Best Music Movies of 2003

1.

School of Rock

5.8
7.1/10

Fired from his band and hard up for cash, guitarist and vocalist Dewey Finn finagles his way into a job as a fifth-grade substitute teacher at a private school, where he secretly begins teaching his students the finer points of rock 'n' roll. The school's hard-nosed principal is rightly suspicious of Finn's activities. But Finn's roommate remains in the dark about what he's doing.

Starring: Jack Black, Sarah Silverman, Joan Cusack, Mike White, Miranda Cosgrove
Directed by: Richard Linklater
Release date: 2003-10-03
2.

Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem

5.6
7.8/10

Four talented alien musicians are kidnapped by a record producer who disguises them as humans. Shep, a space pilot in love with bass player Stella, follows them to Earth. Reprogrammed to forget their real identities and renamed The Crescendolls, the group quickly becomes a huge success playing soulless corporate pop. At a concert, Shep manages to free all the musicians except Stella, and the band sets out to rediscover who they really are -- and to rescue Stella.

Starring: Romanthony, Thomas Bangalter
Directed by: Kazuhisa Takenôchi, Hirotoshi Rissen, Daisuke Nishio
Release date: 2003-05-28
3.

A Mighty Wind

5.2
7.2/10

In "A Mighty Wind", director Christopher Guest reunites the team from "Best In Show" and "Waiting for Guffman" to tell tell the story of 60's-era folk musicians, who inspired by the death of their former manager, get back on the stage for one concert in New York City's Town Hall.

Starring: Bob Balaban, Christopher Guest, John Michael Higgins, Eugene Levy, Jane Lynch
Directed by: Christopher Guest
Release date: 2003-04-16
4.

Boundin'

4.9
7.0/10

On a high mountain plain lives a lamb with wool of such remarkable sheen that he breaks into high-steppin' dance. But there comes a day when he loses his lustrous coat and, along with it, his pride. It takes a wise jackalope - a horn-adorned rabbit - to teach the moping lamb that wooly or not, it's what's inside that'll help him rebound from life's troubles.

Starring: Bud Luckey
Directed by: Bud Luckey
Release date: 2003-11-04
5.

U2: Go Home - Live From Slane Castle

4.4
8.7/10
U2: Go Home - Live From Slane Castle
On September 1, 2001, Irish rock band U2 made a triumphant return to their roots with two outdoor shows at Slane Castle, Ireland. U2 chose the castle venue because it marked two watershed moments for the band: their recording session for the landmark album THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE in 1984, and their first Slane appearance opening up for fellow Irish rock band Thin Lizzy in 1981. U2 GO HOME captures the emotional intensity of the homecoming with 19 live tracks culled from the concerts, including "Elevation," "New Year's Day," "Angel of Harlem," "With or Without You," "Pride (In the Name of Love)," and 14 others. The DVD also includes THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE documentary, which profiles the making of that classic album.
Starring: Bono, Larry Mullen Jr., The Edge, Adam Clayton
Directed by: Hamish Hamilton, Enda Hughes
Release date: 2003-11-17
6.

Led Zeppelin

4.4
9.2/10
Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin is a double DVD set by the English rock band Led Zeppelin. The recording of the DVD spans the years from 1969 to 1979 and includes performances from the Royal Albert Hall in 1970, Madison Square Garden in 1973, Earls Court in 1975, and Knebworth in 1979, plus other footage.
Starring: Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham, Led Zeppelin
Directed by: Jimmy Page, Dick Carruthers
Release date: 2003-05-26
7.

Tupac: Resurrection

4.3
7.9/10
Tupac: Resurrection
Home movies, photographs, and recited poetry illustrate the life of Tupac Shakur, one of the most beloved, revolutionary, and volatile hip-hop MCs of all time.
Starring: Tupac Amaru Shakur
Directed by: Lauren Lazin
Release date: 2003-01-23
8.

End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones

4.2
8.0/10

Filmmaker Michael Gramaglia's years-in-the-making biography of the legendary punk band the Ramones entitled End of the Century traces nearly all the various and sundry peaks and valleys which the seminal rockers experienced over the course of its 20-plus year career before disbanding in 1995. Beginning with the band's first concert performances in the mid-'70s, Gramaglia explores the eccentric and highly volatile band members -- in all the various line-ups that were presented over the years -- as the Ramones slowly gained fame for their high energy and high-tempo style of music that would later influence generations of punk rockers around the world. Mixing archival interviews with new interviews of the various surviving bandmembers, as well as interviews with a number of the Ramones' contemporaries, End of the Century encapsulates the East Coast underground music atmosphere of the 1970s and '80s that the band inadvertently shocked into existence.

Starring: Marky Ramone, Johnny Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone, Tommy Ramone, Joey Ramone
Directed by: Michael Gramaglia, Jim Fields
Release date: 2003-01-19
9.

Honey

4.2
5.3/10

Honey Daniels (Jessica Alba) dreams of making a name for herself as a hip-hop choreographer. When she's not busy hitting downtown clubs with her friends, she teaches dance classes at a nearby community center in Harlem, N.Y., as a way to keep kids off the streets. Honey thinks she's hit the jackpot when she meets a hotshot director (David Moscow) who casts her in one of his music videos. But, when he starts demanding sexual favors from her, Honey makes a decision that will change her life.

