Must-See Movies – Daily Utah Chronicles


In his book “High fidelity” Author Nick Hornby I wrote“What came first, the music or the misery?” Rob, the owner of his hopelessly romantic record store, revisited the failed relationship and figured out what was wrong. ..In this popular story, “High Fidelity” movies Starring John Cusack in 2000 and has recently become a fan of the genre Hulu original series With Zoe Kravitz in 2020. Did Hornby’s musical ’emo’ review like the first music-related story in the film? No. Was this the catalyst for my love for musical movies and bad love songs? absolutely.

“High fidelity” “Empire Record” (1995) I wanted to work in a record store. “Air head” (1994) This influenced my unlucky quest to become a radio DJ. Movies about real bands and musicians “Night of a difficult day” (1964) and “Run away” (2010) was my top pick for the weekend movie marathon, and recently “Bohemian Rhapsody” (2018) and “Rocket man” (2019) has been added to the lineup.

But “The lock school” (2003) Without hesitation, I found my way into my list of must-see musical films. Movies like “This is a lumbar puncture” (1984) and “Almost known” (2000) is often a first choice, but my own lists, like Hornby’s playlists, have always seemed a bit unpredictable. Among a wide range of musical films, this is my favorite. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out.

Meet “The Oneders” – pronounced like “wonders” instead of “oh-NEE-ders”. Tom Hanks made his directorial debut while writing and starring in the film, following the rise and fall of a successful fictional wonder. This little town band made their mark with a great song, then got swept up in the industry whirlwind at flashy parties with executive labels, drugs, women, stage shows and music. all the stressors that come with being famous. ..

The character development, relationship building and the conflict between the fantasy and the reality of being a famous musician make this film a wonderful watch. In addition, the hits of Oneders are very catchy and stay in my head for days.

Best Cast: Tom Everett Scott, Liv Tyler, Johnathon Schaech, Steve Zahn, Ethan Embry, Tom Hanks

Director: Tom Hanks

see: Google play

Roughly based Archie BD The band of the same name, “Josie and the Pussycats”, is a happy and enthusiastic take on the music industry and the marketability of girl and boy groups. When the boy group Dujour mysteriously disappeared in a plane crash, Josie (Rachael Leigh Cook) and her friends suddenly appeared in the limelight as “the next tycoon.”

Subliminal mind control, product placement, fame pressure, and industry politics can destroy kitties, but accidents, hygiene, and friendships are commonplace. I love this satirical story and all the ridiculous things pointed out in the movie. The movie itself Business failure But lately Cult success..

Best Actors: Rachael Leigh Cook, Tara Reid, Rosario Dawson, Alan Cumming, Gabriel Mann, Paulo Costanzo, Missi Pyle, Parker Posey

Director: Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan

see: Hulu, HBO Max

This psychological drama received rave reviews, including the Audience’s Top Prize and the Grand Jury Prize. Dramatic competition in the United States In 2014 Sundance Film Festival..

The film follows the determined struggle of a jazz drummer and his toxic and abusive relationship with a perfectionist drum teacher at the Shaffer Conservatory. movies Physically attacking or beating the drummer in front of the rest of the group can be intense and unpleasant as the instructor throws the chair or struggles to maintain the tempo. There are forensic struggles, lost hopes, rebellions and conflicts that create intense tension – to play is amazing. This movie isn’t as easy and fun as the other movies on my list, but it’s definitely worth a look.

Best Cast: Miles Teller, JK Simmons, Paul Reiser

Director: Damien Chazelle

see: Amazon

Including this movie in my list often surprises people. There is more to the plot than you can possibly see. Singer-songwriter Violet (Piper Perabo) leaves her comfortable New Jersey home with her father and moves to New York City to establish herself as a songwriter. After a difficult start, she found a job at the bar, began to play and gained confidence in herself as a musician.

There’s romance, including a scene where a purple beauty sets up a celebrity room with a cardboard cutout as a mock audience to help overcome stage phobia. Finally, there’s a short cameo from country singer LeAnn Rimes.

