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Post by yeshead 777 » Sat Jun 04, 2005 12:55 am

I'm watching my fav rock movie of all time-"Almost Famous"-and just wandered what other fav rock movies people have out there! This movie has it all-great music,story, acting,and above all great proggers like YES,Jethro Tull, and others in the mix! Plus one or two scenes are loosely based on Cameron Crowe's interviews with YES. The scene on the bus with everyone singing "Tiny Dancer" is more than worth the price of admission alone.

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Post by Bozo » Tue Jun 07, 2005 1:07 am

I used to like Tommy! Slade in Flame was hip. But the best one is The Song Remains The Same by Led Zeppelin.
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Post by SuperTed » Tue Jun 07, 2005 4:30 am

(cough) Spinal Tap (cough)
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Post by Alatar » Tue Jun 07, 2005 7:40 am

SuperTed wrote:(cough) Spinal Tap (cough)

The Inconsolable Secret - It's one louder than all other epics!


This one goes up to Elven.

I'm not actually sure if that was funny
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Post by Bogatyr » Sat Jul 30, 2005 8:40 pm

A Mighty Wind :cuckoo:
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Post by FredProgGH » Sat Jul 30, 2005 11:03 pm

Bogatyr wrote:A Mighty Wind :cuckoo:
Mighty Wind isn't a rock movie, it's a folk movie! One of the great rock comedies ever made was Get Crazy- it ranks right under Spinal Tap in brilliance. It starred Malcolm McDowell and had cameos by Lou Reed, Howard Kaylan (Flo & Eddie, Zappa), Lee Ving (Fear), John Densmore (The Doors) and a bunch of others. It has long been out of print on VHS unfortunately and never out on DVD but I have a copy. .

Another excellent comedy/drama is Still Crazy -wow, why do all these movies have "crazy" in the title??-- starring the great Billy Connely as a roadie for a farly horrible Uriah Heep type band getting together for one last reunion tour.

And there's always the very underrated Irish soul film The Commitments.
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Post by yyzmoose » Thu Aug 11, 2005 3:47 pm

How about "School of Rock"? I seriously doubt Jack Black will ever give a better performance. And of course there are two "prog moments", where he gives out cd's to students for Rush -2112, and Yes -Fragile.

"Almost Famous", already mentioned, but is a terrific movie.

"Spinal Tap" is a classic, no doubt! I especially loved the 18" Stonehenge.

"A Hard Days Night" -Its the Beatles, need I say more?

"The Buddy Holly Story" -Great movie, made long before Gary Busey became an idiot. This movie tanked at the box office, but I think Busey got an oscar nomination. I would mention "LaBamba", but the lip synching is really horrendous. Same exact tragic ending of course...

"Rock Star" was pretty good for the first half, but deteriorated badly after that. I really liked the scene where he nails the audition after two false starts.

"Airheads" -really stupid movie, but I liked it anyway. One accurate part was the radio station changing its format from rock to easy listening without telling even the DJ's. That just happened in NY to a famous "oldies" station, going to an iPod influenced format, whatever that is.

"The Wedding Singer" -kind of a stretch, this movie has more 80's rock tunes than any movie I can think of, and even has a cameo by Billy Idol. I know, the 80's really stunk, music wise. Funny movie though.

"Crossroads" is more of a blues movie, but does have Steve Vai in it.

"Ray" is also a stretch, but still a really good movie.
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Post by Bnielsen » Thu Aug 11, 2005 5:04 pm

How can you guys fail to mention "Apollo 13"

The sondtrack to that had like.. 10 classics on it
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Post by yyzmoose » Fri Aug 12, 2005 11:55 am

Maybe because Apollo 13 is a movie about the space program? If we include movies with good sountracks we could list hundreds. That might make a decent topic though. And we would have to include ones that are not just limited to rock music. But this topic is rock movies, where at least the general theme of the movie is rock musicians of some sort.
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Post by Rumpska » Fri Aug 19, 2005 10:31 am

Spinal Tap > *
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Post by SuperTed » Fri Aug 19, 2005 10:32 am

SuperTed wrote:(cough) Spinal Tap (cough)
Ahem... :wink:
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Post by FredProgGH » Fri Aug 19, 2005 1:34 pm

Sorry both y'all- bringing up Spinal Tap in a thread about rock movies is about as original as mentioning Star Wars in a discussion of sci-fi movies. OK, SW isn't REALLY sci-fi, it's more of a fantasy/horse opera that is set in a technologically advanced universe. And- wait, this isn't what we're talking about!

Anyway, to impress me you have to go even beyond things like Phantom Of The Paradise and Still Crazy to things like

Ladies And Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains (punk chick band movie, introduced Diane lane. This one is OBSCURE)
24 Hour Party People (not a *rock* movie, but a great music indusrty movie)
Hard To Hold (Bill Mumy as Rick Springfield's keyboard player!! Hyaw!)
A Star Is Born (Streisand's version- AWFUL AWFUL but great in an MST3K way)
The Jazz Singer (Niel Diamond's version, see above. For serious masochists only)
Light Of Day (Joan Jett and Micheal J Fox in a struggling band!! Super predictable and kind of slow but actually I like this one for some reason.)
SLC Punk (best movie about being a punk ever. Not about the music per se, but lots of music in it. The scene where Matthew Lillard forsakes Rush to go punk is classic)
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Post by SuperTed » Fri Aug 19, 2005 4:34 pm

OK, Mr Ebert, what about

The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle

eh,eh... :P
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Post by yyzmoose » Fri Aug 19, 2005 5:26 pm

How come no mention of "Rock and Roll High School"? Oh yeah, that's right, it really s@cked! Might also make a good MST3K...
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Post by FredProgGH » Fri Aug 19, 2005 7:43 pm

I considered R&R High school but it's not *really* a rock movie, just a high school flick with a lot of music. R&R Swindle I was going to disqualify because it's a documentary, only it isn't really so I think it actually counts. :D
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