Starring: Jessica Alba, Mekhi Phifer, Joy Bryant, Romeo Miller, David Moscow
Directed by: Bille Woodruff
Release date: 2003-11-24
10.

Tenacious D: The Complete Masterworks

4.1
8.5/10
Tenacious D: The Complete Masterworks
Documenting their gig at the Brixton Academy on November 3, 2002. Also contains the band's short lived HBO TV series, a collection of short films, two documentaries on the band, music videos, and live TV appearances. The video was a major success, going 6x platinum in the US in the Video Longform category.
Starring: Jack Black, Kyle Gass
Release date: 2003-11-04
11.

Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon

4.1
8.4/10
Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon
Released to coincide with the 30th anniversary of this classic album, learn how Pink Floyd assembled "Dark Side of the Moon" with the aid of original engineer Alan Parsons. All four band members--Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason, and Richard Wright--are interviewed at length, giving valuable insights into the recording process. The themes of the album are discussed at length, and the band take you back to the original multi track tapes to illustrate how they pieced together the songs. With individual performances of certain tracks from Roger, David, and Richard included, this is an essential purchase for any Pink Floyd fans, and a fascinating artefact for rock historians everywhere.
Starring: David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Richard Wright, Alan Parsons, Chris Thomas
Directed by: Matthew Longfellow
Release date: 2003-06-01
12.

The Saddest Music in the World

3.9
7.2/10

In Depression-era Winnipeg, a legless beer baroness hosts a contest for the saddest music in the world, offering a grand prize of $25,000.

Starring: Isabella Rossellini, Mark McKinney, Maria de Medeiros, David Fox, Ross McMillan
Directed by: Guy Maddin
Release date: 2003-09-17
13.

Alison Krauss and Union Station Live

3.8
8.5/10
Alison Krauss and Union Station Live
Starring: Barry Bales, Ron Block, Jerry Douglas, Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski
Release date: 2003-07-15
14.

Festival Express

3.8
7.6/10

The filmed account of a large Canadian rock festival train tour.

Starring: Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel, Robbie Robertson
Directed by: Bob Smeaton, Frank Cvitanovich
Release date: 2003-09-19
15.

Avril Lavigne: My World

3.8
7.9/10
Avril Lavigne: My World
Avril Like She's Never Been Seen Before! Avril Lavigne is up-front, outrageous and totally in contral. And now her first DVD gives you a front-row seat at her Buffalo, NY concert and a behind-the-scenes glimpse into her amazing life. Go deeper into Avril's world and see and hear for yourself why Avril is real, rockin' and anything but ordinary. Includes: Try To Shut Me Up Tour: Buffalo NY concert Musik-Videos: 01 Complicated 02 I'm With You 03 Knockin' On Heaven's Door 04 Losing Grip 05 SK8er Boi Audio CD: 01 Fuel (live) 02 Basketcase (live) 03 Unwanted (live) 04 SK8er Boi (live) 05 Knockin' On Heaven's Door (live) 06 Why (UK B-side)
Starring: Avril Lavigne, Jesse Colburn, Matthew Brann, Evan Taubenfeld, Charles Moniz
Release date: 2003-11-03
16.

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Live at Slane Castle

3.7
8.9/10
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Live at Slane Castle
Live at Slane Castle is a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert video released in 2003, two years after the release of their latest concert DVD, Off the Map. The concert taped was their second show at Slane Castle in Ireland. It was filmed on August 23, 2003 and the DVD was released on November 17, 2003.
Starring: Anthony Kiedis, John Frusciante, Flea, Chad Smith
Directed by: Nick Wickham
Release date: 2003-11-17
17.

Lynyrd Skynyrd - The Vicious Cycle Tour

3.7
8.4/10
Lynyrd Skynyrd - The Vicious Cycle Tour
The Vicious Cycle Tour was a live tour celebrating Lynyrd Skynyrd's 30 years of being a group, (or as credited on the album "30 Years Of Rock 'n' Roll"). The initial releases were a 2-CD edition, featuring the whole live concert, and a corresponding DVD. Later the two releases were repackaged in a 3-disc set. The recording is from The Amsouth Amphitheater In Antioch, Nashville, Tennessee.
Release date: 2003-07-11
18.

Queen: Greatest Video Hits 2

3.7
8.9/10
Queen: Greatest Video Hits 2
The sequel to the successful Queen - Greatest Video Hits. Contains Songs like A Kind of Magic and The Invisible Man
Starring: Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, John Deacon
Release date: 2003-11-03
19.

Duran Duran: Greatest Videos

3.6
8.6/10
Duran Duran: Greatest Videos
A collection of Duran Durans' greatest hits.
Starring: Simon Le Bon, Roger Taylor, John Taylor, Andy Taylor, Nick Rhodes
Release date: 2003-10-13
20.

'Weird Al' Yankovic: The Ultimate Video Collection

3.6
8.6/10
'Weird Al' Yankovic: The Ultimate Video Collection
A collection of Weird Al Yankovic's parody and original music videos, including "The Saga Begins" and "All About The Pentiums" from the "Running With Scissors" album and "Bob" from the "Poodle Hat" album.
Starring: "Weird Al" Yankovic
Directed by: Jay Levey, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Francis Delia, Dror Soref, Mark Osborne, Scott Nordlund, Janet Greek
Release date: 2003-02-09

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