Well, the music festival season is about to kick off. Coachella, Bonaroo, Lollapalooza all come to mind when I think of the festivals I would literally die to attend. It’s number one on my bucket list. Dress like Stevie Nicks, barefoot and perhaps under the influence of hallucinogens. All this, of course, before retiring to a nearby hotel. I don’t really do tents. Anyways, the point is I probably won’t ever do any of that. The closest I come to is Boston’s version of a festival, Boston Calling. I’m not complaining! It’s fun and all, but from what I can see on Instagram, it’s no Coachella.
So where else would I turn to escape the harsh reality of missing out on modern day Woodstock? Hollywood. Duh. I compiled a list of the best movies based around music. Not musicals, mostly because my list for that would be way too long. More so movies that, at its core, rely on music as its backbone. Some are actually Oscar winners and some are so bad but sooo good. Enjoy!
That Thing You Do!
Not only a great movie with a great cast, but also a great song that will now be stuck in your head all day. You’re welcome :)
The Wedding Singer
Remember when Adam Sandler still made funny movies? It’s been awhile. Also, remember how sweet that song he sings to Drew at the end is? He’ll even let her hold the remote control. Awww.
Have you guys seen this movie? If not, you should totally RedBox it. It’s loosely based on true events and half the cast is also in Love, Actually. Plus Phillip Seymour Hoffman. ‘Nuff said.
The story of how Marshall Mathers came to be Eminem. An inspirational movie, really, for all white kids with dreams of becoming a rapper. RIP Brittany Murphy.
Walk The Line
A great movie based on the rise of Johnny Cash. To me, more about how June Carter Cash is a Saint for putting up with all of Johnny’s bullshit in the beginning.
The RoseBette as a Janis Joplin type musician in the 60s. Sex, drugs and rock n’ roll baby. Not to mention the most amazing song Bette Midler has ever recorded. Fact.
Empire Records Remember record stores? I was introduced to this movie at far too young an age. Mostly because “Michael” from Grease 2 is in it. But later, when I could actually appreciate it, I decided I would one day own a record store. If only they still existed.
Colors of the world! (spice up your life!) I honestly have zero recollection of what this move was about. I remember a double decker bus, lots of running and maybe something to do with aliens? Who cares though. It’s a part of pop culture history and I’m not ashamed to say I saw it in theaters.
I suppose Crossroads doesn’t like technically revolve around music, but it stars Britney Spears. It also has a fantastic Bye,Bye,Bye car ride sing-a-long and gave us I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman. Life changing.
Almost FamousThe ultimate. I wanted to BE Kate Hudson. How incredibly chic did she make groupies, sorry, “band aids” and going braless look?
“I always tell the girls, never take it seriously, if ya never take it seriosuly, ya never get hurt, ya never get hurt, ya always have fun, and if you ever get lonely, just go to the record store and visit your friends.” – Penny Lane <3
So, if you happen to be lucky enough to be attending any festivals this season, cool. Be sure to post lots of Instagram pics (with no filters) so the rest of us can feel like we’re there. If you will not be attending, let’s all buy a tub of Ben & Jerry’s and watch these movies together. And don’t be sad, there’s always next year!