Making lists is not my thing... I always forget something, regret including something or simply cannot fit my favorite films/songs into one single list.
24 Hour Party People (2002)
This is the (true) story of the rise of "Madchester" (Manchester) scene in the late 70s through the story of Tony Wilson, the reporter of Granada Television and head of Factory records.
Velvet Goldmine (1998)
One of my absolute favorite films, this is an unofficial biography of the Glamrock era. The characters presented on the film are clearly references to David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed and Brian Ferry without being named.
Anton Corbijn's film debut, the until then mainly music video documentary director, this film is a profile of the late Ian Curtis, lead singer of Joy Division. An amazing film that touches this delicate matter - Curtis' troubled life and suicide- with the most intimate, sensitive way.
High Fidelity (2000)
This film is about love, music, top 5 lists, break ups, songs about break ups and lots, lots of vinyl records! Based on the novel by Nick Hornby, High Fidelity is simply the soundtrack of your lifes!
Almost Famous (2000)
In this semi-autobiographical film, Crowe describes the story of when he was a teenage writer for Rolling Stone. In the film William Miller finds himself, while still being in high school, following a rock band on tour. Groupies, drugs and rock and roll, this nostalgic, touching film that gave the newcomer Kate Hudson an Oscar nomination. See if you can spot another newcomer, Zooey Deschanel!
Blues Brothers (1980)
Buddies and regulars at Saturday Night Live, Aykroyd & Belushi, first presented the Blues Brothers band in 1976 at SNL. Later on, the band took a life on its own, with an album and the instant classic 1980 film.
"And I am telling you, I'm not going"...
The biography of Ray Charles, the innovative soul musician that straggled with his demons but overcame all difficulties and became an iconic figure.
Purple Rain (1984)
This cult classic, is the tale of a young talented musician who meets Apollonia, an aspiring singer, and finds that talent alone isn't all that he needs...
(500) Days of Summer (2009)
One of my all time favorite films, this is the story of a break up and how sometimes, you have to let go of something that you find impossible to live without, in order to actually live.
Last Days (2005)
In this 2005 Gus Van Sant film, we witness the last days in the life of a musician whose life is reminiscent of Kurt Cobain's.
Quiet, intimate, a film worth discovering.
Walk the Line (2005)
"Walk the Line" is the biography of Johnny Cash and June Carter. The film focuses on the troubled life of Cash, his strugle with drugs and his love to June that helped him overcome his addictions.
Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1973)
This is one of my favorite documentary films. I had the pleasure of watching it years ago during the Athens International Film Festival, back when Apollon cinema was still open..
This amazing musical experience takes us back at the very last concert of David Bowie's alter ego, Ziggy Stardust and makes us part of the glam magic..
Woodstock: 3 Days of peace, love and music (1970)
This documentary is the chronicle of the 1969 music film festival. It is a film that captures the excitement, the feeling and the essence of the festival through the great performances. A full length (3h and 48 min) documentation of the legendary summer of love.
"Choose your future. Choose life. I chose not to choose life. I chose something else." Renton narrates at the film that marked my teen years.
Provocative, fresh, raw, with an amazing soundtrack that featured Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Brian Eno, Primal Scream, New Order... and the list goes on and on..
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
"Give yourself over to absolute pleasure. Swim the warm waters of sins of the flesh - erotic nightmares beyond any measure, and sensual daydreams to treasure forever. Can't you just see it? Don't dream it, be it."
Words cannot describe Rocky Horror Picture Show, you have to see it, so as to understand why fans of the film gather in theatres worldwide and re-enact the whole movie. Give yourself over to the absolute pleasure of Rocky...
Well, there you go! I am pretty sure that I've left lots of things behind, so please, feel free to suggest your own favorites!
With the new posters out, the anticipation is rising, for the new Martin Scorsese film!
"The Wolf of Wall Street" is a movie that we are all excited to see, as it is the comeback of the director after two years (his last film was Hugo, in 2011) and of course the new Leonardo DiCaprio film - plus it will be released in Christmas! The recipe guarantees success, not only in terms of box office, but also in terms of awards, as a film released during the holidays+Martin Scorsese+Leonardo DiCaprio = award nominations!
So, until we get the chance to watch it in theatres on the 25th of December, let's have a look of the latest trailer:
I have to confess: despite the fact that I watched this year’s Academy Awards ceremony (as I do every year for the past 18 years), I honestly did not remember the documentary film that won this year’s Oscar. I actually learned about the film, last summer when a South African friend, talked to me with excitement about “Searching for Sugar Man”. It seemed to me at the time as a very interesting, bizarre and really exciting story that I feared I would never have the chance to watch it in a Greek theatre.
Last week though, to my (pleasant) surprise, I found out that the film would be released to Greek theatres and luckily, I managed to win an invitation to the opening night.
So, this is what I have to say after watching “Searching for Sugar Man”.
It is the amazing story of an American folk singer named Rodriguez who released a couple of records in the 70s with almost zero success. What makes this story worth telling though is that this man had no idea that at the same time, he was gaining reputation in S. Africa, becoming one of the most successful musicians in the South African history! There, Rodriguez is more successful than Elvis, having sold more than 500.000 records, while in the words of Clarence Avant - founder of Sussex Records, Rodriguez’s label- in the US he sold only 6 records!
This documentary follows not only the story of Rodriquez, but also the story of his South African loyal fans, who take on a mission to discover the truth behind the mystery man with whom they connected so much via his songs, yet knew almost nothing about.
The film witnesses their journey and by sharing with the audience information little by little, just the way the fans were discovering it, it makes us part of this touching story of a man who had no idea the impact he had to a whole country for more than three decades.
Powerful, with simple story telling, “Searching for Sugar Man” is one of the most welldirected documentaries I have seen, made from fans with only but love and devotion towards their icon.
You can catch it in theatres in Greece starting this Thursday, the 21st of November.
The new Jim Jarmusch movie was presented a few days ago, during the 54th Thessaloniki International Film Festival. The director actually visited the festival and gave a very much anticipated press conference and amongst others, he discussed his new movie, his love for music and he also talked about Greek cinema. He referred to Christos Konstantakopoulos, co-producer of «Only Lovers Left Alive» and stated that he would prefer to see a Greek low budget film, rather than the «Great Gatsby».
His new film, is a «metropolitan fairytale» that talks about hip vampires, is full of rock and roll music, night rides in the city and with a Tilda Swinton.. to die for!
A man and a woman wonder the empty city streets at night. They only face the world in the dark, as they are vampires and therefore unable to face the sun light. They wonder between Morocco and Detroit, trying to find a place to settle and continue their everlasting ride. One thing remains indisputable: their undying love.
Tilda Swinton & Tom Hiddleston are the two metropolitan dandy vampires that love music, philosophy, science and rock and roll, feed only from pure hospital blood, love to ride their vintage cars under the moonlight, wear dark glasses, listen to vinyl records and love the sound of guitars..
The critics say that what makes this vampire movie somehow different than the others of the genre, is the director himself: 4 years of waiting for a new Jarmush film, was too long and his version of the vampire myth is everything but conventional!
The film’s deep romantic feeling, the stylish heroes, the undoubtful coolness and the clever sense of humor makes it instantly lovable.
Looking forward to seeing it on the big screen! Until then, here's the official trailer & a clip from the film.
Ever since I first set foot on a cinema theatre, I knew that something magical was happening there....