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Friday, February 22, 2013

Top 10 Songs From This Year's Oscar-Nominated Movies That Don't Suck

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5. Ella Fitzgerald, "Get Thee Behind Me Satan" from The Master

Paul Thomas Anderson's Scientology-inspired drama has been described by some as feeling like watching a fever dream. A study of sorts about the relationship between a leader and his follower, or a father and his son, The Master makes the viewer feel uncomfortable while remaining beautiful to look at. It's completely appropriate that this Irving Berlin song was used as background music during a more mundane scene. The arrangement is gorgeous, while the lyrical content is haunting. There is no way Phoenix or Hoffman are going to win any Oscars this year for acting, but damnit, they should.

4. Françoise Hardy, "Le Temps De L'amour" from Moonrise Kingdom

ARRGGGG Wes Anderson movies are THEE WORST. But they always have THEE BEST music! We'll get flack for this, but the sterile, symmetric aesthetics of his films are like visual nails on chalkboard to us. The pastels, the white people, the use of the Wilson Brothers. It's all too much! But the guy has a knack for selecting some fine music for his movies -- Roky Erickson, The Creation, Nico, and now the legendary Ms. Hardy. You can't go wrong with this one, folks.

3. The Jeff Beck Group, "Going Down" from Flight

Nope. We did not like Flight. We can't believe it's up for an Academy Award even. Oh it's just Denzel, up for another Best Actor award. Okay, that makes sense. Well at least it has this cool track from a pretty cool Jeff Beck Group album. Featuring the mighty Cozy Powell on drums completely killing it and Bob Tench from Humble Pie on vox. You might know the version of this song by Freddie King as the Eastbound and Down theme. This one's right up there, though: Some real downhome blues like blues hammer.

2. Ennio Morricone, "Rito Finale" from Django Unchained

It's kind of cheating putting a song from a Tarantino movie on this list. As much of an annoying twerp he is, you got to give him credit for his rad taste in music. A lot of the score for Django Unchaned is from older Italian films, including this track from the lord of the movie soundtrack himself, Ennio Morricone. We consider ourselves a bit of a Morricone obsessive, and this is by far one of the best soundtracks he's composed. It's from a sexy little 1970 action flick starring Charles Bronson and his wife Jill Ireland called Citta Violenta. Dreamy and haunting, Morricone brings everything we know and love about his arranging and composing to the table here, building tension while calming nerves. Genius music.

1. Rorschach, "Pavlov's Dog" from Zero Dark Thirty

The biggest WTF moment in cinema last year was hearing this in Katheryn Bigelow's Bin-Laden manhunt movie. A hooded detainee is shown in a scary dungeon while deafening music is blasting... and then bad stuff happens. "Pavlov's Dog" by Rorschach, a song about behavioral conditioning, is a rather inspired choice to play during a torture scene. The seminal New Jersey hardcore band brought a level of dissonance to the usually bland hardcore sound that made them stand out from the rest before breaking up in 1993. They recently reformed and blew minds with a series of shows in the Bay Area. Rad song. Rad movie. Disturbing images.

-- @AskChaki

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