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Seven Best Movies For 'Rockstars'

Art is a form of communication. A Movie is an art of simulating experiences to communicate ideas, stories, perceptions, feelings, beauty or atmosphere. Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood.

Movies, like music have their own genres and themes. Some movies have been dedicated to musicians and Rock bands. Rock music is full of myths and legends and false claims such as the suggestion that Cass Elliot choked to death on a Ham sandwich, Keith Richards underwent a blood transfusion to rid himself of heroin addiction, Marilyn Manson is Paul Pfeiffer from The Wonder Years and Michael Jackson purchased the bones of Joseph Merrick (Elephant Man). There is Beiber trash and there is Cobain rocking stuff.  Below are mentioned the latter. Take a look at seven rock movies every rock fan must watch:

1. Almost Famous (2000):

It is one of the best films about music with standout performances from everyone in the cast including a rocking soundtrack. It brings this simple, breezy road-trip of a kid following a band on the rise up to “greatness” status. A wonderful movie that engages right from the beginning and it never gives up. Kate Hudson’s hypnotizing performance is the real standout as a seductive and carefree fan experiences the good, the bad and the ugly of the rock and roll lifestyle.

2. Walk the Line (2005):

“Walk the Line” follows the early years in the career of American music legend Johnny Cash. The young Cash sets out on life’s journey battered by his brother’s accidental death and an abusive father, who blames him for the incident. His rise to fame with such hits as “A Boy Named Sue” and “Ring of Fire” is countered by his struggle with amphetamines, barbiturates and alcohol. His instability, both financial and emotional, leads to the failure of his first marriage. The few comforts of his unhappy youth had come from the radio programs of June Carter, the luminous daughter of country music’s first family. When their paths cross, it’s her devotion and support that becomes his salvation.

Walk The Line is a great love story. It may not completely satisfy as a musical tribute to the great Johnny Cash, but it leaves you with a strong sense of the man, his rebellion and the tangible bond he shared with the woman he loved.

3. Crossroads (1986):

A passion for blues music is evident in this drama based on a contest-winning script by former blues musician John Fusco — and featuring one of the decade’s best-received motion picture soundtracks, written and performed by RyCooder. Eugene Martone Ralph Macchio is a classically trained guitarist who desperately wants to locate a long-lost blues song. At a Harlem nursing home, Eugene finds Willie Brown (Joe Seneca), a legendary blues man who may be able to help him. Eugene becomes part of the master guitarist’s scheme to reclaim his soul from the Devil, which he sold in exchange for musical greatness at a rural crossroads many decades before. Making their way across the Mississippi Delta, the duo meets Frances (Jami Gertz), a runaway who becomes a love interest for Eugene. After launching his career with the sale of his script for Crossroads (1986), which is loosely based on the mythical character of Faust and a fable involving real-life blues legend Robert Johnson (played in the film by Tim Russ), Fusco went on to write the highly successful Young Guns (1988).in short Any music fan will do well spend an hour and a half watching this one.

4. I am not there (2007):

This re-enactment of the life of musician, Bob Dylan, features multiple actors embodying different stages in the singer’s life.Full of Dylanology, Dylanography and Dylanerbole… if that’s your thing.  I’m Not There is a very special kind of life and times. For my money, this is one of the best biopics ever made, perhaps particularly because its goal was to not make a butterfly pinned to the wall of its subject. Ever the chameleon, Dylan is portrayed here as six different characters that reflect an aspect of his persona, and all of their stories are brought to plausible endings, beyond what Dylan did with these identities, of course, because he never carried one persona from beginning to end. That the director, Todd Haynes, approaches his subject in this manner is in a way brilliant

5. Inside Llewyn Davis (2013):

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles-some of them of his own making.”Inside Llewyn Davis” is one of the best pictures of the year 2013, plain and simple. It’s the Coen Brothers finest film since “Fargo.” Where O Brother’s picaresque was all sepia, bluegrass, hayseed slapstick and family reunion, this film offers a stringent voyage of overcast skies, melancholy folk, soured relationships and no direction home.A fascinating look at depression, artistry and the struggle of everyone to find a place.The music choices alone will ensure this haunting, beautifully detailed film will live a long and lasting life

6. The Doors (1991):

This Oliver Stone film chronicles the career of the famous ’60s rock group, the Doors. Headed by Jim Morrison (Val Kilmer), this film follows the group from their humble beginnings in Los Angeles to the height of their popularity, and through the drug experimentation and abuse that lead to Morrison’s death.The whole movie is white hot, lapped in honeyed golds, evilly blue and black or drenched in those swoony, fiery reds. The Doors blasts your ears and scorches your eyes.

