Music

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Eden

Latest trailer for Eden is a celebration of music and club culture


Lose yourself to dance!
May 15
// Per Morten Mjolkeraaen
While you may not know Mia Hansen-Løve yet, her husband, and dare I say muse, Olivier Assayas is certainly more recognisable. As a fan of them both, it is easy to see how they inspire the best in each other, and with E...
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Baby Driver casting

Lily James cast in Edgar Wrights Baby Driver


Still not Ant-Man
May 08
// Matthew Razak
Edgar Wright promptly moved on from Ant-Man -- even though the rest of us are still sad about it -- and dove into some more awesome original content with his next film Baby Driver, which will be led by Ansel Elgort as dr...
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Hawkeye sings and it is beautiful


We love you Hawkeye
Apr 29
// Matthew Razak
Hawkeye takes a lot of crap, though after everyone sees Avengers: Age of Ultron that might change as he's surprisingly one of the film's bed rocks. You can learn just how super he really is now that he's finally sat down and sung all his super powers to the world. So much more than an archer. 

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Alexandre Desplat set to score Star Wars: Rogue One spinoff


A Star Wars that sounds as pleasant as a Wes Anderson film
Mar 18
// John-Charles Holmes
With a new trilogy on the way and a standalone feature, Star Wars is becoming "new" again... again. Most excited fans are eagerly awaiting The Force Awakens this holiday, but there also has also been a little detail on the si...
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Compton Trailer

First trailer for N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton


Feb 09
// Nick Valdez
I'm normally not a fan of biopics as they're usually hokey, but this first Red Band trailer for N.W.A.'s biopic Straight Outta Compton looks much better than other other ones out right now. It doesn't seem cheesy like those ...

