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Mark Lanctot
2006-05-09, 15:25
I'll open up with an unconventional one:

24 Hour Party People (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0274309/)

The Manchester/Madchester scene. Joy Division, New Order, The Happy Mondays, etc.

Absolutely awesome acoustic version of "Blue Monday" overlaying the comment from Tony Wilson that "it doesn't matter we're losing money on the single, we're going to sell f*** all."

Andy Serkis (Gollum in The Lord of the Rings and Kong in King Kong) plays legendary producer Martin Hannett.

Now...how long before someone suggests Yellow Submarine, I wonder? :-)

Siduhe
2006-05-09, 15:48
I went to see The Devil and Daniel Johnson (http://www.sonyclassics.com/devilanddaniel/) recently. Not sure I would class it as "best" but very, very interesting discussion of what happens when musical potential-genius crosses the wafer dividing line between merely eccentric and clearly disturbed.

Mark Lanctot
2006-05-09, 16:02
I went to see The Devil and Daniel Johnson (http://www.sonyclassics.com/devilanddaniel/) recently. Not sure I would class it as "best" but very, very interesting discussion of what happens when musical potential-genius crosses the wafer dividing line between merely eccentric and clearly disturbed.

Whoa - 8.1 on the IMDB!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0436231/

Clearly you weren't the only one that found it interesting. Usually movies above 7 are worth watching. Movies above 7.5 are must-sees.

joncourage
2006-05-13, 09:27
The Last Waltz
The Song Remains the Same
Beyond the Sea
Ray

agentsmith
2006-05-13, 09:40
For me, No question:

Tous les matins du monde (All the Mornings of the World) Also an excellent soundtrack played by Jordi Savall.

funkstar
2006-05-13, 09:45
Down From The Mountain

Got it on DVD, and i've seen it on TV, but don't think it was ever on a big screen.


On May 24, 2000, the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville hosted a concert of music, new and old, from the artists of "O Brother, Where Art Thou?". Documentarian D>A> Pennebaker recorded the show for posterity in this film "Down From The Mountain".
Excellent documentary and amazing music.

kanoot
2006-05-13, 10:26
I simply don't see why this conversation did not start and end with....

Spinal Tap

joncourage
2006-05-13, 11:55
oh yeah, Buena Vista Social Club

funkstar
2006-05-13, 12:23
I simply don't see why this conversation did not start and end with....

Spinal Tap
Because thats a given. Really the thread subject should be "Best movies about music...other than Spinal Tap" :)

kanoot
2006-05-13, 16:49
Because thats a given. Really the thread subject should be "Best movies about music...other than Spinal Tap" :)

Ah right! well, that does change the whole scope of the question then!

bklaas
2006-05-13, 19:06
High Fidelity

Browny
2006-05-14, 01:55
The Commitments is a must on this list.

They even mananged to squeeze 2 soundtrack albums out of it - first one is better than the second though.

tomsi42
2006-05-14, 11:42
Breaking Glass - Hazel O'Connor
The Wall - Pink Floyd

Tom

Philip Meyer
2006-05-15, 11:27
>The Wall - Pink Floyd
It's not really a film about music though, is it!

How about the Blues Brothers?

Phil

Mark Lanctot
2006-05-15, 11:52
For anyone into electronic music, I recall that Modulations (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0139468/) was quite good despite its poor IMDB rating.

Kyle
2006-05-15, 13:17
Mad Dogs & Englishmen
The Concert for Bangla Desh (FF through the sitars)

JJZolx
2006-05-15, 13:26
'Round Midnight

http://imdb.com/title/tt0090557/

mactavish
2006-05-15, 13:40
Bad News
and
More Bad News

2 funny movies, sort of Spinal Tap rip-off's from the "Comic Strip Presents" team in the UK back in the early 80's. The team consist of most of the members of the anarchic comedy "The Young Ones"

Nothing beats 24 hour party people though, watch with the commentary to understand how many real musicians were extras.

Philip Meyer
2006-05-15, 15:16
>For anyone into electronic music, I recall that -'Modulations'
>(http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0139468/)- was quite good despite its poor
>IMDB rating.
>
Never heard of the film, but it sounds like I should watch it. Featuring Moby and Robert Moog. The IMDB rating wasn't so bad.

