Music

All Tomorrow's Parties
2009 14 Mar 2009 N/A 82 min MusicDocumentary
A kaleidoscopic journey into the parallel musical universe of cult music festival All Tomorrow's Parties.
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1 nomination.
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N/A
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American Graffiti
1973 01 Sep 1973 PG 110 min DramaComedyMusic
It's the proverbial end of the summer 1962 in a small southern California town. It's the evening before best friends and recent high school graduates, Curt Henderson and Steve Bolander, are scheduled to leave town to head to college back east. Curt, who received a lucrative local scholarship, is seen as the promise that their class holds. But Curt is having second thoughts about leaving what Steve basically sees as their dead end town. Curt's beliefs are strengthened when he spots an unknown beautiful blonde in a T-bird who mouths the words "I love you" to him. As Curt tries to find that blonde while trying to get away from a local gang who have him somewhat hostage, Curt may come to a decision about his immediate future. Outgoing class president Steve, on the other hand, wants to leave, despite meaning that he will leave girlfriend, head cheerleader and Curt's sister, Laurie Henderson, behind. Steve and Laurie spend the evening "negotiating" the state of their relationship. Meanwhile, two of their friends cruise around town for the evening. Steve has left his car to meek and mild-mannered Terry "Toad" Fields to look after during his absence. The wheels give Toad a new sense of confidence, which he uses to try and impress Debbie Dunham, a more experienced girl generally out of his league. And John Milner, who is seen as the king of the street race in his souped-up yellow deuce coupe, tries to get rid of precocious pre-teen, Carol Morrison, who has somehow become his passenger for the evening, while dealing with the challenge of bold out-of-towner, Bob Falfa.
AWARDS
Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 8 nominations.
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George Lucas, Gloria Katz, Willard Huyck
Coffee and Cigarettes
2003 11 Jun 2004 R 95 min DramaComedyMusic
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Eleven separate vignettes are presented. In each, celebrities, playing semi-fictionalized versions of themselves (with the exception of the characters of various wait staff, and one actor playing a lookalike cousin of herself), meet in a food service establishment with coffee/tea and cigarettes involved. Beyond the topic of discussion that brought them together, they often talk directly about coffee and cigarettes, more often that coffee and cigarettes, and by association caffeine and nicotine, are not healthy, especially if they are the only things constituting lunch. Other recurring themes include the Lee family, cousinhood, celebrity worship, the connection between the medical and musical careers, and Nikola Tesla's belief that the Earth is a conductor of acoustic resonance. In all cases, the coming together for coffee/tea and smokes acts as a bridge to overcome disagreements, and/or makes uncomfortable situations less uncomfortable.
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2 wins & 7 nominations.
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Jim Jarmusch
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Control
2007 05 Oct 2007 R 122 min DramaBiographyMusic
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Ian Curtis is a quiet and rather sad lad who works for an employment agency and sings in a band called Warsaw. He meets a girl named Debbie whom he promptly marries and his band, of which the name in the meantime has been changed to Joy Division, gets more and more successful. Even though Debbie and he become parents, their relationship is going downhill rapidly and Ian starts an affair with Belgium Annik whom he met after one of the gigs and he's almost never at home. Ian also suffers from epilepsy and has no-good medication for it. He doesn't know how to handle the feelings he has for Debbie and Annik and the pressure the popularity of Joy Division and the energy performing costs him.
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 30 wins & 30 nominations.
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Deborah Curtis (book), Matt Greenhalgh (screenplay)
Human Traffic
1999 05 May 2000 R 99 min ComedyMusic
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The Cardiff club scene in the 90's: five best friends deal with their relationships and their personal demons during a weekend. Jip calls himself a sexual paranoid, afraid he's impotent. Lulu, Jip's mate, doesn't find much to fancy in men. Nina hates her job at a fast food joint, and her man, Koop, who dreams of being a great hip-hop d.j., is prone to fits of un-provoked jealousy. The fifth is Moff, whose family is down on his behavior. Starting Friday afternoon, with preparations for clubbing, we follow the five from Ecstacy-induced fun through a booze-laden come-down early Saturday morning followed by the weekend's aftermath. It's breakthrough time for at least three of them.
