The 24-Hour Music Biopic Marathon

By Gabe Toro 2014-08-01 12:50:58discussion comments
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anthony
El Cantante
We mix it up here at around 2:30, as the sultry sounds of Marc Anthony take us over. Anthony's the best-selling salsa artist of all-time, so the idea of him playing the golden-voiced Hector Lavoe in a movie is a lot like Roger Clemens playing Henry Rowengartner. Still, this intense, often hard-to-watch story of hard-charging music and endless excess (which also features Selena star Jennifer Lopez) will shake your speakers and get a good party going in your living room.

spacek
Coal Miner's Daughter
It's amazing how we got the story of Loretta Lynn so long ago that we forget she's still alive. Sissy Spacek is too, so... sequel? This hardscrabble drama depicts Lynn as an unlikely success story, growing up in a crowded household, none of whom were artists though the film amusingly tips its hand with Levon Helm playing her father. It's soapy and heated, but Spacek is a marvel, well-deserving of her Best Actress Oscar.
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