Frank – Quick Review – Sundance 2014


Frank“, a film about a band whose leader, Michael Fassbender, wears a giant fake head. Domhnall Gleeson is a hack keyboard player who gets a lucky break when the band’s old keyboard player goes crazy and tries to drown himself.

Maggie Gyllenhaal is excellent as the band’s Theramin player and cause of a lot of their troubles. A strange, but fun film which examines mental illness, creativity and suffering. Very funny and sweet in spots, but overall a bit to odd.

You can watch the trailer here.

17 Sundance 2014 Feature Films About Music

There are tons of films at Sundance this year about music. The 17 films are:

Lambert & Stamp” –  a documentary about the early managers of The Who


Finding Fela” a documentary about the Nigerian afrobeat legend

God Help The Girl” by Stuart Murdoch of the band Belle and Sebastian

Nick Cave

20000 Days on Earth” a documentary about Nick Cave

Low Down” a story about the daughter of a jazz musician

Rudderless” about the father who finds the demo tapes of his recently deceased son and starts a band to play his songs





Whiplash” about a jazz drummer with the always excellent J.K. Simmons





Song One” starring Anne Hathaway researching her musician brother in Brooklyn

Alive Inside




Alive Inside” a documentary about music therapy for Alzheimer’s patients





Living Stars” about people who dance to music in front of their mirrors in Argentina.





Frank” about a musician (played by Michael Fassbender) who wears a large fake head





Girl from Nagasaki” a reworking of the opera Madame Butterfly

Rae Spoon




My Prairie Home” about transgender musician Rae Spoon.





Hits” about a teenager obsessed with “The Voice”

Under the Electric Sky


Under the Electric Sky” a documentary about the Electric Daisy Carnival”





Memphis” about a talented singer in the famed city

Only Lovers Left Alive




Only Lovers Left Alive” the Jim Jarmusch film about an underground musician.