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Favorite Fictional Band Movies

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Thursday, August 28, 2008 3:32 AM

JONGSSTRAW




My favorites are:

1. That Thing You Do
2. Eddie & The Cruisers
3. This Is Spinal Tap

I'm a real sucker for this genre of movies. Other favorites?


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Thursday, August 28, 2008 3:52 AM

DEADLOCKVICTIM


Quote:

Originally posted by Jongsstraw:
I'm a real sucker for this genre of movies. Other favorites?



yeah, me too.

I guess my favorite is Almost Famous, but Streets of Fire is a close second...

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Thursday, August 28, 2008 4:16 AM

KC5F


Does Zachariah (A Head of His Time) count? Country Joe and the Fish, the James Gang, Elvin Jones, Doug Kershaw, the New York Rock and Roll Ensemble, White Lightnin', Joe Walsh and others are real musicians, but they weren't playing themselves...

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Thursday, August 28, 2008 4:16 AM

JONGSSTRAW


How could I forget Streets Of Fire?? Ellen Aim & The Attackers were great, and nothing has ever come close to Diane Lane in her leather outfit complete with neck choker.

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Thursday, August 28, 2008 4:23 AM

KWICKO

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." -- William Casey, Reagan's presidential campaign manager & CIA Director (from first staff meeting in 1981)


Color me crazy, but I actually liked Rock Star; I thought Marky Mark did a great job, and the boy can sing!

Nothing compares to Spinal Tap, though.

Mike

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Thursday, August 28, 2008 4:29 AM

DEADLOCKVICTIM


Quote:

Originally posted by Kwicko:
Nothing compares to Spinal Tap, though.



i thought A Mighty Wind came close... but, BIG BOTTOM...? that was classic (if not a little sexist)

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Thursday, August 28, 2008 4:43 AM

JONGSSTRAW


The thing that separates Spinal Tap from all the other heavy metal bands are their amplifiers....they go one notch higher on the volume level, all the way up to 11.


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Thursday, August 28, 2008 5:30 AM

KWICKO

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." -- William Casey, Reagan's presidential campaign manager & CIA Director (from first staff meeting in 1981)


Well, that and The Black Album... because, "how much blacker can it be? And the answer is... none. None blacker."

What about "Walk Hard"? ;)

Mike

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Thursday, August 28, 2008 5:55 AM

SAFEAT2ND


Quote:

Originally posted by Jongsstraw:

My favorites are:

1. That Thing You Do
2. Eddie & The Cruisers
3. This Is Spinal Tap

I'm a real sucker for this genre of movies. Other favorites?


I haven't seen Spinal Tap yet... sadly, but I agree with your other choices and I would add one that seems to get over looked a lot...The Commitments. It's my absolute favorite.

I believe there was a sequel of sorts for it, but can't remember the name of it.

I tend to be a bigger fan of space or sports movies, but Fictional Band Movies are most always a good watch.


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Thursday, August 28, 2008 6:05 AM

KWICKO

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." -- William Casey, Reagan's presidential campaign manager & CIA Director (from first staff meeting in 1981)


Oh yeah - The Commitments was FANTASTIC.

If you like it, I highly suggest you watch "Once". Amazingly good.

Mike

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Thursday, August 28, 2008 6:08 AM

KWICKO

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." -- William Casey, Reagan's presidential campaign manager & CIA Director (from first staff meeting in 1981)


Also, don't overlook "Velvet Goldmine". It's pretty visually amazing. As with anything Todd Haynes touches, it's a bit hard to follow, but it's pretty wild to watch. He gets the whole "glam rock" era down pretty well. Venus In Furs/Spiders From Mars, and all that. Some new original songs mixed in with some classics like Lou Reed's "Satellite of Love" and T Rex's "Twentieth Century Boy".

Worth a look.

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Thursday, August 28, 2008 6:56 AM

DEADLOCKVICTIM



i really liked Once.... great songs

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Thursday, August 28, 2008 7:28 AM

DEADLOCKVICTIM



this is a little off track, but i enjoyed Across the Universe... well most of it anyway

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Thursday, August 28, 2008 8:11 AM

KWICKO

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." -- William Casey, Reagan's presidential campaign manager & CIA Director (from first staff meeting in 1981)


Quote:

Originally posted by deadlockvictim:

this is a little off track, but i enjoyed Across the Universe... well most of it anyway



So did I - and I was afraid I wouldn't. At the beginning of the movie, I had a bad feeling. Of course, seeing the "Revolution Studios" logo on the opening credits didn't help... They're the ones who brought us such classics as "The Fast and The Furious" - and their musical resume isn't much better, being behind the utterly unwatchable movie version of "Rent".

