I’m hoping to see the new James Brown biopic soon. Has anyone seen it?
I thought it might be fun to do a thread on music-oriented movies. Could be any movie where music plays a big role, a musical proper, a biopic about a musician, whatever.
Big screen musicals I like are: “Singin’ in the Rain”, “West Side Story”, “Wizard of Oz” (“The Wiz” is pretty good too), and “My Fair Lady”. I find all the Rodgers and Hammerstein ones, as well as Guys and Dolls, unwatchable.
I’m a bit skeptical about the biopic ones because with a really great performer, it’s hard to find an actor who can pull it off, though I did like Reese as June Carter Cash. Movies with actual musicians in them can be great — “The Harder They Come” and “‘Round Midnight” are fantastic, and unlike most people, I loved “Cotton Club”, largely because of the dance numbers with Gregory Hines.
“The Commitments” is one of my favorite movies ever, but I’d probably like any movie with the premise that Irish are the only white people who can sing soul music. I liked “Fabulous Baker Boys” a lot too, mostly because of that first sense where Michelle Pfeiffer sings “More Than You Know” and because when I was younger I related to that Jeff Bridges character.
What music-based movies do you like?
And does anyone know of any other movies where Lauren Bacall sings?
Update. I forgot “Spinal Tap” and “Nashville”!