Best Music Movies of 2005

1.

Walk the Line

6.4
7.8/10

A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Patrick, Tyler Hilton
Directed by: James Mangold
Release date: 2005-09-13
2.

No Direction Home: Bob Dylan

5.1
8.5/10

A chronicle of Bob Dylan's strange evolution between 1961 and 1966 from folk singer to protest singer to "voice of a generation" to rock star.

Starring: Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, Pete Seeger
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Release date: 2005-07-21
3.

Kinky Boots

5.0
7.1/10

Charles Price may have grown up with his father in the family shoe business in Northampton, in central England, but he never thought that he would take his father's place. Yet, the untimely death of his father places him in that position, only to learn that Price & Sons Shoes is failing. While in despair at his failed attempts to save the business, Charles has a chance encounter with the flamboyant drag queen cabaret singer, Lola. Her complaints about the inadequate footwear for her work combined with one of Charles' ex-employees, Lauren, leads to a suggestion to change the product to create a desperate chance to save the business: make men's fetish footwear. Lola is convinced to be their footwear designer and the transition begins. Now this disparate lot must struggle at this unorthodox idea while dealing both the prejudice of the staff, Lola's discomfort in the small town and the selfish manipulation of Charles' greedy fiancée who cannot see the greater good in Charles' dream.

Starring: Joel Edgerton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sarah-Jane Potts, Nick Frost, Linda Bassett
Directed by: Julian Jarrold
Release date: 2005-08-30
4.

Metal: A Headbanger's Journey

4.9
8.1/10

The film discusses the traits and originators of some of metal's many subgenres, including the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, power metal, Nu metal, glam metal, thrash metal, black metal, and death metal. Dunn uses a family-tree-type flowchart to document some of the most popular metal subgenres. The film also explores various aspects of heavy metal culture.

Starring: Sam Dunn, Chris Adler, Tom Araya, Gavin Baddeley, Blasphemer
Directed by: Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen, Jessica Joy Wise
Release date: 2005-09-14
5.

Last Days

4.2
5.8/10

The life and struggles of a notorious rock musician seeping into a pit of loneliness whose everyday life involves friends and family seeking financial aid and favors, inspired by rock music legend Kurt Cobain and his final hours.

Starring: Michael Pitt, Lukas Haas, Asia Argento, Scott Patrick Green, Nicole Vicius
Directed by: Gus Van Sant
Release date: 2005-05-13
6.

The Devil and Daniel Johnston

4.2
8.0/10

This 2006 documentary film chronicles the life of Daniel Johnston, a manic-depressive genius singer/songwriter/artist, from childhood up to the present, with an emphasis on his mental illness and how it manifested itself in demonic self-obsession.

Starring: Daniel Johnston, Matt Groening, Louis Black, Gibby Haynes, Thurston Moore
Directed by: Jeff Feuerzeig
Release date: 2005-01-23
7.

Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul

4.0
7.9/10
Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul
Award-winning director Fatih Akin takes us on a journey through Istanbul, the city that bridges Europe and Asia, and challenges familiar notions of east and west. He looks at the vibrant musical scene which includes traditional Turkish music plus rock and hip-hop.
Starring: Orhan Gencebay, Baba Zula
Directed by: Fatih Akin
Release date: 2005-05-27
8.

Erasure Live! The Tank, the Swan, and the Balloon

4.0
9.1/10

British synthpop legends Erasure perform live at the Manchester Apollo on 8 June 1992, as part of their Phantasmagorical Entertainment Tour.

Starring: Andy Bell, Vince Clarke, Annick Clarisse, Veronique Clarisse, Sadie Fletcher
Directed by: David Mallet
Release date: 2005-10-28
9.

Romance & Cigarettes

4.0
6.3/10

Down-and-dirty musical love story set in the world of the working class. Nick is an ironworker who builds and repairs bridges. He's married to Kitty, a dressmaker, a strong and gentle woman with whom he has three daughters. He is carrying on a torrid affair with a redheaded woman named Tula. Nick is basically a good, hardworking man driven forward by will and blinded by his urges.

Starring: James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet, Steve Buscemi, Mandy Moore
Directed by: John Turturro
Release date: 2005-09-13
10.

Live 8

4.0
7.6/10
Live 8
On 2 July 2005 an estimated 3 billion people came together in the fight against extreme poverty. LIVE 8 - 10 concerts featuring over 1000 musicians from across the globe - asked people not for their money, but for their voice.
Starring: Paul McCartney, Richard Ashcroft, Elton John, Pete Doherty, Dido
Release date: 2005-11-07
11.

The Fearless Freaks

4.0
7.9/10

Equal parts punk and psychedelia, the Flaming Lips emerged from Oklahoma City as one of the most bracing bands of the late 1980's. The Fearless Freaks documents their rise from Butthole Surfers-imitating noisemakers to grand poobahs of orchestral pop masterpieces. Filmmaker Bradley Beesely had the good fortune of living in the same neighborhood as lead Lip Wayne Coyne, who quickly enlisted his buddy to document his band's many concerts and assorted exploits. The early footage is a riot, with tragic hair styles on proud display as the boys attempt to cover up their lack of natural talent with sheer volume. During one show, they even have a friend bring a motorcycle on stage, which is then miked for sound and revved throughout the performance, clearing the club with toxic levels of carbon monoxide. Great punk rock stuff. Interspersed among the live bits are interviews with the band's family and friends, revealing the often tragic circumstances of their childhoods and early career.

