From a Sirgur Rós Tour Documentary to the Duran Duran “Duranies” Documentary we’ve got an abundance of music related films. Straight Outta Compton is our newest addition to music related films, and we’ve gone ahead and added a list of some of the the most popular and entertaining movies about music provided by us!
Straight Outta Compton
A story that encompasses more than just the ideas of stardom. N.W.A is Niggaz Wit Attitudes, and for valid reasons. Using their frustration and brutal honestly about living in the dangerous and culturally diverse Los Angeles, N.W.A takes us back to 1987 where it all began. A story about music as a weapon for speaking out, a story about the trivial difficulties of going to fame, and ultimately what it means to be Straight Outta Compton.
Walk the Line
Walk The Line dives into Johnny Cash’s life from childhood to his rollercoaster ride into fame. Get ready for love, rejection, random encounters with Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis, and don’t forget drugs, drinking, and depression. When Cash meets June Carter, with her sassy charm, things begin to fall apart for Cash as their torn feelings for each other develop. True country music never had a man in black more suited for the job.
Jimmy, known to his friends as Rabbit, is a young man trying to make his way out of the burned-out shell of inner-city Detroit. Rabbit is a white kid trying to make music in a predominantly African-American community and culture. After Rabbit freezes up in the midst of an MC battle, he’s convinced he’s missed his chance and that he’s doomed to lead a marginal life as a factory rat for the rest of his days. With the help of his friends, and his new girlfriend Alex, Rabbit struggles to work up the courage and the confidence to take one more shot at making his dream a reality. (psst this is about Eminem).
Selena is more than just that movie you watch on easy days in Spanish class. Selena is Grammy Award-winning icon for many Mexican Americans, Latinos, and Hispanics alike. In this film we get to watch her grow into the person we still love today, and unfortunately her life’s tragic end right before her peak of stardom. Selena, played by Jennifer Lopez, lives on in this movie.
I’m Not There
If you’ve ever seen Palindromes you may know what I mean when I say 6 different actors portray Bob Dylan and they recreate different stages in his career. From Greenwich Village folk singer to electric guitar trailblazer to born-again preacher, Bob Dylan is the coolest cat with 6 lives you’ve ever met.
Ray Charles went blind at the age of seven. Inspired by his mother who insisted he make his own way, he found his calling at the keyboard. ‘Ray’ follows as he overcomes drug addiction while becoming one of the country’s most beloved performers.
Ian Curtis has aspirations beyond the trappings of small town life in 1970s England. Wanting to emulate his musical heroes, he joins a band, and his musical ambition begins to thrive. Soon though, the everyday fears and emotions, fueled by his music, slowly begin to eat away at him. Married young, with a daughter, he is distracted from his family commitments by a new love and the growing expectations of his band, Joy Division. The strain manifests itself in his health. With epilepsy adding to his guilt and desperation, depression takes hold. Surrendering to the weight on his shoulder, Ian’s tortured soul consumes him and leads him to commit suicide at the age of 23.