Mike

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Thursday, August 28, 2008 8:15 AM

KWICKO

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." -- William Casey, Reagan's presidential campaign manager & CIA Director (from first staff meeting in 1981)


Quote:

Originally posted by deadlockvictim:

i really liked Once.... great songs



Without trying to step on the story, and wihtout trying to be spoilery, I have to say that it's not just the songs, although they are fantastic. It's the whole *feel* of the movie, the way it's done like a low-budget documentary, the feeling that you're watching this guy's career and relationship spring into being before your eyes, the whole organic, very natural feel of it all.

The only thing I *didn't* like on first viewing was the ending; I was yelling, "But what happened to them?! How does it all work out?!" And then I realized that that's real life - you don't know how it all works out, you just have to ride along.

Mike

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Thursday, August 28, 2008 8:36 AM

CHRISISALL


Does Jesus Christ Superstar count?

If not, then Streets Of Fire, definitely.

Chrisisall

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Thursday, August 28, 2008 9:19 AM

CRUITHNE3753


The Rutles: All You Need is Cash

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Thursday, August 28, 2008 10:10 AM

DEADLOCKVICTIM


Quote:

Originally posted by Kwicko:
And then I realized that that's real life - you don't know how it all works out, you just have to ride along.



i don't think this really needs a spoiler alert, but just in case....

From IMDb.... an anonymous critic writes the following.. (pretty good summation i suppose)

Quote:

I write these for friends and if you love movies you are a friend: I saw a movie last night that was so good that I have spent the last hour looking up information about it on the Internet Movie Data Base and related links. I have included the Fox Searchlight website for the movie at the bottom of this review so you can hear the music. So now I know that is was made in 17 days and at a cost of less than $150K and reflects a Dublin of 10-15 years ago when Dublin was much poorer and more working class.

And, I would be much poorer in life and spirit, and my heart, like most of us, covered in scar tissue from life, would not seem so vulnerable and new, if I had not seen this movie. A simple story of a street musician in Ireland, singing covers during the day for Euros, and his own music at night for cents. A verging on middle aged man, still living with his Da, repairing vacuums in a tiny shop and writing songs to his lost love in his tinier bedroom. Approached by girl, an immigrant, who loves his songs, understands the pain that gave them life, and soon they are in a music shop with the girl playing the piano and together they prove that art isn't produced from big budgets or green lit by ten vice presidents and that seventeen days and a pittance can make me get goose bumps just trying to write a review of what I saw in a dark theater with ten other people in a complex dominated by Shrek, Pirates, and Spiderman.

I knew a woman once who only read novels about unrequited love. What a wonderful phrase: unrequited love. Archaic, unrequited, love, universally known and unknown, and as a friend said about the movie and its songs: no great art came from happiness. But the movie isn't sad, it's pulsing with life and music and incident and the process of how art is made. I have always been a sucker for movies about how art is made: Shakespeare in Love, Topsy Turvey, as examples, but in both those, art that was known. In Once, on the streets of Dublin, an Irishman and a Czech girl, remind us of how, to my generation, the guitar was king, a guitar, bass, drums and piano a symphony orchestra, and there was no power like the power of rock and roll. In all generations, love sought, found, lost, and sometimes regained is the stuff that brings us to the theater, to the book, to the movie.

I'm in the midst of reading a book by an Irishman, a detective novel, the hero a reader, and the author uses the book to list books he likes: from one...'the body moves on, the mind stays and circles the events of the past.' This must be true of the writer/director.

You won't forget these people. I can't forget their songs. We should all meet, my movie loving friends, and talk about this movie in a bar in Chicago I know that has great music on the jukebox, cold cold beer, and is dark enough so we would all look good. Neil Young sang: only love can break your heart, Once asks 'how often do you meet the right person', and as fellow movie goers I ask how often can the right movie be made, shown in your local, and break/make you heart at seven of a beautiful summer's eve? It's the best movie of the year. Maybe of the last five years. But, I am not a dispassionate critic, I loved it.



ya think he/she liked it..?

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Thursday, August 28, 2008 3:07 PM

KWICKO

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." -- William Casey, Reagan's presidential campaign manager & CIA Director (from first staff meeting in 1981)


As a kid, I loved the Streisand/Kristofferson version of "A Star Is Born" - but mostly just because I thought Kristofferson's band, The John Norman Howard Speedway was the shiznit. I loved the song "Hellacious Acres". :)

In a totally nonfictional sidestep, I really wish someone would do a biopic of Nick Drake's life and too-early death. His music is stark, heartfelt, and heartbreaking. The songs on "Once" remind me quite a bit of Drake's style - usually just him and a guitar, sometimes joined by a cello or a piano. He was unique, and far, far, FAR ahead of his time.

