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25 Movie Masterpieces – Picked By Your Favourite Bands

Need a film recommendation? Here’s 25 from some of the biggest bands in indie, rock, pop and hip-hop, from the Vaccines and Catfish and the Bottlemen to Warpaint and Angel Haze…

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1Gaz Coombes - 2001: A Space Odyssey

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Gaz Coombes - 2001: A Space Odyssey: “It’s visually stunning. It fits with that euphoric, drained feeling you have after a show when you just want to sit and be dazzled by images.”

2Theo Hutchcraft, Hurts - The Holy Mountain

Theo Hutchcraft, Hurts - The Holy Mountain
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Theo Hutchcraft, Hurts - The Holy Mountain: “It’s one of my favourite ever films and it’s a film I can watch a lot of times and always find something new.”

3Kate Tempest - Under The Skin

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Kate Tempest - Under The Skin: “It’s directed by Jonathan Glazer, who made Sexy Beast. It blew me away. When I first saw it I felt like how someone must have felt watching a Kubrick film for the first time. There are so many little details.”

4Van McCann, Catfish & the Bottlemen - We’ll Take Manhattan

Van McCann, Catfish & the Bottlemen - We’ll Take Manhattan
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Van McCann, Catfish & the Bottlemen - We’ll Take Manhattan: “It’s about David Bailey, the photographer, and stars Karen Gillan. It’s about him going to New York to shoot for Vogue, and the belief in yourself and ambition that it takes to be a success.”

5Dave Bayley, Glass Animals - Coffee and Cigarettes

Dave Bayley, Glass Animals - Coffee and Cigarettes
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Dave Bayley, Glass Animals - Coffee and Cigarettes: “It’s a series of short films by Jim Jarmusch, and music –related too: Tom Waits, Iggy Pop, Jack White, RZA and GZA are all in it.”

6Laurie Vincent, Slaves - Leon

Laurie Vincent, Slaves - Leon
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Laurie Vincent, Slaves - Leon: “This is because of Natalie Portman’s character, Matilda. She’s a style icon with ankle swingers and round sunglasses.”

7William Doyle, East India Youth - Blade Runner

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William Doyle, East India Youth - Blade Runner: “My all-time favourite. People say there’s something Vangelis about my more instrumental tracks – if so, it’s because the film is ignited in my consciousness.”

8Justin Young, The Vaccines - History of The Eagles

Justin Young, The Vaccines - History of The Eagles
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Justin Young, The Vaccines - History of The Eagles: “I don’t love The Eagles, but it’s one of the best music documentaries I’ve watched. It’s just so unbelievable how terrible they are as people, and what money, fame and success does to you.”

9Stella Mozgawa, Warpaint - Dallas Buyers Club

Stella Mozgawa, Warpaint - Dallas Buyers Club
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Stella Mozgawa, Warpaint - Dallas Buyers Club: “Just brilliant. Matthew McConaughey is smashing it at the moment. True Detective was amazing, and I can’t wait to see where he’ll go next!”

10Kyle Falconer, The View - Birdman

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Kyle Falconer, The View - Birdman: “It was unbelievable. It’s weird seeing a play inside a play inside a play. I’m not even sure what happens at the end. Is he Birdman? What the fuck?!”

11Tom Hudson, Pulled Apart By Horses - The Big Lebowski

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Tom Hudson, Pulled Apart By Horses - The Big Lebowski: “The tour bus is a great place for weird comedies, and this Coen Brothers film is a band favourite. You can’t usually hear the audio because we’re reciting the script back.”

12Oli Sykes, Bring Me The Horizon - Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster

Oli Sykes, Bring Me The Horizon - Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster
Oli Sykes, Bring Me The Horizon - Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster: “As a band, we like to watch this one together. It’s the story of Metallica making ‘St. Anger,’ at a time when they all hated each other. It’s quite a good manual for where you don’t want to end up in life.”

