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« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2006, 05:13:59 PM »
That Thing You Do!  I totally love this film (actually might also qualify for an Overlooked DVD as well!!)
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« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2006, 01:53:55 PM »
For those with the Movie Channel, this will be playing for a rather rare airing on July 17th at 3:!5 am EST.  I heartily recommend TIVOing it and giving it a shot.

From Allan Arkush, the director of Rock 'n Roll High School, it is probably the best comedy that no one knows of.  The casting is inspired (Malcolm McDowell playing a Mick Jagger type and Lou Reed playing a Dylan-clone) and pretty hilarious.  I even like it more than R'nRHS.
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« Reply #12 on: July 17, 2006, 04:04:52 PM »
How about adding "Gimme Shelter" to the Documentaries Marathaon?

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My list would be divided into two groups. I separated the documentaries from the movies because in my opinion rock docs are a whole other animal.  They mainly focus on live performances instead of a story.

In the movie category:                  
5. A Star Is Born (1976)          
4. Almost Famous          
3. Backbeat             
2. This is Spinal Tap          
1. A Hard Day's Night   

In the documentary category:
5. Decline of the Western Civilization Parts 1 & 2
4. Gimme Shelter
3. Monterey Pop
2. Don't Look Back
1. Woodstock


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« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2006, 10:01:58 AM »
Aww, beat me to it... DiG! was an absolutely superb movie, one I can highly recommend. It tells the story of the struggling Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre and his friendship and eventual rivalry with Courtney Taylor-Taylor of The Dandy Warhols. Really powerful stuff.
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« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2006, 01:20:26 PM »
Great list, looking forward to seeing some of these titles.

OK, I am sorely troubled to find the The Decline of Western Civilization is NOT available on DVD.  WTF?  I've been wanting to see it for a few months and I can't find a VHS copy so whatever.  I've got a contact that might have one.

But here are my picks

Rock n Roll Movie
1.That Thing You Do!
2.Almost Famous
3.24 Hour Party People
4.Hard Days Night
5.The Commitments

Rock Docs
1.Punk:  Attitude
2.The End of a Century
3.The Filth and the Fury
4.Don't Look Back
5.History of Rock and Roll

Concert Films
1.Stop Making Sense
3.The Last Waltz
4.The Song Remains the Same
5.To Be Named Later...
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« Reply #15 on: January 09, 2007, 04:21:58 PM »
I think I may have mentioned this in an e-mail to Adam and Sam a long time ago, but I think a great marathon would be music documentaries. Some that I'd suggest (in no particular order):

Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out
Rattle and Hum
Who is Harry Nilsson and Why is Everybody Talkin' About Him?
The Beatles First U.S. Visit
Imagine: John Lennon
George Michael: A Different Story
A Great Day in Harlem
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« Reply #16 on: January 10, 2007, 02:35:37 AM »
A film that would make my list: Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
Plus, the doc, The Devil and Daniel Johnson.  I don't think it's stellar as film, but it's subject damn well interesting.
Would A Mighty Wind qualify?


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« Reply #17 on: January 10, 2007, 04:44:44 AM »
For some reason Australia has the latest release date on this (it's showed in everywhere else already), but I'm really looking forward to seeing Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man when it's released here in a couple of weeks.  Not so much rock'n'roll, but a brilliant musician nonetheless.


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« Reply #18 on: January 10, 2007, 01:33:01 PM »
I would have to throw in American Hot Wax.

It is a biopic on DJ Alan Freed, Mr. Rock and Roll, made during the 70's. It's a really fun and vibrant movie and has some supporting roles from a young Jay Leno and Fran Drescher.

Rock writer Greil Marcus called the 'most emotionally acurate film about Rock n' Roll ever made.' I think his endorsement means alot more than mine.

Interestingly enough, a very young Cameron Crowe has a cameo in it back when he was a teenager still writing for Rolling Stone. I can totally see how the movie had an influence on Almost Famous. I think they would fit together really well.


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« Reply #19 on: February 08, 2007, 05:19:53 PM »
I would take it by era of rock'n'roll...

Early Rock'n'Roll - 50's - Blackboard Jungle (one of the first post-rock artifacts)
Early 60's/British Invasion - I Wanna Hold Your Hand (fandom)
Late 60's - Woodstock or Hair (rock utopia)
Late 60's/Late 70's Glam Rock - Velvet Goldmine (hugely underrated)
70's - Pink Floyd's The Wall or Almost Famous (rock excess)
70's Punk - The Great Rock'N'Roll Swindle (As Apocolypse Now was Vietnam; this is punk rock)
80's - Decline of Western Civilazation Part II (you will never see this culture again; a true artifact and one of the greatest docs ever made - rock or otherwise)
90's - The Last Days (Tragic Rock)