A Mighty Wind

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The Movie: A Mighty Wind

Where You Can Stream It: Hulu

The Pitch: Influential (and fictional) folk music producer Irvin Steinbloom has died. To honor his life and contribution to folk music, his children organize a tribute concert featuring his three favorite folk music acts: The Folksmen, The New Main Street Singers, and Mitch & Mickey. Director Christopher Guest follows the concert as it comes together in his signature mockumentary style, and along with the expected laughs, the movie also delivers some truly outstanding folk music.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: The last time Harry Shearer, Michael McKean, and Christopher Guest got together as a musical trio, it was in the 1984 mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap from director Rob Reiner. Largely improvised and written by the filmmaker and the three comedians, it followed “one of England’s loudest bands,” mocking all of the rock and roll behavior and tendencies seen in real rock documentaries like Gimme Shelter and The Last Waltz. In A Mighty Wind, we see a much different side of them as these three form the much more refined and reserved folk music group The Folksmen, who haven’t seen each other in decades. And to sweeten the deal, they’re joined by pretty much every cast member from Best in Show. Read More »

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There’s a great influx of new movies and TV shows coming to Hulu in September, but that means there’s a list of titles that will be leaving the streaming service too. There’s only so much space on Hulu’s hard drives, so they always have to get rid of some stuff to make room for the upcoming titles. Okay, that’s not really how this works, but there are still some outstanding movies leaving Hulu that you’ll want to watch before September rolls around. Read More »

The Top 15 Best Bands in Movies

Top 15 Best Bands in Movies

This weekend brings the sequel Pitch Perfect 2 to theaters, featuring a wonderful showcase of music created by Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Hailee Steinfeld and more. Their group The Barden Bellas trots around the globe in an effort to win the world championships of a cappella. Their slick mash-ups and catchy harmonies have made them a sensation on the big screen, and Kendrick even turned into a radio hitmaker with her cute song “Cups.”

But The Barden Bellas aren’t the only musical groups on film that know how to jam. There are plenty of other fictional bands from cinema that give us a toner (a musical boner). Below, I’ve rounded up my picks for the Top 15 Best Bands in Movies. Did your favorite big screen musical group make the cut? Find out after the jump! Read More »