Best Music Movies of 2008

1.

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

6.0
8.5/10

Dr. Horrible, an aspiring supervillain with his own video blog, is attempting to join the prestigious Evil League of Evil (led by the legendary "thoroughbred of sin", Bad Horse), but his plans are usually foiled by the egotistical superhero Captain Hammer. Dr. Horrible's life is thrown for a loop when he falls in love with Penny, a beautiful and optimistic advocate for the homeless he meets at the laundromat.

Release date: 2008-07-15
2.

Another Cinderella Story

5.0
5.8/10

A guy who danced with what could be the girl of his dreams at a costume ball only has one hint at her identity: the Zune she left behind as she rushed home in order to make her curfew. And with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in front of him, he sets out to find his masked beauty.

Starring: Selena Gomez, Jane Lynch, Katharine Isabelle, Emily Perkins, Jessica Parker Kennedy
Directed by: Damon Santostefano
Release date: 2008-09-16
3.

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

4.8
6.7/10

Nick cannot stop obsessing over his ex-girlfriend, Tris, until Tris' friend Norah suddenly shows interest in him at a club. Thus beings an odd night filled with ups and downs as the two keep running into Tris and her new boyfriend while searching for Norah's drunken friend, Caroline, with help from Nick's band mates. As the night winds down, the two have to figure out what they want from each other.

Starring: Michael Cera, Kat Dennings, Aaron Yoo, Alexis Dziena, Ari Graynor
Directed by: Peter Sollett
Release date: 2008-10-03
4.

High School Musical 3: Senior Year

4.7
4.7/10

It's almost graduation day for high school seniors Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, Chad, Ryan and Taylor ? and the thought of heading off in separate directions after leaving East High has these Wildcats thinking they need to do something they'll remember forever. Together with the rest of the Wildcats, they stage a spring musical reflecting their hopes and fears about the future and their unforgettable experiences growing up together. But with graduation approaching and college plans in question, what will become of the dreams, romances, and friendships of East High's senior Wildcats?

Starring: Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu
Directed by: Kenny Ortega
Release date: 2008-10-11
5.

Camp Rock

4.7
5.1/10

When Mitchie gets a chance to attend Camp Rock, her life takes an unpredictable twist, and she learns just how important it is to be true to yourself.

Starring: Demi Lovato, Joe Jonas, Meaghan Jette Martin, Maria Canals-Barrera, Daniel Fathers
Directed by: Matthew Diamond
Release date: 2008-06-20
6.

Shine a Light

4.5
7.2/10

Martin Scorsese and the Rolling Stones unite in "Shine A Light," a look at The Rolling Stones." Scorsese filmed the Stones over a two-day period at the intimate Beacon Theater in New York City in fall 2006. Cinematographers capture the raw energy of the legendary band.

Starring: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ron Wood, Christina Aguilera
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Release date: 2008-02-07
7.

The Rocker

4.4
6.2/10

Rob "Fish" Fishman is the drummer in '80s hair metal band Vesuvius. He's unceremoniously booted as the group signs a big record deal, is out of the music world for 20 years - and then receives a second chance with his nephew's band.

Starring: Rainn Wilson, Josh Gad, Christina Applegate, Emma Stone, Teddy Geiger
Directed by: Peter Cattaneo
Release date: 2008-08-20
8.

Global Metal

4.1
7.9/10

In GLOBAL METAL, directors Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn set out to discover how the West's most maligned musical genre - heavy metal - has impacted the world's cultures beyond Europe and North America. The film follows metal fan and anthropologist Sam Dunn on a whirlwind journey through Asia, South America and the Middle East as he explores the underbelly of the world's emerging extreme music scenes; from Indonesian death metal to Chinese black metal to Iranian thrash metal. GLOBAL METAL reveals a worldwide community of metalheads who aren't just absorbing metal from the West - they're transforming it - creating a new form of cultural expression in societies dominated by conflict, corruption and mass-consumerism.

Starring: Sam Dunn, Rafael Bittencourt, Bruce Dickinson, Adrian Smith, Dave Murray
Directed by: Sam Dunn
Release date: 2008-06-20
9.

Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway

4.0
8.0/10
Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway
Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway is a 2008 film of the final performance of the original Broadway production of the musical Rent on September 7, 2008, with some footage of the closing night celebration. The film had a limited theatrical release between September 24 and 28, 2008, in more than 500 theaters with high definition digital projection systems in the US and Canada. The film is assembled from footage shot at the September 7 performance as well as a day of shooting on August 20. It includes a reprise of "Seasons of Love" featuring both the final cast and cast members from past productions, including the original Broadway cast following the finale of the show proper.
Starring: Will Chase, Adam Kantor, Michael McElroy, Rodney Hicks, Tracie Thoms
Directed by: Michael John Warren
Release date: 2008-11-21
10.

The Wrecking Crew

4.0
7.6/10

A celebration of the musical work of a group of session musicians known as "The Wrecking Crew", a band that provided back-up instrumentals to such legendary recording artists as Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys and Bing Crosby.

Starring: Lou Adler, Herb Alpert, Hal Blaine, Glen Campbell, Al Casey
Directed by: Denny Tedesco
Release date: 2008-03-11
11.