Phil

AnotherTribe
2006-05-15, 20:26
Almost Famous

tomsi42
2006-05-16, 03:48
>The Wall - Pink Floyd
It's not really a film about music though, is it!


Well, You can say both yes and no to that ;)



How about the Blues Brothers?

Phil

That is a good movie.

bdelp
2006-05-16, 07:03
Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense

Mike Meyer
2006-05-16, 07:24
I think most of my favorites have been covered, Spinal Tap, Almost Famous, High Fidelity, The Wall. Here's one I remember growing up, Eddie and the Cruisers. Not sure if it would still be good today though. I can still here that song in my head. I believe it was John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band that did the singing.

Mark Lanctot
2006-05-16, 07:35
This certainly wouldn't fit into the "best" movie category, but we'll call it "a" movie about music:

That Thing You Do! (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117887/)

It's entertaining and it's fun, but they play the cover song way, waaayyy too often. Liv Tyler looking cute provides a nice distraction though. ;-)

It's about the discovery and rise of a fictional '50s pop band.

dusura
2006-11-14, 19:50
I like "Bird" about Charlie Parker (tho is has dated a bit). Also, "Grace of my Heart".

ob_kook
2006-11-15, 01:09
How about Year of the Horse? Documentary about Neil Young touring with Crazy Horse.

Or another Jim Jarmusch film that is not about a band, but does have a cool soundtrack: Dead Man
Stars Johnny Depp and is shot in black and white. Features a character played by Iggy Pop as well. Soundtrack is Neil on a single, crazily distorted guitar pullng lonely cowboy riffs. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112817/

lol, as I went to get that link, I saw someone had posted on the comments of it "worst musical score". To each his own I guess!

peejay
2006-11-15, 03:33
We have High Fidelity here. Yet, I loved the story line but did it expose much music, or just yank chains for Cusack's character?
Whatever, it deserves to be here.

adamslim
2006-11-15, 04:58
Three serious ones:

Amadeus must be number one
The Piano
The Pianist (OK, it's about a musician, but it's a truly great film)

Oh and is 2001: A Space Odyssey about anything else but the music? I've never sussed it out, but the music - especially the spaceship docking to the (7-minute?) Strauss waltz - so cool. Has Ligeti been used in any other film?

Adam

rick's cafe
2006-11-15, 05:07
For any reggae and film fans... these two films are a must see....

1) Rockers

2) The Harder They Come

Both focus on music and the struggle to get into it in Jamaica.... plus the tunes and cast have many of the greats from the 70's

Mark Lanctot
2006-11-15, 08:29
Oh and is 2001: A Space Odyssey about anything else but the music? I've never sussed it out, but the music - especially the spaceship docking to the (7-minute?) Strauss waltz - so cool. Has Ligeti been used in any other film?

And you often hear reference to "the Theme from 2001", which has become a pop culture standard. Just think how many comedic films have used it when some momentous event occurs. :-)

OT: 2001 is also the only movie to accurately depict sound in space: i.e. there isn't any! Its effect seems jarring and disconnected though, but in an odd way, it adds to the fear. That's Kubrick for ya!

Chippy
2006-11-15, 11:29
Another vote for Almost Famous. Top film!

random_tox
2006-11-15, 11:29
I second 2001. You could add Kubrick's Clockwork Orange too. I believe the 2001 Theme is actually Strauss's 'Also Spoke Zarathustra'.
I second Stop Making Sense. Best concert film ever.
I second Dead Man. I'm not really into Neal Young but his music is really integral, a character really, in this fascinating film.

Let me add:

Scratch: Documentary I saw at Sundance about Hip-Hop DJ culture. Again not my type of music really, but certainly fun, informative, and impressive whether or not Hip Hop is to your taste.

(The following are not necessarily about music but the soundtracks are such important parts of the films...)

Ferris Bueler's Day Off: Outrageous 80's fun.

Ghost in the Shell (1 and 2): Both incorporate excellent music to enhance the philosophical nature of these Anime films.

Anyone seen Moog? Looks sounds like fascinating subject matter but poor execution. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0378378/)

ob_kook
2006-11-16, 01:54
The Red Violin

Shine

1900

Not "my favorite", but all pretty good films just the same. 1900 was a true surprise for me - never had even heard of it and ran across it channel surfing.

