box office numbers, the all-star rom-com (romantic comedy) He’s Just Not That Into You is the number one film last week with $27.8 Million dollars. Warner Brothers did a smart move and also released Friday the 13th yesterday - for the guys, as looking at the demographic for Into You, you can see it's an outstanding 80% women.
I haven't seen either films, but I do have the soundtrack to talk about. The soundtrack has a mix of well-established alternative rock artists like The Human League, Talking Heads, R.E.M., The Cure, The Replacements, etc and modern/current bands. While I can't stress enough, the soundtrack, like the movie, has an all-star music cast - doing its best to keep the music genre in that pop/alternative area. I sometime think that the old songs are meant for the older audiences, while trying to keep fresh with the hip young kids with songs by more modern bands.
For instance, young fans will probably be drawn to Lily Allen's "Smile" song (which was the first single from her acclaimed Alright, Still), with its message about about her depression over her first breakup. Or check out The Ting Tings' "Fruit Machine", with Katie White's girlish yip-yip yell. No idea what a Fruit Machine is, but I suspect it's one of those Vegas slot machine with the three cherries. I'm sure the young kids can tell you what it is.
I also dig the Maroon 5 song, "If I Never See Your Face Again". It's a little too funky and upbeat for its 'hateful' song title. A little interesting trivia about the song, it was co-written appropriately by James Valentine.
It looks like the other stand-out single that Warner Brothers want people to check out is Erin McCarley's "Love, Save the Empty" with its unforgettable piano intro. You can watch the video on the official website.
Anywhere I Lay My Head last year, they couldn't believe it.
This time around, she covered the Jeff Buckley song, "Last Goodbye". While I won't compare the two songs, I think Johansson's version, with the blonde beauty singing over a jazz-ish piano, definitely is in frame with the rest of the movie.
Deep Discount ($12), Amazon ($12), and Best Buy ($14).