AWARDS
9 wins & 7 nominations.
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Justin Kerrigan
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Inside Llewyn Davis
2013 10 Jan 2014 R 104 min DramaMusic
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Follow a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles -- some of them of his own making.
AWARDS
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 46 wins & 157 nominations.
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Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Kurt & Courtney
1998 27 Feb 1998 R 95 min CrimeMusicDocumentary
After rocker Kurt Cobain's death, ruled a suicide, a film crew arrives in Seattle to make a documentary. Director Nick Broomfield talks to lots of people: Cobain's aunt who provides home movies and recordings, the estranged father of Cobain's widow Courtney Love, an L.A. private investigator who worked for Love, a nanny for Kurt and Courtney's child, friends and lovers of both, and others. Although Love won't talk to him and his inquiries lose him financial backing, he comes to believe the coroner's verdict. Portraits emerge: a shy, slight Kurt, weary of touring, embarrassed by fame, hooked on heroin; an out-going Courtney, dramatic, controlling, moving from groupie to star.
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1 win & 2 nominations.
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N/A
Ocean's 11
1960 10 Aug 1960 APPROVED 127 min CrimeComedyMusic
Danny Ocean gathers a group of his World War II compatriots to pull off the ultimate Las Vegas heist. Together the eleven friends plan to rob five Las Vegas casinos in one night.
AWARDS
2 nominations.
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Harry Brown (screenplay), Charles Lederer (screenplay), George Clayton Johnson (story), Jack Golden Russell (story)
Quadrophenia
1979 02 Nov 1979 R 120 min DramaCrimeMusic
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London, 1965: Like many other youths, Jimmy hates the philistine life, especially his parents and his job in a company's mailing division. Only when he's together with his friends, a 'Mod' clique, cruises London on his motor-scooter and hears music such as that of 'The Who' and 'The High Numbers', he feels free and accepted. However, it's a flight into an illusionary world.
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N/A
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Dave Humphries (screenplay), Martin Stellman (screenplay), Franc Roddam (screenplay)
Sid and Nancy
1986 07 Nov 1986 R 112 min DramaBiographyMusic
Morbid biographical story of Sid Vicious, bassist with British punk group the Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. When the Sex Pistols break up after their fateful US tour, ...
AWARDS
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination.
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Alex Cox (screenplay), Abbe Wool (screenplay)
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The Runaways
2010 19 Mar 2010 R 106 min DramaBiographyMusic
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A coming-of-age biographical film about the 1970s teenage all-girl rock band The Runaways. This film also explores the relationship between band members Joan Jett and Cherie Currie.
AWARDS
5 nominations.
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Floria Sigismondi (screenplay), Cherie Currie (book)
The Specials: 30th Anniversary Tour
2010 01 Mar 2010 N/A 103 min Music
The Specials reunited for a 30th anniversary tour. Filmed at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall.
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N/A
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N/A
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This Is Spinal Tap
1984 02 Mar 1984 R 82 min ComedyMusic
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Spinal Tap, one of England's loudest bands, is chronicled by film director Marty DeBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour.
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3 wins & 2 nominations.
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Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Rob Reiner
Three Colors: Blue
1993 08 Sep 1993 R 98 min DramaMysteryMusic
The first part of Kieslowski's trilogy on France's national motto: Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity. 'Blue' is the story of Julie who loses her husband, an acclaimed composer and her young daughter in a car accident. The film's theme of liberty is manifested in Julie's attempt to start life anew, free of personal commitments, belongings, grief or love. She intends to numb herself by withdrawing from the world and living completely independently, anonymously and in solitude in the Parisian metropolis. Despite her intentions, people from her former and present life intrude with their own needs. However, the reality created by the people who need and care about her, a surprising discovery and the music around which the film revolves heal Julie and draws her back to the land of the living.
AWARDS
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 19 wins & 9 nominations.
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Krzysztof Kieslowski (scenario), Krzysztof Piesiewicz (scenario), Agnieszka Holland (scenario collaborator), Edward Zebrowski (scenario collaborator), Slawomir Idziak (scenario collaborator)