FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2016 |
Posted by: Mandi Dudek
The best way to beat the cold weather is to stay home on the weekend and binge watch documentaries that were released in 2016. Documentaries are the best way to get a behind the scenes look at the day-to-day life of some of your favorite musicians. Here are our top five documentaries that were released in 2016.
Michael Jackson's From Motown To Off The Wall
This documentary - directed by Spike Lee - takes an in-depth look at Michael Jackson's path from childhood to releasing his first solo album Off The Wall. It follows Lee's first documentary 2012's Bad 25 and it goes into the evolution of The King Of Pop from Jackson 5 to leading his brothers in a 1976 Bandstand performance to a letter Michael wrote in 1979 that explains why he wanted to change his name to "MJ." The film takes a deep dive into the music while igniting some nostalgia as you listen to Michael Jackson's best hits.
The Art Of Organized Noize
Organized Noize remain amongst the most respected producers in the industry and they're responsible for pioneering the Dirty South sound. The documentary acts as a retrospect of their whole career and dives into how they actually produce their sound. It also goes through the highs and lows of other Dirty South musicians such as Ludacris, Big Boi, CeeLo Gren, Andre 3000, Future, 2Chainz, Sean Combs (P.Diddy) and more.
The Stooges split up in 1974, the band - along with the rest of the world - thought The Stooges would be a forgotten part of history. But with a frontman like Iggy Pop, who is known for his daredevil antics, rampant self-destructive and out-of-control behavior, The Stooges couldn't go down that easily. The band reunited in 2003, headlined massive music festivals and racked in millions of dollars. In 2008, Iggy Pop approached filmmaker Jim Jarmusch to make a documentary of the band and over the next 7 years, Jarmusch followed The Stooges around to create his highly moving documentary. The backbone of this documentary is an in-depth interview with Iggy Pop where you get a glimpse into the soul of a musician who did whatever the f*ck he wanted.
Forest Hill Drive Homecoming
This documentary follows J. Cole around and gives us some "J.Cole is just like us!" feels. I mean, the man would rather wear cotton t-shirts than designer jeans and cares more about his personal life than Instagram likes. It takes place in his hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina and goes into his recording process for 2014's Forest Hills Drive, the intense work that goes into organizing a tour and towards the end, there's footage of his mother talking about raising J.Cole. If you don't already love J.Cole, this documentary will make you a fan.
Eat That: Frank Zappa In His Own Question
Frank Zappa was one of the most quirky, daring, and out-of-the-box musicians and had a penchant for the abnormal. After finishing this hour and a half long documentary, you develop a strange intimacy with Frank Zappa - who died far too early from cancer. Zappa believed that interviews were the most abnormal thing one could do and this documentary highlights some of the best Zappa interviews and performances.