Movies and music go hand-in-hand. Sometimes a soundtrack is just background noise, but sometimes a song makes a scene. Makes it more impactful, makes it more emotional, makes it better. These are some of the scenes we think were made by the music.
Brie's pick: "The Way You Make Me Feel" by Michael Jackson, Center Stage.
Guilty pleasure movie time. Center Stage. I love this movie SO much. It’s got dancing, it’s got good music, it’s got men in tights, and it’s got super bad acting. However, I have seen it more times than I can count. The final dance scene however, is one of my favorite things ever. From the time I first saw the movie *mumbles* 14 (shit) years ago, to now, I cannot hear the song, “The Way You Make Me Feel” by Michael Jackson without thinking of the love triangle from the final dance. That whole dance actually has two other great songs in it by Ruff Endz and Jamiroqua, but Michael’s words, on top of Jody strutting herself on stage, will always stand out to me, and make me wanna *wait for it* DANCE!
Elle's pick: "Time of My Life" by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes, Dirty Dancing.
Oh man, if there is one movie where I absolutely adore the soundtrack, it is Dirty Dancing. I am unbelievably in love with the movie and will watch it almost anytime it’s on. Yeah, I can’t help it. This scene though? It still is one of the best things I have ever seen. If the movie isn’t on and I’m somehow hearing the song (I’m looking at you, commercials), I still see this final dance every single time. And the lift! Who doesn’t know the lift?! I’ll admit I’ve always dreamed of having this at my wedding if my significant other was down for it. It probably won’t ever happen, but always will hold that special spot in my heart.
Heidi's pick: "Romeo and Juliet" by Dire Straits, Empire Records.
Empire Records is one of my favorite movies of all time. I can’t even tell you how much I wanted to be one of the social misfits who got hired to work there. There are any number of scenes from this movie I could have chosen, but I had to go with “Romeo and Juliet” because it’s right when A.J. is trying to build up the nerve to tell Corey how he really feels about her, and the song just fits with how he feels–like the dice were loaded for them from the start. What I like best about this scene, though, is that it doesn’t go to A.J. and Corey, because Corey isn’t ready to realize that it’s not just the same stupid feeling in her stomach like everything else. Instead, it is worked into the scene with the people listening to headphones and Mark dusting around them. They could be listening to anything, but in that moment, they’re all synchronized with how A.J. is feeling up on the roof. Also, the Dire Straits are awesome.
Liz's pick: "Tiny Dancer" by Elton John, Almost Famous.
The way “Tiny Dancer” goes from backing track to an actual character in this scene is amazing. The first time I saw Almost Famous I rewatched this part three times in a row. The way they all one by one go from tense and pissed off to smiling and laughing and singing is so cool. And not to be totally cheesy, but it’s really touching. They’re a band, music is what keeps them together. Even when everything is super tense and one of their members is running off to random kids’ parties and getting messed up and jumping off of a roof music can bring them together.
Meg’s Pick: “Circle of Life” composed by Elton John with lyrics by Tim Rice and performed by Carmen Twillie and Lebo M., The Lion King.
The opening scene of The Lion King is so iconic and it’s probably a bit cliched that I even chose it for this post. I made a list of my favorite movies and then watched all the scenes I could think of that had music attached to them, but I kept coming back to this one. The Lion King came out when I was a freshman in high school, the same summer that I got my first horse, and the music from the movie always takes me back to that time in my life. I can’t sit through it without snotsobbing. It’s really embarrassing. When they re-released it a few years ago, it was the first movie that we took my godson to, so now I have those memories associate with it as well. I don’t think anyone in the world can hear the first few chords of “Circle of Life” without getting goosebumps. Or at the very least, trying to sing (badly) along.
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