Re: rock n roll movies

Amy Severson (
Mon, 14 May 2001 11:35:07 -0700 (PDT)

Oooh, I second his recommendation for Hard Core Logo. A very good film. How
could I have forgotten?

At 10:59 AM 5/14/01 -0700, you wrote:
>Shorter answer: "Hard Core Logo" and "Still Crazy"
>Longer answer: Just last night I saw Bruce McDonald's "Hard Core Logo"
>(being released by Disney on their Miramax label on June 12), which is about
>a Canadian punk rock band reuniting for a comeback tour. The language is
>inventively foul, the ambiance is realistic (the lead singer and lead
>guitarist repeatedly spit in one another's faces onstage), and the arguments
>and egos are suitably big (lead singer Joe Dick is happy with "hookers and
>taxis", while ambitious guitarist Billy Tallent would like to be an "escorts
>and limos" kind of guy. Plus they sing songs like "Rock 'n Roll Is Fat and
>Ugly" and, in one of my favorite scenes, lambast filmmaker McDonald, who
>made the odd indie film "Highway 61" (the critique goes something like:
>"didn't you do that "Highway 69" thing? I'll bet that video's at Payless for
>$.99.") I would definitely preview before considering--this is the
>non-candy-coated flip side of "Almost Famous."
>Haven't written up the review of "Hard Core Logo" yet, but here's my review
>of another fun title: Brian Gibson's 1998 "Still Crazy.":
>Still Crazy ***
>(Columbia TriStar, 95 min., R, DVD)
>"I love the smell of vomit in the morning," says one of the members of
>Strange Fruit, a '70s rock band mounting a 20-years-after tour at the close
>of the '90s. Deciding the time is right to "surf the nostalgia wave,"
>keyboardist Tony Costello (Stephen Rea) and his old mates give up their day
>jobs (roofing, refilling condom machines, and so on), immediately set about
>opening old wounds during rehearsal (concerning the drummer: "sounds like
>he's building a shed"), and eventually take their slightly creaky act on the
>road in a whirlwind reunion tour through Holland. The scripting by Dick
>Clement and Ian La Fresnais (The Commitments) is often laugh-out-loud funny,
>the performances of the solid British cast (including Timothy Spall as Beano
>the flatulent drummer, and stage actor Bill Nighy as the Prozac-popping
>insecure lead singer) are dead on, and the music itself (from, among others,
>Mick Jones of Foreigner and Chris Difford of Squeeze) is actually pretty
>good. Sort of a This is Spinal Tap meets The Full Monty, this ode to power
>rock ("God got tired of all that '70s excess, that's why he created the Sex
>Pistols") is a whole lotta fun. Recommended. (R. Pitman) ("Video Librarian",
>July-August 1999)
>Randy Pitman
>Video Librarian
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>Seabeck, WA 98380
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>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Barb Bergman" <>
>To: "Multiple recipients of list" <>
>Sent: Monday, May 14, 2001 10:13 AM
>Subject: rock n roll movies
> > Here's something for you to brainstorm about:
> >
> > I have a professor putting together a syllabus for a "History of Rock 'n
> > Roll" class. We have documentaries covered, but she also wants to make use
> > of feature films. They can about specific musicians, about the music
> > industry, or simply where rock music is an important part of the movie.
> >
> > She said she's especially having problems coming up with ideas for films
> > (documentary or feature) dealing with the 90s. Grunge, alternative, etc.
> > (But just checked out the two series by PBS and Time Warner for
> >
> > Anyway, here are the film titles I've come up with so far:
> > The Rose
> > La Bamba
> > Buddy Holly Story
> > That thing you do
> > Yellow Submarine
> > Elvis movies
> > Almost famous
> > Spinal Tap
> > Selena
> > Grease
> > Saturday Night Fever
> > Back to the Future (dance scene "Johnny be good")
> > Footloose
> > Pink Floyd's The Wall
> >
> > Thanks in advance,
> > Barb

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