Also in a nonfictional vein, "Control" was pretty fantastic. It chronicles the rise of Joy Division, who went on to become New Order after the untimely death of singer/songwriter Ian Curtis.

But Gus Van Sant's "Last Days" - a semi-biographical look at the last days of Kurt Cobain - just sucked.

Mike

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Thursday, August 28, 2008 5:05 PM

PACHELBEL


How can there be no love for Josie and the Pussycats?

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Thursday, August 28, 2008 5:36 PM

GEEZER

Keep the Shiny side up


Almost Famous

Aside from a great story, you got Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, Anna Paquin.

"Keep the Shiny side up"

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Friday, August 29, 2008 4:55 AM

COSMICFUGITIVE


I've always had a soft spot for 'Light Of Day' with Michael J. Fox and Joan Jett:



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Friday, August 29, 2008 2:39 PM

MONKEYTAIL


Almost Famous
Once

Once is, like others have said already, an incredible film. Easily in my top ten.

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Friday, August 29, 2008 3:20 PM

RALLEM


Quote:

Originally posted by Jongsstraw:


My favorites are:

1. That Thing You Do
2. Eddie & The Cruisers
3. This Is Spinal Tap

I'm a real sucker for this genre of movies. Other favorites?





I liked all of those too, and I just bought the Commitments on DVD after owning the soundtrack for so long. One I liked was Led Zeppelin's The Song Remains the Same, but I have several others from bands like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and the Clash. I have several more and won't bother teting to remember them all here.



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Friday, August 29, 2008 4:28 PM

CHARLIEBZ


My fav is the guys trying to get the band back together. The guys on a mission from God. The guys who play both kinds of music (country and western). The guys who hate Illinois Nazis. The guys who wear their sunglasses even when it's dark. Jake and Elwood and the rest of the SNL band aka The Blues Brothers.

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Friday, August 29, 2008 4:31 PM

DEADLOCKVICTIM



the Blues Brothers playing Stand By Your Man was hilarious...

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Friday, August 29, 2008 4:33 PM

CHARLIEBZ


Quote:

Originally posted by deadlockvictim:

the Blues Brothers playing Stand By Your Man was hilarious...



Yes. I really felt their pain singing about how hard it is to be a woman. Great scene! Love the chicken wire.

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Friday, August 29, 2008 6:07 PM

OPPYH


Quote:

Originally posted by CosmicFugitive:
I've always had a soft spot for 'Light Of Day' with Michael J. Fox and Joan Jett:



Yeah, wish it would come out on dvd already!

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Friday, August 29, 2008 7:02 PM

RCAT


Really liked the Blues Brothers, the Commitments and Spinal Tap. Also, not mentioned yet, A Mighty Wind was hilarious.



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Tuesday, September 2, 2008 3:09 PM

MOOSE


Well, dang. I didn't even realize what a fan of this genre I am. Every post that lists a movie or two, I'm going "Saw it. Loved it."



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Tuesday, September 2, 2008 3:18 PM

RALLEM


I can't imagine how I would have forgotten saying the Blues Brothers in my last post, but I did. I haven't seen it yet, but there is a new movie out about a rock band who plays for a children's show during the day. I think I want to see that.



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Wednesday, September 3, 2008 3:09 AM

DEADLOCKVICTIM


Hedwig and the Angry Itch...


strange little film- needs to be viewed more than one time

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Thursday, September 4, 2008 9:26 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


1. The Commitments.
2. Eddie and the Cruisers.

The Commitments was part of the Doylestown trilogy.
part 2 was The Snapper, part 3 was The Van.

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Friday, September 5, 2008 3:52 AM

PUMAMANREDUX


Purple Rain, anyone?

oh wait my bad

the thread wanted you to mention your "favorite" fictional band .......

I have to go with the already mentioned This is Spinal Tap and The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash [ both of which had made for video sequels years later, btw ]. I did see Eddie and The Cruisers once and have a copy of A Mighty Wind on DVD which I have yet to watch

I can't think of anything new to add ...


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Friday, September 5, 2008 7:18 AM

KWICKO

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." -- William Casey, Reagan's presidential campaign manager & CIA Director (from first staff meeting in 1981)


Purple Rain works for me - after all, it does have Morris Day and The Time! Not to mention The Kid...

Mike

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