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Old 01-19-2016, 07:05 PM   #1
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Music Biopics

They're difficult to pull off, but which ones worked for you?

Or which band/ musician would you like to see one made of their life/ career?


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Old 01-19-2016, 07:36 PM   #2
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I thought Sacha Baron Cohen was attached to a Freddie Mercury project. That would be great.


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Sid and Nancy.

And while the movie was too Oliver Stone'd, Val Kilmer's portrayal of Morrison in The Doors was great.
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Doors was good, completely forgot about that when I was making this thread.

Ray and Walk the Line were good, though I have a few issues with some artistic license taken with Walk, but that's just because I know his story so well.




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Heath Ledger was working on a Nick Drake biopic when he died. There's footage somewhere but a damn shame that won't come to be.


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Ray was good.

Walk the Line was ok.

Get on Up was not bad.

The Doors was good, but guilty of being too Oliver Stoned.

What's Love Got to Do With It was also good.

Most biopics aren't 100 percent faithful to accuracy. Dramatic license is often used for the story to flow better.

Obviously, the best musical biopic was Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.
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I hadn't heard that, that would be an interesting story.


I think if done right Jeff Buckley would be a good one.

Letters from Tim Buckley was pretty bad, the actor was pretty on but the script sucked.


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How in the hell has no one mentioned Straight Outta Compton yet?


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Immortal Beloved, though it doesn't chart Beethoven's entire life, is beautiful, brilliant.

Amadeus is certainly a well-known classic in this genre.

Under the Sea, Kevin Spacey's passion project about Bobby Darin is very underrated and worth seeing.

Bound For Glory, with David Carradine playing Woody Guthrie, is a standout example from the 70s.
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How in the hell has no one mentioned Straight Outta Compton yet?
Haven't seen it yet, but I definitely want to soon. Back in the late 80's/early 90's, I was a pretty big fan of NWA. I think the movie actually had a hand in them getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They were only together for a few years, but they did have a huge impact on the Gangsta Rap genre. I would have never imagined that a group that performed songs like Just Don't Bite It and Bitch is a Bitch would get inducted into the Hall.
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Jersey Boys was very good too.
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Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

"You don't want any part of this shit, man."
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I need to get drunk before I watch The Doors again because I fucking hated it sober. That is one of the stupidest movies ever made, so I imagine it could be great in the right frame of mind.

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Under the Sea, Kevin Spacey's passion project about Bobby Darin is very underrated and worth seeing.
That one was good.


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I thought Sacha Baron Cohen was attached to a Freddie Mercury project. That would be great.


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That sounds awful. Let's never do that.



What was that Ian Curtis one from a few years ago in black and white. Control? I liked that one. Otherwise, shitty genre of movies. There's nothing worse than a lame picture perfect set up scene where something happens and then TA DA look it was the inspiration for that super famous song, that we will make sure to beat you over the head with by playing it in the very next scene. That contrived bullshit game was strong in Ray and Walk the Line. Actually I'm pretty sure there was one of those scenes in the Joy Division movie too now that I think about it.
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What was that Ian Curtis one from a few years ago in black and white. Control? I liked that one.
Yeah, I dug that one. Nice cinematography. Anton did well by that story.

The guy that played Ian Curtis hasn't had a great career since, but he put in a solid and understated performance in Control.
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