Music in general is inseparable from the film, but the rock in particular is one of the things that best fit him.
With all its stridency, sensuality and rebelliousness, always an inevitable cinematic appeal, both visually and thematically.
Here is a brief review of 14 essential films for fans of rock , with special emphasis on biopics and fictions, but may also find a documentary (and inescapable mockumentary), they are always available on movie2k
# 14 Rock Star (2001)
A film quite weak and riddled with clichés, but I remember having enjoyed when I saw her for the first time in my teens. Mark Wahlberg plays Izzy Cole, a fan of heavy metal band Steel Dragon (the fictional version of Judas Priest), It is possessing a tribute to the same band and ends up being chosen to replace his idolized singer, becoming the Rock Star title.
It is inspired by the true story of Tim “Ripper” Owens, who sang in a tribute bandJudas Priest and was elected to replace Rob Halford. The film has some good moments, such as hearing Izzy to replace the singer of Steel Dragon, and some other interesting things like Jennifer Aniston .
# 13 The Doors (1991)
Like Rock Star , The Doors film of Oliver Stone leaves much to be desired and is to see film without any kind of requirement, but is ideal if you’re a fan of the band in question.
Stone was little interested in really delving into the history of the band and its charismatic and unique leader Jim Morrison , or explore the conflicts inherent in a figure of this magnitude and a band like this, but to show a series of myths, legends, rumors and clichés about them, about the hippie culture of the late 60s, about rock stars, on the poetry of rock and drugs.
Is certainly enjoyable, anyway, to see Val Kilmer in the role of Jim Morrison , if one gets abstracting from all the hype and involvement that gives the actor.
# 12 Sid and Nancy (1986)
Biopic focused on Sid Vicious , bassist of the Sex Pistols , one of the most influential and intense history of rock-, particularly in his relationship with Nancy Spungen, a central figure (and tragic) on punk bands.
Sid Vicious, meanwhile, is one of the greatest icons of the punk culture, and leading the most self – destructive drive it. Sid and Nancy are played by Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb .
No. 11 Pink Floyd – The Wall (1982)
With a script written by himself Roger Waters and inspired by the concept albumThe Wall of the band Pink Floyd , the musical focuses on a lonely rock star named Pink that begins to lose sanity and build a wall to isolate themselves from the outside world.
In addition to helping position the album The Wall as one of the most important in the history of rock, the film marked a whole generation was shocked and seduced by the evocative music that brought dark and mysterious associated concepts.
# 10 A Band Called Death (2012)
This would become the representative of the rockumentary on the list, but instead opt for more classic and influential as Do not Look Back (DA Pennebaker, 1967), about Bob Dylan , or Gimme Shelter (Albert and David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin, 1970) on the tragically famous concert of the Rolling Stones at Altamont, chose one that dazzled me most in recent times.
Like the best documentaries, A Band Called Death tells a unique and with some unusual and exciting story. This particular story is crossed by a punk energy and a certain sense of poetic justice, because it is a trio of black brothers from Detroit who practically invented the punk without anyone knowing until thirty years later, thanks in part to this same documentary.
In addition to the amazing musical history of the band Death , the film is also a touching family story, and a story about the artistic commitment, the genius and legacy in art.
# 9 A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
The film testimony most accomplished of which is considered the most important band in the history of popular music. A Hard Day’s Night is a song by the Beatlesthose that wreaked havoc during Beatlemania, during which emphasizes the film : it is funny, original, catchy, successful, deceptively light but technically virtuous, and with a subtle complexity.
No. 8 The Runaways (2010)
Biopic of the band of the same name by punk pioneer girls, who served as a launching pad for the career of the great Joan Jett (the ” I love Rock ‘n’ Roll “). The band has a very particular history, not only by the fact that all girls making music that was usually reserved for men, but because it was almost completely ignored in the United States, but was a huge success in distant countries like Japan, something that reflects the film.
