Rock

Two legendary rock n’ roll figures get the biopic treatment with wildly different results, new on Blu-ray this week.

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Cameron Crowe’s new movie ‘Pearl Jam Twenty’ is precisely the kind of by-the-books rock doc that you might get if you were watching a two-part episode of VH1′s Behind the Music.

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With The Great Songs series, my aim is simple: To offer up a different set of tunes as classic canon. Sometimes, the listmania that I suffer from is capitalized on by big mainstream outlets–everyone from Rolling Stone and Spin to VH1 and any number of cool British mags. Critical consensus is a dangerous thing, so [...]

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Now that the weather’s getting better, it’s just about time to bring out one of my favorite summer songs. It’s not like a Beach Boys fun-in-the-sun-surfin’-safari summer song or anything like that, though. It’s more of an obtuse, I’m-feeling-kinda-lonely-and-surly song. 1992′s “Summer Babe” was the first song I ever heard by Pavement and it was [...]

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In the new 1970s-set rock biopic “The Runaways,” Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning tap into major reservoirs of their own angst from being thrust into the spotlight at an early age. And it’s eerily effective. Respectively, as 16-year old leather-clad guitarist Joan Jett and 15-year old Bowie-obsessed lead singer Cherie Curie, they project just the [...]

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Welcome the the second installment of our new weekly series The Great Songs. This week, I want to spotlight Ray Davies and The Kinks. I saw Davies earlier this month (here’s my review for the Kansas City Star) and was struck by how humble, laid back, and amiable he was for a guy that has [...]

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I think this is as good a time as any to start a new weekly series here at Scene-Stealers. As you may or may not know, in addition to starting this website and being a full-time movie critic, I also play the rock n’ roll drums. (See The Dead Girls, Ultimate Fakebook, and Truck Stop [...]

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Sometimes it’s because they need an original band to fit into their fictional story, sometimes it’s for parody, and sometimes it’s just because the filmmakers don’t want to pay to get somebody else’s song on the soundtrack. For whatever reason, there are a ton of made-up bands played by actors in the movies these days. [...]

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