Randal Leavitt
2006-12-08, 09:05
Latcho Drom

The journey of the Romany people told through musicians and dancers of India, Egypt, Turkey, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, France, and Spain.

One of the few movies worth buying.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107376/

Timothy Stockman
2006-12-10, 16:49
Standing in the Shadows of Motown - The Funk Brothers
Before the Music Dies
Live at Pompeii - Pink Floyd
Elephant Parts - Michael Nesmith
Sympathy for the Devil - Rolling Stones

the_twin
2006-12-10, 17:14
The Harder They Come

Best sound track album ever.

radish
2006-12-10, 20:31
Here's a couple not mentioned yet (again, not sure I'd call them "best" but certainly personal faves):

Human Traffic
Cherubim & Seraphim (feature length episode of Inspector Morse)

PhilNYC
2006-12-11, 16:10
Amadeus

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086879/

jeffmeh
2006-12-11, 16:50
For any reggae and film fans... these two films are a must see....

1) Rockers

2) The Harder They Come

Both focus on music and the struggle to get into it in Jamaica.... plus the tunes and cast have many of the greats from the 70's


The Mighty Quinn deserves an honorable mention.

Mark Lanctot
2006-12-11, 17:57
Amadeus

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086879/

It's amazing that this thread has gone on 4 pages and this is the first mention of it. Yes, this is in my DVD collection!

I'm not a classical music fan but this movie makes classical music pretty cool.

PhilNYC
2006-12-11, 20:20
I'm not a classical music fan but this movie makes classical music pretty cool.

The scene where Mozart is ill and in bed, and he is composing with Salieri...that scene alone sparked my true appreciation for classical music. It made me feel pretty silly composing music on my multi-track MIDI sequencer...

Mark Lanctot
2006-12-11, 20:30
The scene where Mozart is ill and in bed, and he is composing with Salieri...that scene alone sparked my true appreciation for classical music.

What a scene!

And apparently that scene was fairly extensively improvised. Both Hulce and Abraham were coached on the terms to use, but when it came time to use them, Hulce (Mozart) would hold back (apparently because the tape recorder he was listening to didn't start on time!) So he held back, prompting the palpable (and very real!) impatience/misunderstanding on Abraham's (Salieri's) part.

I love the superimposition of the weak/pathetic vocal strains of Hulce with the powerful finished version.

I also love the transition from the screeching landlady to The Magic Flute.

peejay
2006-12-30, 22:43
Well, Saturday Night Fever has to get a mention - as I indicated in the title of the response, not really about music, but it features a lot, and whether you love ot or hate it, it validated in film the phenomenon of disco. They call it clubbing these days, but hey, I don't see a lot of difference between the two........

tomsi42
2007-01-02, 15:36
Well, Saturday Night Fever has to get a mention - as I indicated in the title of the response, not really about music, but it features a lot, and whether you love ot or hate it, it validated in film the phenomenon of disco. They call it clubbing these days, but hey, I don't see a lot of difference between the two........

Disco had better music?

Tom

PhilNYC
2007-01-02, 16:55
and whether you love ot or hate it, it validated in film the phenomenon of disco...

I actually thought that SNF *created* the phenomenon of disco...

ceejay
2007-01-02, 17:40
I actually thought that SNF *created* the phenomenon of disco...

and there was me thinking that it was the disco scene from "Airplane" that was responsible...

Ceejay

ezkcdude
2007-01-02, 17:45
It may have come up already, but I'd recommend Robert Altman's "Nashville" (1975) to anyone who hasn't seen it.

peejay
2007-01-06, 00:50
I actually thought that SNF *created* the phenomenon of disco...

Maybe the movie did - I used the term *validated* simply because I wasn't sure. I do remember being dragged to Arthur Murray dance studios as a child with my mother, and to keep me amused one afternoon, being taught 'The Bump' in a *disco* class (I was 9...), which wasn't more than hip knocking with your partner, by the way. That was around 1974, or 1975, at the latest, (Premier was in New York, December 1977 for SNF) and the phenomonon while embyronic, was certainly starting to gather momentum back then.
Whew, takes me back....

drewe181
2007-01-06, 18:24
The Last Waltz
The Song Remains the Same
Beyond the Sea
Ray


I read somewhere that even Led Zep hated The Song Remains The Same. I tried watching it the other day on cable but coiuldn't get into it. Never been a Led Zep fan though, maybe that's why.

