“I like to think my angst has just manifested itself into pure unadulterated misanthropy.

                                                                                                                                                     – A Psycho Babbles

February 15, 2015

The final movie in Mushy Movie Music Month™ is the second Jim Sturgess film on the list. Across the Universe is also the second of three Jim Sturgess films that are in my top ten favorite films of all time. The third is the British horror flick, Heartless, which I really tried to manipulate to get on this list but it just wasn’t feasible. And, I tried! But, I had my own rules to follow so I had to leave it off.

There aren’t words to describe how much I LOVE Across the Universe. Julie Taymor is a creative genius. Based on Beatles songs, the film covers themes of love, war, peace, family, race and politics; with an especially poignant and powerful scene centered around “Let it Be.” Knowing the cast sang all the songs live during filming makes it even better.

I watched this movie, for the first time, with a huge, dumb grin on my face.  When Jude starts singing “All You Need Is Love” on the roof, I may or may not have started tearing up. I may have even choked up when Jude choked up seeing Lucy on the adjacent roof.

And, Max singing the line, “she loves you yeah yeah yeah,” always makes me happy.

Being a Beatles fan, and a fan of the entire cast, I can watch this movie over and over and over again.

 

Just two more videos to go! *sadface*

When I started this monthly project, I knew what the final two movies would be.  Rockstar was actually the first film that came to mind. The end when friends and lovers reunite to the Verve Pipe’s “Colorful” is soooooo sweet!

I cannot listen to this song without seeing Mark Wahlberg and Timothy Olyphant playing onstage and Jennifer Aniston walking…

And, did I mention Timothy Olyphant!!!!!

I love this movie so much. I’m not even sure if it’s a good movie, but it’s a movie that always makes me smile.

 

most were being good for goodness sake
but you wouldn’t pantomine
you are more beautiful when you awake
than most are in a lifetime
through the haze that is my memory
you stayed for drama though you paid for a comedy

i know i can be colorful
i know i can be grey
i know this loser’s living fortunate
cause i know you will love me either way

 

 

 

 

We’re in the home stretch. Only three more videos left in Mushy Movie Music Month™.

Today I bring you the film that is the perfect depiction of the 90’s; Reality Bites.  If you want to know what life was like for Generation X in the 90’s, just watch this movie. The casting was perfect, the music was perfect. the mood was perfect. The script went through a ton of rewrites and tweaks but the end result was a funny, touching, realistic portrayal of 20-somethings during the 1990’s.

It’s also the movie that introduced us to Lisa Loeb and “Stay.”

It’s bonus video day today since I couldn’t write about Reality Bites without posting the scene where Troy and Lelaina reunite at the end. The scene is free of music but the speech Ethan Hawke delivers, where he admits he was an asshole, is one of my all time favorite moments in film. (THIS FILM WAS RELEASED IN 1994 THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS ON SPOILERS HAS EXPIRED!)

 

“I kind of got this arcane glimpse at the universe.
And the best thing that I can say about that is…
I don’t know. I…
I have this… this planet of regret…
sitting on my shoulders.
And you have no idea how much I wish that I could go back…
to that morning after we made love…
and do everything different.
But I know that I can’t, so…
I thought that I would come here and tell you something.
And what I wanted to tell you…
was that I love you…
and, uh… just wanted to make sure that that was clear…
so that there wasn’t any confusion.”

 

 

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