Movies offer us a unique opportunity to glimpse the creative process, or someone's interpretation of a famous musician's process. It's turning into a big year for musician biopics. With plenty of Hollywood buzz, a few of these might come up again around Oscars time.
In Miles Ahead Don Cheadle, who also directed the film, brilliantly portrays one of the most complicated jazz musicians, Miles Davis,
Ethan Hawke channels West Coast jazz trumpeter Chet Baker in Born to Be Blue. Set during some dark years of the musician's life, fighting back from heroin addiction and attempting to reclaim his art.
I Saw the Light tells the story of legendary country western singer Hank WIlliams. Actor Tom Hiddleston's performance has received great reviews.
Not so much a biopic as a glimpse into one of the oddest moments in pop culture history, Elvis & Nixon explores Elvis' visit to the Oval Office with the goal of becoming an federal agent, or at least getting a fedaral agent's badge. With Kevin Spacey as President Nixon, and Michael Shannon as Elvis.
One of the more controversial films of the year, Nina features Zoe Saldana as she attempts to capture the struggles of the immensely talented jazz singer Nina Simone.
We'll see how these hold up during award season as well as over time. What musician films would you recommend?