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Best and Worst use of Beatles music in movies that are not related with the Beatles.
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I thought of this after watching an ad for Evan Almighty and a Beatles song that made me… blue-meanie

 

Ok so What's in your opinion the best and worst use of the Beatles music in a film that is not related with the Beatles? (For example, that hideous Sgt Pepper doesn't count because we have Billy Shears and Sgt. Pepper in the script)

 

Best : 1. Ferris Bueller's Day Off Twist And Shout. I'm not a fan of the movie but I can't help to dance everytime the TV is on with this.

 

Edit : Ok it seems the video is not working, just go to youtube and search Ferris Bueller's day Off Twist And Shout scene

 

 

Best : Mask. What a best way to get your first kiss after dancing with the girl of your dreams "Girl". Rocky Dennis got it and he was so thankful that he had "Thank you Beatles!" on his wall later. (The video is in German and the scene starts at 4:00)

 

 

Best: Ok, this is not the Beatles, but I have to share. I rememeber watching The Killing Fields when I was 15. I didn't expect that ending and not even Imagine. My sister and I broke in tears. I mean, no tears but we were actually crying. This movie is about Dith Pran going through hell to survive in Cambodia and his friend and journalist Sydney Schanberg trying to save him. The late Haing S. Noor got an Oscar for his amazing performance.

 

BTW Time magazine called this a lowest point in culture or something like in 1984 Whatever. I don't care if this is manipulative, but I think it's the perfect ending for this movie that depics horrible, horrible things men can do and this man's journey, and BTW the late Haing S. Noor's journey.

 

 

The worst : How does Universal Channel dare to use Revolution to advertise Evan Almighty???? Thank God there's no video in youtube for that.. but every time I hear it (my sister watches Universal a lot) I scream!!

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Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower…

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I don't have a best one, but "Mother Nature's Son" from Sam I Am or I Am Sam or something, with little Dakota Fanning, kinda ruined the song for me... it was probably because I hadn't heard the original until after I saw that movie, so... a-hard-days-night-paul-1

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I don't think there are many movies with original recordings. The only one I've seen with a Beatles song that wasn't a cover was Ghost Town, which had I'm Looking Through You (geddit?). That was pretty bad, but once you get onto the covers...

There was one movie that was on TV (can't remember the name) which had Come Together during a scene in a war base or something. It didn't fit at all, but anyway...

Oh, and that movie Imagine That. That had 4 Beatles covers in it, I think. It had Nowhere Man, Here Comes The Sun, All You Need Is Love (sung by a children's choir) and Got To Get You Into My Life. Every time I heard one of them start, I groaned. 

Ferris Bueller pulled it off well. I love that movie.

I remember there being a cover of a song in The Cat in the Hat, Getting Better. They put an instrumental break over the "I used to be cruel to my woman" bit. I don't know who it was by, but judging from the sound, I'd say it was Smash Mouth.

You know, I don't think that Beatles songs work in an American accent.

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A Fiendish Thingy said:

I don't have a best one, but "Mother Nature's Son" from Sam I Am or I Am Sam or something, with little Dakota Fanning, kinda ruined the song for me... it was probably because I hadn't heard the original until after I saw that movie, so... a-hard-days-night-paul-1


 

I haven't seen that movie because I heard bad reviews about it... is it any good?

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie……

Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower…

Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go.

Beware of Darkness… 

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I know it's related to the Beatles but I hated Across The Universe so much. Horrible, horrible singing. Just abysmal.

 

Best: Charles Manson documentary. I have never seen a funnier dance to Helter Skelter.

 

Worst: Acapella version of "Run For Your Life". Sorry I can't remember what movie it was from. This one was just bad, and I mean like REALLY bad. It was kind of ironic that it was sung by a woman....

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"Ferris Bueller" (both the character and the movie) really annoyed me - overdubbing those horns onto "Twist And Shout" was a typically stupid '80s move.  Plus I wanted to slap that irrepressably smug face the whole time he was onscreen! Really, Jeffrey Jones and Ben Stein MADE that movie, imo.

Paulrus was right about the scarcity of actual Beatles recordings in films - aside from actual Beatles or Beatles-related films, all I could think of was "When I'm 64", used over the opening credits of "The World According To Garp".

