Best Music Movies of 2011
The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall
A disfigured musical genius, hidden away in the Paris Opera House, terrorises the opera company for the unwitting benefit of a young protégée whom he trains and loves. The 25th anniversary of the first public performance of Phantom of the Opera was celebrated with a grand performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Phineas and Ferb: The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension
Phineas and Ferb get trapped in an alternate dimension where the evil Doofenshmirtz rules the tri-state area. They must find a way back home with the help of their pet platypus named Perry, who they discover is a secret agent.
Ren MacCormack is transplanted from Boston to the small southern town of Bomont where loud music and dancing are prohibited. Not one to bow to the status quo, Ren challenges the ban, revitalizing the town and falling in love with the minister’s troubled daughter Ariel in the process.
Queen: Days of Our Lives
In 1971, four college students got together to form a rock band. Since then, that certain band called Queen have released 26 albums and sold over 300 million records worldwide. The popularity of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon is stronger than ever 40 years on. But it was no bed of roses. No pleasure cruise. Queen had their share of kicks in the face, but they came through and this is how they did it, set against the backdrop of brilliant music and stunning live performances from every corner of the globe. In this film, for the first time, it is the band that tells their story. Featuring brand new interviews with the band and unseen archive footage (including their recently unearthed, first ever TV performance), it is a compelling story told with intelligence, wit, plenty of humor and painful honesty.
A strange creature races against time to make the most important and beautiful creation of his life.
Taylor Swift: Speak Now World Tour Live
Recorded during her Speak Now World Tour in 2011, this live recording collects 18 performances from the country-pop starlet, including almost all songs from her 2010 studio album "Speak Now".
When Kermit the Frog and the Muppets learn that their beloved theater is slated for demolition, a sympathetic human, Gary, and his puppet brother, Walter, swoop in to help the gang put on a show and raise the $10 million they need to save the day.
Nirvana : Live at the Paramount
Recorded in Seattle, WA on Halloween Night, 1991, Live at the Paramount is the only known Nirvana live show recorded on 16mm film. Now released to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the release of Nirvana's watershed album.
Lady Gaga Presents: The Monster Ball Tour at Madison Square Garden
Lady Gaga Presents: The Monster Ball Tour at Madison Square Garden is a 2011 concert special documenting the February 21 and 22, 2011 shows of Lady Gaga's The Monster Ball Tour. It features concert footage as well as pre-concert and backstage content.
Love on a Leash
A dog who strives to become a man seeks a woman who will love him enough for the transformation to take place.
Adele: Live at the Royal Albert Hall
Live At The Royal Albert Hall was recorded on September 22nd. 2011 at the height of what has been an amazing year for Adele. This concert video features vocalist Adele's groundbreaking performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Set-List: 1. Hometown Glory / 2. I'll Be Waiting / 3. Don't You Remember / 4. Turning Tables / 5. Set Fire to the Rain / 6. If It Hadn't Been for Love / 7. My Same / 8. Take It All / 9. Rumour Has It / 10. Right as Rain / 11. One and Only / 12. Lovesong / 13. Chasing Pavements / 14. I Can't Make You Love Me / 15. Make You Feel My Love / 16. Someone like You / 17. Rolling in the Deep.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
Playing around while aboard a cruise ship, the Chipmunks and Chipettes accidentally go overboard and end up marooned in a tropical paradise. They discover their new turf is not as deserted as it seems.
Pearl Jam Twenty
Carved from over 1,200 hours of footage spanning the band’s career, Pearl Jam: Twenty is the definitive portrait of Pearl Jam. Part concert film, part intimate insider-hang, and part testimonial to the power of music.
Foo Fighters: Back and Forth
FOO FIGHTERS BACK AND FORTH chronicles the 16 year history of the Foo Fighters: from the band's very first songs created as cassette demos Dave Grohl recorded during his tenure as Nirvana's drummer, through its ascent to their Grammy-winning, multi-platinum, arena and stadium headlining status as one of the biggest rock bands on the planet.
Don't Hug Me I'm Scared
A disturbing puppet short exploring the concept of creativity.
Glee: The Concert Movie
A concert documentary shot during the Glee Live! In Concert! summer 2011 tour, featuring song performances and Glee fans' life stories and how the show influenced them.
The Ballad of Russell & Julie
David Tennant, Catherine Tate and John Barrowman thank Russell T. Davies and Julie Gardner for their work on Doctor Who in this charming tribute that was shown at the wrap party after their final episode.