Nick's Top 10 Movie Music Moments of 2014

Jan 14 // Nick Valdez
Honorable Mentions: Birdman - Flight scene, Snowpiercer - "What happens if the engine stops?," The Skeleton Twins - "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now," 22 Jump Street - "Ass-n-Titties," Into the Woods - "Agony" [embed]218773:42129:0[/embed] 10. The Hunger Games Mockingjay - Part 1 - "The Hanging Tree" as performed by Jennifer Lawrence Every year there seems to be a song that's meant to break into mainstream pop. Usually by happenstance, or some kind of weird popularity spike, and "The Hanging Tree" is 2014's single. Written by the Lumineers (with influence from the original text), and given an odd dance backing so it can be played on the radio, this moment may have been forced but it did show off the first actual rebellion against the Capitol. Like other parts of Mockingjay - Part 1, the scene finally opens up the world beyond Katniss and her compatriots.  [embed]218773:42130:0[/embed] 9. The Lego Movie - "Everything is Awesome/(Untitled) Self Portrait"  "Everything is awesome, everything is cool when your part of a team" was 2014's "Let It Go." There's a dollar theater in my town next to the local grocery, and when I first heard a little girl singing that song, I knew we had a winner. The scene it's used in doesn't hit perfect status until the "12 Hours Later" bit but it's still very good. Even better? Batman's demo tape, "DARKNESS! NO PARENTS!" [embed]218773:42132:0[/embed] 8. Guardians of the Galaxy - "Come And Get Your Love"  As critics like myself (although I'd like to think I'm as far from that definition as possible) continue to worry over the staleness of Marvel's films, the intro to Guardians of the Galaxy, featuring a nonchalantly groovin Chris Pratt dancing to a once forgotten Redbone tune, helps alleviate some of that worry. Starting off on the right foot, this scene helped set the tone for Marvel's future. It's going to be a lot more fun.  [embed]218773:42134:0[/embed] 7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - "Elevator Beatbox"  You won't see the TMNT movie on many Best of 2014 lists, but I've got to credit where it's due. It may have be clouded by a bunch of odd decisions, but the Turtles themselves were great. Although they looked like giant steroid hulks, the few times they got to act like their "Teenage" namesake truly stood out. This came to a head in the elevator ride before the final battle with Shredder. It's the most fun scene in this film, and it's completely unnecessary when you think about it. But it's full of so much personality it's hard to care. I want the sequel to basically be this scene x 100.  [embed]218773:42133:0[/embed] 6. The Guest - "Anthonio" The Guest has one of the best soundtracks of 2014. Fusing synth pop and trance together with little known European Pop remixes, and coupling them with a nostalgic run through the horror genre lead to one of the best musically inclined films of the year. The Guest owes most of its successes to its soundtrack and it's never better than the final scene. A stare down, a remix of Annie's "Anthonio," and a sinister Dan Stevens are a match made in heaven.  [embed]218773:42135:0[/embed] 5. The Book of Life - "Just A Friend/The Apology Song/I Will Wait" as performed by Diego Luna, Cheech Marin, and Gabriel Iglesias I think The Book of Life'll be the only time I hear Tejano-inspired music in film and that's a bit sad. Like me, it takes influences from classic pop tunes and unapologetically puts a little Mexican flair into each one. There's too many awesome songs to name (but the one touted as the "big" one, where Diego Luna performs a cover of "Creep," is kind of lame) with the too brief "Just a Friend," and the great "Apology Song" sung to a flaming skeletal bull in the Land of the Forgotten, but my favorite is definitely the montage set to "I Will Wait." It's hilarious, critiques Mexican culture, and it just sounds so pleasant.  [embed]218773:42137:0[/embed] 4. The Interview - "Firework" as performed by Jenny Lane Although the clip above doesn't refer to the scene on this list (as it's much better to experience it without being spoiled), trust me when I say that it's truly a great movie music moment. The scene that launched a thousand emails, and was most likely toned down in retrospect, but it's a damn fun scene. Much like the rest of The Interview, it makes sense in the most absurd way. Hope you get to see it for yourself.  [embed]218773:42138:0[/embed] 3. X-Men: Days of Future Past - "Time in a Bottle" With as many comic book films I see now, they all start to blend in together after awhile. What woke me up from my haze, however, was Days of Future Past. While the rest of the film followed the same beats, and Quicksilver himself wasn't the most interesting addition, I've never seen a better demonstration of super speed. Sure we've seen this type of slowdown in films like The Matrix, but I can't recall seeing it used so humorously. It's the little touches that made everything work.  [embed]218773:42136:0[/embed] 2. Frank - "Secure the Galactic Perimeter/I Love You All" as performed by Michael Fassbender Frank is a film about twelve people saw, and that's a damn shame. It's got some of the best music from 2014. The songs were notably assembled by the cast (and not even available in full on the soundtrack) and they're just so weird. Good weird. While the final song "I Love You All" gets the full bump on this list, it doesn't really mesh as well as it should until you've seen the film. Once you've seen the film, learned of all of Frank's quibbles, then it truly comes together.  [embed]218773:42139:0[/embed] 1. Whiplash - "Caravan" as performed by Miles Teller God, Whiplash has the best f**king music. That finale? So gooooooooooooooood. What are your favorite music moments of 2014? Agree or disagree? Leave a comment below or hit me up on Twitter! Stay tuned through the rest of the week for more "Best Of" lists! 
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Music to my eyes
Music plays an integral role in film. Easily ignored, easily forgotten, a film's soundtrack is the little celebrated framework of cinema. But when sound and sight marry into a great scene, you get some of the best moments. Li...

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Into the Woods

Listen to the first song revealed from Disney's Into the Woods


Dec 05
// Nick Valdez
With Disney's adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's musical Into the Woods hitting theaters soon, the jig is essentially up. It can't hide the fact it's a musical anymore, especially with recent promotional material finally showi...
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Mockingjay Part 1

Here's that great Hanging Tree song from Mockingjay- Part 1


Nov 26
// Nick Valdez
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 was pretty good. It's the best in a rough series and stands out due to some great decisions. But one of the clunkier ones was "The Hanging Tree." A song featured in the book, it was...
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Thriller

It's Halloween night, so here's Thriller


Oct 31
// Nick Valdez
This counts as a movie, right? Ah whatever, have a safe holiday! 

