Question of the Week: What’s your favorite…

music movie? Documentaries can be included as well as pop culture pics.

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33 thoughts on “Question of the Week: What’s your favorite…

  1. “Probably” because a bunch of others come really really close. I’ll take that, however, as it’s the first music movie I saw that wasn’t a documentary that completely knocked me out.

  2. Repo Man, which I worked on (I was supervising assistant editor and a fresh film school dropout). And yes, I totally knew it was going to be one of the greatest punk cult films ever when I was toiling away over the Moviola.

  3. Gimme Shelter is great.

    and my favorite music doc.
    (would be the the never-to-be-made doc.)
    The Fortune Records Story!
    -including live (& non-existent) video of
    Nolan Strong
    Nathaniel Mayer
    & Andre Williams!

  4. Nice call putting that shot from ‘Head’ up top, definitely one of my favorites.

    One I’m surprised hasn’t been mentioned yet is ‘The TAMI Show’.

    I’d also include ‘Smithereens’, ‘Wild in the Streets’, ‘Out of the Blue’, ‘Ladies and Gentlemen The Fabulous Stains’, ‘The Girl Can’t Help It’, ‘Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii’, ‘Mystery Tain’, and ‘American Hot Wax’ (where’s the dvd of THAT??).

  5. ‘Wild Style’. Talk about a right-place/right-time movie — it still blows my mind how we went from that to Jay-Z owning Glastonbury.

  6. ‘Get Yourself a College Girl’ (1964): Leonard Maltin sez “Strictly for dropouts,” which neatly sums up the vapid “plot,” but the music, a once-in-a-lifetime lineup of the Animals, the Standells, the Dave Clark Five, the Jimmy Smith Trio, and Nancy Sinatra, is beyond fab!

  7. And duh, one of my all-time favorite movies period, ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’.

  8. 1) Jazz On A Summer’s Day (1960)
    2) The T.A.M.I. Show (1964)
    3) The Big T.N.T Show (1966)
    4) Heartland Reggae (1980)
    5) Hard Day’s Night (1964)

  9. I recommend Kenneth Anger’s “Rabbit Moon”- a surreal combo of surreal mime and doo-wop. It’s available on the recent collection The Films of Kenneth Anger, Vol. 1.

  10. There are a bunch of films featuring music (or musicians) that I have liked, including Blonde Venus, Princess Tam Tam, Frankie and Johnny, Funny Girl, Performance, Lady Sings the Blues, Nashville, Claudine, Saturday Night Fever, The Rose, Say Amen Somebody, Yentl, Basileus Quartet, Mo Better Blues, 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould, Velvet Goldmine, Evita, The Full Monty, The Red Violin, and Melinda and Melinda; and my favorite is probably 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould, which approaches the character, life, and music of Glenn Gould from different angles, including documentary and acted segments (and even featuring a segment in x-ray vision)…

  11. 5 STARS:
    Monterey Pop (along with the complete Jimi Hendrix and Otis Redding outtakes)
    Stop Making Sense

    4 1/2 STARS:
    The Kids Are Alright
    Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii (the original..not the lame “Director’s Cut”)

    4 STARS:
    Gimme Shelter
    The Concert for Bangladesh
    The Last Waltz
    Head

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