A notorious femme fatale renowned for her ruthless pursuit of power reveals poignant vulnerability when she comes face to face with her long-lost son int he captivating, elegant production from San Francisco Opera.
Jackie Evancho - Dream With Me in Concert
Jackie Evancho's Dream With Me In Concert is the video companion to her chart-topping album, Dream With Me, which was produced by David Foster. The concert was recorded inside and on the grounds of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida.
iParty with Victorious
Scorned girlfriends Carly and Tori hatch a plot against the boy that they are both dating.
Le comte Ory
Rossini's "Le Comte Ory" tells the story of a libidinous and cunning nobleman who disguises himself first as a hermit and then as a nun in order to gain access to the virtuous Countess Adele, whose brother is away at the Crusades. The 2011 Met production was directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher, who presented the action as an opera within an opera, updating the action by a few centuries and giving the costume designer, Catherine Zuber, the opportunity to create some particularly extravagant headgear. Juan Diego Florez starred as the title role while Diana Damrau plays Countess Adele, and Joyce DiDonato was in breeches as his pageboy Isolier. Conducted with verve and finesse by Maurizio Benini, the production also features the stylish French baritone Stephane Degout as Ory's bibulous conspirator Raimbaud, charismatic Italian bass Michele Pertusi as the Count's long-suffering Tutor, and, formidable as Adele's housekeeper Ragonde, the Swedish dramatic mezzo Susanne Resmark.
Biffy Clyro: Revolutions Live at Wembley
Recorded in December 2010 at Wembley Arena, Revolutions captures one of Biffy Clyro's greatest shows. Starting in 2002 with Blackened Sky, the Scottish rockers steadily but surely built a large fan base; the huge success of 2009’s Only Revolutions typifying the band’s reward for such hard work. Including the likes of "57" and "Saturday Superhouse", this recording features songs pulled from throughout their career and showcases what a brilliant live band they are.
Linkin Park: Live From Madison Square Garden
Linkin Park’s February 4, 2011 concert from Madison Square Garden which aired on Fuse on February 18 2011. The highly anticipated broadcast featured fan favorites along with songs from their latest album, A Thousand Suns. The show has limited commercial interruptions thanks to Coca-Cola.
Mama Goema: The Cape Town Beat in Five Movements
If you take a pinch of Khoi-San lament, a dash of Malay spice, a bold measure of European orchestral, a splash of Xhosa spiritual, a clash of marching bands, a riff of rock, the pizzazz of the Klopse, some driving primal beat, and a lot of humour and musical virtuosity, what do you get? Goema Goema Goema! Weaving together the ancient, the traditional, and the classical into the contemporary universal sound of Cape Town, Mac MacKenzie, musical mastermind and founder of The Genuines and The Goema Captains of Cape Town, puts together the final touches to the culmination of his life’s work: Goema in Five Movements. Musicians and musical commentators Hilton Schilder, Neo Muyanga, Iain Harris and Graham Arendse, and new kids on the block, Kyle Shepherd and Shane Cooper, add a contemporary context to Goema, while the orchestra rehearses for its premiere performance at the SABC studios.
Company centers on Bobby, a confirmed bachelor, celebrating his 35th birthday with his ten closest friends, who happen to be five couples.
Last Days Here
Documentary follows Bobby Liebling, lead singer of seminal hard rock/heavy metal band Pentagram, as he battles decades of hard drug addiction and personal demons to try and get his life back.
God Bless Ozzy Osbourne
Featuring never before seen footage uncovered from the archives and interviews with Paul McCartney, Tommy Lee and others, God Bless Ozzy Osbourne is the first documentary to take viewers inside the complex mind of rock's great icon.
Fight for Your Right Revisited
Fight for Your Right Revisited stars Danny McBride, Seth Rogen, and Elijah Wood as the "young" Beastie Boys from the past and Jack Black, John C. Reilly, and Will Ferrell as the "old" Beastie Boys from the future. The story begins where the video for "Fight for Your Right (1987)" ended. It features music from the band's album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two.
Britten: Billy Budd
Captain Vere, an old man, is haunted by a moment in his life when he was tested and found wanting. Based on Herman Melville's novella of naval life in the late 18th Century, Benjamin Britten's 'Billy Budd' is a gripping reflection on good and evil, innocence and corruption.
Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest
Having forged a 20-year run as one of the most innovative and influential hip hop bands of all time, the Queens NY collective known as 'A Tribe Called Quest' have kept a generation hungry for more of their groundbreaking music since their much publicized breakup in 1998. Michael Rapaport documents the inner workings and behind the scenes drama that follows the band to this day. He explores what's next for, what many claim, are the pioneers of alternative rap.
