Perfectly matching a song with a scene is nothing new (see: Scorsese, Martin), but Wes Anderson takes the movie soundtrack to new levels of artistry. In all his films, the young writer-director displayed a record geek's ability to wow viewers with a song that's not only enjoyable but, at its best, makes a scene instantly memorable. From 'Rushmore' to 'Fantastic Mr. Fox,' Spinner picks the director's 10 best music moments.
The Who, 'A Quick One While He's Away' ('Rushmore')
While a ton of songs in 'Rushmore' enhance scenes, this revenge montage, where Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman feud over the love of a local teacher, is absolutely killer in that department. As icing on the cake, Anderson stops the Who's sonic assault (lifted from their amazing performance on 'The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus') for a moment, then kicks it back in with a cut to Schwartzman in handcuffs being dragged down a high school hallway. Meanwhile, the Who, rather ironically, scream, "You are forgiven!"
Elliott Smith, 'Needle in the Hay' ('The Royal Tenenbaums')
Despite the film's often staged feel -- it's the first time Anderson packed into one film so many quirky characters and settings -- this harrowing scene dunks viewers into cold water. As an homage to Roman Polanski's 'Repulsion,' Anderson uses a blue filter and quick cuts of Luke Wilson staring into the camera, creating a chilly vibe; and as Smith sings, "But you idiot kid/You don't have a clue," you can't help but feel for Wilson, who seems to realize
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