Best Music Movies of 2004

1.

Ray

5.5

Born on a sharecropping plantation in Northern Florida, Ray Charles went blind at seven. Inspired by a fiercely independent mom who insisted he make his own way, He found his calling and his gift behind a piano keyboard. Touring across the Southern musical circuit, the soulful singer gained a reputation and then exploded with worldwide fame when he pioneered couping gospel and country together.

Starring: Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Regina King, Harry Lennix, Clifton Powell
Directed by: Taylor Hackford
Release date: 2004-10-29
2.

Team America: World Police

5.1

Team America World Police follows an international police force dedicated to maintaining global stability. Learning that dictator Kim Jong il is out to destroy the world, the team recruits Broadway star Gary Johnston to go undercover. With the help of Team America, Gary manages to uncover the plan to destroy the world. Will Team America be able to save it in time? It stars… Samuel L Jackson, Tim Robbins, Sean Penn, Michael Moore, Helen Hunt, Matt Damon, Susan Sarandon, George Clooney, Danny Glover, Ethan Hawke, Alec Baldwin… or does it?

Starring: Matt Stone, Kristen Miller, Masasa Moyo, Daran Norris, Maurice LaMarche
Directed by: Trey Parker
Release date: 2004-10-10
3.

Bride & Prejudice

4.5

A Bollywood update of Jane Austen's classic tale, in which Mrs. Bakshi is eager to find suitable husbands for her four unmarried daughters. When the rich single gentlemen Balraj and Darcy come to visit, the Bakshis have high hopes, though circumstance and boorish opinions threaten to get in the way of romance.

Starring: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Martin Henderson, Naveen Andrews, Daniel Gillies, Indira Varma
Directed by: Gurinder Chadha
Release date: 2004-02-11
4.

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster

4.5
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Some Kind of Monster is a music documentary about Metallica's making of their album St. Anger and the difficulties they had to go through in the process. The directors shot over 1200 hours and followed the band around night and day for over a year to create this documentary.
Starring: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Bob Rock, Robert Trujillo
Directed by: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
Release date: 2004-01-21
5.

Raise Your Voice

4.4

Raise Your Voice is a coming-of-age story centered around a small-town singer, brokenhearted by the death of her brother in a car crash, who had secretly submitted her for a summer session at a performing arts academy in Los Angeles. In the performing arts academy, she experiences a whole new way of life in the big city, far from the small town lifestyle she's used to.

Starring: Hilary Duff, Oliver James, David Keith, Johnny Lewis, Rita Wilson
Directed by: Sean McNamara
Release date: 2004-08-10
6.

Beyond the Sea

4.1

Based on the life and career of legendary entertainer, Bobby Darin, the biopic moves back and forth between his childhood and adulthood, to tell the tale of his remarkable life. Kevin Spacey did his own singing for Beyond the Sea, recreating Bobby Darin's vocal style with uncanny accuracy.

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, John Goodman, Bob Hoskins, Brenda Blethyn
Directed by: Kevin Spacey
Release date: 2004-11-16
7.

Dig!

4.1

A documentary on the once promising American rock bands The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols. The friendship between respective founders, Anton Newcombe and Courtney Taylor, escalated into bitter rivalry as the Dandy Warhols garnered major international success while the Brian Jonestown Massacre imploded in a haze of drugs.

Starring: Anton Newcombe, Courtney Taylor-Taylor, Joel Gion, Matt Hollywood, Peter Holmström
Directed by: Ondi Timoner
Release date: 2004-05-14
8.

De-Lovely

4.0

From Paris to Venice to Broadway to Hollywood, the lives of Cole Porter and his wife, Linda were never less than glamorous and wildly unconventional. And though Cole's thirst for life strained their marriage, Linda never stopped being his muse, inspiring some of the greatest sons of the twentieth century.

Starring: Kevin Kline, Ashley Judd, Jonathan Pryce, Kevin McNally, Sandra Nelson
Directed by: Irwin Winkler
Release date: 2004-07-02
9.

The Pogues: Live at the Town and Country Club London

3.7
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The Pogues playing on St. Patrick's Day in London's Town and Country serves to remind fans why we loved the band and possibly why their breakup was inevitable. A thoroughly sloshed Shane MacGowan mumbles and screams his way through most of their hits to that point in time. Of course, real fans like the mumbling and the screaming. Lots of energy, great guests - The Specials, the late Kirstie MacColl and especially the late great Joe Strummer - who not only gets up on stage for a stirring rendition of London Calling, but serves as a kind of host for the evening as he discusses what made the Pogues so great. The video times in at a paltry 60 minutes which leaves you begging for more, but between the singalong Wild Rover and the silly string silliness of Fiesta, it is a jam-packed entertaining piece of music history. Extras: Completely Pogued - Documentary (55 minutes)
Starring: Shane MacGowan, Spider Stacy, Joe Strummer, Lynval Golding, David Byrne
Release date: 2004-11-15
10.

Aaliyah: So Much More Than a Woman

3.6
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The life story of Aaliyah, a worldwide-famous singer, actress and model who first rose to stardom in the 90s at age 15 and was later killed in a plane crash in 2001.
Starring: Aaliyah
Directed by: Collina Greenwell
Release date: 2004-06-15
11.

