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Muscle Shoals (2013)
Fantastic - must see for a music lover
OK, I plead guilty to living within a stones throw of the subject of this movie.
If you are a fan of the music that started out in the '60s in this country, this is a must see. It gives you an insight into how the music we listen to has come into being. From the roots in the blues and R&B morphing into Rock and Roll. You may find something out about your favorite songs that you never knew.
The setting for the interviews focuses you on the person speaking. There are some amazing images in the film. In some ways it shows the area in an almost idyllic frame. The historical footage is worth the ticket price alone.
Bonus points if you actually recognize the unnamed blues legend show while they talk about Sam Phillips. If you are going to create a list of must see movies about music and musicians, this will be on the short list.
October Sky (1999)
Movie that can get inside your emotions before you know it
I had the pleasure of working in this part of WV a few years ago. The values and the personalities depicted still exist 50 years after the period the story is set in. The story line is one that I saw play out on a daily basis making the movie very true to life. The interactions and relationships between Homer, his parents and friends struck a chord in me.
I never noticed this when it came out. It caught my attention while staying in a hotel and Showtime has it on heavy rotation. Hearing Welch, War and Bluefield caught my attention from having lived in the area for two years. The area is beautiful to travel thru, if you avoid the coal trucks. Some of the towns don't look like they have changed since Roosevelt was president. Having been there and knowing people who live there today brings the movie to life for me.
This is one of the movies that can make you nostalgic about your own past while teaching you some history.