Long Live Rock Movies! ūüėéūüéł

“School of Rock” (2003)

school of rock

Let’s start with our substitute teacher, Mr. Schneebly – what kid hasn’t wished for a sub like him? ¬†No grades, being part of a kick butt rock band, defying parents, breaking the rules. ¬†Good, right?

Jack Black’s character Dewey Finn is the forever loser and quintessential wanna be rock star, but when he steals his roommate’s identity as a substitute teacher, (Mr, Schneebly) he discovers he has a ¬†class of very musically talented 5th-grade students. So, Dewey decides to turn his class into a rock band to potentially win the Battle of the Bands and $20,000. ¬†I won’t spoil whether the kids win or don’t win the battle¬†but as a result of the contest they gain self-confidence and continue to play rock in an after school program coached by Dewey. ¬†Long live Rock!

This film totally tapped into my inner rocker!

 

“The Commitments” (1991)

commitments

What happens when a group of white working class Dubliners forms a soul band?  A rousing film with some great music inspired by legendary artists, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett.

The band nails the soul of the greats by immersing themselves 24/7 in classic soul standards:

  • ¬† ¬† “In the Midnight Hour” – Wilson Pickett
  • “Try a Little Tenderness” – Otis Redding
  • “I Never Loved a Man” – Aretha Franklin

Whether on buses, hanging up laundry or in music store windows, they were feeling the soul. ¬†In the words of ¬†F√©lim Gormley (Dean Fay- Saxophone), “I’m black and I’m proud!”

I’m so glad the movie was authentic with the cast singing on the soundtrack. ¬†(The actors were cast ¬†for their musical abilities.) Lead singer (Andrew Strong “Deco”) was nuts but the standout talent of the band.

The Commitments was voted best Irish film of all time in a 2005 poll sponsored by Jameson Irish Whiskey and launched a generation of Irish musicians and actors.

 

 

¬†“This is Spinal Tap” (1984)

 

This is spinal tap poster

 OMG, the funniest, dead on satire of a rock metal band ever!

Classic in every sense of the word, Director/Writer Rob Reiner’s masterpiece was also written and scored by the stars:

Rob Reiner – (Marty D. Bergi) – Mokumentarian

Spinal Tap

Christopher Guest – (Nigel Tufnel)

Michael McKean- (David St. Hubbins)

Harry Shearer – (Derek Smalls)

This mockumentary feels so real that some moviegoers thought they were an actual group!

The “Stonehenge” number during the Smell the Glove tour is priceless. ¬†Due to a mix up with size dimensions, the¬†Stonehenge¬†replica for their epic song is 18 inches instead of 18 feet tall. ¬†The little people performers in the number were taller. And Derek Smalls getting¬†stuck in the stage prop egg is hilarious!

¬†In 2002,¬†This Is Spinal Tap¬†was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the¬†Library of Congress¬†and was selected for preservation by the United States¬†National Film Registry.

 

 

These are 3 of my favorite Rock Movies – Let me know yours in the comments!

 

 

 

Long Live Rock Movies! ūüėéūüéł

“School of Rock” (2003)

school of rock

Let’s start with our substitute teacher, Mr. Schneebly – what kid hasn’t wished for a sub like him? ¬†No grades, being part of a kick butt rock band, defying parents, breaking the rules. ¬†Good, right?

Jack Black’s character Dewey Finn is the forever loser and quintessential wanna be rock star, but when he steals his roommate’s identity as a substitute teacher, (Mr, Schneebly) he discovers he has a ¬†class of very musically talented 5th-grade students. So, Dewey decides to turn his class into a rock band to potentially win the Battle of the Bands and $20,000. ¬†I won’t spoil whether the kids win or don’t win the battle¬†but as a result of the contest they gain self-confidence and continue to play rock in an after school program coached by Dewey. ¬†Long live Rock!

This film totally tapped into my inner rocker!

 

“The Commitments” (1991)

commitments

What happens when a group of white working class Dubliners forms a soul band?  A rousing film with some great music inspired by legendary artists, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett.

