Posts Tagged ‘soundtrack’


Watch: Trainspotting

October 7, 2008

I just watched Trainspotting again, for the first time in many years. It’s still a fantastic movie – somehow, it manages to be despairing and cynical while still being, well, fun (in contrast to, say, Requiem for a Dream, which is most emphatically not fun). But the other remarkable thing about the film is its soundtrack – not only are the songs great in and of themselves, but they are also perfectly deployed in the film – Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day” plays while the lead character OD’s on heroin, another character sings an a capella snippet of New Order’s “Temptation.” Do yourself a favour – get your hands on the DVD and watch (and listen) to it again.


Prepping for the big score

April 12, 2008

I was prepared to hate the movie 21, partly because the trailer suggests that the movie is entirely unlike the book, but mostly because they shut down the People’s Republik and Harvard Bridge for several nights for filming (I really hope there is a kick-ass car chase on the bridge, not just a touching love scene between improbably hot ‘MIT students’). However, I do have to salute the producers’ excellent taste in bringing LCD Soundsystem in on the soundtrack (my love of James Murphy is welldocumented). His contribution, “Big Ideas,” begins with a driving beat, underlaid with syncopated drums. The rising tension and accelerating pace have turned out to be the ideal music for last-minute pre-workout details, like putting on a sports watch and finding my keys, as I’m getting ready to head out the door. The horns come in at about 1:40, and by the time the vocals come in at 2:10, I’m ready to sprint.

Of course, “Big Ideas” is also an excellent accompaniment to a strenuous session of couch-surfing. Or, you know, winning big at Vegas.

MP3: LCD Soundsystem – Big Ideas

21 Soundtrack