I'm curating a film club at the Larmer Tree Festival this weekend and one of the movies I've programmed is Grace of My Heart - Allison Anders' brilliant fictional biopic based on the life of singer songwriter Carole King. It's a lost gem and I aim to change that...

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  • Comment number 72. Posted by Jack MF

    on 27 Jul 2011 17:24

    Thank you Mr. Kermode for once again shedding some much needed light on little forgotten gems like "Grace of My Heart". I saw this film 5 years ago when I was 12 and I have loved it ever since. Annoyingly, I have never met anyone else who has ever seen it. It's great to see critics like yourself promoting films such as this and giving them publicity they greatly deserve but sadly rarely get.

    Another one of my favourite rock movies is Nicholas Roeg and Donald Cammell's 1970's film "Performance". "Performance" for me captured the perverse sub-culture of organized "working class" gangsters with an unromanticized authenticity. It is a film overflowing with subtle and insightful intuitions about the power and dangers of ego. It is a film about power structures and the male-female equation but more significantly, it is a film about sex, drugs and of course, rock 'n' roll.

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  • Comment number 71. Posted by whatsinmyburger

    on 20 Jul 2011 12:08

    I personally like Alex Cox's 'Sid and Nancy'. Oldman and Webb are brilliant and it's the best synopsis of Rock n roll/drug addiction I've seen. Roger Deakins photography is great. Most other films in this genre I find disappointing.

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  • Comment number 70. Posted by Duncan McCurdie

    on 20 Jul 2011 09:09

    For me it would be, 'I'm Not There' mainly because I love the film even though I HATE Bob Dylan.

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  • Comment number 69. Posted by The__Joker

    on 17 Jul 2011 22:43

    Don't know 'Grace of My Heart' and I'm very much looking forward to seeing it, thanks. Some good suggestions elsewhere for other films which also passed me by such as Still Crazy and Stoned.

    Must concur with Miracle Mile that Roeg/Cammell's 'Performance' does seem weirdly appropriate to the theme.

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  • Comment number 68. Posted by Kernewes

    on 16 Jul 2011 22:08

    My favourite film that fits your criteria is Stoned and my husband´s has to be The Wall.

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  • Comment number 67. Posted by Brian

    on 16 Jul 2011 21:41

    the punk doumentary DOA, has a great secion with a young punk band called Terry and the Idiots. It really captures the feel of being a small band playing in a local pub to a bunch of people who dont care, and Terry himself is very funny.

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  • Comment number 66. Posted by Matt Crowley

    on 16 Jul 2011 10:35

    I think the most adventurous Rock movie has to be School of Rock, based on an experience by Gary Glitter.

    (Satire)

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  • Comment number 65. Posted by kellywatchthestars

    on 16 Jul 2011 09:07

    I'm going to have to track down Grace of My Heart... Illeana Douglas is great, i love her scene stealing appearances in Ghost World, Six Feet Under, Ugly Betty and Stir of Echoes.

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  • Comment number 64. Posted by Rightflyer

    on 15 Jul 2011 21:41

    I've never seen Grace of My Heart but would love to see it.

    I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Almost Famous which is a wonderful film if you like 70's rock music.

    The extended version (called Untitled) is even better.

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  • Comment number 63. Posted by David Pascoe

    on 15 Jul 2011 19:45

    I recorded Grace of my Heart on Dr. K's recommendation when it was on TV, about eight years ago (Mark always used to finish his shows with Simon by recommending a DVD release or TV showing).

    I remember watching it and finding it an engrossing film with a great sense of period detail. I'd just reached the point where Illeana Douglas's character was just beginning to see some of the less savoury sides of Matt Dillon's character, when the tape broke! I'd recorded it on a rather ropy VHS. I was so disappointed. Since then, as you say, it's one of the hardest films around to track down.

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