Year-End Movie Survey, Question 5
What were the two or three best uses of music in the movies in 2005?
New York Doll, not surprisingly, has two or three, especially the Shangri-Las' "Out in the Street" to signify that Arthur don't hang around with the gang no more, he now prefers the company of elderly Mormon women. I don't recall specific songs from Inside Deep Throat, just that I thought the soundtrack was effective. There's folky stuff by Bert Jansch in The Squid and the Whale that's nice--I had to check the credits to see who it was.
San Mendes' Jarhead was very shrewd in its song selections. The opening sequences are scored to Bobby McFerrin"s "Don't Worry, Be Happy," while the closing sequences are scored to Public Enemy's "Fight the Power." The line in the P.E. song where Chuck D raps, "'Don't Worry, Be Happy' was the number one jam/Damn if you say it you can slap me right here" provides the movie with a ironic joke that reverberates long after the movie is finished.