Calista’s Cinema Conversations: Movies about or featuring bands


This past Thursday was a wild ride for those of us who were Jonas Brothers fans, as the three New Jersey-born siblings announced their reunion and released a song in under 24 hours. With still-fresh nostalgia coursing through my veins, I was trying to think of this week’s conversation and decided on films that either feature or focus on famous musical bands.

Of course, have to start off this list with the Jonas Brothers in the films “Camp Rock” and “Camp Rock 2.” Though they did not play themselves in the Disney Channel film, Joe, Nick and Kevin Jonas all played members of a boy band called Connect 3 and performed music together as their fictional band. The three appear in “The Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience” as well. This is a documentary about the tour for their album “Burning Up.” Nick Jonas, one of the brothers, also starred in “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” with another television-made band member Alex Wolff from the Naked Brothers Band.

A recent and now Oscar-winning film about a famous band is “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which is based on the lives of the members of Queen. The film looked into the life of Queen’s lead singer Freddie Mercury and his personal battles with loneliness and sexuality. The band’s music-making process was also a big part of the film, and it was interesting to see how they created some of their most iconic songs.

An older but still fun film is “The Runaways” based on the band of the same name from the 1970s. Though the film does not focus solely on the all-girls rock, instead focusing on the lifestyles of each of the members, it is still an entertaining film that occasionally delves into the musical processes of the band.

The film “The Doors” was recommended to me by a few people, and though I have yet to see it I have been told that it is an intriguing film about The Doors and its lead singer Jim Morrison.

A new film called “Yesterday” was also announced just a few weeks ago. It’s about a man who wakes up to discover that nobody remembers The Beatles except for him. As a result, he begins to perform their songs and quickly becomes famous off of them. This film is set to release over the summer, and it looks like it might be worth a watch.

The idea of our favorite musical artists being in some of our favorite movies is such a fascinating idea that should, in my opinion, be incorporated into many more films.

Calista Giroux is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at

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