The best season for music festivals is finally upon us! But whether or not you have your tickets booked, you can still experience some of the muddy musical glory with the following selection of stream-able movies. Because who said rocking out in your living room was any less fun?
From Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain) comes a tale of how the world’s most famous concert came to be. Inspired by the true story of Elliot Tiber, played by Demetri Martin, the film follows the young man as he inadvertently helped create the legendary Woodstock Music and Arts Festival while trying to pull in some business for his parents’ struggling motel. “Some will call [Ang’s] Woodstock naïve, but that’s what he intends,” says Newsweek. “The movie is a sweet, anecdotal, comic embrace, a gentle reminder that it was once possible to overcome the cynicism of the times and believe that “the flow” leads in a benign direction.” Emile Hirsch, Imedla Staunton, Liev Schrieber, Eugene Levy and Jonathan Groff co-star.
“Tonight You’re Mine” (aka You Instead)
Starring Luke Treadaway and Natalia Tena as two musicians scheduled to perform at a music festival, things take an unexpected turn when a preacher handcuffs the two of them together for their non-stop arguing. Confused yet? Don’t worry; that happens at these things — and this is a real festival we’re talking about. “Shot on the quick during Scotland’s famous T in the Park music festival, and featuring a supporting cast of around 85,000 or so, the movie is filled with glorious bits of music and delectable touches of quiet romance” — but none of the mud you’d encounter if you were really there yourself.
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From the creators of beloved British comedy The In-Betweeners, this raunchy comedy starts the way many such movies do: with a guy getting dumped by his girlfriend at graduation. What follows, however, is different than most: an insane three days at a giant music festival with his best friend. With Claudia O’Doherty and Jemaine Clement of Flight of the Conchords, alongside a host of English talent, the laughs don’t stop, though “like festivals themselves, this isn’t for everyone,” according to the Metro Newspaper. “But if your ears are still ringing from a long weekend in a field, this is the summer silliness for you.”
Mike Myers and Dana Carvey reprise their roles as Wayne and Garth, who are back together with their band of pals with a new mission: to put on a killer rock concert. Just one problem: no one seems to be interested in performing. And with Wayne’s rockstar girlfriend’s (Tia Carrere) new manager (Christopher Walken) trying to steal her away, the odds seem set against them. But, as The Washington Post put it, “Carvey is such a lovable doofus and Myers such a well-intentioned naif that it’s hard to get down on them, especially considering that the heirs to their niche in pop iconography are Beavis and Butt-head.” Can Wayne and Garth put on the festival of the century, or will they forever be unworthy? Party on and watch to find out.
Written and directed by Max Joseph of Catfish fame, this ode to EDM (or, electronic dance music) centers on a fledgling DJ (Zac Efron) with dreams of stardom. “Joseph recently made a documentary about the EDM production team/record label DFA, so he’s got some genuine knowledge under his belt,” RogerEbert.com points out, with a “sleek, visual-format flexible manner of the filmmaking, which mixes graphic design tropes with animation for some of the movie’s most engaging sequences.” Emily Ratajkowski and Wes Bentley star alongside Efron.
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