The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and talent of people in an unprecedented way, unleashing unlimited creative opportunites. But does democratized culture mean better art, film, music and literature or is true talent instead flooded and drowned in the vast digital ocean of mass culture? Is it cultural democracy or mediocrity? This is the question addressed by PressPausePlay, a documentary film containing interviews with some of the world’s most influential creators of the digital era.
Three down-to-earth guys, working on day-to-day jobs, recording songs and reaching out for alternatives beyond ordinary. This is an extraordinary fuzzomentary about a band called TRUCKFIGHTERS.
Philip Glass: Satyagraha
Following the success of his first foray into opera, Einstein on the Beach, revolutionary American composer and musician Philip Glass soon turned to another great figure of the 20th century for inspiration. Set to lines from the Hindu Bhagavad Gita, Satyagraha depicts scenes from the life of Gandhi as he developed his philosophy of non-violent resistance in South Africa between 1896 and 1913. The opera became the second installment of Glass’s Portrait Trilogy, focused on innovators from across history. Satyagraha arrived at the Met during the 2007–08 season, when director Phelim McDermott made his debut with a production that employed everyday materials like newspaper and corrugated tin to create towering puppets and striking tableaus. In 2011, his staging returned, this time recorded live in HD. In this performance, tenor Richard Croft gives a moving performance as Gandhi, leading a remarkable ensemble cast conducted by Dante Anzolini.
Levi Layton is tired of his small town life and his workaholic father, but finds his way out when he receives a large inheritance. Eighteen years old and armed with $100,000, the life he wants is just a midnight escape away.
Hydee and the Hytops
Hydee and her band enter the "So Stellar" talent contest in hopes of getting on national television and winning a recording contract, but first they must deal with a rival band of bullies, tons of homework, a twelve-foot tall samurai monster and a teacher's lounge that has been turned upside-down! Can they make it to the show on time and make their dreams come true?
Heart - Night at Sky Church
Ann and Nancy Wilson first showed the world that women can rock when their band Heart stormed the charts in the 1970s. They continued their string of huge hits in the decades that followed. This disc, filmed live on March 5, 2010, takes Heart fans on what truly feels like the musical ride of a lifetime. It showcases the band's biggest hits, introduces some of their newest songs, and features a guest appearance by Alison Krauss. This musical release from iconic hard rock band Heart captures a live performance by the band, recorded in high definition at the Sky Church in Seattle, WA in 2010. Some of the songs featured in the performance include classics like "Crazy on You" and "Alone". The concert also features guest appearances by singer Alison Krauss and fiddler Ben Mink.
Scenes from the Suburbs
A resident of a suburban dystopia tries to reassemble his fragmented memories of life as a teen.
Beyoncé: Live at Glastonbury 2011
Sunday night's Pyramid Stage has never quite seen a headliner like Beyoncé. The former Destiny's Child singer watched from side of stage as husband Jay-Z blew Noel Gallagher and half of Pilton away with an extraordinary set three years ago, and returned in 2011 to take on Glasto for herself. The Texan's stunning entrance confirmed that Knowles knows how to put on a show, and one of the biggest crowds the Pyramid stage has ever seen were delighted to be greeted by Sasha at her fiercest. This set, peppered with Prince and Kings Of Leon covers alongside the biggest hits of Beyoncé's career will be remembered long after the grass has re-sprouted on the fields of Worthy farm.
The Other F Word
What happens when a generation's ultimate anti-authoritarians — punk rockers — become society's ultimate authorities — dad's? With a large chorus of Punk Rock's leading men — Blink-182's Mark Hoppus, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea, Rise Against's Tim McIlrath — The Other F Word follows Jim Lindberg, 20-year veteran of skate punk band, Pennywise, on his hysterical and moving journey from belting his band's anthem, 'Fuck Authority', to embracing his ultimately pivotal authoritarian role in mid-life, fatherhood.
