Music

Soul Boys of the Western World

IMDb: 6.9
2014
102 min

A voyage through the heart of the 80s with one of the decade’s most iconic bands, Spandau Ballet, this archive-only film tells the story of a group of working-class London lads who created a global music Empire, but at a price none of them imagined.


Country: UK

Disco ormene

IMDb: 4.8
2008
79 min

It’s not easy to be Barry. An earthworm gets no respect. He lives at the bottom of the food chain. But one day, an old disco record turns his life upside down. Suddenly he sees before him his own destiny, the star of the world’s greatest disco band: Sunshine Barry & The Disco Worms! Okay, he’s got no arms, no rhythm and no band. But as Barry says: “We’ll do it anyway!”


Country: Denmark|Germany

Sparkle

IMDb: 5.7
2012
116 min

Musical prodigy, Sparkle (Jordin Sparks) struggles to become a star while overcoming issues that are tearing her family apart. From an affluent Detroit area and daughter to a single mother (Whitney Houston), she tries to balance a new romance with music manager Stix (Derek Luke) while dealing with the unexpected challenges her new life will bring as she and her two sisters (Carmen Ejogo and Tika Sumpter) strive to become a dynamic singing group during the Motown-era.


Country: USA
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Smash

IMDb: 5.2
2012
min

Smash is an American musical drama television series created by playwright Theresa Rebeck and developed by Robert Greenblatt for NBC. Steven Spielberg served as one of the executive producers. The series was broadcast in the US by NBC and produced by DreamWorks Television and Universal Television. The series revolves around a fictional New York theater community and specifically the creation of a new Broadway musical. It features a large ensemble cast, led by Debra Messing, Jack Davenport, Katharine McPhee, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty, Jeremy Jordan, and Anjelica Huston.

The show debuted on February 6, 2012, and its first season ended on May 14, 2012. Its second and final season premiered on February 5, 2013 and ended on May 26, 2013. NBC announced a change in their lineup in March 2013 and moved the show to Saturdays starting April 6, 2013. The series was officially cancelled on May 10, 2013. Second and final season executive producer/show runner Josh Safran said the final episode of season two would work as a series finale, should the series not be renewed.

The series, particularly the pilot episode, enjoyed some critical success. The first season received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography amongst 4 nominations. The series was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media.


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Foo Fighters Sonic Highways

IMDb: 8.8
2014
min

In this new series, Foo Fighters commemorate their 20th anniversary by documenting the eight-city recording odyssey that produced their latest, and eighth, studio album.

Foo Fighters founder Dave Grohl directs the series, which taps into the musical heritage and cultural fabric of eight cities: Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Washington D.C. and New York. The band based themselves at a legendary recording studio integral to the unique history and character of each location.

One song was recorded in each city, and every track features local legends. Even the lyrics were developed in an experimental, unprecedented way: Grohl held off on writing them until the last day of each session, letting himself be inspired by the experiences, interviews and personalities that became part of the process.

Foo Fighters Sonic Highways is, in Grohl’s words, “a love letter to the history of American music.” Each episode delves into the identity of each city — showing how each region shaped these musicians in their formative years and, in turn, how they impacted the cultural fabric of their hometowns. Every artist who appears in the show, regardless of genre or locale, started as an average kid with universal dreams of making music and making it big.

Grohl made his feature film directorial debut in 2013 with the universally acclaimed Grammy-winning Sound City, a celebration of the human element in the creation and recording of music. Foo Fighters have won 11 Grammy Awards, including four for Best Rock Album, more than any other band.

Premiering on the eve of Foo Fighters’ 20th anniversary, Foo Fighters Sonic Highways aims to “give back” to the next generation of young musicians. As guitarist and singer Buddy Guy, an interviewee from the Chicago blues scene, explains, “Everything comes from what’s come before.”


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Phineas and Ferb

IMDb: 7.4
2007
min

Each day, two kindhearted suburban stepbrothers on summer vacation embark on some grand new project, which annoys their controlling sister, Candace, who tries to bust them. Meanwhile, their pet platypus plots against evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz.


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Vinyl

IMDb: 7.1
2016
min

Set in 1970s New York, Vinyl is a ride through the sex- and drug-addled music business at the dawn of punk, disco, and hip-hop. The show is seen through the eyes of a record label president, Richie Finestra, who is trying to save his company and his soul without destroying everyone in his path.


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Flight of the Conchords

IMDb: 7.8
2007
min

Flight of the Conchords is an American television comedy series that was first shown on HBO on June 17, 2007. The show follows the adventures of Flight of the Conchords, a two-man band from New Zealand, as its members seek fame and success in New York City. The show stars the real-life duo, Jemaine Clement and the Academy Award winner Bret McKenzie, who play fictionalized versions of themselves. A second season was announced on August 17, 2007 and shown from January 18, 2009. On December 11, 2009, the duo confirmed that the series would not return for a third season.

