Why it’s awesome: Most of the songs by Folk Implosion set the ultra-disturbing mood of the film. Each of the characters also have a distinct theme.
Standout tracks: “Daddy Never Understood”by Folk Implosion; “Natural One” by Folk Implosion
Moulin Rouge (2001)
Why it’s awesome: Baz Luhrman is crazy. And incorporates modern pop songs into an over the top musical. And Ewan McGregor sings. Some of it flops, but some of it owns.
Standout Tracks: “Elephant Love Medley”, “Your Song”
Marie Antionette (2006)
Why it’s awesome: The contrast between the historical setting and modern music always wins me over. Sophia Coppolla also understands the awesomeness of new wave.
Standout tracks: “Hong Kong Garden” by Siouxsie and the Banshees; by the Cure; “What Ever Happened” by The Strokes
Queer as Folk (2001)
Why it’s awesome: Back in the first season, when the show was actually groundbreaking, you wished you hung out at Babylon. ANd you needed a guilty pleasure to get you through a long drive. And maybe you wanted to have a dance party but you lost your C & C Factory cassette.
Standout tracks: “You Think You’re a Man” by Full Frontal; “Start Rockin'” by ANtiloop
Why It’s Awesome: Because the movie, and especially the soundtrack, actually secretly made you want to do heroin. Again, here is a soundtrack curator with an appreciate for Birtpop and new wave. Although most of the songs were from an earlier time, it seemed that they were written with this movie in mind.
Standout tracks: “Sing” by Blur; “Perfect Day” by Lou Reed
Bend it Like Beckham (2003)
Why It’s Awesome: combines some great Brits (Mel C. of the Spice Girls, anyone?) and some Indian pop music, just like the blending of the cultures in the movie.
Standout tracks: “Inner Smile” by Texas; “Punjabiyan Di Shaan” by Hans Raj Hans
Empire Records (1995)
Why it’s awesome: I watched this movie the other day, and it actually seemed like it was made last year and was parodying the decade of the 90s. In the moment it was current, no it is almost cliche. How many 90s cliches can you pick out? Well, the actually selling of compact discs for one. Liv Tyler’s cobat boots worn with a plaid kilt. Better Than Ezra on the Soundtrack. Rene Zellweger wearing a scrunchie. Too bad her ultra bad version of “Sugar High” is not on the soundtrack. Also, I think the soundtrack sold about 10 million more copies than movie tickets.
Standout tracks: “‘Til I Hear it From You” by the Gin Blossoms; “Girl Like You” by Edwyn Collins