10 Greatest Rock ‘N’ Roll Movies
There are few things better than a solid film rooted in — or fueled by — the power of rock music. There are a host of rock documentaries out there, and delightful features like the Beatles A Hard Day’s Night, but there’s something about films boasting the traditional narrative structure — iconic satire — that deserve a nod of appreciation, and a list of their own. Here are 10 fantastic films that couldn’t exist, or would totally suck without rock ‘n’ roll.
Hesher pretty much flew under the radar. It’s an odd one. It was an indie gem from 2010, and those who’ve seen it probably left the viewing thinking, “I don’t know what the heck I just saw, but I’m pretty sure it was awesome.” There’s nothing quite like an antihero who hates the world, cruises around in a van, listens to high-octane thrasher music and has a soft spot for helping people who are missing a lot of love in their lives. The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Natalie Portman, Rainn Wilson and Devin Brochu, who offers one of the finest performances by a child actor… ever! There is sex. There are drugs. There is rock ‘n’ roll. There is a most incredible impromptu pool party, and there is a eulogy offered that would make Shakespeare jealous. Well. Maybe not, but it totally rocks.
9. Pump Up The Volume
In 1990, Pump Up The Volume served notice of the angst that would soon come. Because of that, the film went particularly unnoticed by most audiences until the mid-1990s rolled around, when everyone was wearing flannel and combat boots, and doing their best to stick it to the man. It starred the once beloved, it-guy, Christian Slater, who was a high school wallflower by day, and an anonymous, fearless radio DJ by night. For fans of the pirate radio program, the DJ known as Hard Harry was spitting truth they were only beginning to recognize. He exposed injustices in the town, in their school and terrified the guilty parties through his anonymity. The film is marked with a stellar soundtrack, and that overall tonality of rock ‘n’ roll music. It was a bit ahead of its time, but it still holds up today.