Movie Review, music

Way up to Mars

Okay. One more thing on Adventureland. The soundtrack/song tracks played throughout the film is incredible with some main stream hits like “Obsession” by Animotion, “Rock Me Amadeous” by Falco (as previously mentioned), Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again”, “Point of No Return” by Expose, “Your Love” by Outfield and “Don’t Dream It’s Over” by Crowded House.

And it has its share of more obscure songs like “Tops” off the Tattoo You album by The Rolling Stones, The Velvet Underground’s “Here She Comes Now”,  Lou Reed’s “Satellite of Love”, “Taste of Cindy” by  The Jesus & Mary Chain, and “I’m in Love With a Girl” by Big Star, off the album, Radio City


Also, notably, during a bumper car scene after everyone eats pot cookies, a huge portion of my favorite Cure song, “Just Like Heaven” is played. Major kudos. “Pale Blue Eyes” by The Velvet Underground is used in a scene when Em (Kristen Stewart) is driving with James (Jessie Eisenberg), and “Satellite of Love” by Lou Reed, paired off with the colorful lights and movement of the carnival like atmosphere, serves as a key point in the plot of the film itself. 


Other period films with a great soundtrack and gritty suburban undertones: Almost Famous (2000), American Graffiti (1973), The Virgin Suicides (1999), Juno (2007), Running With Scissors (2006), and Wet Hot American Summer (2001).



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