Best Music Movies of 1999


South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut


When the four boys see an R-rated movie featuring Canadians Terrance and Philip, they are pronounced "corrupted", and their parents pressure the United States to wage war against Canada.

Starring: Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman, Isaac Hayes, Jesse Brant Howell, Anthony Cross-Thomas
Directed by: Trey Parker
Release date: 1999-06-30

Buena Vista Social Club


In this fascinating Oscar-nominated documentary, American guitarist Ry Cooder brings together a group of legendary Cuban folk musicians (some in their 90s) to record a Grammy-winning CD in their native city of Havana. The result is a spectacular compilation of concert footage from the group's gigs in Amsterdam and New York City's famed Carnegie Hall, with director Wim Wenders capturing not only the music -- but also the musicians' life stories.

Starring: Compay Segundo, Eliades Ochoa, Ry Cooder, Joachim Cooder, Ibrahim Ferrer
Directed by: Wim Wenders
Release date: 1999-02-17

Fantasia 2000


Blending lively music and brilliant animation, this sequel to the original 'Fantasia' restores 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' and adds seven new shorts.

Starring: Steve Martin, Itzhak Perlman, Quincy Jones, Bette Midler, James Earl Jones
Directed by: James Algar, Gaëtan Brizzi, Paul Brizzi, Hendel Butoy, Francis Glebas, Eric Goldberg, Don Hahn, Pixote Hunt
Release date: 1999-12-17

Sweet and Lowdown


A comedic biopic focused on the life of fictional jazz guitarist Emmett Ray. Ray was an irresponsible, free-spending, arrogant, obnoxious, alcohol-abusing, miserable human being, who was also arguably the best guitarist in the world.

Starring: Sean Penn, Samantha Morton, Anthony LaPaglia, Uma Thurman, James Urbaniak
Directed by: Woody Allen
Release date: 1999-12-03

Detroit Rock City

In 1978, a Kiss concert was an epoch-making event. For the three teen fans in Detroit Rock City getting tickets to the sold-out show becomes the focal point of their existence. They'll do anything for tickets -- compete in a strip club's amateur-night contest, take on religious protesters, even rob a convenience store!
Starring: Giuseppe Andrews, James DeBello, Edward Furlong, Sam Huntington, Lin Shaye
Directed by: Adam Rifkin
Release date: 1999-08-13

Björk: Volumen


"Volumen" collects every video from Bjork's career {up until Hunter}, and showcases the work of famed video director's Spike Jonze, Sophie Muller and Michael Gondry

Starring: Björk
Directed by: Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze, Chris Cunningham, Alexander McQueen, Jean-Baptiste Mondino, Danny Cannon, lynn fox, Eiko Ishioka, Nick Knight, Vinoodh Matadin, Sophie Muller, Stephanie Sednaoui, Inez van Lamsweerde, Paul White, John Kricfalusi
Release date: 1999-01-01

Eric Clapton & Friends in Concert: A Benefit for the Crossroads Centre at Antigua


In Concert: A Benefit for the Crossroads Centre at Antigua is a live concert film featuring performances by the British rock musician Eric Clapton and invited friends, such as David Sanborn, Sheryl Crow, Mary J. Blige and Bob Dylan.[citation needed] The DVD and VHS releases hit the market on 26 October 1999 under license of Warner Bros. Records. The concert tickets revenue was donated to the Crossroads Centre Foundation. It was the first Crossroads Guitar Festival, although titled differently at the time.[1] The release reached various national charts and sold more than 225,000 copies worldwide.

Starring: Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Sheryl Crow, David Sanborn, Mary J. Blige
Directed by: Joel Gallen
Release date: 1999-10-26

Wakko's Wish


Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs: Wakko's Wish, usually referred to as Wakko's Wish is a 1999 American direct-to-video animated tragicomedy film based on the Warner Bros. 1993-98 animated series, Animaniacs, and also the swan song to the original series before its renewal in 2017. The film relocates all the Animaniacs characters to a quasi-medieval fairy tale world and portrays their race to find the wishing star that will grant them a wish. While the film was released during the Christmas season, the holiday is not a factor in its plot, though the events do take place during winter.

Starring: Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, Tress MacNeille, Maurice LaMarche, Nancy Cartwright
Directed by: Liz Holzman
Release date: 1999-12-20



Annie is a 1999 American made-for-television musical-comedy-drama film from The Wonderful World of Disney, adapted from the 1977 Broadway musical of the same name by Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin, and Thomas Meehan, which in turn is based on the 1924 Little Orphan Annie comic strip by Harold Gray. The musical was previously adapted into a 1982 theatrical film. Annie premiered on ABC November 7, 1999. The program was a smash during its initial airing, with an estimated 26.3 million viewers, making it the second-most watched Disney movie ever to air on ABC behind Cinderella (1997). This version earned two Emmy Awards and a George Foster Peabody Award.

