Howdy, friends! Well, we’ve made it to Wednesday, so we’re halfway there! And I’ve got a little something to help you get through the rest of the day–another lovely guest edition of Song and Screen! Today’s guest? Mr. MovieRob! Everyone who has been around here for awhile surely knows Rob, but just in case there are a few of you lurking about in the dark, be sure to go to his blog. He’s unstoppable! Countless blogathons and he’s up past 1,300 movie reviews. It’s pretty darn impressive. Anyway, I’m gonna turn things over to Rob so he can talk about some of his most memorable uses of songs in film. The floor is yours, Rob!
This is a great feature that I have been meaning to join in on for quite some time, but never got around to it until now.. finally. Huge thanks to Cara for thinking of this idea!
When I think of songs that have been forever etched into my mind as having a new and different connotation after seeing a movie featuring them, I have a very long list (because I’ve been known to have seen a few movies over the years) 🙂
Here are 5 songs performed during a movie that I think are perfectly done.
The first three are performed within the movie by the characters and the other two are pivotal scenes in the movie that are enhanced by the music being played while the action takes place.
- Who can forget Marty McFly’s rendition of Chuck Berry’s famous song for a 50’s crowd with an 80’s musical twist
Back to the Future (1985) – Johnny B. Goode
- This famous tune has become so popular that many people (myself included) will sometimes spontaneously begin whistling or humming the tune when least expected
Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) – Colonel Bogey’s March
- This is one of my favorite movies and it has an amazing soundtrack. The best song is the main character Mr. Holland’s personal tribute to his son and John Lennon. I am brought to tears whenever I watch this
Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995) – Beautiful Boy
- This is a great movie (perhaps the best high school movie ever) and the following scene and song contributed so much to the bonding of these 5 high school detentionites
Breakfast Club – We Are Not Alone
- This final song and scene is one that is both gruesome and spectacularly done. The fact that this song is now evermore connected to this scene is proof of how great it truly unbelievable. (very graphic and spoiler alert, you have been forewarned!!)
Reservoir Dogs (1992) – Stuck in the Middle
Thanks so much, Rob! “Stuck in the Middle” seems to be a pretty popular choice! Guess I need to see Reservoir Dogs…Anyway, if you, too, would like to take part in Song and Screen, feel free to send me your write-ups and video clips to firstname.lastname@example.org absolutely any time! Have a lovely day, everyone!