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LIVE RECOMMENDS: Music-related flicks to make your head bang!

With gigs not being as readily available as it was in the ‘before times,’ we’ve to turn to other avenues to get that musical fix.

Thankfully, the small screen provides a fertile hunting ground for musical-related entertainment, with Stan, Netflix, et al, streaming a truckload of flicks that are guaranteed to keep any music fan glued to the screen.

And here are five that we reckon are definitely worth a look. Happy viewing!


Control (2007)

Where to watch: Stan
Vibe: Unknown pleasures

Video: YouTube/Spotnick


If you’ve ever heard a Joy Division track, you’d know that a bio-pic about their frontman Ian Curtis is never going to be a story full of sunshine and rainbows.

And if you know anything about Curtis’ tragic story, well, safe to say that this is going to be a sobering watch.

A moving and considered portrait of the singer, director Anton Corbijn finds stark beauty in a 1970s-era monochrome Manchester and elicits a stunning performance from Sam Riley as Curtis.


The Runaways (2010)

Where to watch: Stan
Vibe: Riot Grrrl

Video: YouTube/eOne Films

This biopic about the titular ’70s all-girl rockers – the band that kickstarted the careers of Cherie Curie, Lita Ford and Joan Jett – follows all the familiar music bio tropes, decent performances from Kirsten Stewart as Jett and Dakota Fanning as Curie make this one worthy of a watch.

The flick is just as much a tale of The Runaways as it is about their maniacal, Svengali-like manager Kim Fowley, played here with sleazy aplomb by Michael Shannon.

Ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb!

The Doors (1991)

Where to watch: Stan
Vibe: Weird scenes inside the goldmine

Video: YouTube/ Psychedelic Cinema

Oliver Stone’s trip to the Morrison Hotel is not a film about The Doors but rather a tale of their ubiquitous frontman Jim Morrison.

Here, Jim is played expertly by Val Kilmer who brings bucketloads of rock bravado to the screen.

Bloated, at times overdone and uneven (just like the subject, I guess), The Doors isn’t one of Stone’s best-realised efforts, but a bravura turn from Kilmer and some great concert scenes give this one its lustre.


Straight Outta Compton (2015)

Where to watch: Netflix
Vibe: Express yourself

Video: YouTube / MTV

When it comes to hip-hop artists that helped define a genre, NWA sits pretty close to the top of the tree – both as a group and individually.

While following a familiar rise-and-fall framework, Straight Outta Compton works thanks to that incendiary soundtrack and some great performances from the four leads, particularly O’Shea Jackson Jr, who plays his real-life father Ice Cube.

While the first half works much better than the meandering second, and the film glosses over some of NWA’s more ‘problematic’ moments, Straight Outta Compton is an entertaining ride nonetheless.



Wayne’s World (1992)

Where to watch: Stan / Binge
Vibe: Schwing!

Video: YouTube/Movieclips Classic Trailers

One of the best flicks to come out of the Saturday Night Live stable, many of the cultural references in Wayne’s World may’ve dated a bit, but there’s still enough in this good-natured comedy for it to be enjoyable in 2021.

One of the best buddy flicks of the ’90s, thanks to undeniable comic chemistry cooked up between Mike Myers and Dana Carvey as Wayne and Garth, Wayne’s World is a most excellent party time that rocks harder than Bugs Bunny when he put on make-up and a dress and pretended to be girl bunny.


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