The 10 Best Music Films at Sundance 2012

This year's slate includes a documentary about LCD Soundsystem and a new film by Spike Lee
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'California Solo'

Inhabiting the mind of protagonist Lachlan MacAldonich, the washed-up former Britpop star at the center of this emotionally jarring melodrama, was hardly a stretch for actor Robert Carlyle. The 50-year-old Scotsman – famous for his outlandish roles in cult-classics like Trainspotting and The Full Monty, and his recent turn as Rumpelstiltskin in ABC's fairytale epic Once Upon A Time – knew this world; he'd been longtime friends with some its biggest players, from "the Oasis lads" to Blur frontman-turned Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn. "It seemed it had almost been written for me," Carlyle says of his character in the Marshall Lewy penned-and-directed film. Drugs and alcohol hamper MacAldonich,  who’s living out his days on a farm outside Los Angeles. And while it’s a fictional tale, Carlyle is all too familiar with the film’s story arc. "Drugs and alcohol . . . they make you live in the past," he says. "One day you wake up and you're 40."

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