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April 11, 2014
Vol. 55 No. 21

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Music makes the movie

Since the dawn of time -- but really about 80 years -- movies and music have shared interdependence. Here are five movies that have utilized this relationship the best.
"Snakes on a Plane:" "I'm tired of these monkey-flippin' snakes on this Monday-Friday plane." The movie was meh, but the soundtrack, which is barely featured in the film, is severely underrated! Pop-punk heroes Fall Out Boy, Panic! At the Disco, Cobra Starship and the All American Rejects all make appearances. If that wasn't enticing to the eighth grade version of you, then wait: every song is remixed by some of the best club DJs. You don't need to watch the movie by any means, but dust off your old Chuck Taylors and skinny jeans and listen to the album.
"The Great Gatsby:" When one thinks of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jay-Z is not an automatic connection. In the 2013 film adaptation of "The Great Gatsby," the new brings the old up to speed in one of the most interesting collections of music to date. Jack White's cover of U2's "Love is Blindness" is what sets the tone of the film, slow and sweet with a catastrophic close. Lana Del Rey, Beyoncé and Florence Welch all prove that the 1920s were just as much a ladies' game as a man's world, but Emeli Sandee demonstrates this most clearly with a brilliant ragtime version of Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love."
"The Lost Boys:" "The Lost Boys" was the original teenage vampire film. It had leather jackets, blood and comic books. Quintessential '80s movie. Naturally, the soundtrack would have to feature only the best alternative music of the era. INXS serves as a house band for the film, always present in parties. Roger Daltry (of The Who) and Echo and the Bunnymen offer covers to modernize Elton John and The Doors. The Lost Boys soundtrack is just as '80s as the movie itself.
"Pulp Fiction:" Chuck Berry, Al Green, Kool and the Gang. The music highlights the intensity and excitement of the movie very well. "Miserlou" (later to become The Black Eyed Peas' "Pump It") and "Girl, You'll be a Woman Soon" give hope that one day, we can find our own Mia Wallace or Honey Bunny. This album will have you asking for a Royale with Cheese.
"Wizard of Oz:" If you say you don't know every word to every song, you are lying.

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