-D

Pale Blue Ego
2007-01-06, 18:45
"The Sound Of Music"
"Mr. Holland's Opus"
"Songcatcher"
"Woodstock"
"A Hard Day's Night"

kbang
2007-02-10, 17:18
Check "Rocket Brothers" a film about the danish rock band Kashmir. They tried to break trough in the states but I don't think they had much luck with it unfortunately.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0386752/
http://www.kashmir.dk

Note: This movie might be with danish language, but the music is still nice :-)

kbang
2007-02-10, 17:32
"For all those born beneath an angry star, lest we forget how fragile we are..."

The live recording "All This Time - Sting" is also an absolute must see! It's recorded the September 11th 2001 and this gives it a very special atmosphere. It's a great way of remembering the people we lost that day. The background material show's all the speculation the musicians went through before the concert.. A deeply moving story and the music is very nice!

check
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0324078/
http://www.sting.com/discog/?v=v&a=1&id=288

/Kristian

Mark Lanctot
2007-02-10, 19:06
"For all those born beneath an angry star, lest we forget how fragile we are..."

The live recording "All This Time - Sting" is also an absolute must see! It's recorded the September 11th 2001 and this gives it a very special atmosphere. It's a great way of remembering the people we lost that day. The background material show's all the speculation the musicians went through before the concert.. A deeply moving story and the music is very nice!

check
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0324078/
http://www.sting.com/discog/?v=v&a=1&id=288

/Kristian

That sounds really good, and the IMDB rating is quite high.

Quite interesting given the historical context - does the show go on? Would it be considered crass or insensitive or reassuring and moving?

alZmtbr
2007-02-11, 06:05
mo better blues

really liek the version of jazz thing in the closing credits.

bflatmajor
2007-02-11, 10:20
I second 'Mo Better Blues'
Spike Lee movies are always edgy and with this one he added jazz/blues.. Nice touch Spike!!

I can identify with Denzel's mother making him practice.. Mine did the same thing

kbang
2007-02-11, 16:10
That sounds really good, and the IMDB rating is quite high.

Quite interesting given the historical context - does the show go on? Would it be considered crass or insensitive or reassuring and moving?

Hi Mark

The attack on Twin Towers is happening some hours before the show so the extra documentary material is showing Sting and his colleagues trying to decide if they shall go on and do the performance or not. They decide to go on instead of letting the terrorists win. I think it is both reassuring and moving to see the live performance after watching that documentary. The incomprehensibility is really showing both in the performance of Sting and of his fellow musicians, but also the will to go on and show that there is still hope in the middle of darkness.

/Kristian

Mark Lanctot
2007-02-22, 13:39
Ray

Just saw this on the weekend. It's not my type of music but it is an excellent movie with some fantastic acting.

What I found particularly memorable had nothing to do with the music at all - it was the very short sequence showing the progression from his viewpoint of his visual deterioration when he was a child. Terrifying.

tyler_durden
2007-03-04, 22:35
I haven't seen it yet, but I've heard the soundtrack and I expect that Black Snake Moan is going to be a fine movie! How can anyone resist Christina Ricci in chains?

Give a listen to Stack-o-Lee and get that raw, low-down, dirty blues feel.

TD

Bart
2007-03-06, 04:49
For any reggae and film fans... these two films are a must see....

1) Rockers

2) The Harder They Come

and also Franco Rosso's Babylon www.imdb.com/title/tt0080406/

kbang
2007-03-07, 12:01
I saw Babel about two months ago and really didn't think the movie was very exciting. But it had something... Then the other day I saw that it was nominated for an Oscar for best score... The music is really that "something". I think the music creates a very thoughtful/intense/dark atmosphere and it takes a big part in the movie.

Check it out at: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=7273454
and
http://www.amazon.com/Babel-Original-Soundtrack/dp/B000IONJM4

/Kristian

stovis
2007-03-20, 15:15
Pump Up The Volume - great movie about a pirate radio station operator

X - The Unheard Music - Very entertaining documentary about Los Angeles band 'X'

EasilyConfused
2007-03-22, 07:50
...a deer...a female deer! Innit?