Streampix Watch: Post-Grammy Edition: Top 10 Music Movies

Johnny Depp and Amy Locane make nice in "Cry-Baby" (Universal Home Entertainment)

With the 56th Grammys now in the record books—and the Daft Punk duo still incognito—what better way to wind down from the festivities, than some Streampix music-related flicks? If Beyonce’s provocative routine with hubbie Jay Z moved you, check out “Dirty Dancing” (which actually won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo for Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes’ “[I’ve Had] the Time of My Life”). Other Grammy winners in the selection include Christopher Guest’s 2003 folk music parody, “A Mighty Wind” (with Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara’s hilarious “A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow” taking home Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television of Other Visual Media award) and “Cabaret,” whose soundtrack was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008. Finally, if last night’s semi-Highwaymen reunion with Willie Nelson, Grammy Lifetime Achievement recipient Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard got you pumped, check out “Outlaw Justice,” a 1999 shoot-em-up that starred both Nelson and Kristofferson along with country star Travis Tritt and the late Waylon Jennings.

Here’s our list of Top 10 Streampix music movies in alphabetical order:

A Mighty Wind”: If you thought the Coens’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” was a little too downbeat and morose, Guest’s genial mockumentary spoof about the reunion of  folkies for the first time in over a decade is the perfect antidote.  The director’s ensemble includes several alumni from his films “This Is Spinal Tap,” “Waiting for Guffman” and “Best in Show,” including Levy, O’Hara, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Fred Willard, Bob Balaban, Ed Begley Jr., Jennifer Coolidge, Paul Dooley, John Michael Higgins, Jane Lynch, Jim Piddock and Parker Posey, several of whom originated in a sketch Guest wrote for “Saturday Night Live” in 1984.

Cabaret”: Best Director Bob Fosse’s multi-Oscar winning 1972 film of the play, starring Best Actress Liza Minnelli and Best Supporting Actor Joel Grey, which takes place in 1931 Berlin at the time of the Nazis’ rise, has any number of classic John Kander and Fred Ebb songs, taking home an Academy Award for Best Score, including Grey’s opening “Welcome,” their duet, “Money, Money” and Liza’s show-stopping title track.

Cry-Baby”: Cult director John Waters’ 1990 parody of ‘50s teen musicals stars a young Johnny Depp as a Baltimore tough guy who falls for a rich girl (Amy Locane), featuring a rare on-screen appearance by none other than the great Iggy Pop,  a pre-talk show Ricki Lake, Traci Lords, Troy Donahue, Joe Dallesandro, Joey Heatherton, David Nelson and Patricia Hearst.  Like “Hairspray,” the film was turned into a Broadway musical, but not a successful one. Standout numbers include “Sh-Boom,” “Mr. Sandman,” “Please Mr. Jailer” and “High School Hellcats.”

Detroit Rock City”: Adam Rifkin’s raunchy 1999 comedy set in 1978 follows the exploits of four teenagers who will stop at nothing to see their favorite band KISS in concert, with Edward Furlong of “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” fame, Shannon Tweed, “Orange is the New Black” star Natasha Lyonne, “Entourage” beauty Emmanuelle Chiriqui and, of course, members of the band, with a soundtrack that includes Thin Lizzy, Van Halen, the Runaways, Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Pantera, Cheap Trick and AC/DC.

Dirty Dancing”: Emile Ardolino’s surprise 1987 romance hit features Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in a romantic comedy set in the Catskills that parlayed its musical success into $214 million worldwide grosses. Jimmy Ienner’s soundtrack generated a pair of multi-platinum albums, earning an Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe for the hit duet, “(I’ve Had) the Time of My Life.”

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High School Musical”: Disney Channel’s 2006 TV feature set ratings records for a cable film and broke out Zac Efron, then gal-pal Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale as stars in a throwback to the old movie musicals. The film was directed by Kenny Ortega, the chorographer for Michael Jackson and “Dirty Dancing.”

Little Shop of Horrors”: Muppets alum Frank Oz’s 1986 musical comedy about a murderous plant is a film adaptation of the off-Broadway hit show based on the low-budget 1960 Roger Corman movie which featured Jack Nicholson as the murderous dentist played by Steve Martin (another Grammy winner Sunday night) in the remake, which also boasts Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene and Vincent Gardenia. Four Tops lead singer Levi Stubbs provides the voice of Audrey II, the voracious Venus flytrap, with cameos by James Belushi, John Candy, Christopher Guest and Bill Murray.

Outlaw Justice”: Not exactly a musical, Bill Corcoran’s 1999 CBS Movie of the Week western follows a pair of aging gunfighters, played by Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, who reunite to seek revenge for a former member of their gang in an obvious attempt to cash in on the “Outlaw” movement in country music. The cast also includes the late Waylon Jennings and Travis Tritt and includes Nelson crooning a song called, “Hard Edge,” with a classic Western score by Jay Gruska.

Shout”: John Travolta stars as a ‘50s Texas reform school teacher who tries to win over his delinquent students by introducing them to rock and roll in this 1991 musical drama. Look for Heather Graham, Linda Fiorentino and a young Gwyneth Paltrow in one of her first roles, with music by Randy Edelman.

Under the Cherry Moon”: The Artist Still Known as Prince unsuccessfully tried to follow up the surprise success of “Purple Rain” with this odd 1986 feature as both director and star in a tale about a gigolo-pianist in the south of France, co-starring Kristin Scott-Thomas as a young heiress he and his brother set out to scam out of a $50 million inheritance from her father, only to fall in love.


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