7. Jailhouse rock (1957):

One of the best of Elvis Presley’s pre-Army films, Jailhouse Rock offers us the sensual, “dangerous” Elvis that had won the hearts of the kids and earned the animosity of their elders. Presley plays a young buck who accidentally kills a man while protecting the honor of a woman. Thrown into prison, Elvis strikes up a friendship with visionary fellow-con Mickey Shaughnessy. Shaughnessy suggests that Elvis perform in the upcoming prison show. Ol’ swivel-hips scores a hit, and decides to stay in showbiz after his release. Together with pretty Judy Tyler (the former Princess SummerfallWinterspring on Howdy Doody, who would die in a horrible traffic accident shortly after completing this film), Elvis sets up his own record company. Alas, success goes to his head, and soon Elvis plans to ditch Tyler in favor of signing with a big-time label. Shaughnessy shows up long enough to punch out Elvis for his disloyalty; as a result, Elvis’ vocal chords are damaged and he is unable to sing. Deserted by his flunkeys and hangers-on, Elvis learns the value of friendship and fidelity when Tyler and Shaughnessy stay by his side in his darkest hours. His voice restored, Elvis climbs back up the charts–but this time, he’s a much nicer fellow, and a lot more committed to Tyler. Usually the musical numbers in a Presley picture (this one has a doozy, complete with chorus boys dressed as convicts!) are more compelling than the plot. Jailhouse Rock is a perfect balance of song and story from beginning to end; seldom would Elvis be so well showcased in the future

Other Notable Mentions:

The Blues Brothers (1980):

Expanding on their Saturday Night Live characters, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd star as Jake and Elwood Blues, two white boys with black soul. Sporting cool shades and look-alike suits, Jake and Elwood are dispatched on a “mission from God” by their former teacher, Sister Mary Stigmata (Kathleen Freeman). Said mission is to raise $5000 to save an orphanage. In the course of their zany adventures, the Blues Brothers run afoul of neo-Nazi Henry Gibson, perform the theme from Rawhide before the most unruly bar crowd in written history, and lay waste to hundreds of cars on the streets and freeways of Chicago. In case you aren’t swept up in the infectuous nuttiness of the brothers Blue, you might have fun spotting film’s legion of guest stars, including James Brown, Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, John Candy, Carrie Fisher, Steve Lawrence, Twiggy, Paul Reubens (aka Pee-Wee Herman), Frank Oz, and Steven Spielberg

Ray (2004):

Born in a poor town in Georgia, Ray Charles went blind at the age of seven shortly after witnessing his younger brother’s accidental death. Inspired by a fiercely independent mother who insisted he make his own way in the world, Charles found his calling and his gift behind a piano keyboard. Touring across the Southern musical circuit, the soulful singer gained a reputation and then exploded with worldwide fame when he pioneered incorporating gospel, country, jazz and orchestral influences into his inimitable style. As he revolutionized the way people appreciated music, he simultaneously fought segregation in the very clubs that launched him and championed artists’ rights within the corporate music business. A very good film, regardless of whether or not you love Ray Charles’ music. And even if it was a lesser film, Jamie Foxx’s performance has made it worth watching.

My personal favorite & A Must Watch:

Pink Floyd-The Wall (1982):

This musical documentary examines the impact of legendary rock band Pink Floyd’s iconic 11th studio album The Wall, examining how the work was created, as well as how it affected not just the band, but music history to come. Nothing is put together for you, but all the pieces of the puzzle are there for you to create what you want. It’s refreshing to see a movie that is completely out of the box, and doesn’t follow any present formula. THE WALL is a great rock opera.A stunning portrayal of a slide from isolation into madness.One of the most surreal movies I’ve ever seen in my life. The story is a little hard to understand at times, especially when it comes to distinguishing what is going on in the real world or Pink’s mind. However, if you like Pink Floyd music, this movie will certainly be a treat. The animation sequences are the best parts of this film, they are technically impressive and fit the disturbing look of the movie and the music. My favorite parts of the film are the “Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2” school scene and “The Trial” at the film’s climax.

theparallelpost | 2015

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