(Lukas Moodysson, Sweden, 2013): As much as anything, the reason Bobo (Mira Barkhammar) and Klara (Mira Grosin) form a punk band is because everybody else at their middle school thinks it's so uncool. It's 1982, after all, and  everybody knows that punk is dead. Even Klara's...

(Robert Abel, Pierre Adidge, USA, 1972): In Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley, Peter Guralnick recalls how the King, freshly emboldened by the experience of making his '68 TV special, summons master manager and manipulator Colonel Tom Parker to his presence. "'Tell the Colonel I want...

(Malcolm Leo, Andrew Solt, USA, 1981): That the most revealing and enduringly fascinating of Elvis docs bears the authorized imprimatur of no less a bloviator, manipulator, carny Svengali and all-around iconic showbiz pariah as Colonel Tom Parker is a mystery not even the ages will likely...

(Joel and Ethan Coen, USA, 2000): Although the stated mythological referent for Joel and Ethan Coen's buck-toothed Depression-era delta musical is Homer, the real odyssey undertaken by this Warner-broad cartoon comedy, about three witless escaped chain-gangers (George Clooney, John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson), is through...

(Shane Meadows, UK, 2013): In music as in other matters, sometimes you do in fact have to be there. Such would seem to be the case with Manchester's legendary groove rock band The Stone Roses, which has existed in a kind of cross-Atlantic perceptual limbo ever...

Even if the 1.9 billion viewers most often cited as Live Aid's global audience on July 13, 1985 is imprecise, there's no escaping a few facts. The event, a live music benefit concert for Ethiopian famine relief was one of the biggest televised events ever;...

(Stephen Kessler, USA, 2012): In 1979, Albert Brooks made Real Life, a movie about a needy, whinging documentary filmmaker so oblivious to the cataclysmic effect his own neuroses were having on the family he was making a feature verité about that he can't see the movie he's...

(Kerthy Fix, Gail O'Hara, USA, 2010): If the decade spent by filmmakers Kerthy Fix and Gail O'Hara shadowing the reclusive Stephin Merritt, heart, head and soul of the alt-pop cult band the Magnetic Fields, doesn't yield much by way of illuminating insight into what makes this...

Color Me Obsessed: A Film About The Replacements (Gorman Bechard, USA, 2011): If you've heard anything about this documentary about Minneapolis's most revered post-punk band, you already know the hook: there is no Replacements music in film about The Replacements, nor are there any interviews,...

 (Nicolas Roeg, UK/USA, 1975): By the time David Bowie splashed down somewhere in New Mexico at the beginning of Nicholas Roeg's super-arty 1975 adaptation of Walter Tevis's novel, his moody alien schtick was beginning to wear: on him, on his fans, on his music, and that...