Thursday, April 7, 2011

Title Tracks

by Brendan Cavanagh

So my entire post was just deleted. I don't have the time nor the fortitude to rewrite the whole thing, so here's a slimmer facsimile of my original post:

Plain and simple, I wish movies these days emulated those of the '60s. Back then, a plethora of movies employed the use of a current pop song as the main theme and prominent part of the movie. For instance:

One. To Sir, With Love (1967)
           --"To Sir, With Love" by Lulu
               -The "Inspirational Teacher Movie Ending" that we so hungrily crave
Two. The Graduate (1967)
           --"Mrs. Robinson" and "The Sound of Silence" by Simon & Garfunkel
               -Poppy, jangly acoustic guitar and youthful harmonies evocative of the '60s
Three. Midnight Cowboy (1969)
           --"Everybody's Talkin'" by Harry Nilsson & Fred Neil
               -Alienating and howling for comfort in a city of strangers
Four. M*A*S*H (1970)
           --"Suicide Is Painless" by Johnny Mandel & Mike Altman
               -cynical realization that the pain that builds over time can be avoided in a voluntary instant

Feel free to offer other examples.

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