Starring: Kathy Bates, Victor Garber, Alan Cumming, Audra McDonald, Kristin Chenoweth
Directed by: Rob Marshall
Release date: 1999-11-07

Time Out With Britney Spears

Take a time out with this official Britney Spears behind the scenes video! Packed with interviews, recordings, concerts and much more.
Starring: Britney Spears
Directed by: Jac Benson II
Release date: 1999-12-21

Classic Albums: The Who - Who's Next

In this 1999 documentary, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle discuss the making of what many consider the Who's greatest testament to Townshend's songwriting talent: their classic album "Who's Next." Others close to the group weigh in with insights about the late Keith Moon's importance to the band. The retrospective also features unseen performances of tunes from the platter, including "Won't Get Fooled Again" and "Baba O'Riley."
Starring: Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, Keith Moon
Directed by: Bob Smeaton
Release date: 1999-10-21

Instrument: Ten Years with the Band Fugazi

Shot from 1987 through 1998 on super 8, 16mm and video, Instrument is composed mainly of footage of concerts, interviews with the band members, practices, tours and time spent in the studio recording their 1995 album, Red Medicine. The film also includes portraits of fans as well as interviews with them at various Fugazi shows around the United States throughout the years.
Starring: Ian MacKaye, Brendan Canty, Joe Lally, Guy Picciotto
Directed by: Jem Cohen
Release date: 1999-03-01

Classic Albums: Phil Collins - Face Value

A rare and welcome insight into Phil Collins' prodigious musical talent and the fascinating story of his first solo record. Collins first enjoyed international success as the drummer of Genesis and then as lead singer after Peter Gabriel left the band. In 1981, however, Face Value launched him as a solo artist and remains, in many ways, his most exciting and unusual music offering. Face Value was immediately a worldwide hit, entering the British charts at Number 1, spending almost six years in the Top 75, and selling in excess of 12 million copies. The album went on to make the U.S. Top 10, earning a gold record. This documentary includes several previously unseen performances, as well as rare home movies, unique photographs and documents from Phil's own private archives, and insights into the music from an eclectic range of musicians who worked on the album.
Starring: Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, Ahmet Ertegun, Arif Mardin
Directed by: Jeremy Marre
Release date: 1999-10-21

Black Sabbath: The Last Supper

Filmed live during Black Sabbath's 1999 "Reunion" tour, this historic concert features the original lineup of the legendary metal band
Release date: 1999-01-01

Classic Albums: Steely Dan - Aja

Aja was the biggest selling album of Steely Dan's illustrious career. It was the first album by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker as a duo. Fagen and Becker recall the history of the album, along with Peg, Deacon Blues and Josie. Michael McDonald, later of the Doobie Brothers did guest backing vocals on Aja, the late British musician Ian Dury, record producer Gary Katz and the legendary session musicians who worked on Aja also contribute. This is a vivd portrait of a 70's record that is still as fresh and as memorable more than two decades after its release.
Starring: Donald Fagen, Walter Becker, Ian Dury
Directed by: Alan Lewens
Release date: 1999-10-21


In 1969, the band Sweetwater led by lead vocalist Nansi Nevins opened Woodstock and subsequently got considerable media attention, appearing on a number of TV shows. But just as they appeared to be getting a really break big, they just disappeared. Thirty years later, a cable TV reporter for MIX TV, a musical station, is removed from her show because of being stoned on air. Her station gives her a choice of being dismissed or investigating what happened to Sweetwater. A blending of modern day fiction and past fact is then blended in this biographical story.
Starring: Amy Jo Johnson, Kelli Williams, Kurt Max Runte, Robert Moloney, Nancy Moonves
Directed by: Lorraine Senna
Release date: 1999-08-15

Better Living Through Circuitry


A documentary about the Electronic Dance movement of the '90s. It is the first such full-length film on the topic. It was produced by Cleopatra Pictures and Entertainment Group, presided by Cleopatra Records founder Brian Perera. The film features interviews with BT, The Crystal Method, Electric Skychurch, Genesis P-Orridge, Frankie Bones, DJ Spooky, Roni Size, and DJ Keoki.

Directed by: Jon Reiss
Release date: 1999-01-01

Mr. Rock n Roll: The Alan Freed Story

This is the story of Alan Freed. He was working as a DJ in Cleveland, Ohio, and he discovered how amazing R&B or Rhytym & Blues is, however, the music is considered to be "BLACK" music. So, most radio stations won't play it. However, Freed believed that it's the next wave, so he fights to have it played on the air. Eventually, he went into the big time - New York, and he decided to dub this music "ROCK & ROLL". Despite his success, he still had a lot of opposition and made deals with the wrong people, which would lead to his downfall.
Starring: Mädchen Amick, Judd Nelson
Directed by: Andy Wolk
Release date: 1999-10-31

An Audience with Tom Jones

Join Sir Tom Jones as he celebrates 35 years in show business by performing before a celebrity audience which includes Frank Skinner, Clive James, Dale Winton, Cat Deeley, Steps, Chris Tarrant, Barbara Windsor and Chris Eubank. Duets with guest performers Mick Hucknall (Simply Red), Cerys Matthews (Catatonia) and Tommy Scott (Space).
Starring: Tom Jones, Mick Hucknall, Cerys Matthews, Tommy Scott, Leila Birch
Directed by: Jonathan Glazier, Ben Gosling Fuller
Release date: 1999-09-25

The Death of a Composer: Rosa, a Horse Drama

"Rosa", with a libretto by Peter Greenaway and score by Louis Andriessen, is the first in a projected series of 10 operas, each dealing with the death of a famous composer - some real, others fictional. "Rosa" falls into the latter category; it tells the story of Juan Manuel de Rosa, a Brazilian who went to study music in America but spent most of his time in the cinema instead, becoming particularly entranced by Westerns. Now 32 years old and residing in an abandoned Uruguayan slaughterhouse, Rosa has become one of Hollywood's foremost composers, specialising in Westerns. He also has a beautiful 19-year-old fiancee, Esmeralda, but he pays her little heed, instead lavishing his attentions on a black mare named Bola. One day, a group of men attired as cowboys arrive at the abattoir and kill both Rosa and Bola; an investigation is conducted, with particular suspicion!
Starring: Lyndon Terracini, Miranda van Kralingen, Marie Angel, Roger Smeets, Christopher Gillett
Directed by: Peter Greenaway
Release date: 1999-09-04

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