Movies With Great Tracks

by Paul Astin | Dec 14, 2016
A song comes on and you immediately see the image of a specific part of a film, even though you saw it many years ago. You tap your toes and sing along. These soundtracks are available in the CD section of the library. Not every soundtrack is available at every branch. Place a hold yourself or have a librarian assist you. The library also has the DVD version of many of these and other films with wonderful songs that complement and enhance the action on the screen.
 
GuardiansOfTheGalaxyGuardians of the Galaxy (2014) On her deathbed, David Quill’s mother gives him a present. It is a mix-tape, and does she have great taste. Blue Swede, David Bowie, and Norman Greenbaum are here, as well as the Jackson 5. I want you back performed by the Jackson 5 reminds us what a great performer Michael Jackson was from a very young age.  It’s a perfect road trip CD, even if you’re not traveling the universe. 
 Check availability for the soundtrack and the movie.
 
FaultInOurStarsThe Fault in Our Stars (2014) A soundtrack of upbeat songs in celebration of life, rather than the constant threat of cancer, makes this soundtrack one worth listening to over-and-over again. Jake Bugg’s Simple as this stands out as a reminder of how wonderful life can be.
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PitchPerfectPitch Perfect (2012) As Jesse (Skylar Astin) says, “We’re just a bunch of guys singing cover songs,” but the tunes have you dancing through your Saturday chores. The Cups song by Anna Kendrick has become a world-wide phenomenon On YouTube you can hear several versions in different languages.
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OBrotherWhereArtThouO Brother, where art Thou? (2000) Trust the Coen brothers to find the quirkiest songs to accompany this loosely adapted tale of Homer’s Odyssey in the 1930s Mississippi Delta. Man of Constant Sorrow in several versions is a stand-out. Look for both the film and the soundtrack.
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GraduateThe Graduate (1968) The songs are written by Paul Simon and the vocals throughout the film are performed by Simon and Garfunkel. Each piece of film and each song mesh together perfectly to set the tone of what Benjamin (Dustin Hoffman) is feeling as he tries to figure out what comes next in his life.
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HardDaysNightA Hard Day’s Night (1964) Fifty years later, the Beatles first motion picture is still humorous to watch and the songs still resonate. The train segment including “Sir, can we have our ball back” as we watch the Beatles running on the outside of the railroad car, prepares us for musical instruments that appear from nowhere, and the songs include a little more than three guitars and drums. A Hard Day’s Night is just a bit of fun, with a fabulous score.
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