13Drew McConnell, Helsinki - The Last Temptation of Christ

Drew McConnell, Helsinki - The Last Temptation of Christ
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Drew McConnell, Helsinki - The Last Temptation of Christ: “I grew up in Ireland and Spain, Catholic countries, and the idea that Christ was half-God half-man. The deity side is explored in literature, but the fact that he’s human is never touched on. The film deals with that very effectively.”

14Joe Mount, Metronomy - Contact

Joe Mount, Metronomy - Contact
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Joe Mount, Metronomy - Contact: “I watched it late one night after the pub with two other people. I thought ‘This is boring’. Then my flatemate went to bed and literally two minutes later it became the most incredible film in the world. It’s quite a thought provoking piece of cinema."

15Molly Rankin, Alvvays - We Are The Best

Molly Rankin, Alvvays - We Are The Best
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Molly Rankin, Alvvays - We Are The Best: “It’s about these three Swedish schoolgirls who start a band. It’s cute, and punk as fuck.”

16Ghetts - House Party

Ghetts - House Party
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Ghetts - House Party: “It’s an old American film from the early ‘90s. There’s about four of them where they’re always having these parties, these two characters Kid and Play. Everyone should check it out – it’s a really funny sort of film.”

17Mike Lewis, No Devotion - Robocop

Mike Lewis, No Devotion - Robocop
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Mike Lewis, No Devotion - Robocop: “This would be the original of course. There are so many great one-liners and Clarence Boddicker is such a great villain. Watch the Paul Verhoeven cut for even more ridiculous ultraviolence.”

18Stina Tweeddale, Honeyblood - Daisies

Stina Tweeddale, Honeyblood - Daisies
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Stina Tweeddale, Honeyblood - Daisies: “It’s about these two girls who go a bit crazy. Their ideology is like, ‘the world is rotten so we’re rotten too’, and they do all this bad stuff. It’s a bit tongue-in-cheek but it got banned when it came out.”

19Angel Haze - The Sound of Music

Angel Haze - The Sound of Music: "I don’t know if people expect me to love musicals but, whatever, The Sound of Music is kids singing show tunes and fighting Nazis. What’s not to love? I like to drift off to sleep to it.”

20Jimi Goodwin, Doves - The Red Shoes

Jimi Goodwin, Doves - The Red Shoes
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Jimi Goodwin, Doves - The Red Shoes: “I’m not a big film buff, but I love this 1940s film by the great British directors Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. The early technicolor is breathtaking.”

21Mario Cuomo, The Orwells - Sin City

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Mario Cuomo, The Orwells - Sin City: It’s got a bunch of badasses in it like Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Bruce Willis. It’s a dope movie and I was there at midnight with my popcorn when the sequel came out this year. I love the story and the comic books.”

22John Cooper Clarke - Villain

John Cooper Clarke - Villain
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John Cooper Clarke - Villain: “It was made in the early ‘70s and it starred Richard Burton and Ian ‘Lovejoy’ McShane as a mother-fixated sadist. It’s the first of those gritty, British gangster movies.”

23Robby Grote, The Districts - Even Dwarfs Started Small

Robby Grote, The Districts - Even Dwarfs Started Small
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Robby Grote, The Districts - Even Dwarfs Started Small: “I’ve got a boxset of Werner Herzog films and this was the first one I watched. It’s really weird and really awesome."

24Tom Sanders, Teleman - This Must Be The Place

Tom Sanders, Teleman - This Must Be The Place
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Tom Sanders, Teleman - This Must Be The Place: “Sean Penn plays the lead role as this retired rock star. He’s bored and depressed and it’s a road movie about him going on this physical and mental journey.”

25Cate Le Bon - The Lost Boys

Cate Le Bon - The Lost Boys
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Cate Le Bon - The Lost Boys: “It’s about teenage vampires, and my granny let me watch it when I was far too young – it terrified me. But it was great because the more I watched it, the more I fell in love with the characters. I was a big Bill & Ted fan, and it was the first film I saw Alex Winter who plays Bill in.”
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