Best Music Movies of 2003


School of Rock


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

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


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

A Mighty Wind


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



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

U2: Go Home - Live From Slane Castle

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

Led Zeppelin

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

Tupac: Resurrection

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

Michael Jackson: Number Ones

Michael Jackson: Number Ones
Pop king Michael Jackson solidifies his title with this release of fifteen past number one hits. Songs include "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," "Thriller," "Black or White," and "Blood on the Dancefloor."
Starring: Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, George Clinton, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Lopez
Release date: 2003-11-18



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

Tenacious D: The Complete Masterworks

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

The Saddest Music in the World


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

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Live at Slane Castle

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

Lynyrd Skynyrd - The Vicious Cycle Tour

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

Linkin Park - Live in Texas

Linkin Park - Live in Texas
Live in Texas is Linkin Park's first live album and third CD, originally released on November 18, 2003.
Starring: Chester Bennington
Release date: 2003-11-18

101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure


Being one of 101 takes its toll on Patch, who doesn't feel unique. When he's accidentally left behind on moving day, he meets his idol, Thunderbolt, who enlists him on a publicity campaign.

Starring: Barry Bostwick, Jason Alexander, Martin Short, Bobby Lockwood, Susanne Blakeslee
Directed by: Jim Kammerud, Brian Smith
Release date: 2003-01-21

'Weird Al' Yankovic: The Ultimate Video Collection

'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

Peter Gabriel: Growing Up Live

Peter Gabriel: Growing Up Live
Peter Gabriel: Growing Up Live presents the complete 2003 Milan concert from Peter Gabriel's tour based around the album Up, featuring 17 tracks across 134 minutes. Literally central to a memorable show is a revolving stage that sees Gabriel going for a cycle ride in an exuberant "Solsbury Hill," performing "Growing Up" inside a Zorb ball, and delivering a gravity-defying sky walk in "Downside Up" with daughter Melanie. Accompanied by regular sidemen David Rhodes (guitar) and Tony Levin (bass), Gabriel is joined by the legendary Blind Boys of Alabama for the spine-tingling "Sky Blue," throughout mixing recent tracks like the abrasive "Darkness" and "The Barry Williams Show" with established crowd pleasers such as "Red Rain," "In Your Eyes," and "Sledgehammer.
Starring: Peter Gabriel, David Rhodes, Tony Levin, Ged Lynch, Richard Evans
Directed by: Hamish Hamilton
Release date: 2003-11-04

Simple Plan: A Big Package for You


A Big Package for You: 1999-2003 is a DVD/CD by the pop punk band Simple Plan from Montreal, Canada. The band consists of five members Pierre Bouvier, guitarist and lead vocalist, David Desrosiers, bassist and backing vocalist, Sébastien Lefebvre, rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist, Chuck Comeau, drummer, and Jeff Stinco, lead guitarist.

Starring: Pierre Bouvier, Chuck Comeau, David Desrosiers, Sebastien Lefebvre, Jeff Stinco
Directed by: Chuck Comeau, Patrick Langlois, Frank Borin, Liz Friedlander, Ryan Smith
Release date: 2003-11-25

Live and Swingin': The Ultimate Rat Pack Collection

Live and Swingin': The Ultimate Rat Pack Collection
Collection of songs performed at the "Frank Sinatra Spectacular," a 1965 benefit by the various members of the Rat Pack.
Starring: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Johnny Carson, Joey Bishop
Release date: 2003-12-30

Scooby-Doo! and the Legend of the Vampire


The Yowie Yahoo starts kidnapping musicians at a concert attended by Scooby and the gang in Vampire Rock, Australia.

Starring: Casey Kasem, Frank Welker, Nicole Jaffe, Heather North, Jeff Bennett
Directed by: Scott Jeralds
Release date: 2003-03-04

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