IFC Films’ Sundance comedy “Band Aid” hits theaters on Friday, a much-anticipated debut for one of the most original movies about music in years. Written and directed by Zoe Lister-Jones, who also plays one of the lead roles, “Band Aid” tells the story of a dysfunctional married couple whose shared love of music leads to an unconventional form of couple’s therapy when they form a band with their neighbor (Fred Armisen). The film is Lister-Jones’ feature directing debut.
Because music documentaries and biopics about famous musicians often hog up all the attention, original movies that incorporate music can sometimes slip through the cracks. These films often feature fictional bands playing original music or popular music. (The 2007 film “Once” beat the odds by gaining mainstream exposure, thanks in part to an Oscar win for Best Original Song).
We’ve compiled a list of 10 of the best movies in which rock bands are center stage, starting back in 1991 with “The Commitments.” The cult film based on a book by Roddy Doyle was a critical and commercial success, winning four BAFTA awards and receiving an Oscar nomination as well. Last year, RLJ Entertainment released the movie on Blu-ray to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
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