The Velvet Underground

Haynes understands this, and so it’s no accident that he starts this unconventional yet revelatory documentary about an unconventional yet revelatory band with a quote from Baudelaire: “Music fathoms the sky”. They are both not-quite-biopics, and each takes a sideways, yet pointed perspective on the legacies of two generation-defining icons: David Bowie and Bob Dylan. I’m Not There, meanwhile, viewed Dylan through a kaleidoscope, casting six actors to reveal a shapeshifter often at odds with himself and his art. It’s the music, and where it takes you, what it opens…

The Beatles make one last record in the Get Back documentary trailer

Jackson’s recent interest in restoring vintage filmstrips has never been put to better use, reviving recent history for those who recall The Beatles’ heyday and the new generations of music-lovers in thrall of their catalogue. Once they’d gotten some songs in the can, the animosity melted away and they remembered why they’d spent the past ten years together; their reluctance to allow this journey to end culminated in the last gasp of the rooftop concert at Apple Corps. The emotional backbone of the film is the genuine closeness between John,…