Movies would be a sight for sore eyes if not for music. It is the music that gives you goose bumps or makes your tear ducts fill with salty discharge…No, I’m not crying, I have something in my eye. Sure acting is a nice little hobby. We all know the “character” you play is really really similar to the “person” you are. The star here is the musician that grabs your true emotions. They make you experience feelings that you may not have know possible before. Most of the time this is done with soundtrack music. A musician will layer sounds and lyrics that meet swimmingly with how a character and audience will speak and feel.
In this countdown, from 10 to 1, we will only look at songs that were
already on an artists album prior to the movie. These are songs that
were not created for the movie specifically but were used righteously.
This is the point where the music-lover came out in the movie director.
They thought back to a song that they liked and knew it would fit
perfectly in their movie. I’m not a movie critic. These are films that I enjoy watching and have great songs in them.
I’m a huge fan of John Cusack movies. He is on this list more than once. His best work and my favorite film is Grosse Pointe Blank. It is really hard to understand because I don’t like any other films like this. This film is really violent but it is done with such humor that I laugh in the face of blood. I even use quotes from this movie all the time, like “Is that that guy’s blood?” Or the best one “Thanks for the pen,” you have to see the movie to get that one.
A major key to the success of this film, with me, is the music. There is so much music in this film that it has TWO soundtracks. I could do a whole top ten list on just songs from this movie and would have to leave out some songs that I really love. The movie opens with “I Can See Clearly Now” by Johnny Nash. It has The English Beat and The Pogues. It’s not all 120 Minutes music though. It also includes a rocker from Guns N’ Roses and funky vibes from Grandmaster Flash. This is a music lovers film. It probably helps that John and I are about the same age and would be attending similar school reunions. This movie is based around a high school reunion in nearby Grosse Pointe, Michigan. It also helps that Minnie Driver is a radio DJ, which provides several opportunities to throw in more awesome tunes than a normal job would. Especially on her all vinyl weekends.
There are so many songs to pick in this movie but I am going to pick the song that comes at a pivotal scene during the class reunion. Did I mention Joe Strummer helped with the soundtrack.
I choose “Under Pressure” by Queen and David Bowie. Very hard choice to make on this one but I like this scene a lot. I believe this is the point when he gets a new found respect for life. After this scene he will not kill for an occupation. Of course, if someone tries to kill him well then he’ll have to kill them. I really appreciate the acting debut from Robbie in this scene as well….and scene.
At #8 on our countdown to #1 here is Queen and David Bowie with “Under Pressure”
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