The Top Five Music Movies
Monday, September 26, 2005 3:48:10 PM
Crossroads  - No, not the Britney Spears vehicle, but rather the 1986 Ralph Machio film. Ralph plays Eugene Martone, a classically-trained musician who's true love is the Blues. With the help of an old bluesman, Willie Brown (played by Joe Seneca), they travel to Mississippi, home of the Delta Blues, in order to revoke Willie's "deal with the devil". Eugene, who doesn't believe in any of the legends, agrees to a "head-cutting" contest versus a rock guitarist played by Steve Vai!
View the IMDB page for "Crossroads"
The Commitments - Jimmy Rabbitte forms the "world's Hardest Working Band" to bring Soul music to people of Dublin. The results are nothing but spectacular; not only in their success, but in their failure as well. The Irish people have truly raised swearing to a new level.
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That Thing You Do! - This was Tom Hanks' directorial debut. He also wrote the screenplay and co-starred in it. It tells the story of the typical "One Hit Wonder". The Pennsylvania band in this film is suitably called The Wonders. A local radio hit goes national, and they find themselves on the top of the charts. Can they hold it together, despite the crush of fame?
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This Is Spinal Tap - The original "Mockumentary". This is certainly a film that "goes to 11". This is easily one of the most-quoted films in history. Rob Reiner directs Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, and Michael McKean in a fim that follows Spinal Tap, England's premier heavy metal band on their most recent tour; (hilarity ensues).
View the IMDB page for "This Is Spinal Tap"
Almost Famous - This semi-autobigraphical Cameron Crowe film follows 15-year old William Miller, a Rolling Stone journalist who follows the band Stillwater, and learns much more about the music industry than he cared to know.
View the IMDB page for "Almost Famous"