What’s better than a movie with a great plot line, sweet cinematography, and interesting characters? I’ll tell you what – a movie with all that AND an awesome soundtrack.
So sit back, relax, and snack on some popcorn… you’re about to discover the movie you want to watch tonight.
500 Days Of Summer
From an outsiders perspective, this film might look like your average sappy rom-com but spoiler alert: it’s not. 500 Days of Summer is clever, authentic and not at all what one would expect. It’s hilarity will leave you in stitches. Not only does this film include the sickeningly adorable Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, it’s got a sweet soundtrack featuring artists such as The Smiths, Feist, Wolfmother, Black Lips, Daryl Hall & John Oates and more. Seriously, when I say more, I mean more. So. Much. More.
Soundtrack favourite: “Sweet Disposition” by The Temper Trap.
Silver Linings Playbook
Amongst a series of unfortunate events including losing your job, your wife, and being put into a mental institution, there’s always a silver lining – a great soundtrack. Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) attempts to rebuild his life and reconnect with his wife, but things get interesting when he meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) who offers to help him in exchange for a favour. The film includes tracks from Alabama Shakes, Stevie Wonder and Alt-J. Worth the watch.
Soundtrack favourite: “Fell In Love With A Girl” by The White Stripes.
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
A coming of age novel turned film, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower captures adolescence in light and in darkness. Anyone who has accidentally eaten a pot brownie, experienced a loss, or stood quietly against a gym wall at their high school dance will feel a pang of uncomfortable nostalgia. The film has a killer cast (including dream girl Emma Watson) and even better characters. Best of all, the soundtrack is incredible, featuring New Order, The Smiths, David Bowie, et cetera.
Soundtrack favourite: “Come on Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners
Guardians Of The Galaxy
Maybe you love sci-fi, maybe you don’t. Either way, none of us can deny how truly awesome Guardians Of The Galaxy‘s soundtrack is. After all, the cassette tape is named “Awesome Mix, Volume 1.” All your favourite classic tracks are on it (Jackson 5, Blue Swede, Norman Greenbaum, to name a few), the Guardians are the best thing to happen since sliced bread, and everything is in outer-space. Also, Chris Pratt is hilarious. Need I say more?
Soundtrack favourite: “Cherry Bomb” by The Runaways.
The F Word
Ah, the F word… Friendship, wait, what were you thinking? The film is also known as “What If.” Wallace (played by Harry Potter, also known as Daniel Radcliffe) is a single medical-school drop out who is quite unenthused with life. That is, until he meets Chantry… who hits him right where it hurts: the friend zone. This film is great because 1) It’s filmed in Toronto. 2) Daniel Radcliffe. 3) It has witty dialogue. 4) The soundtrack is awesome. You can count on hearing dreamy tunes from Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes and Patrick Watson.
Soundtrack favourite: “Big Bird In a Small Cage” by Patrick Watson.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
In this epic graphic novel/movie combo, the spectacular Michael Cera is cast as Scott Pilgrim: a bass player in a garage rock band, who may or may not be dating a girl who is still in high-school. Scott’s world is flipped upside down when he crosses paths with Ramona Flowers. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to get her… Even if it means fighting off her seven evil exes. Expect to hear tracks from The Rolling Stones, Sex Bob-Omb, Beck and Black Lips, all of which you can play air guitar to.
Soundtrack favourite: “Black Sheep” by Metric, cover by The Clash.
Across The Universe
Music entirely written by The Beatles provides as the storyline for this film based on peace, love and war. It all begins when Britain bound Jude sets off to the United States in search of his father, but ends up stumbling upon care free college student Max and his sister Lucy. When Jude and Lucy start falling for each other, their relationship is threatened by the social upheaval accompanying the Vietnam War. Hey Jude, I bet you can guess The Beatles songs involved.
Soundtrack favourite: “Come Together” by The Beatles, cover by Joe Cocker.
An indie film which tells the unraveling of a twenty-something couple who have been together for 6 years. You may recognize leading lady Taissa Farmiga from American Horror Story, who did a lot of improvisation with this script. Don’t watch this if you’re still sad about your ex, I repeat do not watch it. Do look up the soundtrack though, it’s full of indie jams and bands like Foxygen, Lolawolf, Musique Le Pop, and more.
Soundtrack favourite: “Glazin'” by Jaccuzzi Boys.
Almost Famous will make you want to turn back time, live as a rockstar or “band-aid”, and travel the world on a tour bus. The coming of age film is set in 1973, and is said to be loosely based off Director Cameron Crowe’s experience writing and working for Rolling Stone Magazine. The nostalgic feel brought on by the characters, story-line, cinematography and soundtrack will leave you wishing you grew up in the 70s. The film screams sex, drugs and rock n’roll, with the soundtrack privided by Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Simon & Garfunkle, and The Who.
Soundtrack favourite: “Tiny Dancer” by Elton John.
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou
Director Wes Anderson steals the show with his eye-catching cinematography, incredibly classic soundtrack and adventurous tale of the deep sea. Oceanographer Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) seeks revenge against the rare shark that devoured a member of his crew. With his regular team and a few new members, they travel the sea, diving into pirates, estranged wives, and other adventures. Soundtrack features artists like The Zombies, Mark Mothersbaugh, and more.
Soundtrack favourite: “Queen Bitch” by David Bowie.