Deadmau5: Live at Earl's Court
Progressive House DJ: Deadmau5 live at Earl's Court in 2011. Tracks: 01. Deadmau5 - Limit break 02. Deadmau5 -- Some Chords 03. Deadmau5 Vs Jelo - The Reward is Cheese 04. Deadmau5 -- Bad Selection 05. Deadmau5 -- Cthulhu Sleeps 06. Deadmau5 -- FML 07. Deadmau5 -- Right This Second 08. Deadmau5 -- Raise Your Weapon (feat. Greta Svavo Beach) 09. Deadmau5 - Arguru (Touch Screen "Holodesk" Perfomance) 10. Deadmau5 -- Sofi Needs A Ladder (feat. Sofia Toufa) (LIVE Performance) 11. Deadmau5 -- One Trick Pony (feat. Sofia Toufa) (LIVE Performance) 12. Deadmau5 -- Moar Ghosts 'N' Stuff (+ Hard Intro) 13. Deadmau5 -- Ghosts 'N' Stuff (feat. Rob Swire) (New Intro Edit) 14. Deadmau5 - Maths 15. Deadmau5 - Sometimes Things Get, Whatever 16. Deadmau5 - Get In The Cart, Pig 17. Deadmau5 - I Remember (feat. Kaskade) 18. Deadmau5 - Strobe 19. Deadmau5 - Don't Forget The Paperwork 20. Deadmau5 feat. Wolfgang Gartner - Animal Rights
Grrrl Love and Revolution: Riot Grrrl NYC
Documents the underground feminist punk movement 'Riot Grrrl', a network of bands and fanzines that called for 'grrrl love' and 'grrrl empowerment' and whose fiery rhetoric and groundbreaking performances resuscitated both feminism and punk rock.
Kylie Minogue: Aphrodite Les Folies - Live in London
For three decades, Kylie Minogue has been one of the world’s most successful music stars. Recorded at London’s O2 Arena in April 2011, Aphrodite Les Folies is a spectacle to behold. Featuring performance of tracks from the star’s latest album, Aphrodite, including Get Outta My Way, Closer and Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love), as well as classic anthems such as Can’t Get You Out Of My Head, On a Night Like This and Better The Devil You Know, this live concert sees Minogue at her best.
A freewheeling portrait of Ken Kesey and the Merry Prankster’s fabled road trip across America in the legendary Magic Bus. In 1964, Ken Kesey, the famed author of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” set off on a legendary, LSD-fuelled cross-country road trip to the New York World’s Fair. He was joined by “The Merry Band of Pranksters,” a renegade group of counterculture truth-seekers, including Neal Cassady, the American icon immortalized in Kerouac’s “On the Road,” and the driver and painter of the psychedelic Magic Bus.
George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Director Martin Scorsese profiles former Beatle George Harrison in this reverent portrait that mixes interviews and archival footage, featuring commentary from the likes of Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono.
Celtic Thunder: Storm
In this concert, Keith, Paul, George, Ryan, Damien and Neil perform the following songs: 1. Storm Overture / 2. New Day Dawning / 3. Outside Looking In / 4. When You Are 18 / 5. Life In The Old Dog Yet / 6. Not The One / 7. Stand and Deliver / 8. The Highwayman / 9. Lagan Love / 10. Midnight Well / 11. Shadows Dancing / 12. Harry's Game / 13. Tender Is The Night / 14. This Was My Life / 15. Look At Me / 16. Hail The Hero (Mo Ghile Mear)
Sade: Bring Me Home - Live 2011
Recorded on Sade’s first tour in a decade, Bring Me Home: Live 2011 features 22 classic hits in concert, from “Smooth Operator” to “By Your Side,” as well as tunes from the band’s best-selling 2010 album Soldier of Love.
Family Band: The Cowsills Story
The story of the Cowsills, an American band consisting of family members who rose to fame in the 1960s and served as the real-life inspiration for the “The Partridge Family” TV series.
After a brush with the law, Maria has returned to her gritty Bronx roots to rebuild her life with nothing but a talent for street dance and a burning ambition to prove herself.
Live At Roseland - Elements of 4
Live at Roseland: Elements of 4 is a live DVD concert film by American R&B recording artist, Beyoncé Knowles. It was directed by Knowles, Ed Burke and Anthony Green, and was executively produced by Knowles. The DVD was filmed during her 4 Intimate Nights with Beyoncé concert, which was held at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City in August 2011. It was released exclusively through Walmart stores in the United States on November 21, 2011.
Armin Only: Mirage
Concert in Utrecht -Nov. 2010 Locked in the memory of 15.000 dance lovers and the kick-off to a show that has moved and will move millions. November 13th lies months behind us, but the memories are fresh and the Armin Only – Mirage tour is still in full swing. Armin van Buuren blew the roof off the Jaarbeurs venue in Utrecht, where he celebrated the release of his ‘Mirage’ album with a special 9 hour set, live performances by some of EDM’s most talented singers and a mesmerizing show. For those that weren’t able to be at the sold out event, or for those that simply want to relive the night, the ‘Armin Only – Mirage’ Blu-ray/DVD is there.