Volume CXXXIII, Number 1
September 7, 2001
This weekend: music movies (not musicals)
This weekend, the Bowdoin Film Society brings you a set of movies about
music (not to be confused with musicals). Each film features one of music's
all time great performers: Peter Frampton, the Talking Heads, the Rolling
Stones, and Vanilla Ice. All of the films will be shown in Smith Auditorium,
Sills Hall. They are free and open to everyone.
This is a semi-autobiographical film by writer/director Cameron Crowe.
It follows Will, an aspiring rock journalist, who goes on the road with
the band Stillwater to cover their tour for Rolling Stone magazine. It
stars Patrick Fugit, Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, Jason Lee and Frances
McDormand. Peter Frampton plays a member of Humble Pie's road crew (Frampton,
in his younger days, was a member of Humble Pie).
Cool as Ice
Forget House Party and Krush Groove, this is the ultimate sell-out film
of the rap/hip-hop boom. I don't know who decided to let Vanilla Ice star
in a movie, but I doubt he's making movies anymore. In this classic tale
of misunderstood youth, Vanilla rolls into town with his motorcycle posse,
only for their bikes to die. While waiting for the repairs, he falls for
a "good girl" who drops the zero (her dorky current boyfriend)
and gets with the hero: Vanilla. Like many other movies that were rushed
out to cash in on a dying fad, this movie is unintentionally hilarious.
This will most likely be your only chance to ever see this film on the
big screen, so don't miss it.
Stop Making Sense
This is the Talking Heads concert film, made by Jonathan Demme, who also
made Silence of the Lambs. The Heads were one of the coolest bands of
the 80's, and this film perfectly portrays their great sense of style,
musicianship, and vision which made concerts a truly visual event. This
is one of my favorite films. You should really check it out. It is definitely
This is a documentary about the famous Altamont Speedway concert by the
Rolling Stones. At this concert, the Hell's Angels were put in charge
of security, and, after taking things too far, injured many spectators
and killed one. The event took place in December of 1969, and shows how
feelings of peace of the 1960's faded as the hectic 70's began.