Cast: Trine Dyrholm, John Gordon Sinclair, Andy Warhol, Sandor Funtek
The movie begins with Nico (Trine Dyrholm) living in Manchester, England with her manager, Richard (John Gordon Sinclair). She is struggling with drug addiction and is in the process of recording a new album. However, she is unhappy with the direction her music is taking, and longs to return to her days with the Velvet Underground. Nico's relationship with Richard is strained, as he struggles to keep her on track and on schedule for her upcoming tour.
After completing her album, Nico begins her tour of Europe, with her son Ari (Sandor Funtek) joining her as her road manager. The tour is marred by Nico's drug use, and she frequently gets into arguments with her band members. Despite this, she continues to perform, and her shows are well-received by her fans.
As the tour progresses, Nico's health deteriorates, and she is forced to cancel several shows. She is diagnosed with a brain hemorrhage, but refuses to cancel the rest of her tour. Nico's final show is in Prague, where she collapses on stage and is taken to the hospital. She dies a few hours later, at the age of 49.
Throughout the movie, flashbacks are shown to Nico's time with the Velvet Underground, as well as her relationships with other musicians, such as Jim Morrison and Lou Reed. These flashbacks provide insight into Nico's creative process and the struggles she faced as a female artist in a male-dominated industry.
Overall, Nico, 1988 is a poignant and emotional portrayal of the final year of Nico's life, and the impact she had on the music industry. The film features a stunning performance by Trine Dyrholm, who perfectly captures the essence of Nico's character and personal.
The film combines archival footage, interviews with band members and their contemporaries, and live performances to provide a comprehensive and compelling look at the band's history and legacy.
The movie explores the early years of the band, including their formation in Woking, Surrey, and their rise to fame with hits like "In the City," "Going Underground," and "Town Called Malice." The film also delves into the political and social context of the time, including the punk rock movement, youth culture, and the rise of Margaret Thatcher's Conservative government.
Throughout the documentary, viewers are treated to rare footage of the band performing live, as well as interviews with band members Paul Weller, Bruce Foxton, and Rick Buckler, as well as musicians and journalists who were influenced by The Jam's music.
"The Jam: About the Young Idea" is a must-watch for fans of The Jam and anyone interested in the history of British punk rock and youth culture. The film offers a fascinating look at one of the most important bands of the era and their lasting impact on music and society.
Cast: Tina Majorino, Lauren German, Shane West, Ray Park
The movie begins in 1975 in Los Angeles, where Darby Crash (played by Shane West) is a rebellious teenager with a passion for music. He forms a band called The Germs with his friend Pat Smear (played by Rick Gonzalez) and they start playing gigs in local clubs. Despite their rough start, the band's unique sound and Darby's charismatic presence quickly start to attract a following.
As The Germs' popularity grows, they become an integral part of the emerging punk rock scene in Los Angeles. However, Darby's reckless behavior and drug use begin to take a toll on the band's success. He becomes increasingly volatile and unpredictable, leading to tensions within the group and conflicts with other bands.
Despite these challenges, The Germs record their first album, "GI," which becomes an instant classic in the punk rock genre. Darby's lyrics and raw energy resonate with the rebellious youth of the time, and the band becomes a symbol of the counterculture movement.
As The Germs' fame reaches new heights, Darby's personal life continues to spiral out of control. He becomes addicted to heroin and struggles to maintain his relationships with his bandmates and loved ones. Despite his many flaws, Darby remains a beloved figure in the punk rock community and his legacy continues to influence generations of musicians.
In the end, "What We Do Is Secret" is a powerful and emotional tribute to Darby Crash and The Germs. The movie explores the highs and lows of their journey, the impact of their music on a generation, and the tragic end of Darby's life.
Cast: Sofia Carson, Nicholas Galitzine, Nicholas Duvernay, Susan Walters
Cassie Salazar and Luke Morrow couldn't be more different. Sharp-witted Cassie works nights at a bar in Oceanside, CA to make ends meet while pursuing her dream of becoming a singer/songwriter. Luke is an Marine trainee, about to ship out for duty, who finds comfort in the unswerving discipline of service. But a chance encounter at Cassie's bar changes the course of both their lives. Cassie is drowning in medical bills after being diagnosed with diabetes.
Cast: Jason Segel, Cherry Jones, Grace Kaufman, Pico Alexander
After the death of Lennie's sister, Bailey, she finds herself torn between the seductive Toby - Bailey's boyfriend who shares her grief - and Joe, the new boy in town who bursts with life. Each offers Lennie something she desperately needs.
Cast: Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Mick Jagger, Dean Martin
The decade that began with peace and love was shattered in the late 1960s amidst riots, assassinations and a war that wouldn't end. The Rolling Stones became the voice of this new era, which came to a horrific end at the Altamont festival.
The film follows the life of Serge Gainsbourg (played by Eric Elmosnino) from his childhood in Nazi-occupied Paris to his rise to fame as a musician and songwriter. Along the way, we see the various events and relationships that shaped his life, including his difficult relationship with his father, his tumultuous romantic affairs, and his collaborations with other famous artists.
As Gainsbourg's fame grows, he becomes known for his controversial lyrics and behavior, which often push the boundaries of what is considered acceptable in French society. Despite his success, he struggles with personal demons and addictions, and his relationships with those closest to him become strained.
Throughout the film, we see Gainsbourg's artistic evolution, from his early jazz-inspired music to his later, more experimental works. The film also features a number of fantastical sequences that highlight Gainsbourg's vivid imagination and creative genius.
In the end, Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life is a powerful portrait of a complicated and talented artist, whose impact on French culture and music continues to be felt to this day.
As Lennon fuels her desire for entree into a podcast featuring live music and conversations with the artists she so fervently admires, Lennon finds inspiration for her own musical ambitions...and a growing sense of misdirected identity.
1400 is a Singaporean indie film directed and written by Derrick Lui. 1400 is a loose sequel to his previous work; a short film entitled When Night Fa11s. It is evident that this is a passion project as the story and concept took 5 years to solidify. However, principal photography only took a mere 5 days.
The premise of the film mainly takes place at Geylang, a place in Singapore where prostitution is rampant. 1400 manages to pay homage to the place and expresses that it is a place that is integral to the Singaporean culture. This highlights how Singaporean the film is.
It deserves praise for being able to bring maturity that is never seen before to the local film industry. In the end, 1400 could have set the groundwork for future Singaporean movies but failed to do so and came off as a throwaway film. It is a film that unfortunately did not meet its potential.