Phil Collins: Finally... The First Farewell Tour

3.6
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In 2004, Phil Collins began the first leg of an international concert tour which Collins announced would mark his retirement from live performing. Phil Collins: Finally...The First Final Farewell documents the Paris date on his last set of live shows, in which the internationally famous musician was joined by a superb backing band for a set of his greatest songs. Selections include "In the Air Tonight," "Against All Odds," "Sussudio," "Don't Lose My Number," "Take Me Home," "One More Night," and many more.
Starring: Phil Collins, Chester Thompson, Daryl Stuermer, Brad Cole, Luis Conte
Directed by: Hamish Hamilton
Release date: 2004-06-15
12.

9 Songs

3.6

Matt, a young glaciologist, soars across the vast, silent, icebound immensities of the South Pole as he recalls his love affair with Lisa. They meet at a mobbed rock concert in a vast music hall - London's Brixton Academy. They are in bed at night's end. Together, over a period of several months, they pursue a mutual sexual passion whose inevitable stages unfold in counterpoint to nine live-concert songs.

Starring: Kieran O'Brien, Margo Stilley, Courtney Taylor-Taylor, Alex Kapranos, Guy Garvey
Directed by: Michael Winterbottom
Release date: 2004-07-16
13.

The White Stripes: Under Blackpool Lights

3.5
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Concert footage of The White Stripes recorded in January of 2004, featuring tracks from the band's four studio albums as well as live favorites like the Dolly Parton cover "Jolene".Track list : 1. When I Hear My Name, 2. Black Math, 3. Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground, 4. I Think I Smell A Rat, 5. Take A Whiff On Me, 6. Astro, 7. Outlaw Blues, 8. Jack The Ripper, 9. Jolene, 10. Hotel Yorba, 11. Death Letter, 12. Do, 13. The Hardest Button To Button, 14. Truth Doesn't Make A Noise, 15. The Big Three Killed My Baby, 16. Wasting My Time, 17. You're Pretty Good Looking (For A Girl), 18. Hello Operator, 19. Apple Blossom, 20. Ball And Biscuit, 21. Let's Shake Hands, 22. I Fought Piranhas, 23. Let's Build A Home, 24. Goin' Back To Memphis, 25. Seven Nation Army, 26. De Ballet Of De Boll Weevil
Starring: Jack White, Meg White
Directed by: Dick Carruthers
Release date: 2004-07-24
14.

Connie and Carla

3.5
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After accidentally witnessing a mafia hit in the Windy City, gal pals Connie and Carla skip town for L.A., where they go way undercover as singers working the city's dinner theater circuit ... as drag queens. Now, it's not enough that they become big hits on the scene; things get extra-weird when Connie meets Jeff -- a guy she'd like to be a woman with
Starring: Nia Vardalos, Toni Collette, David Duchovny, Stephen Spinella, Alec Mapa
Directed by: Michael Lembeck
Release date: 2004-04-16
15.

Dream Theater: Live at Budokan

3.4
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Live at Budokan is a live recording released by progressive metal band Dream Theater on October 5, 2004, available on either 3 CDs or 2 DVDs. It was recorded at the Nippon Budokan Hall on April 26, 2004 in Tokyo, Japan.
Starring: James LaBrie, John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess
Directed by: Yuji Morihara, Mike Portnoy
Release date: 2004-10-05
16.

A Christmas Carol

3.4

Miser Ebenezer Scrooge is awakened on Christmas Eve by spirits who reveal to him his own miserable existence, what opportunities he wasted in his youth, his current cruelties, and the dire fate that awaits him if he does not change his ways. Scrooge is faced with his own story of growing bitterness and meanness, and must decide what his own future will hold: death or redemption.

Starring: Kelsey Grammer, Jesse L. Martin, Jane Krakowski, Jason Alexander, Jennifer Love Hewitt
Directed by: Arthur Allan Seidelman
Release date: 2004-11-28
17.

Queen on Fire: Live at the Bowl

3.4

Filmed on the Hot Space Tour, complete Queen concert from Milton Keynes Bowl, 5th June 1982 in England where the band played a number of hits including "We Will Rock You", "Somebody to Love", "Under Pressure", "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "We Are the Champions".

Starring: Freddie Mercury, John Deacon, Brian May, Roger Taylor
Directed by: Gavin Taylor
Release date: 2004-10-24
18.

Björk: The Inner or Deep Part of an Animal or Plant Structure

3.4
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Official DVD released by Björk about the making of the Medúlla album. The DVD features clips of the studio performances by Dokaka, Shlomo, Rahzel and Mike Patton that formed the beats for many of the songs on the album. The title of the DVD is the actual definition of the word "Medúlla".
Starring: Björk
Directed by: Ragnheiður Gestsdóttir
Release date: 2004-08-31
19.

Dire Straits: On the Night

3.4
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Music from Dire Straits, recorded live in concert in 1991. Tracks include: "Calling Elvis", "Walk Of Life", "Heavy Fuel", "Romeo And Juliet", "Private Investigations", "Your Latest Trick", "On Every Street", "You And Your Friend", "Money For Nothing", "The Bug", "Solid Rock", "Local Hero", "Wild Theme" and "Brothers In Arms".
Starring: Mark Knopfler, John Illsley, Guy Fletcher, Alan Clark, Chris White
Release date: 2004-11-15
20.

Far Far Away Idol

3.3
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Far Far Away Idol is a Dreamworks Animation SKG short film, and an alternate ending to Shrek 2. It is included on the Shrek 2 DVD and VHS. The story takes place after Shrek 2.
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, Simon Cowell, Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz
Directed by: Simon J. Smith
Release date: 2004-11-05

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