Song and Screen, Pt. 2

Dogs replacing guitars will never, EVER get old.

Dogs replacing guitars will never, EVER get old.

Hiya, friends! I hope you are having a very chill Sunday. I wanted to keep things pretty chill myself, which is why I’m doing another edition of Song and Screen! If you’re new around here, you can read the birth of this idea here, but basically it’s a pretty casual thing I do every now and then where I talk about songs that I can’t listen to without thinking of movies. This is also a series open to guests (see the lovely Miss Zoë‘s post here), so feel free to drop something my way any time if the mood strikes you ( Anyway, on with the show!


#1: “That’s Not My Name” – Horrible Bosses

Horrible Bosses may not be one of the best or most original comedies around, but I actually have a decent amount of fun every time I watch it–pretty much entirely because the cast is brilliant. Among those brilliant cast members is Charlie Day, who almost always succeeds in making me laugh. In this film, his character, Dale, is left to keep watch in the car while his buddies break into the home of one of their bosses. Bored to tears and still very hyperactive from accidentally ingesting cocaine (long story), Dale listens to The Ting Tings’ “That’s Not My Name.” This is what follows.


#2: “In the Air Tonight” – The Hangover

Whether or not you care for the sequels (I don’t), you have to admit this: The first Hangover film is a modern comedy classic. I could go on and on about all of the hilarious stuff in it. Sigh. If only they’d just done the one…Still, that does not take away from this magical moment, which forever changed the way I think of Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight.” Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) return to their hotel room to find a very surprising guest. Surreal craziness ensues.


#3: “Mad World” – Donnie Darko

Did anybody even know this song before Donnie Darko came out? Gary Jules’ haunting tune “Mad World” is an excellent song in its own right, but if you’ve seen Donnie Darko (which you can read a little bit about in this write-up), you probably understand it on a whole different level from casual listeners. A strange yet excellent sci-fi film, Donnie Darko has one of the most bittersweet endings I have ever seen–made all the more powerful by this song. Seriously, I get chills.


#4: “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” – This Is the End

If I haven’t already made it abundantly clear, I freaking love This Is the End. It was one of my favorite films of last year, and it has become one of my all-time favorite comedies. However, a big part of why I love this film very well may be because it appeals to my inner ’90s brat like nobody’s business. Utilizing the Backstreet Boys’ “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” in the most phenomenal way possible, it has forever changed the way I listen to one of my favorite boy band jams (don’t even judge me). P.S. If you haven’t seen the movie, don’t watch the clip because MAJOR SPOILERS.


#5: “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” – Drop Dead Gorgeous/Ten Things I Hate About You

Hey! I just mentioned this one in this post about Drop Dead Gorgeous! Still, it’s awesome enough to bring up again. This song has been performed by a ridiculous number of musicians throughout the years. I think the original version is from Frankie Valli though…right? My music buffs can correct me if I’m wrong. Whatever the case, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” has certainly made its rounds in the film world. Whenever I think of this song, my mind automatically goes to a very bizarre scene in Drop Dead Gorgeous, which you can view above. But I’m an odd exception because 99.9% of women probably think of the below scene from Ten Things I Hate About You, which is undoubtedly the better scene because HEATH LEDGER ERMERGERD. Seriously, this moment raised the bar for romantic gestures to a nearly unattainable level. Ladies, can most of us agree that if a man ever did this for us we would marry him on the spot? Or am I just speaking for myself? Whatever. Watch and enjoy perfection.


So there’s another Song and Screen for ya! Hope you enjoyed! Back to more Blogiversary Bash stuff tomorrow! In fact, I’m kicking off the week with a post I’m pretty excited about…you’ll see. 😉

29 thoughts on “Song and Screen, Pt. 2

  1. Great picks. Donnie Darko and Mad World is a classic. Though I don’t really like the film (sorry Cara!) I love the Backstreet Boys entry at the, um, end… of This is the End. Genuinely had me belly-laughing.


    • Well, Adam, we had a good run, but I guess we were bound to disagree about something, huh? Lol. 😉 I understand though. Donnie Darko is a prime example of a film that is not for everyone because it’s pretty weird and then pretty sad. But I’m thrilled to hear we are both fans of the last scene of This Is the End. It’s just…wonderful. Bahaha. 🙂

  2. Awesome selection although I have to say that I did know Mad World before Donnie Darko but not the Gary Jules version the original by Tears for Fears who were one of the most underrated bands of the 80s. Also that scene from DDG is so wonderfully cringe!

    • Y’know, I don’t know that I’ve ever heard the Tears for Fears version before. I’ll have to give it a listen! And omigosh the DDG scene…it’s ridiculousness gets me every time.

  3. Oh Cara – think I forgot to look at your posts from before my Star Wars thing! I have to do one of these for you – this series is great. : ) I love Mad World from Donnie Darko! Although I prefer the original but the cover works SO perfectly in the film. : )

    • You are more than welcome to do one of these, lady! Y’know, I am a terrible music fan–I don’t even know if I’ve ever heard the original version before!

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