Review: Whiplash

Oct 10 // Alec Kubas-Meyer
[embed]218258:41786:0[/embed] WhiplashDirector: Damien Chazelle Release Date: October 10, 2014 (Limited)Rating: R  This is "Whiplash": [embed]218400:41868:0[/embed] That song is your litmus test for the film. If you do not like that song, you won't like Whiplash. You hear bits and pieces of the song over and over again, and if your delicate ears can't deal with the jazzy brilliance, you 1) Need to seriously reconsider your life decisions, and 2) Should avoid Whiplash like the plague. But let's assume that you're a rational human being with decent taste in music. Pretty great song, right? It's also really, really difficult for a drummer to play correctly. And so it makes sense that "Whiplash" is a go-to track for Studio Band, the most prestigious Jazz group in the most prestigious music conservatory in America. Everyone at the school wants to be in Studio Band, but only a select few can make that leap. And doing so means interacting directly with Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons). The man is absolutely vicious, his rapid fire insults would have made Kubrick proud, and he serves to make a band feel like a military platoon. Fletcher is an amalgamation of actual people. The film was inspired by director Damien Chazelle's own experiences as a drummer in high school under the tutelage of a particularly cruel instructor. But Fletcher is more than that, taking in the worst qualities of instructors that various consultants on the film had had. Fletcher is all of them. He's the worst of the worst. But he's not as bad as Andrew Neyman. If I were to describe Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller) in two words, they would be "Whiny brat." He's an awful person. The worst kind of person, really, because he's really good, knows it, and revels in it. People who think they're really good and aren't are annoying, but they can be dismissed. Neyman is really, really good (more on that later), but he's a total dick about it. And that's a shame, because he isn't just a natural talent who shows up and blows everyone away. He has to work really hard to be the best. He literally moves his mattress into a practice room so he can practice whenever and forever. He plays and plays until his hands are raw and bleeding. Yeah, those are the traits of a crazy person, but so what? That's what it takes to be the best. If he had any likable traits, I'd have totally been on his side. (Especially since I'm a drummer, and I know just how freaking hard that stuff is to pull off.) But alas. Neyman won't allow for anything verging on sympathy. The hard work is admirable (and necessary), but it comes at the expense of his outside interactions and basically anything at all that could humanize him. He wants to become one of The Greats because then people will know His name and worship at the altar of Neyman. Everyone around him just gets in the way. I've met people like Andrew Neyman. I don't like them. And I don't like him. This meant that certain scenes simply didn't work for me on an emotional level. I was rooting for Andrew Neyman to fail, and when things began to fall apart for him I was cheering along. So in a pivotal scene at home where Andrew's family essentially ignores his accomplishments in favor of his brother's Division III football accolades, I was caught between my hatred for him and a feeling of total understanding. Having done primarily artistic things with much of my life (music, theater, writing), I've had plenty of moments where my own accomplishments were belittled by comparison. Not from family, but from others. Andrew Neyman is in the best band at the best music school, and his family doesn't care. That should be extremely depressing, but it's not, and Andrew lashes out in a way that just makes him even less sympathetic. But scenes like that also highlight an undeniable truth: Whiplash feels right. Even though I hated Neyman, he felt like an actual person. Terence Fletcher occasionally threatens to turn into a cartoonish villain (and arguably his final gesture of ill will tips the scales a bit), but he still feels like a person who could exist. Who does exist. All throughout, nothing feels forced or artificial. It's just natural, and it's a testament to both the performers and writer/director Damien Chazelle that my issues with the characters merely tempered my enjoyment of the film rather than outright ruined it. But more than anything else, it's Whiplash's soundtrack that makes the film so fascinating. Not only is the music incredible (if the soundtrack doesn't hit Spotify soon, I may very well be buying a CD for the first time in years) but watching the performances develop over the film's 106 minute runtime is extremely gratifying both as someone who is not particularly good at music and also as someone who appreciates the talent that goes into making it great.
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And all that Jazz
I thought the good folks over at the NYFF were kidding when they described Whiplash as "Full Metal Jacket at Julliard." I've been burned by their film descriptions before, so I couldn't trust something that just sou...

