FAVORITE SOUNDTRACK MOMENTS

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    Juno- "Sea of Love" by Cat Power
    This whole sequence had me sobbing uncontrollably, it's the perfect mix of melancholy and happiness. Power's delicate voice, the simple strum of a guitar, and Ellen Page's voiceover compliments the tone so perfectly.
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    When Marnie Was There- "Fine On the Outside" by Priscilla Ahn
    Another sequence that had me sobbing, it reflects Anna's inner turmoil that she felt throughout the entirety of the film, and seeing her overcome that anxiety and loneliness while seeing Marnie one last time in a new light was beautiful.
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    Silver Linings Playbook- "Misty" by John Mathis
    When Tiffany runs out of the hotel, flying down the spiral staircase with her heels in her hand, it's such an iconic moment and the emotion in Jennifer Lawrence's eyes as she realizes things didn't turn out like she planned is heartbreaking. Mathis' smooth, wistful tune almost plays on that broken romance between the two of them, and allows Tiffany's frustration to boil beneath the subdued quietness of the song.
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    (500) Days of Summer- "Hero" by Regina Spektor
    Played during the Expectation/Reality scene to great effect. It starts out so happy-go-lucky, then gains a tenacious, aching power as it escalates until that final chorus where Joseph Gordon-Levitt sees the engagement ring on Zooey Deschanel's hand and storms out of her party. It works amazingly well with the drama of that feeling of embarrassment and disappointment, and the hopeless, dazed aftermath as the night fades out. That movie is full of great soundtrack moments though.
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    Frances Ha- "Modern Love" by David Bowie
    Captures the spirit of Frances' zest for life and love in a city of opportunity. It's zippy, piano-pounding tune fits the setting as Frances dances through the streets of New York, full of optimism and naivety.
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    The Perks of Being a Wallflower- "Come On Eileen" by Dexy's Midnight Runners
    "Heroes" by David Bowie would also have been a good choice, but there's something about the energy, the unabashed joy and intensifying pace that throws the audience, as well as Logan Lerman into this whirlwind of a friend group. And Emma Watson and Ezra Miller's "living room routine" is perfection, a rousing and engrossing display of their wild spirits and enviable bond.
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    Lost in Translation- "Just Like Honey" by Jesus and Mary Chain
    A song that's so subdued and low-key but at the same time grand and brimming with electricity, it's no wonder Sofia Coppola chose it to accompany one of the quietest, but amazingly impactful endings in cinema. As Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray part, the song opens up and expands, we back away from these two strangers and sweep over the Tokyo cityscape. It fades out with the final chords of the song, full of amazement, clinging to possibility.
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    The Devil Wears Prada- "The City of Blinding Lights" by U2
    When Anne Hathaway gets to Paris and sees the sights, and finally feels like she made it and this is what she wants to do with her life, it's such a good scene. I also love when she walks through New York with all her new outfits to Madonna's "Vogue".
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    45 Years- "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" by The Platters
    This song matches really well with the psychology of the character. After finding out something about her husband of 45 years' past relationship, she spends their entire anniversary party feeling betrayed and like she'll never be good enough. As the song plays for their final dance, the camera moves in on Charlotte Rampling, soaking in the deception and trying to move past it and enjoy herself, but she can't see past it. She can't enjoy this dance anymore when she feels like it's all a lie.
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    The Place Beyond the Pines- "The Wolves (Act 1 & 2)" by Bon Iver
    As we watch Dane DeHaan make one bad decision after the other, we finally end our journey with him on the run from the police, trading in all the money he has left for the motorcycle that once belonged to his dad. Doomed to ride down the same path as his dead-beat dad, he drives away into the distance as the song plays. It's an incredibly moving, but disheartening thing to watch. And Bon Iver's ethereal, hollow sound plays over the fade out to devastating effect.