narrative films: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, 24-Hour Party People, Almost Famous, The Wall, Spinal Tap, Velvet Goldmine, Dazed and Confused.
     
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    Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. (BTW, the soundtrack was full of no-names but it was most excellent.)
     
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    I love heavy metal, bill and ted rules as well
     
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    A Hard Day's Night is a fantastic film, but I actually find the "semi-sequel" Help! to be an equal film.
     
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    Hedwig and the Angry Inch
    Hard Day's Night
    The Wall
    American Pop
    Don't Look Back
    Gimme Shelter
    The Doors
    Yellow Submarine
     
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    Airheads [​IMG]
     
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    Pink Floyd The Wall
     
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    Streets of Fire
    Eddie and the Cruisers II
    Rock Star
    Almost Famous
    Phantom of the Paradise
    American Graffitti
    The Rose
    Super Fly
    Easy Rider
    Woodstock
     

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