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Old 05-17-2019, 03:30 AM
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Default Next Biographical Film of Musical Artist?

So Bohemian Rhapsody hit it out of the park for entertaining us with Freddie Mercury and Queen in life and music.

The Dirt was fun to watch with the rise of Motley Crue.

I’m pretty excited about Rocket Man. I’m hoping it plays out well on the screen.

We all know the studios are now going to jump on the music biography bandwagon and hopefully some of them will deliver some truly entertaining films.

I can think of a number I’d like to see...

Who or which group would you like to see brought to the screen?
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Strangely, the first ones to pop to mind were all trios: Cream, the Police and Nirvana.
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I'm thinking Bowie or Prince.

Dirt was entertaining.

Cream would have to be Rated R for drug use alone, never mind Baker's personality.
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Kurt Cobain, of course.
There were rumours quite strong around Jeff Buckley also. 3>

Metallica would be a great band to make a biography on, for their history is quite full.
Recently gone Michael Jackson or Amy Winehouse could be great.
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Sam Cooke. (Oh, it seems one is in production).

Otis Redding.

John Coltrane.
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The biggest problem as I see it is that a lot of these documentaries aren't big sellers and don't make the video scene. Try looking on Youtube. They have some full length videos on there and I bet some are doc/rockumentaries.
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Lynyrd Skynyrd

Danny Gatton

Max Roach

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Lynyrd Skynyrd

A Skynyrd biop would probably open some eyes since many people don't know about the physical in-fighting within the group.
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Black Sabbath

So many different iterations of the band, Ozzy's downfall and return to greatness, the forging of a whole new genre, this is what good stories are made of. They could call the movie "After Forever". It could even have a happy ending with the reunion tour.

Yeah, totally Black Sabbath. Come on Hollywood, make this happen.
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I'm gonna say The Beach Boys,
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Yes would be cool.

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I'd have to think Led Zeplin.

As a highly popular iconic band, the movie would sell millions of tickets on the name alone.

It could be interesting, as following Jimmy Page from studio musician to starting an original band, the brief involvement of Keith Moon, and how they rose to extreme popularity despite routinely being hated by critics, being hated (early on anyway) by the press and generally not having "hit: songs (Stairway was never an official single).
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Though I think I'd rather see:

Pink Floyd, though it would be hard to pull off without making it a very dark and depressing movie.

Jefferson Airplane I can see Hugh Jackman playing Marty Balin and Jim Parsons playing Paul Katner.

Feelwood Mac could be pretty epic.
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Amazon Prime has a great documentary with Marty Balin, and there is also one on the making of Rumors. If you dont have Prime check Youtube.
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Zappa, Tony Williams
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Check this Youtube list.
https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...+documentaries
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I guess it would need to based on an artist(s) that would have a wide appeal to make it a success at the box office.

Plus it would need to be based on a background story that would contain great entertaining fodder for the public......such as flamboyant personalities, lots of known in-house fighting, the struggle for success, and also being very well known even today...etc etc.

Having the artist(s) no longer alive also would add a great deal of appeal to the public.

So possibly some potentials could be:

The Who
Led Zeppelin
The Beach Boys
Buddy Rich
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Amazon Prime has a great documentary with Marty Balin, and there is also one on the making of Rumors. If you dont have Prime check Youtube.
Well, the thread is about Hollywood stye movies, not documentaries.

I did check out the Balin doc on Amazon. It's s shame it doesn't go particularly in depth. He comes off a bit of a grumpy old man, in stark contrast the interview he gave for the 2004 DVD "Fly Jefferson Airplane" where he had nothing but nice things to say about his former bandmates.

I've seen the Rumors one before, hence, why it would make a good movie.
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I guess it would need to based on an artist(s) that would have a wide appeal to make it a success at the box office.

Plus it would need to be based on a background story that would contain great entertaining fodder for the public......such as flamboyant personalities, lots of known in-house fighting
So the Kinks, then. :)
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So the Kinks, then. :)
Yeah, I reckon that would be a good topic.
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I think in terms of drumming..... Buddy Rich would be a winner.

He was the highest paid child performer in the world at one point, he was friends with Frank Sinatra for a time. He was a big personality, he was well known even to non-drumming folks. He was generally more famous than the bands he was in. He was good friends with Johnny Carson.

