Radiohead: Everyone's favorite band. Well, maybe not everyone -- some fans surely abandoned them sometime after Amnesiac -- but they're still as culturally relevant as ever: they were on 'SNL' this past Saturday night and two days later, played on a special hour-long episode of 'The Colbert Report.' (To say nothing of their New York City shows at Roseland, which sold out in a nanosecond.) However, Radiohead is more than just a TV-performing group; directors love to use the band's music in their films (according to IMDb, they've been featured in over 30). It adds hipster cred to the movie and makes each scene seem much deeper than it really is.
With that in mind, Moviefone presents the five best uses of the British band's tracks in film.
'Romeo + Juliet'
'Talk Show Host'
This song comes on the first time we are introduced to Leonardo DiCaprio's Romeo. At that moment, approximately 1.4 trillion girls fell in love with the future movie star. (We could only find this scene in Italian -- thanks to @cristimoreano for pointing this out).
While plenty of music bloggers cried foul that their beloved band was being used in 'Twilight,' it did expose thousands of young vampire fanatics to Radiohead. Plus, it was only used during the end credits, so quit your whining bloggers.
The upcoming movie stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who already has music cred with his Hit Record Joe project. Adding this classic Radiohead track to the film multiplies that cred tenfold.
'Children of Men'
'Life in a Glasshouse'
One of the few moments in this movie where prozac is not needed. This particular scene features Michael Caine's stoner character, Jasper, smoking pot with Clive Owen's Theo, all while the closing track to the 2001 album 'Amnesiac' plays in the background.
'Everything In Its Right Place'
Cameron Crowe knows his music. So it made perfect sense that the opening scene in 'Vanilla Sky' would use some of the most memorable opening chords from an album -- 2000's 'Kid A' -- in recent history.
'Everything in Its Right Place'
What better way to promote your film that tells the tale of the guy who actually wrote Shakespeare's plays then by using a song that was recorded almost 400 years later?
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