by Patrick Bromley
There are so many movies about bands trying to make it big, both fictional and based on real musical acts. Here are several that distinguish themselves by being about all girl groups. Some, like Spice World (not the worst) and Jem and the Holograms (haven't seen) aren't on the list. It's not because I forgot them, commenters.
favorite movies of 2014. Three pre-teen girls in 1980s Sweden form a punk band mostly to complain about jocks and the culture of sports they see around them and the results are exploding-heart great. Sure, there's a little bit of commentary about how metal started to push punk out in the '80s, but the film is mostly a celebration of friendship, of youth, of doing something you love and giving anyone who doesn't like it the finger.
Can't Hardly Wait might sound bad on paper, but it ended up being a wickedly sharp satire of the late '90s/early 2000s music business and a very funny movie in its own right. In fact, its total of-the-moment-ness ends up being its downfall in 2016; it was so current in 2001 that it's a complete relic now -- the plot depends wholly on CDs (what?) and MTV (huh?) and Carson Daly's abilities as a tastemaker. DuJour means seatbelts.
Albert Pyun) My man Albert Pyun made a lot of weird, culty sci-fi and fantasy movies in the '80s. Vicious Lips (aka Pleasure Planet) is one of his weirdest. In the distant future, a girl band gets a new lead singer (Dru-Anne Perry) and a make-it-or-break-it gig on a distant planet; now the trick is getting there on time. Unfortunately, their ship is marooned on a desert planet and an alien creature finds its way on board. Pyun's usual interest in visuals over narrative is on full display here; the film is all music and montage and production design. because it was made for Charles Band's Empire Pictures he actually had a little bit of money to realize his vision (not a lot, but enough). Long unavailable on any media save for the occasional showing on MGM HD, Vicious Lips is finally available on DVD on one of those four-film "all night movie marathon" discs from Shout! Factory. As a fan of these kinds of movies and a student of Albert Pyun, I dig it. Your mileage will vary.