Matt’s Top 3 Best Uses of Music in Film

The best musical moments in film

The Oscars nominations came out this week and loads of great bands have music attached to great films. Owen Pallet (ex Final Fantasy, current violinist for Arcade Fire), Karen O and The xx all had music in great films this year and it got me thinking about some of my favourite movies which rely heavily on their soundtrack. These are flicks that wouldn’t be the same without the brilliant musical choices that created some truly timeless scenes.

Heads up, there is a bit of strong language in #2.

1. The Big Lebowski

While this Coen Brothers film is a flawless classic from start to finish, there are a few scenes that will always be remembered as some of my all-time favourite moments in film. Just don’t watch it if you’ve had a long day and you hate the Eagles……

Classic Scene: The Dude’s psychedelic freak-out to Kenny Rogers’ “Just Dropped In”.

2. Dazed and Confused

Richard Linklater’s greatest movie launched the careers of Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck and Parker Posey and is my all-time fave high school movie. Full of quotables and hilarious performances, Dazed and Confused is a stone(d) cold classic.

Classic Scene: The end of the party at the Moon Tower set to Lynrd Skynrd’s “Tuesday’s Gone”.

3. Pulp Fiction

Quentin Tarantino’s often copied masterpiece was and is one of the greatest films of our time. There are too many great music scenes to mention but this one always stands out.

Classic Scene: John Travolta and Uma Thurman enter the dance contest and KILL IT to Chuck Berry’s “You Never Can Tell”.

Those are some of my faves, what are yours?