Whether music is your inspiration or just entertainment, whether you rock out solo, behind closed doors or jam it out with your mates in the car, it’s hard to pass the day without a good rhythm stuck in your mind. So if it’s 3 A.M. and you’re in a dilemma between watching a movie or surfing YouTube for new music, here are some movies that can be the perfect rescue.
1. Whiplash (2014)
If you know what it’s like to go through hardcore training for something you’re passionate about, you’ll relate to this for sure. Andrew (Miles Teller) plays drums for a jazz band, but his training by Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) pushes him beyond his limits.
2. Begin Again (2013)
What happens when a not so famous singer-songwriter meets a has-been-famous record executive? That’s the poetic story Begin Again is here to tell. Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo beat out some pretty awe inspiring and feel-good music that is perfect for a rainy day with a hot cup of coffee.
3. Almost Famous (2000)
This story of an enthusiastic 15 year old who gets signed on by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with Still Water will leave you inspired wondering if it were actually a true story or not. Live out your Rock’n’Roll fantasies with this one. Fans of Still Water and ‘80s rock music will definitely appreciate this one.
4. School of Rock (2003)
What’s a good comedy without Jack Black? School of Rock is all about going beyond your comfort zone and giving it your best on stage. Hilarious and heartfelt, this movie is a must-watch.
5. 8 Mile (2002)
When you have way too many problems to deal with, you rap about it. That’s exactly what Eminem does as Jimmy Smith Jr. in 8 Mile. Unlike generic films about pop music, Eminem proves his position as the ‘King of Rap’ through this movie.
6. Dreamgirls (2006)
If you like musicals, American Idol and Beyonce, this is the movie for you. Dreamgirls highlights the cost of ambition within an industry in which race and gender shape opportunities and expectations for artists, producers, and consumers alike.
7. Once (2007)
Shot within 17 days, with a minimal budget, Once barely has any dialogues and is pretty much mostly music. Despite this, the movie never disappoints throughout its 80-minute run.
8. High Fidelity (2000)
The movie about music that is for, well, everyone. John Cusack’s journey as Rob, a record store owner, will no doubt leave you feeling rather happy. Fans of The Kinks, Stevie Wonder, and The Velvet Underground will definitely enjoy the soundtrack of this one.
9. We Are Your Friends (2015)
While this film may not be one of the best, it is definitely relatable for all the EDM enthusiasts. It revolves around a 23-year-old talented disk jockey, played by Zac Efron, who aspires to be part of the glamourous electronic nightlife.
10. Jailhouse Rock (1957)
This classic Rock’n’Roll film, as the name suggests, is led by Elvis Presley. Elvis, playing the character of Vince, cultivates his musical skill while in prison and sets off his career once he is out. A classic and must-watch for all music lovers.
[Words by: Mehek Cazi]