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Hungah Games

Here's Lorde's Hunger Games: Mockingjay single "Yellow Flicker Beat"


"Red, orange, yellow flicker beat sparking up my heart"
Oct 02
// Nick Valdez
Although she's been a great contributor on the Hunger Games films soundtracks, Lorde has never got the headlining spot (that honor went to Taylor Swift's "Safe & Sound" for the first film and Coldplay's "Atlas" for Catch...
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Listen to the entire Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross Gone Girl score


Because your ears deserve some goodness
Sep 25
// Matthew Razak
OK, we're all excited for Gone Girl, but how do we hold ourselves over for the next week before it comes out? The score. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross teamed back up with director David Fincher (they previous did The Social N...
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Nick Cave in NYC

Nick Cave performing in NYC for special screening on 20,000 Days on Earth


Also featuring a conversation with the film's directors
Sep 03
// Alec Kubas-Meyer
Are you a Nick Cave fan? Do you live in or around New York City? Then you need to mark September 20th on your calendar, because whatever you might have been doing that day is less important than what you will be doing now. To...
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Whiplash Trailer

Trailer for Whiplash starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons


Aug 27
// Nick Valdez
Whoa, why hasn't anyone told me about Whiplash? Starring J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller, as a jazz student and incredibly harsh teacher, Whiplash looks like it's going to be one of my favorites this year if the rest of it is ...
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Lonely Island and Apatow

Judd Apatow producing new music-themed comedy from The Lonely Island


Though there's no word on whether it's actually musical
Aug 11
// Alec Kubas-Meyer
For quite some time, The Lonely Island's digital shorts were the best thing that Saturday Night Live had going for it. The combination of Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg, and Jorma Taccone made for some great scenes and some exc...
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TMNT's New Rap

Listen to the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles rap "Shell Shocked"


KNOCK KNOCK YOU ABOUT TO GET SHELL SHOCKED
Jul 22
// Nick Valdez
Remember way back when Vanilla Ice did the the theme for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze? Regardless of your opinions of "Ninja Rap's" quality, you have to admit it was catchy. And you know what? This...
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First trailer for Jimi: All Is By My Side - Jimi Hendrix biopic


Jul 03
// Liz Rugg
Jimi Hendrix is one of the indisputable legends of rock and roll, and now his iconic life will get the movie treatment it deserves. Starring OutKast's Andre Benjamin (Andre 3000), Jimi: All Is By My Side will focus on a sing...
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Trailer for Frank starring Michael Fassbender is goofy fun


Jun 20
// Liz Rugg
Frank tells the story of a young musician named Jon who joins a group of eccentric musicians, lead by the enigmatic Frank, a man who makes music purely for the joy of creating ... and who wears a giant fake head all the time...
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Adam Levine squawks out music in second trailer for 'Begin Again'


Ouch.
Jun 03
// Isabelle Magliari
I don't know what's worse: Adam Levine's piercing falsetto screeching indefinitely over footage of hip thirty-somethings reclaiming their lives, or CeeLo Green "free-styling" a godawful rap and then calling it "exceptionally...