Throughout its run, Flight of the Conchords received positive critical reception, with its second season scoring 80/100 on Metacritic. The show has received 10 Emmy Award nominations, including “Outstanding Comedy Series” and “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series” for Jemaine Clement, both in 2009.


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Treme

IMDb: 7.9
2010
min

Tremé takes its name from a neighborhood of New Orleans and portrays life in the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane. Beginning three months after Hurricane Katrina, the residents of New Orleans, including musicians, chefs, Mardi Gras Indians, and other New Orleanians struggle to rebuild their lives, their homes and their unique culture.


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Change of Habit

IMDb: 5.9
1969
93 min

Only a few songs as Elvis plays it straight as Dr John Carpenter. Mary Tyler Moore stars opposite as an incognito nun with a mission to help Dr Elvis clean up the ghetto he lives in. Can the King compete against God for Mary’s heart?


Country: USA

Reggie Watts: Spatial

IMDb: 6.4
2016
61 min

The comic innovator delivers a surreal set blending experimental songs, jokes about grits, guns and drugs, and other improvised comedy adventures.


Country: USA
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The Lemon Drop Kid

IMDb: 7.2
1951
91 min

When the Lemon Drop Kid accidentally cheats gangster Moose Moran (Fred Clark) out of his track winnings, the Kid promises to repay Moose the money by Christmas. Creating a fake charity for “Apple Annie” Nellie Thursday, the Kid tricks his gang into donning Santa suits and “collecting dough for old dolls” like Nellie who have nowhere to live. Radio personality Marilyn Maxwell assists as the Kid’s girlfriend, while William Frawley and Jay C. Flippen play the lovable, gruff crooks that fall for the Kid’s Santa scam.


Country: USA
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Ring of Fire

IMDb: 5.9
2013
90 min

“Ring of Fire” recounts June’s meteoric rise to fame with The Carter Family, considered the First Family of country music, before breaking out on her own to perform, when she would become a legend in her own right. Taking a personal look at June’s first two marriages, life with her daughters and touching relationship with her son, the movie showcases her infamous courtship with Cash and June’s heroic role in saving his life during his battles with substance abuse, as well as how her unwavering faith in God, confidence and talent has taught lessons to generations.


Country: USA

Get Back

IMDb: 6.1
2016
0 min

It’s a great pop music myth that in Liverpool everything began and ended with the Beatles. It didn’t. Get Back documents the real story of the city’s music outpourings, from post war years to present day. It’s a story of a city where literally thousands of bands and artists, hundreds of clubs, promoters and managers put on the biggest, loudest and longest party in history. The golden era of The Cavern and Merseybeat generated a massive tectonic shift in popular culture and in the 1970s it started again with a new scene and yet another cellar club at its heart – Eric’s. Bands such as Deaf School, Echo and the Bunnymen and OMD led the way. Then Frankie Goes to Hollywood, the Farm, the La’s, the Christians. And more recently it continued, the city’s bands always inventive and always re-inventing, with the Zutons, Coral, Wombats and more. The story is unending but Get Back offers music fans a chance to enjoy the narrative and the sounds created so far in the city that rocked the world…


Country: UK

House Arrest

IMDb: 5.0
2008
80 min

A plan to impress the beautiful Kiki with a gift of stolen jewelry backfires for slacker DJ Johnson, who ends up sentenced to 48 hours of house arrest after the stunt goes horribly wrong. Luckily, Kiki was impressed. Unluckily, the cops are keeping a very close watch on the love-struck criminal, and DJ will need the help of all his boys in the hood to help him win Kiki’s heart in this hot comedy starring Devon Deshawn Stewart and Mariel Perez.


Country: USA
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Rock & Rule

IMDb: 6.8
1983
77 min

A malevolent rock star kidnaps a female singer to force her to participate in the summoning of a demon and her band must help her stop him.


Country: Canada

Charles Lloyd – Arrows Into Infinity

IMDb: 8.1
2012
113 min

Charles Lloyd was one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 1960s. His music crossed traditional boundaries and explored new territories. Catapulted into worldwide fame in his 20s, by his early 30s, he abandoned his life of touring and recording and went into seclusion in Big Sur, CA. Circumstance brought him back to a public life in the late 1980s. ‘Arrows Into Infinity’ is a journey in sound through the unusual life and career of this jazz legend. Lloyd’s own voice, and those who worked with him over the last five decades help us discover and better understand this enigmatic man and his spiritual pursuit through music. This film is a collaborative work between Lloyd’s wife Dorothy Darr; a painter, and videographer/filmmaker, Jeffery Morse.