Leonard Cohen: Live In London

4.0
8.7/10
Leonard Cohen: Live In London
On March 31, 2009, Leonard Cohen released Live In London, his first new recording since 2004’s Dear Heather. This collection available in DVD and 2 CD formats was recorded live on July 17, 2008 at London’s 02 Arena, one of Europe’s largest indoor venues.
Starring: Leonard Cohen
Directed by: Edward Sanders
Release date: 2008-07-17
12.

Soul Men

3.9
6.4/10

Two former backup soul singers, Louis and Floyd, have not spoken to each other in 20 years, and reluctantly agree to travel across the country together to a reunion concert to honor their recently-deceased lead singer. Cleo, a beautiful young woman who is believed to be Floyd's daughter, accompanies them as a new singer.

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Bernie Mac, Sharon Leal, Adam Herschman, Sean Hayes
Directed by: Malcolm D. Lee
Release date: 2008-11-07
13.

Hamlet 2

3.9
6.4/10

A high school drama teacher facing the cancellation of his program.

Starring: Steve Coogan, Catherine Keener, Joseph Julian Soria, Skylar Astin, Phoebe Strole
Directed by: Andrew Fleming
Release date: 2008-01-21
14.

Sita Sings the Blues

3.9
7.6/10

An animated version of the epic Indian tale of Ramayana set to the 1920s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw.

Starring: Reena Shah, Debargo Sanyal, Annette Hanshaw, Aseem Chhabra, Bhavana Nagulapally
Directed by: Nina Paley
Release date: 2008-02-11
15.

My Chemical Romance: The Black Parade Is Dead!

3.8
9.2/10
My Chemical Romance: The Black Parade Is Dead!
The Black Parade Is Dead! is MCR's final performance as their onstage characters, the Black Parade. The Black Parade centres around a dying character called The Patient, who reflects on events in his life while he is confronted by Death in the form of his fondest memory, that of his father bringing him to see a marching band. This is based on frontman Gerard Way's belief that death comes to a person in the form of their fondest memory. The band is seen in their Black Parade uniforms throughout the performance, and during the first song "The End", Gerard Way is seen taking the role of The Patient, before tearing off his hospital gown to reveal his uniform.
Starring: Frank Iero, Bob Bryar, Ray Toro, Gerard Way, Michael Way
Directed by: Atom Rothlein
Release date: 2008-06-24
16.

Where the Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles

3.8
9.2/10
Where the Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles
Where The Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles captures the multi-Grammy® Award-winning, Platinum-selling singer/songwriter in the element where fans love him the most: live on stage. This special concert includes three sets: an acoustic performance, a rare set with John Mayer Trio (John Mayer, Steve Jordan and Pino Palladino), as well as a set featuring Mayer's full band.
Starring: John Mayer, Steve Jordan, Pino Palladino, David Ryan Harris, Robbie McIntosh
Release date: 2008-07-01
17.

Muse: HAARP

3.7
9.1/10
Muse: HAARP
Muse's live act at Wembley Stadium, 17 June 2007
Starring: Matthew Bellamy, Chris Wolstenholme, Dominic Howard
Directed by: Ölo Creative Farm
Release date: 2008-03-17
18.

Foo Fighters: Live at Wembley Stadium

3.6
8.7/10
Foo Fighters: Live at Wembley Stadium
Foo Fighters captured over their two sold-out nights at Wembley on June 6th and 7th 2008.
Starring: Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Taylor Hawkins, Pat Smear
Release date: 2008-08-25
19.

Avenged Sevenfold: Live in the LBC & Diamonds in the Rough

3.6
9.5/10

Live in the LBC & Diamonds in the Rough is the first live album and DVD package released on September 16, 2008 by Avenged Sevenfold from Warner Bros. Records. The live DVD features the band's April 10, 2008 hometown show at Long Beach Arena headlining the Rockstar Taste of Chaos tour, while the CD contains previously unreleased B-sides that were recorded during the making of Avenged Sevenfold, plus various covers, and other never-before-heard material. The DVD was directed by Core Entertainment's Rafa Alcantara, who also worked on the band's critically acclaimed 2007 road documentary All Excess. On August 15, 2008, a trailer was released by Avenged Sevenfold on their YouTube channel. On September 5, 2008, Avenged Sevenfold released the live version of "Seize the Day" from the DVD through their imeem account. "Unholy Confessions" and "Scream" were later streamed before the release as well.

Starring: M. Shadows, Synyster Gates, Zacky Vengeance, Johnny Christ, James Owen Sullivan
Directed by: Rafa Alcantra
Release date: 2008-09-16
20.

Until the Light Takes Us

3.5
7.1/10

Chronicles the history, ideology and aesthetic of Norwegian black metal - a musical subculture infamous as much for a series of murders and church arsons as it is for its unique musical and visual aesthetics. This is the first (and only) film to truly shed light on a movement that has heretofore been shrouded in darkness and rumor and obscured by inaccurate and shallow depictions. Featuring exclusive interviews and verité with the musicians, a wealth of rare, seldom seen footage from the "Inner Circle's earliest days, Until the Light Takes Us explores every aspect of the controversial movement that has captured the attention of the world. This is the movie that gets inside the minds and hearts of black metal's musicians.

Starring: Varg Vikernes, Jan Axel "Hellhammer" Blomberg, Øystein Aarseth, Per Ohlin, Olve Eikemo
Directed by: Aaron Aites, Audrey Ewell
Release date: 2008-10-31

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