Mar 30

Unforgettable movie music

Here’s a sight-and-sound guide to the movies you love

Spring cleaning continues today with another batch of awesome links.

This edition covers movie music, movie settings and movie speeches.


Spinner magazine has named “The 77 Most Unforgettable Movie Songs,” including Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” (“Wayne’s World”), Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” (“Titanic”) and The Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” (“The Big Chill”).

Who can forget that scene in “Say Anything” when John Cusack blasts Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” from a boombox? What about the excruciating torture scene in “Reservoir Dogs,” set to Stealers Wheel’s cheerful  “Stuck in the Middle with You”?

Of course, no list would be complete without Isaac Hayes’ undeniably groovy theme from “Shaft.”

For a different take on the subject, check out Tribune blogger Pat Pemberton’s favorite music-movie pairings.

They include Harry Nilsson’s “Everybody’s Talkin,’” featured in “Midnight Cowboy,” and Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock and Roll” from “Risky Business.”


As you may have gathered, I love visiting the places where movies are filmed.

Seeing the spots where my favorite actors have stood gives me a greater connection to those films. It grounds those fantastic scenarios firmer in reality, while bringing a bit of movie magic to otherwise ordinary places.

If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting that romantic Paris park depicted in “Amelie,” or the London landmarks so prominently featured in “Sherlock Holmes,” you might want to check out The Worldwide Guide to Movie Locations.

It’s your go-to guide for everything from the Chicago suburbs seen in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” to the stunning desert backdrops that dominate“Lawrence of Arabia.”

Meanwhile, Popular Mechanics has tracked down “The World’s 18 Strangest Movie Sets,” from the miniature city used to make “Metropolis” to the wet, wildly expensive set of “Waterworld.” Did you know that the space scenes in “Apollo 13″ were filmed while the actors were floating weightlessly in the NASA aircraft known as “The Vomit Comet”?

Visiting these sets might be a little trickier, considering that most of them have been destroyed, but I encourage you to build your own NORAD a la “WarGames.”


There’s a great tradition of movie characters going “off script,” dating back to Fredric March in “The Best Years of Our Lives.”

Plenty of fed-up, flummoxed people have followed in his footsteps, ranging from Dustin Hoffman in “Tootsie” to Bill Murray in “Scrooged.” But perhaps the most famous example is Peter Finch’s “I’m mad as hell” speech in “Network” – a fantastic rant against the tragedies of modern life.

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