Saturday, June 14, 2008

My top 5 favorite movies about music, and why.

5. Ray - Because Jamie Foxx's acting is straight-up brilliant. Also, it's a compelling, well-told story.
4. Control - As a Joy Division fan, I had high expectations for this. Luckily, it was great. Shooting in black and white worked well, Sam Riley played the part of Ian Curtis very well, and the music (both by JD and others) was top notch.
3. High Fidelity - Though it could be argued that this film isn't really about music, it would be wrong not to include it. Why? A. Bruce Springsteen dispenses advice in one of John Cusack's daydreams, B. John Cusack's character constantly breaks the fourth wall in fantastic ways, C. Jack Black is not annoying but funny and finally, D. Every music fan who sees this film will recognize parts of their life in it.
2. This is Spinal Tap - What can be said about the great Spinal Tap that hasn't already been said? It's an utter classic, and I urge anyone reading this who hasn't seen it yet to do so as soon as possible. One quote alone should prove this: "It's like, how much more black could this be? And the answer is none, none more black." Classic.
1. Almost Famous - It's definitely a toss up between this and Spinal Tap. While both movies are love notes to rock and roll, this one has more wide-eyed wonder to it. Cameron Crowe wrote and directed the movie like he had lived the experiences it describes, which he had, and he doesn't allow for any cynicism to enter the movie (except maybe in Phillip Seymour Hoffman's excellent protrayal of Lester Bangs). Almost Famous is not only one of my favorite movies about music, but one of my favorite movies, period.

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