Ten Movie Moments That Were Made By The Music

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Last week saw the limited release of Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, and the director is currently receiving the type of media love reserved for those who rarely misstep and whose work is hailed as classic the moment it's released. What's always interested me about Anderson is his ability to perfectly place music in his films, whether it's having the cast of Magnolia perform an Aimee Mann song, or using the ominous scores provided by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood.

Anderson isn't the only director with this talent. Here are ten scenes from films made better by the inclusion of a simple song.

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Bruce Springsteen's "I'm On Fire," The Hunter
Early in the 2011 Australian film The Hunter, Willem Dafoe's mercenary character has a conversation with his boarder's daughter about classical music, in which the young lass dutifully informs him she only likes "The Boss," like her missing father. This moment becomes poignant later in the film as Dafoe, fresh off a 12-day hunt, returns to family's home and sets about getting the house's generator running. As the electricity cranks, we're witness to a needle dropping on a record and Springsteen's "I'm On Fire" playing throughout the house, and we're treated to a starling bit of heartbreak. For the first time, we see the young girl's mother rise from her pill-aided slumber to wander outside in hopes of finding her husband returned. The look of shock on her face as she realizes she's mistaken is only multiplied by the haunting tone of the Boss' lyrics.

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Justin Timberlake lip syncs The Killers' "All These Things That I've Done," Southland Tales
Though his debut film Donnie Darko failed to light up the box office, Richard Kelly was able to secure the type of funding most sophomore directors rarely receive, due to the cult following Darko earned. What he did with that funding, while ambitious, turned out to be less than spectacular. Featuring an all-star cast (well, for 2006) that included Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Sean William Scott, Sarah Michelle Geller, Mandy Moore, Amy Poehler and Justin Timberlake, Southland Tales was Kelly's attempt at dystopian satire that ripped into the issues of a post-9/11 America. Unfortunately, what we got was convoluted plot holes and actors who seemed wildly out of place.

One scene from the film does stand out with its audacity: After selling drugs to his dentist's kid, Timberlake's soldier-narrator performs a lip sync to The Killers' "All These Things That I've Done" while wearing a blood-covered shirt, swinging around a full Budweiser and interacting with a team of dancers in nurse garb while walking through an arcade. It's easily the high point of the film. Well, that and the line, "Pimps don't commit suicide."



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23 comments
andreihp42
andreihp42

How fucking high are you guys?

this list is an utter FAIL.

Your lack of any depth of knowledge on seemingly anything you write about is startling. No wonder they sold your dying rag.

You mention Reservoir Dogs - but don't Michael madsen scene with razor?

Apocalypse Now Ride of the Valkeries?

Any John Cusack movie? - hello Say Anything to name just one?

Ferris Bueller? — Oh yeah.

i could do this all day, but then I would be doing your job.

please, all of you turn in your resignation letters(that means you quit) and give somebody else a chance to write something interesting.

thank you-

most sincerely,

almost everybody left reading your crap

dagny
dagny

There are a few unmentioneds that spring immediately to mind: the 'Tiny Dancer' sequence in "Almost Famous"; the 'Town Called Malice' dance in "Billy Elliot"; 'Cretin Hop' in "SLC Punk!"; 'Sense of Doubt' in "Christiane F." ... All of these are at least as worthy as your list.

 

Volta
Volta

Ride of the Valkyries in Apocalypse Now is a good one

Daniel Rosales
Daniel Rosales

Apocalypse Now - Wagner Ride of The Valkyries (Helicopter attack scene!)

CJ Dylan
CJ Dylan

American Graffiti. The ENTIRE movie

CJ Dylan
CJ Dylan

Desperado. "Pass The Hatchet"

CJ Dylan
CJ Dylan

Blade 2. When they're walking into the vampire club. Classic.

CJ Dylan
CJ Dylan

Blade 2. When they're walking into the vampire club. Classic.

Nictacular
Nictacular

In the Richard Linklater film, Dazed and Confused. The scene where Matthew McConaghuey (sic?) enters the pool hall while Bob Dylan's "Hurricane" plays in the background. AMAZING.http://youtu.be/d8WHOiQZGok 

Jamie Sims
Jamie Sims

The Layla scene in "Goodfellas." Pink, Mitch and Wooderson's Emporium entrance to Dylan's The Hurricane in "Dazed and Confused."

TurdFerguson
TurdFerguson

From "The Highlander", soundtrack album by Queen:  "I know his name....."

 

Sean
Sean

I can only assume that the beach training montage in Rocky 3 got lost in the shuffle.

JaimesonPaul
JaimesonPaul

@MeganRadke The original list was at about 25...I wrote close to 8k words and then cut it down to those 10.

JaimesonPaul
JaimesonPaul

 @TurdFerguson and Flash Gordon, and the Pub scene from Shaun of the Dead....I should have just done the top 10 moments from movies that feature Queen.

MeganRadke
MeganRadke

@JaimesonPaul Wow, nice job! I can only imagine that cutting it down that much was incredibly difficult.

JaimesonPaul
JaimesonPaul

@MeganRadke The actual hardest part was picking the best scene from a Scorsese film...and then cutting that blurb in favor of Hot Rod.

MeganRadke
MeganRadke

@JaimesonPaul Haha, that would be quite the dilemma.

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