1. Watching movies is a great way to discover new music. The Kinks’ “Nothing In This World” from Rushmore, The Cardigans’ “Lovefool” from Romeo + Juliet, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “I Put a Spell on You” from Stranger Than Paradise… what’s the best song you discovered from a movie?

    Watching movies is a great way to discover new music. The Kinks’ “Nothing In This World” from Rushmore, The Cardigans’ “Lovefool” from Romeo + Juliet, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “I Put a Spell on You” from Stranger Than Paradisewhat’s the best song you discovered from a movie?

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Even in the most conventional popcorn flick, music often becomes the experimental element, because it’s sound that works in real life, too, as something that veers from and changes conventional storylines. Sound reorders our days, or at least our moods. It wafts out from storefronts, enticing us in; it pushes through the neighbor’s wall, driving us batty. The wrong song on the radio can ruin sex; the right one can inspire a declaration of love. The best composers and song-selecting music supervisors highlight music’s function as part of the autonomic system of daily life, influencing what happens and how we feel about it, even when we don’t even (seem to) hear it.

— Ann Powers on how music works in movies, Petra Haden and Superman
Photo: Steven Perilloux

    Even in the most conventional popcorn flick, music often becomes the experimental element, because it’s sound that works in real life, too, as something that veers from and changes conventional storylines. Sound reorders our days, or at least our moods. It wafts out from storefronts, enticing us in; it pushes through the neighbor’s wall, driving us batty. The wrong song on the radio can ruin sex; the right one can inspire a declaration of love. The best composers and song-selecting music supervisors highlight music’s function as part of the autonomic system of daily life, influencing what happens and how we feel about it, even when we don’t even (seem to) hear it.

    — Ann Powers on how music works in movies, Petra Haden and Superman

    Photo: Steven Perilloux

  3. How did we get here? Only two songs from movies were worthy of Oscar nominations? From, the country that brought you “Let’s Hear It for the Boy” and “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You”??

  4. Metropolis includes movie music that can stand on its own. Hear a new version of the classic score.