Tribeca Review: Super Duper Alice Cooper

Apr 21 // Isabelle Magliari
[embed]217643:41459:0[/embed] Super Duper Alice CooperDirector: Reginald Harkema, Scot McFadyen, Sam DunnRelease Date: April 30, 2014Rating: NR Super Duper Alice Cooper is a bio-documentary focusing on the rise and fall of Alice Cooper: the band and Alice Cooper: the man. From Alice's humble beginnings as an unassuming pastor's son, the film and chronicles each watershed moment of his career from being black booked from venues to becoming a premier rock god by the end of the 1970's. The film starts with the introduction of teenage Alice Cooper, then Vincent Damon Furnier, and his first high school band. Cooper narrates the documentary himself and is both likable and funny, serving as a bright spot throughout a film which unfortunately begins to drag after the first twenty minutes.  The film's plodding place is caused in part by its bizarre visuals, which include concert footage, old photographs, and special effects exclusively. Living legends Iggy Pop and Elton John provide interviews and only their incorporeal voices can be heard as their testimonials are laid over a constantly moving collage of antique photos/film clips/etc. No interviewees' faces are ever shown, Cooper included, and watching nothing but a collage of pictures and video for 86 minutes kills the film's momentum.  And when the film loses steam, the story loses impact. There's a portion of Super Duper Alice Cooper which touches upon Cooper's alcoholism and how it affected his family, health, and musical career. Outside of some well-placed Jekyll and Hyde silent film clips, which cleverly illustrate the break between the Alice Cooper character and the man behind the make up, the film fails to explore the ramifications of his addiction in a meaningful way, instead relying too heavily on goofy-looking effects. To its credit, Super Duper Alice Cooper does try to tell a massive story in a very short amount of time, which is admirably ambitions but ultimately foolhardy. I feel as though the film would have been more successful had it chosen to focus on a single part of Cooper's career, such as his addiction or his first tour as a solo artist. Trying to convey a forty-year story without showing the faces of the people who were personally involves makes this film feel long and, at times, uninteresting. In the end, Super Duper Alice Cooper was informative, and if you're a massive Alice fan then definitely check it out, but I wouldn't rush out to see this film in the theater. Vincent's journey from religious pre-teen to chicken-throwing rock god is a fascinating one, but this documentary feels hollow.
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An ambitious title for a blasé rock doc
As a child, my parents lived and breathed Alice Cooper. My father had a particularly terrifying poster of his made-up, screaming face thumbtacked into the cork-board wall of his office that scared me too much to ever listen t...

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Hans Zimmer returns for Batman vs. Superman


What's the exact opposite of not effing surprised at all?
Apr 15
// Matthew Razak
In news that should shock no one -- he scored Man of Steel, all three Nolan Bat films and probably enjoys getting payed money -- Hans Zimmer has confirmed that he'll be returning for Batman vs. Superman. The prolifi...
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Trailer: Heaven Adores You - an Elliot Smith documentary


Apr 04
// Liz Rugg
You've probably heard of Elliot Smith before. Maybe you've heard his music, maybe you've heard about how he died, maybe you've heard about the Elliot Smith memorial mural in Los Angles. Heaven Adores You is a documentary abo...
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First song for 'Muppets Most Wanted' is crazy adorable


SO CUTE
Feb 28
// Isabelle Magliari
Every time Kermit the frog dances with a gold hat and cane, my heart grows three sizes. After watching the music video for the first song from Muppets Most Wanted entitled "Sequel Song," my heart nearly burst out of my ...
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Her

Here's Karen O and Spike Jonze performing "The Moon Song"


Still so so gooooooood.
Feb 14
// Nick Valdez
While Frozen's "Let it Go" was robbed during The Golden Globes, Her's "The Moon Song" didn't even get nominated. That's a shame because it's one of the most touching musical pieces of 2013 (landing it in my list of the 10 Be...

