Monday Playlist: Double Feature

The city can be oppressively hot in the dead of August. One way to escape the heat is to head into a nice air conditioned movie theater to catch a movie. Philly has plenty of great theaters all over the city to choose from.

An often overlooked part of movies is the soundtrack. Sometimes the role that music plays in a film is as important as its lead actors. If you haven’t gone to any movies this summer, then head on down to the theater to see Boyhood or Guardians of the Galaxy. Both are excellent movies that not only have dynamite soundtracks but really make the music an integral part of the film.

The first word that comes to mind when describing Boyhood is investment. Clocking in at 166 minutes it may seem a little daunting to the average moviegoer but the payoff is well worth it. Director Richard Linklater shot the film over 12 years following young actor Ellar Coltrane from around his fifth birthday until his fictional character graduates and sets off to college. Linklater also casted his daughter as Coltrane’s sister along with veterans Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as their separated parents. The movie captures the essence of childhood by jumping from memorable, relatable scenes with music to jog our memories and serve as a time machine of sorts. From the opening scene, you can tell music is going to be a huge part of the movie as a young boy stares up into the blue sky daydreaming with Coldplay‘s Yellow transporting us back to a different time.

Guardians of the Galaxy uses music in a totally different but no less important way. It is another movie based off a Marvel comic, which should be running a little thin by now but manages to overcome with humor, an all-star cast, and of course, music. Guardians begins with Chris Pratt‘s character being kidnapped as a young boy by a spaceship with nothing but the clothes on his back and his Walkman loaded up with a mixtape labeled Awesome Mix Vol.1. The movie cuts to a grown up Chris Pratt dancing around a cave on a strange planet searching for a powerful orb of sorts. One can’t help but be reminded of Star Wars while watching this movie but what makes it stand on its own is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously and does so with humor and music. A strong constant throughout the movie is Pratt’s mixtape which is loaded with a collection of songs from the 70s and 80s that work surprisingly well with a film set in futuristic outer space.

Here’s a few tunes from both movies and be sure to check them out at one of the fantastic Ritz movie theaters in Old City or Rave Cinemas in University City.

1. Tweedy – Summer Noon

2. Redbone – Come and Get Your Love

3. The Flaming Lips – Do You Realize?

4. Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

5. The Black Keys – She’s Long Gone

6. David Bowie – Moonage Daydream

7. Wilco – Hate It Here

8. The Raspberries – Go All The Way

9. Family of the Year – Hero

10. Five Stairsteps – O-o-h Child


  1. Devon O' Connor

    August 11, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Awesome playlist – now I want to go see the movies!

  2. Katie Antonsson

    August 11, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Really good playlist. “Hero” is one of my favorites. Glad it’s getting notice 🙂

  3. Kyle V. Hiller

    August 12, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Summer isn’t hot enough this year!!! Despite that, this playlist is still pretty hot on its own.
    I mean, who needs summer to get sizzling?

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