“For me, it shows Prince in his prime playing at a great rock club, First Avenue. It’s sort of the best of the MTV-era rock movies. It’s basically a music video, especially during When Doves Cry, which is pretty much the Prince video of the song. But the whole thing is so great that it doesn’t matter. And The Time are hilarious.
“This is also one of those rare moments when black and white audiences agreed on something. That doesn’t happen very often. Maybe the last time was Hey Ya! by Outkast – everybody was in on the same thing there. But Purple Rain felt like a real moment in that regard.”
Alternate: Streets Of Fire (1984)
“It’s got all of these fake bands, but the original music was written by Jim Steinman, so it sounds like Meatloaf outtakes. It’s got a lot of that ‘80s editing, but it’s very much Walter Hill and some of his Warriors bits. All in all, it’s actually a pretty funny and terrific movie.”