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The series: Rock star
Where you can pass it on: HBO Max
The tone: Nominated for Oscar Mark Wahlberg, who found fame in hip-hop as the face and body without a shirt on Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, returns to his musical roots in this last dream of fantasy. The star of Boogie Nights traverses familiar territory in this story of a repairer of photocopiers which happens to be a mole as a lead singer of a heavy metal band from the new leader of the same band to which it pays homage each week. Who would not want to see Mark Wahlberg screaming metal cheesy in a leather suit with flames everywhere?
Why is a viewing essential: Look, I’m not going to pretend that Rock Star is essential to see, but it is quite fun to pass the time if you want to a movie free music sense with an incredible soundtrack, which includes hits of rock family from the 80’s and some catchy but cheesy metal songs of the fictitious band Steel Dragon. Although it is inspired by the real life story of Tim “Ripper” Owens, a singer from a tribute band to Judas Priest that was chosen to replace singer Rob Halford when he left the band, this is a journey that is entirely fictional in the world of rock. The film is much better because it allows all the clichés gloriously silly that you would expect from a film like this.
Mark Wahlberg plays Chris “Izzy” Cole, a repairer of machines copiers who has dedicated all his free time worshiping the metal band Steel Dragon. This includes leading a cover band called Blood Pollution, inspired in one of the songs of the band. But the band didn’t like it so much to recreate meticulously the songs and the spectacle of the Steel Dragon as Chris, and they prefer to perform their own original songs. Then the band, which includes Timothy Olyphant with leather pants and a wig is horrible, check to Chris.
But fortunately, some of the groupies were recording one of the concerts of Blood Pollution and Steel Dragon just crawled as a candidate to replace the heir, the lead singer, Bobby Beers (Jason Flemyng), that is not the god of the metal that Chris thought he was. From there, it is a fast roller coaster that climbs the last dreams of fame and fortune for an aspiring rocker of the eighties. Is all the sex, drugs and rock and roll that could be desired, and Chris, who is now called Izzy, even buy your own Batmobile (in the show of 1966). Is having a lot of fun with Dominic West mode rocker british full, and Timothy Shoulder being just the right amount of bad quality. But what goes up must come down, and Izzy has some lessons entirely predictable to learn about life as a rock star, especially when it comes to maintaining his relationship with his girlfriend Emily (Jenifer Aniston)
Rock Star is Mark Wahlberg in almost the same arc of characters Dirk Diggler in Boogie Nights. But this is not exactly the kind of piece film thoughtful or meaningful that offers Paul Thomas Anderson. Even so, Rock Star has this power fascinating and lively film that perhaps would have been better off in the mid 90’s, instead of arriving only a few days before the terrorist attacks of September 11, a destination that can be done making it even more forgettable than it would have been otherwise. I guess that makes it a with the director Stephen Herek (Don’t tell mom the babysitter is dead, the ducks powerful) at the helm.
Not all films or television programs that we suggest here in The Quarantine Stream will be a masterpiece. Sometimes you just need a good piece of cinema trash to help make the day a little easier. Rock Star is the kind of movie you should sit down to look at with some nachos and a good whiskey, and just let the majesty of the awesome lip-sync of Mark Wahlberg you drag. It is much better to think of another movie of Daddy’s Home. I mean, come on, just look at this:
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