Best Cast: Piper Perabo, Adam Garcia, Maria Bello, Melanie Lynskey, Bridget Moynahan, John Goodman, Tyra Banks, Izabella Miko

Director: David McNally

see: Google play

“Band Slam” is a slightly different hit for me because the main character isn’t in the band, but I manage it. The main character, Will (Gaeran Connell), is obsessed with music, especially David Bowie, who writes to the stars like a diary.

When Will’s mother finds a new job and moves to a new school, Will meets Sa5m (5 is silence) and Charlotte. He then began to lead Charlotte’s rock / ska group I Can’t Go On. Group banging.. In the end, Bowie responded to Will’s letter by making an appearance in his last film appearance before his death in 2016. This movie is probably one of my favorites.

Best Cast: Aly Michalka, Vanessa Hudgens, Gaelan Connell, Scott Porter, Lisa Kudrow

Director: Todd Graff

see: Amazon prime, Youtube

Does Lizzie McGuire attend music school? Well, that is not correct. movies, Hilary Duff plays Terry Fletcher, a teenager who dreams of becoming a professional singer. After applying for a music program that could win a big scholarship to help her achieve her dream, her brother and father wonder if she should go. Terry blamed his brother’s death when he died in a car crash later that night after the battle.

She participates in the program, but struggles to overcome the trauma and regain her voice. Metacritic And Rotten tomatoes Both have a pretty low rating for this movie – it’s certainly not surprising, but it’s fun, mellow, and uplifting. Sometimes you just need a movie, so I’ll keep it on the list then.

Best Cast: Hilary Duff, Rita Wilson, David Keith, Jason Ritter, Oliver James, Rebecca Demoney, John Corbett

Director: Sean McNamara

see: Amazon, Hulu

Finally, this movies Probably my favorite musical film. Written and directed by former Connels drummer John Schultz, Bandwagon made its Sundance Film Festival debut in 1996 after its debut. Lakeside entertainment Like their first film.

The film follows the ’90s band “Circus Money”, following a rough life on the streets, playing in dirty clubs and bars, and trying to “make it”. Self-discovery and collapse resonate as these four little-known guys embark on a rock’n’roll journey through an unattractive indie music scene. I saw this movie as part of the local Sundance show and fell in love with all the ugliness and misery of a mixture of music and hope. It’s really hard to find, but worth the trip.

Best Cast: Lee Holmes, Kevin Corrigan, Matthew Hennessey, Steve Parlavecchio

Director: John Schultz

see: Amazon DVD

Honorable mention

I have one thing in common with Disney Channel movies – it’s bad acting from young actors, a combination of cheesy storylines, and a happy, healthy ending. When it comes to musical movies, these Disney movies don’t fail me.

“Camp Rock 1” (2008) and “2” (2010)

This super cheap but so much fun movie duo, starring young Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato, follows her time at an ambitious singer and music camp where she finds her voice. The sequel revolves around meeting the campers to prevent their music camps from being crushed by more corporate music camps across the lake.

Both films really push the theme of honesty and loyalty to themselves and their voices in the face of pressure from their teenage peers. Camp Rock was watched by 8.9 million viewers on the night of its premiere and is now Third highest navigation Disney Channel Original MovieSo I don’t think I was the only one who really liked it.

Best Cast: Demi Lovato, Joe Jonas, Meaghan Martin, Maria Canals Barrera, Daniel Fathers, Alyson Stoner

Director: Matthieu Diamant

see: Disney +

“Mouth Lemonade” (2011)

Based on the Mark Peter Hughes novel of the same name, this DCOM favorite is made up of five people who come together in detention to form a rock band and compete with the popular school group “Brorock” in a musical competition called Rising Star. I am a group of high school students. Landslide crash.

The heartwarming theme of typical Disney fashion is to confront your values ​​and overcome personal adversity with the help of friends. I love the songs in this movie and have added some of the actor’s personal music to the playlist.

Best casting: Bridgit Mendler, Adam Hicks, Hayley Kiyoko, Naomi Scott, Blake Michael

Director: Patricia Riggen

see: Disney +

I still don’t know if the music or the misery came first. It seems that the “high fidelity” never drew any conclusions on this subject. What I do know is that I love movies about self-discovery and self-destruction while making music. I love the hope, the talent and the hard times behind the scenes that make it hellish. These movies stay on my list when I see them again, but I always have more room for movies like this.

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