Nick's 10 Best Movie Music Moments of 2013

Jan 14 // Nick Valdez
Honorable Mentions: Turbo - "That Snail is Fast!,"  American Hustle - "Live and Let Die," Despicable Me 2 - "Happy," We're the Millers - "Waterfalls," Only God Forgives - "Leum mai long," Stoker - Piano Duet, The History of Future Folk - "Moons of Hondo" [embed]217090:41102:0[/embed] 10. "I Swear," as performed by The Minions - Despicable Me 2 Despicable Me 2 had one particularly interesting thing going for it: its Pharell produced score. And while "Happy" nearly made this list because it's damn excellent, nothing beats how the Minions are at peak adorable capacity when they sing All-4-One's "I Swear" (roughly translated as "Underwear"). It's not the fact they're singing it, it's the commitment to the bit that hits home. The white suits, their music video movement, and that final talk to a flower. It's exquisitely cute in a film filled with that same cuteness.  [embed]217090:41103:0[/embed] 9. "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)" - The Great Gatsby  While F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is a great text, one of its major problems is how it treats the non-White races. Baz Luhrmann's adaptation solves most of the those issues in one scene, and in fact, the greatest scene in the movie. African Americans are only showed twice in the film, once as workers, and once as an elite group of party goers ordering around a White gentleman. It's nice considering they never show up again (and it's using the one song that wasn't originally composed for the film). Gatsby has a very good soundtrack, but nothing tops the marriage of music and visuals in this one moment.  Read our review of The Great Gatsby here. [embed]217090:41104:0[/embed] 8. "Doby," as performed by Will Ferrell - Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Anchorman 2 may not have been anywhere near as funny as the first film, but it has got some classic moments of its own. One of them involves the baby shark, Doby. It's not really the song itself that places it on the list, but the montage that accompanies it. It's been done before, sure, but seeing that crying kid also made it one of the funniest things I saw last year. Swim Doby, you majestic bastard.  Read our review of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues here.   [embed]217090:41135:0[/embed] 7. "The Moon Song," as performed by Scarlett Johansson -  Her Her is the best romantic film that only features one person talking to the screen. At one point, it gets terribly cliche (Theo and Sam go to a cabin), yet it's not cliche and it's wonderfully gorgeous. Mostly because of Scarlett Johansson and Joaquin Phoenix's duet on "The Moon Song." It's light, heartbreakingly beautiful, and Johansson's cracking voice gives it an especially lovely charm. It's truly a romantic theme that'll last for a long, long time.  Read our review of Her here. [embed]217090:41109:0[/embed] 6. Hum Chant, as performed by Matthew McConaughey and Leonardo DiCaprio - The Wolf of Wall Street This may not count entirely as a music moment per say, but it's got a beat and it's damn catchy. More so than most of this list. At the end of the first trailer, you catch a glimpse of this chant when Matthew McConaughey sings it for a bit. But there's so much more to the scene. There's also a bit toward the end where it's repeated and it's the most guttural, animalistic sound I had heard last year. Every time I want to inspire myself, I'm going to use the exact same chant. It just hits home and makes you believe "F**k yeah! I can do this!" For a song I can use in every day life, there are few better.  Read our review of The Wolf of Wall Street here. [embed]217090:41110:0[/embed] 5. "I'm Free" - The World's End  But why just use a song when you can adapt to your very mantra? That's where "I'm Free" comes into The World's End. In a film that seems to ultimately be about resisting forced change, sometimes you just want to be free to do what you want at any old time. It's not higher on this list because it's more of a thematic overtone rather than a single moment (although I'd love to point out how well it's used in The World's End pub finale), but it's still a wonderfully chosen song. It's a weird nostalgic trip about living out your dreams in the 90s that's being transformed into a theme for any day, any year. Just do what you want.  Read our review of The World's End here. [embed]217090:41111:0[/embed] 4. "Let It Go," as performed by Idina Menzel - Frozen Now if you're talking about a song that says you should do what you want, look no further than Frozen's "Let It Go." Becoming an instantly gratifying addition to Disney's musical repertoire, Idina Menzel finally delivers on her sadly songless performance in Enchanted. This one scene becomes not only the best part of Frozen, but the best animated moment of the year. Elsa singing about finally releasing her worry, creating the ice castle, and changing into that oddly sultry dress is something I ended up replaying multiple times. Although every song in Frozen's catalog is wonderful (the "First Time in Forever" Reprise being a close second), "Let It Go" is going to end up on every fan's "Top Ten Disney Songs" list alongside "Kiss the Girl," "Beauty and the Beast," and "Circle of Life" for many, many years to come.  Read our review of Frozen here. [embed]217090:41112:0[/embed] 3. "Run N*gger Run/Roll Jordan Roll," as performed by Paul Dano/Chiwetel Ejiofor - 12 Years A Slave Now I couldn't decide between two of 12 Years A Slave's standouts because they're both used so well. Both songs are used to capture moments of extreme dread and help drive home what kind of hopeless situation Solomon's in. Paul Dano mockingly singing "Run N*gger Run" is Dano at his career slimiest, but nothing is more heartbreaking that "Roll Jordan Roll." The extended close up, the realization of Ejiofor's face, until Solomon finally gives in and joins the hymn. It's that moment where your heart tears in two. He's stuck and finally releasing some emotion and it's incredibly unsettling.  Read our review of 12 Years A Slave here. [embed]217090:41113:0[/embed] 2. "Everytime,"  as performed by James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine - Spring Breakers Want to talk about incredibly unsettling? Spring Breakers set the stage early on in 2013. After this movie, I knew we were in for a fantastic year of crazy movies. Who knew that it set the trend that each film would defy expectations of its genre moving forward? If the intro or gun fellatio scenes didn't scare you away, you eventually got to the best scene in the film. As Alien (James Franco really turns it out) serenades his lovely trio of bandits with Britney Spears, one of the best montages of the year helps establish hammer the film's exuberant tone if you hadn't figured it out by then. It's just so, so visually captivating. And hilarious. Captilarious.  Read our review of Spring Breakers here. [embed]217090:41114:0[/embed] 1.  "Take Yo Panties Off/When the Shit Goes Down/Paper Planes/Gangnam Style/I Will Always Love You/Backstreet's Back" - This is the End Now This is the End won't be every person's favorite movie (some unfortunately think it's shallow, and they're wrong), but it uses music incredibly well. TiTE has a ton of montages in it, and it's never once terrible. Each song choice is poignant, and most importantly, hilarious. It's also completely ignorable too. When Danny McBride first enters to Cypress Hill's "When the Shit Goes Down" it really doesn't hit home until later why that song was chosen. "Take Yo Panties Off" is Craig Robinson's best song, "Gangnam Style" might be the most dated choice but it only lasts a few seconds, and the final two songs lead to the most sincerely happy and riotous finale of last year. If anything makes me as delighted as TiTE's finale did in 2014, I can die and go to heaven myself.  Read our review of This is the End here.   What are your favorite movie music moments of 2013? Did I miss any of your favorites? Leave a comment below or hit me up on Twitter! While you're at it, why not check out my Top 5 Animated Movies of 2013 list too!
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Music to my ears
I'm a sucker for a good soundtrack. Your film could be the worst thing since sliced bread and I'd still love it if the songs were nice. But the best movies take their song choices (or original works) and use them in spectacul...