I believe a film about him would be a good success.

I guess casting someone to play him would be a bit of a pickle.

I wonder who it would be?
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I guess it would need to based on an artist(s) that would have a wide appeal to make it a success at the box office.

Plus it would need to be based on a background story that would contain great entertaining fodder for the public......such as flamboyant personalities, lots of known in-house fighting, the struggle for success, and also being very well known even today...etc etc.

Having the artist(s) no longer alive also would add a great deal of appeal to the public.

So possibly some potentials could be:

The Who
Led Zeppelin
The Beach Boys
Buddy Rich
ACDC

The Momma's and the Pappa's: Lots of inter-romances, cheating managers, break ups, and pioneers in combining rock and folk music.
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Well, the thread is about Hollywood stye movies, not documentaries.

I did check out the Balin doc on Amazon. It's s shame it doesn't go particularly in depth. He comes off a bit of a grumpy old man, in stark contrast the interview he gave for the 2004 DVD "Fly Jefferson Airplane" where he had nothing but nice things to say about his former bandmates.

I've seen the Rumors one before, hence, why it would make a good movie.
True, but for my money with the documentary, I don't have to worry about them being "hollywoodized"
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The more I think about this.......I truly believe that a Led Zeppelin film is going to happen. It's cool to imagine this.....

The screen is dark

Suddenly the opening riff to Whole Lotta Love fills the cinema

Then the screen goes into a fog and the silhouette of the 4 band members starts to come into focus

Man....that would be an AWESOME intro.
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Did anyone see the documentary on Chicago Transit Authority (produced by the band)?

They get to the part where they fire Dan Seraphine, and he’s flummoxed. A couple of the other guys are too, then their new producer is on-screen and says Dan wasn’t tight to a click and he hired Tris Imboden. Every drummer on the planet knows that’s BS.

The next cut is a few tunes from their mushy ballad era, and the lead singer is Rober Lamm (keyboards). Then the producer is on-screen again, sitting at a piano in front of a few dozen Grammy trophies and says, “Yeah, I changed their sound, and they sold more records than ever and won more Grammies than ever. Yeah. That’s what I do.”

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As mentioned above, Led Zeppelin is certainly worth a separate movie.
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Rocket Man was great, I thought. It starts out with Elton confronting his personal problems, much different than Bohemian Rhapsody, which struck me as kind of shallow.

There was Marvin Gaye movie made, but it looks like it will never be released.
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Quickly off the top of my head .......

Led Zeppelin
AC/DC
The Allman Brothers
Zappa
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Janice Joplin
Ted Nugent
Alice Cooper
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I think it is futile to compare Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman in terms of subject matter as they are two completely different men with different backgrounds. Therefore the movies will be completely different.

However, I do believe that there can be comparisons in terms of the movies themselves...such as lighting, editing, effects, acting etc etc.

My honest opinion?

Bohemian Rhapsody is a far FAR superior movie than Rocketman.

I think Freddy was the more difficult character to "be". His mannerisms, singing with prosthetic teeth.....Rami Malek nailed it well.

Taron Edgerton was amazing as Elton John BTW.
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I did not care for Rocketman one bit. It was a true musical, meaning they break into song at wacky places, which I don't particularly care for.

There was one scene where Elton had a party at his house, and during it he took a bunch of pills and booze and tried suicide by drowning himself in his swimming pool, in front of all his guests. As he's sinking, he sees himself, only at age 9 or so, at the bottom of the pool, playing a kid sized piano. So this is where they decided to put a song in. He's singing to his 9 YO self at the bottom of the pool, while adult Elton is sinking underwater, during a suicide attempt. Really bad scene. You can't sing underwater!

BR was way better by a mile to me.
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I think it is futile to compare Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman in terms of subject matter as they are two completely different men with different backgrounds. Therefore the movies will be completely different.

However, I do believe that there can be comparisons in terms of the movies themselves...such as lighting, editing, effects, acting etc etc.

My honest opinion?

Bohemian Rhapsody is a far FAR superior movie than Rocketman.

I think Freddy was the more difficult character to "be". His mannerisms, singing with prosthetic teeth.....Rami Malek nailed it well.

Taron Edgerton was amazing as Elton John BTW.
True, but most of the singing was dubbed so the teeth didn't really make a difference. (spoiler)
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