Directed by Todd Graff
I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised by Bandslam. I taped it ages ago on our digital box and promptly forgot about it until the long weekend. As the film’s marketing heavily featured stars from the Disney channel, I figured Bandslam was strictly for tweens and one to miss. It managed to combine an enjoyable mix of coming-of-age story, teen romance, laugh-out-loud moments (there’s an especially funny/awkward hair-stroking scene) and a sensitive take on real adolescent issues. There’s also plenty of rock talk, excellent narration (I do love a good voice-over!) and some strong musical numbers. Definitely exceeded my expectations.
Detroit Rock City (1999)
Directed by Adam Rifkin
This is one of my all-time favourite films. Empire Records follows one day in the life of the employees of a struggling, independent music store as they try and stop it from becoming a corporate franchise. There are also shoplifters, an overly-tanned pop star, failed suicide attempts and plenty of rock-talk. The film captures a really genuine passion for music, as well as the co-worker bond and anecdotes to appeal to anyone who has worked in retail. It’s also super quotable and has a pretty great soundtrack, so definitely check it out. (question – has anyone seen the re-released version with all the deleted footage added back in? I am curious...)