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5 Best Music Films Of 2012

By NME Blog

Posted on 11 Dec 12

 
 

You don't get Eminem in Skyfall so it only seems right to have a separate category for the best music films of the year. Let us know if you agree with our top five and if we've missed anything out.













  1.    Searching For Sugar Man


  2. Two South Africans go on a quest to find cult US musician Sixto Rodriguez, whose lyrics of struggle and injustice had a huge impact in their apartheid-stained country in the ’70s. Cue a gloriously happy ending. The film is out on DVD and Blu-ray on 27 December. Best bit: The feverish reception for Rodriguez when he visits South Africa.






  3.    Shut Up And Play The Hits


  4. A farewell to one of the greatest bands of recent years, LCD Soundsystem, as they wind down with a huge farewell show at Madison Square Garden. James Murphy cries. Best bit: Win Butler blurting out the film’s title during Murphy’s rambling intro to ‘North American Scum’.









  5.    Marley


  6. The reggae legend’s life story, told by Oscar-winning documentary maker Kevin MacDonald. Marley’s no saint, but the contradictions in his character exposed in the film make him feel more human. Best bit: The live footage, which showcases how good the Wailers were.











  7.    Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap


  8. Ice-T gets help from Eminem, Chuck D and Kanye West to tell the story of a genre that changed the world. Best bit: Ice-T on Eminem: “Whoever thought that one of the great rappers of our time would be a white cat?”









  9.    Hit So Hard


  10. Subtitled ‘The Life And Near-Death Story Of Patty Schemel’, the harrowing story of the Hole drummer’s descent into drugs is compelling enough in itself, but the movie is also a visual document of the key players in the ’90s grunge scene. Best bit: The (actually charming) home footage of Kurt Cobain with his daughter Frances Bean.










 
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