Thursday, April 30, 2009

music magic

It's an interesting experience when a mediocre film has an amazing soundtrack. I'm usually intrigued and keep watching because of the music, not the film. And at the end of it all, though the movie may have been truly horrible, I generally end up liking the film. This could be just because I love music so much, but maybe it's the actual impact music has.

Two movies come to mind.

Starring Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst.
With lines like "Do you ever just think I'm fooling everybody?" it may be hard not to gag. But the banal love routine is jazzed up by its incredible folk/country soundtrack. Sold in two volumes, the soundtrack includes "It'll All Work Out" and "Square One" by Tom Petty, "Long Ride Home" by Patty Griffin, "My Father's Gun" by Elton John, "Where to Begin" by My Morning Jacket, and many, many more.
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The Last Kiss.

Starring Zach Braff and Rachel Bilson.
Another obnoxious, but definitely worse, love story. The whole film really should be disregarded (its cute trailer reveals nothing of the actual film). Yet again though, the soundtrack is awesome. A combination of blues and alternative, the music is honestly the film's only redeeming quality. My favorites include "Paperweight" by Joshua Radin And Schuyler Fisk, "Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk" by Rufus Wainwright, and "Prophecy" by Remy Zero.
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