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Win a Wolf of Wall Street Soundtrack


HUGE member are automatically entered
Jan 07
// Matthew Razak
The Wolf of Wall Street was overall a pretty bad ass movie. Sex, drugs, money and a soundtrack to express an era of decadence and wanton corruption. In other words, an awesome soundtrack. It's pretty eclectic as well, ra...
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Academy Awards

There are 75 songs eligible for Best Original Song Oscar


Notable films include Frozen, Great Gatsby, and even Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Dec 17
// Nick Valdez
Now that the Academy Awards have released their list of nominations for this year, it's time for the awards season to go into full swing. Naturally that means we all ignore the Golden Globes completely and just jump right int...
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'Cats' movie is a possibility, says Andrew Lloyd Webber


Meow
Dec 06
// Isabelle Magliari
Following the success of the Les Miserable film, which grossed $441 million, Andrew LLoyd Webber revealed in a recent Daily Mail interview that Cats may be next in line for a film adaptation.   "I haven’t see...
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I Still Belieb trailer

First trailer for Justin Bieber documentary, Believe


Do you Belieb in life after love?
Nov 18
// Nick Valdez
In a spiritual sequel to Justin Bieber's Never Say Never documentary, Believe, oh wait Justin Bieber's Believe sorry, this documentary catalogs the sad and terrible life of the fallen teen idol. Wait, little girls still like...
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Don Cheadle to star as Miles Davis... finally


Nov 14
// Matthew Razak
Don Cheadle's Miles Davis movie has been bouncing around for a long time now. The not-a-biopic biopic just couldn't land on its feet. However, Kill the Trumpet Player is finally moving forward as BiFrost pictures picks i...

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