The band nails the soul of the greats by immersing themselves 24/7 in classic soul standards:

  • ¬† ¬† “In the Midnight Hour” – Wilson Pickett
  • “Try a Little Tenderness” – Otis Redding
  • “I Never Loved a Man” – Aretha Franklin
  • Whether on buses, hanging up laundry or in music store windows, they were feeling the soul. ¬†In the words of ¬†F√©lim Gormley (Dean Fay- Saxophone), “I’m black and I’m proud!”

I’m so glad the movie was authentic with the cast singing on the soundtrack. ¬†(The actors were cast ¬†for their musical abilities.) Lead singer (Andrew Strong “Deco”) was nuts but the standout talent of the band.

The Commitments was voted best Irish film of all time in a 2005 poll sponsored by Jameson Irish Whiskey and launched a generation of Irish musicians and actors.

 

 

¬†“This is Spinal Tap” (1984)

 

This is spinal tap poster

 OMG, the funniest, dead on satire of a rock metal band ever!

Classic in every sense of the word, Director/Writer Rob Reiner’s masterpiece was also written and scored by the stars:

Rob Reiner – (Marty D. Bergi) – Mokumentarian

Spinal Tap

Christopher Guest – (Nigel Tufnel)

Michael McKean- (David St. Hubbins)

Harry Shearer – (Derek Smalls)

This mockumentary feels so real that some moviegoers thought they were an actual group!

The “Stonehenge” number during the Smell the Glove tour is priceless. ¬†Due to a mix up with size dimensions, the¬†Stonehenge¬†replica for their epic song is 18 inches instead of 18 feet tall. ¬†The little people performers in the number were taller. And Derek Smalls getting¬†stuck in the stage prop egg is hilarious!

¬†In 2002,¬†This Is Spinal Tap¬†was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the¬†Library of Congress¬†and was selected for preservation by the United States¬†National Film Registry.

 

 

These are 3 of my favorite Rock Movies – Let me know yours in the comments!

 

 

 

”Fame” – Movie that changed my life

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Seems Facebook ¬†has started an – “on this day 1 year ago memory” feature on my timeline. I look at this as either an opportunity to relive warm memories or regret an overshare posting that will follow me for eternity. Fortunately, my 1 year ago memory is one of my warmest; my observations of the movie that most influenced my life. So, in keeping with the spirit of retrospection, here’s “Fame” – Movie That Changed My Life, originally posted June 6, 2014.

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I was reading an article about music that influenced the author’s life. ¬†Since my thing is film, I started thinking about movies that affected my life. ¬†My very first thought was right on. ¬†“Fame” – Released May 16, 1980. Directed by Alan Parker. ¬†Screenplay by¬†Christopher Gore. (Lyric:…baby remember my name.”)

 

The film chronicles the lives of aspiring students attending a New York High School for the Performing Arts. We follow their journey from auditioning to acceptance, through graduation. It won 2 Oscars – Best Music, Original Song -“Fame” and Best Music, Original Score.

 

Coming out of the theater that night my life had changed with the realization that I must pursue my lifetime love of music and performing.  Honor my spirit!

From birth, I was an artist. ¬†Growing up in Motown there was music a plenty. ¬†Listening to Smoky Robinson, The Temptations, The Supremes, you get the idea, I could visualize the movie behind the song lyrics. ¬†I can’t prove it, but I believe I came up with the idea for the music video. ¬†Thanks for the credit MTV:)

I also loved to sing and knew the words to any and every song. ¬†Old or new, it didn’t matter. ¬†Yes, I was the girl with the hairbrush microphone pouring my heart out to Lulu’s “To Sir With Love.” ¬†My friends and I even got together forming our own girls group. ¬†Look out Diana Ross, there’s a new diva in town.

 

Throughout my school years, I found my way into choirs and in college I took an acting class or two. However, as an adult I never actually took the leap to being an actress and vocalist. ¬†Never declared, “I’m a performer.” ¬†Until I heard “I Sing The Body Electric.”¬†

I sing the body electric.