The film has a very good interpretation of Kristen Stewart , who plays Joan Jett. In the role of the lead singer of the band, Cherie Currie, it appears Dakota Fanning in the film that made us realize that Dakota was no longer an innocent little girl.
# 7 Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
Continuing with the subversions of gender in traditionally masculine and virile rock arena, the wonderful Hedwig and the Angry Inch (directed, written and starringJohn Cameron Mitchell , and based in turn on a musical work of authorship) is protagonist transsexual band leader in East Germany. It is inspired by the Glam Rock and his androgynous aesthetic, present in artists like David Bowie .
The “angry inch” title ( ” Angry Inch “) refers to the botched sex change operation she suffered Hedwig, who left with a genital organ that is neither male nor female, one inch long. A curious and original premise, that somehow reflects a spirit fully in tune with the most basic and essential rock as philosophy.
No. 6 Almost Famous (2000)
The magazine Rolling Stone , with all its lights and shadows, is an inevitable reference in the official history of rock, and Cameron Crowe , music journalist -turned-film director, was part of the phenomenon during its glory years in the 1970s.
So he does not waste the opportunity to film a story inspired by his own experiences when he started working for the magazine with only 16 years, following the tours of bands like The Allman Brothers, Led Zeppelin and Lynyrd Skynyrd history.
If Hunter S. Thompson or Lester Bangs seen Almost Famous probably throw up the mess, but it’s a pretty entertaining and occasionally moving film.
# 5 High Fidelity (2000)
This film based on the book by Nick Hornby, is the only one from this list that do not strictly belong to the “musical” genre, because in reality it would simply be a romantic comedy (with some drama).
However, the protagonist Rob Gordon, played by John Cusack – is a great music lover who owns a record store and has also music lovers friends. In the obsession of character with pop and rock music, the constant reference to artists, songs and lyrics, and the important role these things in your personal and love life ( he has that famous phrase “Do I hear this music because I’m depressed or I’m depressed because I hear this music? “), many of us feel identified.
Control No. 4 (2007)
One of my favorite biopics, centered on the great post-punk band Joy Division , but especially in the troubled and brief life of its leader Ian Curtis .
Anton Corbijn , who made his directorial debut with this film, had previously worked as a photographer for Joy Division, so he had a deep knowledge of the inner workings of the band, the dynamic between its members, and the notorious characteristics of Curtis, including epilepsy, which inspired his famous dances on stage.
No. 3 24 Hour Party People (2002)
A film related to the previous one, but much more cheerful, humorous and colorful, and certainly less tied to actual facts, rather than the film itself recognizes.
It focuses on Tony Wilson, founder of Factory Records in Manchester and central figure of the rise in this city of a legendary rock scene during the 1980s, called “Madchester”. This was dominated by bands like Joy Division, New Order and Happy Mondays.
The film dramatizes some data from the biography of Tony Wilson (who also has a brief cameo) but combined with rumors and urban legends, and perhaps more accurately reflecting the zeitgeist and its cultural and historical significance.
# 2 School of Rock
The hit film Richard Linklater is a simple light comedy, stripped of the most provocative or incendiary rock aspects and oriented for the whole family, something that perhaps the most fervent rockers do not find very attractive, but ithas the virtue of being extremely funny and have a Jack Black in a perfect for him and unimaginable for any other actor role. For a time the possibility of a sequel was handled, but the project never prospered, which was probably better.
# 1 This is Spinal Tap (1984)
This is Spinal Tap is the best satire of the world of more traditional rock, mainly genres like hard rock or heavy metal, which generally tended to be extremely solemn and take themselves too seriously.
Besides being hilarious, the film is a pioneer in the fascinating genre ofmockumentaries (fake documentary) and uses this format to expose the absurdity and the eccentricity of its pretentious actors, members of the fictional band Spinal Tap. Also, of course, to taunt the real and serious documentaries that proliferated in the 1970s about rock bands like this.
All rock cliches are adopted and subverted to give rise to hilarious situations, such as using the figure of drummer -always outsider and menospreciado- for the running joke of the movie that has endured over time.