What is Your Favorite Soundtrack?
Listen people, I will never be Margot Tenenbaum because I am just way too melodramatic. Also, I don't have short blonde hair, half a finger missing, and I don't smoke (even secretly.) The one time I tried a cigarette in high school, I thought I was dying of respiratory arrest and I never tried that again. Clearly, I'm no Margot.
In any case, this was still fun to do...quite a laugh really all in all. It's also no small coincidence that all of my favorite films have great soundtracks. All of Wes Anderson's films have amazing soundtracks imo. There's just something about the way Mark Mothersbaugh (of Devo) songs work with the rest of the tracks, too. It's difficult for me to decide who wins in the soundtrack dept: Jon Brion or Mark Mothersbaugh. Still, Royal Tenenbaums has to be my ultimate favorite. I know some people might prefer Rushmore and that's ok. I never really got into that film to be honest (the plot was too predictable and it just wasn't quirky enough for me). It does have an amazing soundtrack, though. Still not my favorite...and I think the reason why The Royal Tenenbaums wins out for me is that it really combined some amazing classic older songs I already knew and made those scenes all the more wonderful (i.e. Elliott Smith "Needle in the Hay," Nick Drake's "Fly" The Clash's "Police & Thieves" John Lennon's "Look at Me" The Velvet Underground's "Stephanie Says," Paul Simon's "Me and Julio Down by the School Yard," and last but not least Ramones "Judy is a Punk." Not only that but I really got way more into Emitt Rhodes after hearing "Lullaby" and Nico as well.
The key to a great soundtrack is also apt placement, though, so that whenever you hear that song again randomly, you see the vision of that part of the movie and get the sense or overall feeling of the film all over again. It makes all of the themes and interactions in the film much richer and seem less like fiction and more believable..because, we'd all love if real life was accompanied by an amazing soundtrack, right? Well, I know I would. And the way in which the music is used in Royal Tenenbaums almost completely defines the characters and their beautiful melancholy. It enriches everything they are feeling and who they are. Margot is the punk named Judy but at the same time is the woman singing about how these days she doesn't do too much talking. Richie Tenenbaum is the man who can't beat himself.
Some runner ups:
Requiem for a Dream
The Darjeeling Limited
There Will be Blood
Trainspotting (though I really prefer the novel to the film)
I know there just must be many many more. Go ahead, tell me what your favorite is!