Best Music Movies of 2008


Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog


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

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist


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

High School Musical 3: Senior Year


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: 2008-10-22

Camp Rock


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

The Rocker


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

Global Metal


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

Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway

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

The Wrecking Crew


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

Leonard Cohen: Live In London

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

Hamlet 2


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

Sita Sings the Blues


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

My Chemical Romance: The Black Parade Is Dead!

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

Where the Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles

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


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

Lynyrd Skynyrd: Live From Freedom Hall

Lynyrd Skynyrd: Live From Freedom Hall
One of the last concerts to be recorded with longtime members Billy Powell and Ean Evans, both of whom passed away in 2009. Track-listing: 1. Main Menu Page Loop / 2. Song Selection Menu Page Loop (Sweet Home Alabama / 3. Intro (Band Interviews w/Call Me The Breeze) / 4. Travelin' Man / 5. Workin' / 6. What's Your Name / 7. That Smell / 8. Simple Man / 9. Down South Jukin' / 10. The Needle And The Spoon / 11. The Ballad Of Curtis Loew / 12. Gimme Back My Bullets / 13. Tuesday's Gone / 14. Red White And Blue / 15. Gimme Three Steps / 16. Call Me The Breeze / 17. Sweet Home Alabama / 18. Free Bird.
Starring: Gary Rossington, Rickey Medlocke, Johnny Van Zant, Michael Cartellone, Mark Matejka
Release date: 2008-01-01

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


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

Until the Light Takes Us


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

AC/DC: No Bull

AC/DC: No Bull
Filmed Live at the Plaza de Toros, Madrid 1996, this editors cut includes Back in black/ shot down in flames/ thunderstruck/ girls got thythm/ hard as a rock/ shoot to thrill/ boogie man/ hail caesar/ hells bells/ dog eat dog/ the jack/ ballbreaker/ rock and roll ain't noise pollution/ dirty deeds done dirt cheap/ you shook me all night long/ whole lotta roise/ tnt/ let there be rock/ highway to hell/ for those about to rock (we salute you)
Starring: Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Brian Johnson, Cliff Williams, Phil Rudd
Directed by: David Mallet
Release date: 2008-01-01

Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King

Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King
Scooby-Doo and Shaggy must go into the underworld ruled by the Goblin King in order to stop a mortal named The Amazing Krudsky who wants power and is a threat to their pals, Fred, Velma and Daphne.
Starring: James Belushi, Casey Kasem, Grey DeLisle, Mindy Cohn, Wayne Knight
Directed by: Joe Sichta
Release date: 2008-01-01

Tim Minchin: So F**king Rock Live

Tim Minchin: So F**king Rock Live
So F**king Rock Live is a DVD released by Australian musician and stand-up comedian Tim Minchin. It is a recording of his live performance at London's Bloomsbury Theatre in May 2008 and contains songs and material from his previous Darkside and So Rock albums.
Starring: Tim Minchin
Directed by: Matt Askem
Release date: 2008-10-11

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