We're not exactly having the best summer of our lives, weather-wise (and otherwise, let's face it) – and with the live entertainment industry at a standstill, it means there's a lot more sitting at home and watching TV.
If you're looking for a film that's music-related but not necessarily a concert film or a documentary, we've chosen ten that we love and highly recommend.
1) THIS IS... SPINAL TAP
The big daddy of musical comedy movies is still 100% hilarious 36 years after its release. A film that subtly (or not-so-subtly) took the mickey out of self-important and pretentious rock bands, the rockumentary followed the fortunes of fictional heavy metal band Spinal Tap and is one to watch over and over again.
2) POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING
If you're looking for something to tickle your funnybone, this is it. This mockumentary, courtesy of the always-brilliant The Lonely Island, is to pop music what Spinal Tap was to rock; a complete piss-take of artists like Justin Bieber and his ilk. Andy Samberg plays pop star Conner Friel aka Conner4Real, whose desire to hold on to his fame reaches increasingly desperate lengths. It's very silly and very funny, and features cameos by everyone from Ringo Starr to Mariah Carey to Bieber himself.
At over three hours long, it's a bit of an epic - but 'Amadeus' is perfect for a rainy afternoon on the couch. It tells the (fictionalised) story of Italian composer Antonio Salieri and his rivalry with the (very annoying) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 18th century Vienna. Everything about this film - from the acting, the music and the costumes – is outstanding.
4) THE COMMITMENTS
This film needs no introduction – and with the recent sad passing of Alan Parker, it's a good a time as any for a re-watch. Simply put, it's both one of the best Irish films and the best musical films of all time: hilarious and melancholic in equal measure. It never gets old.
5) FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS
We have to admit that this film totally passed us by when it was first released in 2016, despite our undying devotion to Meryl Streep and the fact that she was Oscar-nominated for this role. Having finally seen it recently, however, it's a really fantastic film. Streep plays the titular real-life socialite, an amateur soprano with lots of money and delusions of talent; Hugh Grant plays her devoted manager and companion trying to keep her from embarrassing herself. It's a really beautifully-weighted film in all respects.
You don't have to be into jazz to enjoy this superb film about the power struggle between budding drummer Miles Teller and his hard-assed bandleader, played to perfection by J.K. Simmons. Heck, you don't even have to be into music. It's just an excellent film, with wonderful performances and a fantastic story. It's snappy, brilliantly shot, beautifully told and incredibly satisfying. It also trumps Damien Chazelle's 'La La Land' by a mile, if you ask us. Have we convinced you yet? Just watch it.
We're gonna be honest with you here: personally, we thought 'Bohemian Rhapsody' was absolute muck. Luckily, this film based on Elton John's bonkers life saved the 'musical biopic' genre from implosion. Taron Egerton is incredibly convincing as John as he navigates the crazy music world, fame, addiction and complex personal relationships. Oh, and he can also sing – which makes the musical aspect a lot more pleasurable. Some of the set pieces are really impressive, too; it's just a thoroughly enjoyable film.
8) ALMOST FAMOUS
We still have a real soft spot for Cameron Crowe's semi-autobiographical 2000 film, which saw Patrick Fugit playing a teenage music journalist being swept along on tour with fictional Fleetwood Mac-style band Stillwater. Worth it for that 'Tiny Dancer' singalong alone.
9) WALK THE LINE
Telling the story of a music legend like Johnny Cash is no easy feat, but not only did James Mangold do so with his 2005 film, but Joaquin Phoenix absolutely nailed the Man in Black's persona. A thoroughly entertaining and incredibly well-made film that was pretty faithful to the country music icon's colourful life story.
You don't need to be a Joy Division fan to enjoy 'Control', but it certainly helps to know at least some of their backstory. The Manchester band have gone down in music history thanks to their timeless albums 'Unknown Pleasures' and 'Control'; this film told the tragic story of their intense frontman Ian Curtis amid the band's rise to fame. Shot in suitably austere tones by photographer and music video director Anton Corbijn, it's an often bleak but beautiful film.