I remember George saying 'Blimey, he's always talking about “Yesterday”, you'd think he was Beethoven or somebody' - Paul McCartney

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mithveaen said:

A Fiendish Thingy said:

I don't have a best one, but "Mother Nature's Son" from Sam I Am or I Am Sam or something, with little Dakota Fanning, kinda ruined the song for me... it was probably because I hadn't heard the original until after I saw that movie, so... a-hard-days-night-paul-1


 

I haven't seen that movie because I heard bad reviews about it... is it any good?


 

It makes you cry, HARD. And not just one time, it makes you cry like SEVEN times, at random intervals, too. Did it really get bad reviews? I thought it was decent. Sean Penn is insanely good in it. a-hard-days-night-paul-2

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MrBig said:

I know it's related to the Beatles but I hated Across The Universe so much. Horrible, horrible singing. Just abysmal.

 


 

thanks Mr. Big I knew my instinct was right. My Beatle fan niece wants me to watch it.. but I don't want to because I know I'll hate it..  

 

A Fiendish Thingy said:

 

It makes you cry, HARD. And not just one time, it makes you cry like SEVEN times, at random intervals, too. Did it really get bad reviews? I thought it was decent. Sean Penn is insanely good in it. a-hard-days-night-paul-2


 

Umb.. Ok… I guess I'll check it the day I get a free rental in Blockbuster and I'm in the mood for crying. Though those kind of movies never make me cry. I didn't cry with The Notebook. Actually I think I laughed a lot with that movie.

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie……

Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower…

Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go.

Beware of Darkness… 

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mithveaen said:

MrBig said:

I know it's related to the Beatles but I hated Across The Universe so much. Horrible, horrible singing. Just abysmal.

 


 

thanks Mr. Big I knew my instinct was right. My Beatle fan niece wants me to watch it.. but I don't want to because I know I'll hate it..  

 



If you can, wear ear plugs when you watch it. It's that bad.

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I thought it was kinda funny in Yes Man when Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel sang a small part of Can't Buy Me Love.a-hard-days-night-george-8

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One time I said "I've Got Blisters on My Fingers!" when we were writing something in class (I actually did have blisters), and one of my friends started laughing. I said to them "Do you even know where that's from?" and they said "Duh, Yes Man!"

I facepalmed. I haven't seen Yes Man though. Is it any good?

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I love Yes Man. It is  dumb, though, when people mistake sources... a-hard-days-night-ringo-12 I like the movie, though.

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Paulrus said:

One time I said "I've Got Blisters on My Fingers!" when we were writing something in class (I actually did have blisters), and one of my friends started laughing. I said to them "Do you even know where that's from?" and they said "Duh, Yes Man!"

I facepalmed. I haven't seen Yes Man though. Is it any good?


 

I haven't seen it either.... I didn't know there was a Beatle reference there..

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie……

Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower…

Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go.

Beware of Darkness… 

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Yeah! They sing Can't Buy Me Love (a small part of it). And he plays guitar later in the movie and Jim Carrey says "I've Got Blisters On My Fingers!!!". Its a hilarious film!

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Oh Also at the beggining and end of "Dinner for Smucks" they play Fool on the Hill!!

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Acrossn the Universe Sang a lot of their songs. Not well, but sang them.a-hard-days-night-george-9

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Paulrus said:

One time I said "I've Got Blisters on My Fingers!" when we were writing something in class (I actually did have blisters), and one of my friends started laughing. I said to them "Do you even know where that's from?" and they said "Duh, Yes Man!"

I facepalmed. I haven't seen Yes Man though. Is it any good?


Iv'e done that too!a-hard-days-night-john-1

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Since this has been flagged up again (see here) there is a Japanese film called Norwegian Wood. No idea if the Beatles version is in the film (or even a cover) but it is on the trailer. Going by its wiki entry its got nothing to do with the band.

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At the end of The Social Network, a film about how Facebook was established, Baby You're A Rich Man is playing. I think it was suiting.

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Thabks to @Ahhh Girl for rediscovering this.

Ben Stiller's new film 'While We're Young' features Paul and Wings' 'Nineteen Hundred And Eighty-Five' and 'Let 'Em In' in the trailer.

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