Country: USA

Beatles Stories

IMDb: 7.2
2011
0 min

A big fan of The Beatles growing up in the 60s, Seth Swirsky noticed that whenever he heard someone relating a story about themselves and The Beatles, he was “all ears”. So, starting in 2005, he sought out and filmed those with never before heard, “Beatles Stories”. Written by Mike Pope


Country: USA

Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man

IMDb: 6.9
2005
98 min

Poet, singer / songwriter and ladies man Leonard Cohen is interviewed in his home about his life and times. The interview is interspersed with archive photos and exuberant praise and live perfomances from an eclectic mix of musicians, including: Jarvis Cocker, Rufus & Martha Wainwright, Teddy Thompson, Antony Hegarty, The Handsome Family and U2’s Bono and The Edge.


Country: USA

Ishtar

IMDb: 4.2
1987
107 min

Two terrible lounge singers get booked to play a gig in a Moroccan hotel but somehow become pawns in an international power play between the CIA, the Emir of Ishtar, and the rebels trying to overthrow his regime


Country: USA

Filly Brown

IMDb: 5.7
2012
100 min

“Majo” Tonorio, a.k.a. Filly Brown, is a raw, young Los Angeles hip-hop artist who spits from the heart. When a sleazy record producer offers her a crack at rap stardom, Majo faces some daunting choices. With an incarcerated mother, a record contract could be the ticket out for her struggling family. But taking the deal means selling out her talent and the true friends who helped her to the cusp of success.


Country: USA
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Spice World

IMDb: 3.4
1997
93 min

The film follows the Spice Girls and their entourage (mostly fictional characters) – manager Clifford, his assistant Deborah, filmmaker Piers (who is trying to shoot a documentary on “the real Spice Girls”) and others in their everyday life.


Country: UK
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The Red Violin

IMDb: 7.7
1998
131 min

Spans 300 years in the life of one famed musical instrument that winds up in present-day Montreal on the auction block. Crafted by the Italian master Bussotti (Cecchi) in 1681, the red violin derives its unusual color from the human blood mixed into the finish. With this legacy, the violin travels to Austria, England, China, and Canada, leaving both beauty and tragedy in its wake.


Country: Canada|Italy|USA|UK|Austria

Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways

IMDb: 8.8
654 min

Sonic Highways commemorates the Foo Fighters’ 20th anniversary by documenting the eight-city recording odyssey that produced their eighth studio album. This film includes the 8 episode series, extended interviews and never before seen footage, inside the recording of Sonic Highways.


Country: USA

Ultimate Tour

IMDb: 8.4
2006
109 min

The Ultimate Tour is a reunion tour by British pop group, Take That. The tour, featuring four of the original members of the group — Gary Barlow, Jason Orange, Mark Owen and Howard Donald — ran for a total of 32 shows in Britain and Ireland.


Country: UK

Jesus Christ Superstar

IMDb: 7.3
107 min

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar first exploded onto the West End stage in 1971 and it was clear that the musical world would never be the same again. For the first time ever, Jesus Christ Superstar has been specially filmed for video. Shot at Pinewood Studios, this brand new filmed stage version starring Glenn Carter and Rik Mayall captures one of the best score Andrew Lloyd Webber has ever written and is packed with hit songs including, ‘I Don’t Know How To Love Him’, ‘Gethsemane’ and ‘Superstar’.


Country: UK

Mission to Lars

IMDb: 6.7
2012
74 min

Kate and Will Spicer’s brother, Tom, has Fragile X Syndrome, the most common form of inherited learning disability. He is also a massive fan of Lars Ulrich from Metallica. They made a promise to Tom that they would get him to meet Lars. Tom’s dream is their promise. Together they went on a Mission to Lars.


Country: UK|USA

De battre mon coeur s’est arrêté

IMDb: 7.3
2005
107 min

Like his father, Tom is a real estate agent who makes his money from dirty, and sometimes brutal, deals. But a chance encounter prompts him to take up the piano and become a concert pianist. He auditions with the help of a beautiful, young virtuoso pianist who cannot speak French – music is their only exchange. But pressures from the ugly world of his day job soon become more than he can handle…


Country: France

Lee Scratch Perry’s Vision of Paradise

IMDb: 6.6
2015
0 min

Lee Scratch Perry’s Vision of Paradise is a unique project in many ways. It is the life story of the legendary musician, but it is not a biography, it is a fairytale documentary! The director followed Lee Perry for thirteen years and discovered an unbelievable story, a revelation, told about and with one of the major protagonists of contemporary music, the other half of the story that has never been told. The movie can be seen as a guide for how to change the world with music, with a positive attitude, mindset or, as Lee Perry calls it, vibration.


Country: Germany|UK|Switzerland|Jamaica|Ethiopia

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