"The Expendables," "Grown Ups," "Despicable Me," "Twilight" — The Most Rock 'n' Roll Movies of the Summer
Mon, 28 Jun 2010 12:21:05
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With Independence Day (the holiday, not the summer blockbuster) right around the corner, we here at ARTISTdirect.com figured it'd be good to run down the most rock 'n' roll movies of the season.
What makes a movie rock 'n' roll?
Be it an independent spirit, a connection to music, or a prima donna star—here are the films that are forces to be reckoned with. (See—I ended a sentence with a preposition! How rock 'n' roll is THAT?!)
Get Him to the Greek — released June 4th
If you don't see why this is one of the most rock-tastic movies of the summer, you're going to have trouble with the rest of this article. This movie is about a rock star (Russell Brand) and a music industry grunt (Jonah Hill) who has to bring him to LA for a special concert. Also, it featured Diddy (P.Diddy? Puff Daddy? Duff Paddy? I can't keep track of his names—what day of the week is it?), a true-to-life rock star. At one point, as he's chasing Russell Brand's character down the hall, Diddy screams "You cannot outrun me- I am BLACK!" Chase scenes in hotels after copious boozing and doping are pretty gosh darn rock 'n' roll—and funny.
Grown Ups — released June 25th
This is the latest Adam Sandler vehicle, which bowed just this last weekend. This comedy certainly has its rock 'n' roll connections. Two of the film's stars, Adam Sandler and Chris Rock, are both multi-platinum recording artists with hits like "The Chanukah Song" and "No Sex" between them. Oh, and Kevin James has that Rush tribute album he released as well. Just kidding.
Inception — out July 16th
Christopher Nolan has established himself as a premiere director with gems like Memento and The Dark Knight under his belt. Inception, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Marion Cotillard, looks to be one of the best films of the summer. Chris Nolan is a master storyteller, and always brings an interesting spin to the big screen. Be sure to check this one out.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse — out June 30th
Live Fast, "Twi" young, leave a good looking corpse! While I can't particularly say I'm a fan of the Twilight series (vampires shine like diamonds in the sun? Really?), I can say I am a fan of their soundtracks. Artists like Death Cab for Cutie, Perry Farrell, Thom Yorke, Paramore, and many others graced the first two Twilight soundtracks. Now, the Eclipse soundtrack boasts cool artists like Vampire Weekend, Muse, Metric, and the Dead Weather. Whether you're an Edward fan or a fan of the werewolf guy with the ridiculous abs, you'll be a fan of this!
Knight and Day — released June 23rd
I’m all for Tom Cruise being funny, and this film certainly has some laughs. He played one of the best roles of his career in Tropic Thunder as slimy studio exec Les Grossman, and everyone suddenly forgot about him jumping on couches with Oprah. Lately, Cruise has proven that he's better when he's not taking himself too seriously (read: over-acting!). That is rock and/or roll.
Despicable Me — out July 9th
This animated feature has a rock star cast- it reads like a who's who of funny people: Steve Carell, Jason Segal, Russell Brand, Kristin Wiig, Will Arnett, Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords), and many more. Steve Carell, as the evil mastermind Gru, plans the biggest heist of all—to steal the moon! It sounds very romantic, as major heists go. However, things get complicated when Gru has to adopt three orphan girls. This one looks like fun for everyone.
The Expendables — out August 13th
This movie features the "Rolling Stones" of action films—Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Dolph Lundgren. Rather than sitting back and collecting social security, these old timers are still working for a paycheck, as a rough and tumble outfit of mercenaries. It doesn't sound like something I'd want to do in my golden years, but more power to them! It should be very interesting to get all these guys in a movie together. If it were 1988, imagine how excited we'd all be!
Iron Man — released May 7th
Nobody epitomizes rock 'n' roll like super hero Tony Stark- the hard-livin', boozing, opulence and egomania say it all. I'm surprised Iron Man hasn't come out with an album! Of course, there's the classic Black Sabbath track with the same moniker, so that's more than good enough. While this movie came out all the way back in May (can you believe the year is half way over?), it opened this summer season with a boom.
Dinner For Schmucks — out July 30th
Tim (played by Paul Rudd) is about to get a promotion. The only hitch is that he has to attend a monthly "dinner for idiots" put on by his boss and invite a really dumb guy for everyone to mock. Whoever invites the most entertainingly idiotic guest wins, and will climb up a rung on that corporate ladder. Tim’s solution is to invite Barry (played by Steve Carell), a true idiot and IRS worker who can carry the torch. This movie also features funnyman Zach Galifianakis, who made The Hangover one of the best comedies of all time. With that cast, I don’t see how this movie doesn't win. Get ready!
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World — out August 13th
The poster for this movie features Michael Cera wailing on guitar, so one can't neglect this flick when discussing the most rock ‘n roll movies of the summer. Cera plays Scott Pilgrim, a 23-year old guitar player who must defeat his new girlfriend's seven ex-boyfriends to win her heart. Oh, and the exes all have super powers. What luck! Most exes just have the power to be annoying. By the way, what 23-year old girl has seven ex boyfriends? That's a lot of serious relationship time to log by that age! Do you think she has her Dear John letter template saved on her desktop for easy access?
Well, there you have it. I hope you enjoyed our journey through the most rock 'n' roll movies of the summer. Be sure to get your fair share of festivals and flicks while the weather is hot- it's the best time of the year for movies and music. Carpe Summer!
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