Starring: Beck, Bradley Beesley, Steve Burns, Dolly Coyne, Kenny Coyne
Directed by: Bradley Beesley
Release date: 2005-05-25
12.

Punk: Attitude

3.9
7.5/10
Punk: Attitude
A documentary on the music, performers, attitude and distinctive look that made up punk rock.
Starring: Jello Biafra, Henry Rollins, Jim Jarmusch, Wayne Kramer, Glenn Branca
Directed by: Don Letts
Release date: 2005-07-04
13.

Bauhaus: Shadow of Light & Archive

3.8
8.2/10
Bauhaus: Shadow of Light & Archive
Shadow of Light is a 40-minute collection of nine Bauhaus videos spanning four albums and two singles. The disc’s second feature, Archive, is the sepia toned art film/concert footage movie by director Christopher Robin Collins.
Starring: Peter Murphy, Daniel Ash, David J, Kevin Haskins
Release date: 2005-12-06
14.

Jarre in China

3.8
8.7/10
Jarre in China
Jarre in China is the first THX certified concert filmed in High Definition. The concert represents the beginning of China's "Year of France". Jean Michel Jarre returns to China after his 1981 concerts in China, where he was the first Western Musician to perform since the revolution, and his Hong Kong concert in March 1994. The concert was performed live in 5.1 Surround Sound and broadcast live to over 1 Billion Chinese viewers. Jean Michel Jarre was accompanied by 260 musicians, including The Beijing Symphony Orchestra, The Chinese National Orchestra, The Beijing Opera Chorus, and notable Chinese rock musicians. The DVD contains audio commentaries in French and in English by Jean Michel Jarre, 52 minute documentary Jean Michel Jarre in the Footsteps of the Last Emperor, 9 minute documentary Freedom of Speech featuring Cui Jian, photo gallery, and Jean Michel Jarre biography.
Starring: Jean Michel Jarre
Release date: 2005-06-01
15.

Dave Chappelle's Block Party

3.8
7.2/10

The American comedian/actor delivers a story about the alternative Hip Hop scene. A small town Ohio man’s moves to Brooklyn, New York, to throw an unprecedented block party.

Starring: Dave Chappelle, Erykah Badu, Common, Yasiin Bey, Bilal
Directed by: Michel Gondry
Release date: 2005-09-12
16.

One Night Stand: Flight of the Conchords

3.7
8.8/10
One Night Stand: Flight of the Conchords
A quirky live performance feature featuring New Zealand folk-parody duo Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie, who earned raves at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Melbourne Comedy Festival and who won the Bass Ale Award for Best Alternative Act at the 2005 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival.
Starring: Jemaine Clement, Bret McKenzie
Directed by: Linda Mendoza
Release date: 2005-08-19
17.

Trapped in the Closet: Chapters 1-12

3.6
6.9/10
Trapped in the Closet: Chapters 1-12
R. Kelly wakes up in a married woman’s bed, and the husband is on his way home, and they get caught, but the husband has secrets of his own, and it all kind of explodes from there, with more characters being introduced, and everyone is sleeping with everyone, and there are a billion secrets and twists and cliffhangers, and also it’s a musical where R. Kelly voices every character.
Starring: R. Kelly, Cat Wilson, Rolando Boyce, LeShay N. Tomlinson, Michael Kenneth Williams
Directed by: R. Kelly, Jim Swaffield
Release date: 2005-11-01
18.

Mötley Crüe: Carnival of Sins

3.6
8.2/10
Mötley Crüe: Carnival of Sins
Shot live on location at the Van Andel Arena in Grad Rapids, Michigan April 27th, 2005; Mötley Crüe’s Carnival of Sins is the live concert DVD of their sold out Red, White & Crüe world wide tour. Featuring their greatest hits" as well as new songs, Carnival of Sins is an unprecedented ALL ACCESS look at the band with behind the scenes footage and bonus material that will blow your mind.. Mötley Crüe delivers the concert that Rock ‘N’ Roll has been waiting for.
Starring: Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx
Directed by: Hamish Hamilton
Release date: 2005-10-25
19.

Elvis

3.6
7.3/10
Elvis
A chronicle of the life of Elvis Presley (Rhys Meyers), from his humble beginnings to his rise to international stardom.
Release date: 2005-05-08
20.

Candide

3.5
8.1/10
Candide
Leonard Bernstein's brilliant comic operetta comes to dazzling new life under the guidance of director Lonny Price (A Class Act). Based on the classic Voltaire tale of an innocent young man's journey through a life filled with colorful characters and unexpected life lessons, this tune-filled frolic features Tony Award-winners Patti LuPone and Kristin Chenoweth heading a dazzling cast with Paul Groves, Stanford Olsen, Sir Thomas Allen and the Westminster Symphonic Choir. The impeccable score (with lyrics by luminaries including Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker, Stephen Sondheim, Richard Wilbur and John La Touche) includes a host of delightful songs such as "Life Is Happiness Indeed," "It Must Be So," "You Were Dead, You Know" and "Make Our Garden Grow." Now enjoy this all-new production of a musical comedy favorite with Broadway's top stars!
Starring: Thomas Allen, Paul Groves, Kristin Chenoweth, Patti LuPone, Jeff Blumenkrantz
Directed by: Lonny Price
Release date: 2005-01-12

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