Six Pack of Soundtracks in Film

By: Movie Snurb –

There are many great film scores and being a composer takes a lot of hard work. I have respect for people that can pair current music to films, finding that perfect song that wasn’t written directly for the movie to fit in and help tell your story. There are tons of iconic soundtracks so this won’t be the last time I do this. And yes, I’m missing The Big Chill (The greatest soundtrack of all-time in my opinion) and Dazed and Confused, but since I’ve just used those in previous six packs I want to write about different movies instead of recommending the same ones over and over.

Almost Famous

A love letter to classic rock should have some quality hits on its soundtrack. Also considering they had around a 3-million-dollar budget for the music for the film, totaling around 50 some songs. This is in my top 5 favorite films of all-time- it’s a great film overall, but the music really puts it over the top. Not only in the usage of previous songs, but Peter Frampton wrote a few originals for the film’s band Stillwater, and yes, I have those songs on my iTunes and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Also the use of “Tiny Dancer” by Elton John is one of the greatest scenes in film history. It’s a shining example of music bringing family and friends together even after huge fights.

Miller Brewing Co. – Miller 64

A classic beer with a classic look. It’s perfect for those tours through the US; everyone will like it, so the band won’t argue. Plus, its classic look will make you feel like you’re back in the 70s. Now only if you were still as cool as you were back then.

Straight Outta Compton

When it comes to music biopics one of the most important parts of the film is the music. This soundtrack is excellent because it helps push the film along. We are able to watch these iconic songs created in chronological order and see how they were created. The song “Fuck the Police” was created not from one singular encounter but multiple encounters with the LAPD who had a history of abuse and racial profiling. This film helps the audience empathize with these artists. We’re able to see what they go through and what inspires their music. When this music was originally released they seemed horrible telling the Police to fuck off, but through this film were able to see why. It’s a great film and uses its soundtrack to brilliant effect.

Boulevard Brewing – Dark Truth Imperial Stout

Another delicious beer from Boulevard, this one is a stout perfect for this time of year. Plus, it’s perfect for this film for the Dark Truths it reveals. Everywhere is not sunshine and rainbows. The LAPD and police in general can be abusive or profile. Its realities are harsh, but when people start to learn them they will begin to understand Rap from this era.

Trainspotting

From its iconic opening with “Lust for Life” by Iggy Pop to the end with “Born Slippy” by Underworld, this film’s soundtrack is eclectic and brilliant. If you go back and think about this film, its scenes that stand out the most are the ones with music behind them. The opening is one of the greatest openings in film, Renton’s monologue with “Lust for Life” pumping behind it. Or when Renton shoots up and sinks into the carpet while Lou Reed serenades him through the floor with “Perfect Day.” It’s a brilliant film, but there is an argument to be made that the soundtrack has had the longer lasting effect even than the movie itself.

Tempest Brewing Co. – Bomber IPA

Drinking an American Style IPA brewed in Scotland, you can feel like one of the gang (if you want) while you watch this film. It’s darker with a high alcohol content to match Begbie’s insane personality and hopefully make him tolerable. If not, you’ll at least have a nice beer to go along with this awesome soundtrack.

The Virgin Suicides

Sofia Coppola is like Joe Swanberg, that older sibling that knows all of the cool music. However, the French new wave group Air is only half of the soundtrack. The other half is filled with music from that time period. Songs from ELO, The Hollies, and Heart fit perfectly into this film. A prime example is when we are introduced to the dreamy Tripp while “Magic Man” by Heart plays. And Air’s songs both in the original score and their songs used in the film create this dreamy atmosphere while the boys reminisce about the memories of the sisters and their imaginings of what could’ve happened. The most impressive part about this soundtrack is how the 70s rock and this French new wave band are fit seamlessly together to help create an interesting and memorable film.

Ballast Point Brewing Co. – Aloha Sculpin IPA

It’s a nice fruity IPA with a slight haze and it’s perfect for all of those imaginings of the sisters and the dream sequences. After watching this film you’ll want to take one of these out to your back porch and listen to all of Air’s albums while you daydream.

Drinking Buddies

Joe Swanberg is like your (other) cooler older sibling that knows all of the cool music that you’ve never heard of. While there’s nothing wrong with listening to Top 40 on the radio, you miss out of so much music out there. Joe knows about this awesome music and decided to put it all in his movie Drinking Buddies. Drinking Buddies is a real and honest film, and its music helps create the atmosphere of every scene. Every song fits like a puzzle piece into each scene. Instead of using songs every knows to convey emotions in scenes Joe decided to pull a Wes Anderson and deliver songs from artists we’ve never heard of to help create a unique film. If you haven’t seen this film, watch it and pay attention to the music. After the movie you’ll immediately seek out the playlist on Spotify.

Goose Island Beer Co. – 312 Urban Wheat Ale

Truth be told I probably should’ve chosen an IPA or Craft beer to match the almost hipster element of Joe Swanberg’s movies. However, I’m going with a Goose Island brew because they’re based in Chicago like Joe and where this film takes place. It’s the perfect pairing for all the drinking that goes on in this film. This way you can keep up with their drinking and enjoy your beer. Not chugging porter wanting to die.

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Another thing a great soundtrack can do is transport the audience to an exact time and place in history. This can be a period piece like Barry Lyndon with its beautiful classical music or in some instances like an earlier pick Straight Outta Compton launching us into the civil unrest in 90s L.A. However, the best example of this is O Brother, Where Art Thou? This soundtrack went 8 times platinum and revived Bluegrass. Each song perfectly encapsulates the 1920s and 30s and helps enrich the experience of the film. This is such a fun movie that you can watch anytime, and the soundtrack really adds to that experience. Eventually you’ll just want to sit back and listen to the soundtrack.

Creature Comforts – Cucumber & Lime Tritonia

This is an excellent beer to beat those hot sunny Southern days. It’s got that nice crisp flavor that is as refreshing as water. You know those hot days when you come in from mowing and you down a beer? This is that beer. It keeps you nice and cool while you watch the protagonists attempt to get to that treasure.

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