No filmmaker besides Martin Scorsese, probably, uses music so well as Cameron Crowe does throughout his career. That’s probably why Almost Famous rang so true when it opened and rings true today. It wasn’t only a film about criticism, journalism and coming-of-age, it was a film about rock and roll. Now he’s taken his love of both music and film and put together a list. He tries to stay at ten but can’t help it and goes to twenty.
I’m going to add a few of mine (some already tweeted) after his. He starts by saying “The first thing to remember about any top ten list is that it is not to be trusted. A top ten list is almost invariably subject to the whims of the day. You could be feeling sentimental or melancholy, and suddenly your top ten is a weepy diary of your feelings on the unfortunate day you made the list.”
Counting backwards, the first few:
10. “Where Is My Mind” (The Pixies)
Fight Club (1999)
Some say the lyrics of a song should never comment on the scene. This is not one of those times. The world crumbles, and of course, David Fincher knows the precise song to turn out the lights to.