I celebrate the me yet to come.

I toast to my own reunion.

When I become one with the sun.

 

Having left Motown in 1985 for Chi-town, my moment had arrived.  Chicago is an incredible city and the theater scene is amazing! The local park district had a theater group so I dared myself to audition for the musical Pal Joey. I did, got cast, and, as they say, the rest is history.  From that moment on I was either in a play, auditioning for a play or in rehearsals for a play.

I’ve performed in pretty much every musical you can think of: ¬†Bye, Bye Birdie, West Side Story, Little Shop of Horrors, Cabaret. (You get the idea) ¬†I found my theater family and my voice. ¬†I realized that performing was the missing piece of my soul, my essence. ¬†And it all started on that spring evening in May 1980 with Fame. ¬†“I’m gonna live forever. Baby remember my name!”

 

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Dedicated to Anne Meara

(September 20, 1929 –¬†May 23, 2015)

Anne Meara 1975

(Played English teacher Elizabeth Sherwood – Fame 1980)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Rock Movies

“School of Rock” (2003)

school of rock

Mr. Schneebly – who hasn’t wished for him to be your substitute teacher? ¬†Come on now, confess! ¬†No grades, being in a kickbutt rock band, defying parents, breaking the rules. ¬†Good, right?

Jack Black’s character Dewey Finn is the forever loser, wanna be rocker, but when he steals his roommate’s identity as a substitute teacher, he discovers he has a ¬†class of very musically talented 5th grade students. So, Dewey decides to turn his class into a rock band to potentially win the Battle of the Bands and $20,000. ¬†I won’t spoil whether the kids win or don’t win the battle, but as a result of the contest they gain self confidence and continue to play rock in an after school program coached by Dewey. ¬†Long live Rock!

This film totally tapped into my inner rocker!

 

“The Commitments” (1991)

commitments

What happens when a group of white working class Dubliners form a soul band?  A rousing film with some great music inspired by legendary artists, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett.

They nail the soul of the greats by immersing themselves 24/7 in classic soul standards:

  • ¬† ¬† “In the Midnight Hour” – Wilson Pickett
  • “Try a Little Tenderness” – Otis Redding
  • “I Never Loved a Man” – Aretha Franklin
  • Whether on buses, hanging up laundry or in music store windows, they were feeling the soul. ¬†In the words of ¬†F√©lim Gormley (Dean Fay- Sax) “I’m black and I’m proud!”

I’m so glad the movie was authentic with the cast singing on the soundtrack. ¬†(The actors were cast ¬†for their musical abilities.) Lead singer (Andrew Strong “Deco”) was nuts but the standout talent of the band.

The Commitments was voted best Irish film of all time in a 2005 poll sponsored by Jameson Irish Whiskey and launched a generation of Irish musicians and actors.

 

 

¬†“This is Spinal Tap” (1984)

 

This is spinal tap poster

 OMG, the funniest, dead on satire of a rock metal band ever!

Classic in every sense of the word, Rob Reiner’s masterpiece was directed, written, scored by and stars:

Rob Reiner – (Marty D. Bergi) – maker of documentary

Spinal Tap

Christopher Guest – (Nigel Tufnel)

Michael McKean- (David St. Hubbins)

Harry Shearer – (Derek Smalls)

This mockumentary feels so real that some movie goers thought they were an actual group!

The “Stonehenge” number during the Smell the Glove tour is priceless. ¬†Due to a mix up with size dimensions, the¬†Stonehenge¬†replica for their epic song is 18 inches instead of 18 feet tall. ¬†The little people performers in the number were taller. And Derek Smalls getting¬†stuck in the stage prop egg is hilarious!

¬†In 2002,¬†This Is Spinal Tap¬†was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the¬†Library of Congress¬†and was selected for preservation by the United States¬†National Film Registry.

 

 

These are 3 of my favorite Rock Movies – Let me know yours in the comments!