96. Stand By Me
There was a time, when I was a young girl, when my best friends were the neighborhood boys who lived along with me on our small cul-de-sac. We had adventures, had long conversations and made up elaborate stories, some of them scary, together. I never had friendships like that again as a child, and this movie, the boys friendships, always remind me of that time in my life – in a good way.
Stand By Me :: Ben E. King
Rockin’ Robin :: Bobby Day
Lollipop :: The Chordettes
97. Say Anything
Though I have had my issues with some of the core messaging in this film as I have grown older, especially in what I see as the Lloyd Dobler syndrome, I still cannot help but love this movie. Mostly, I am more than certain, this is because of a) John Cusack, b) Lili Taylor, c) Cameron Crowe, and d) the soundtrack. I think I can recite most of the movie, by heart, as well.
In Your Eyes :: Peter Gabriel (with scenes from the movie)
Taste the Pain :: Red Hot Chili Peppers
Within Your Reach :: The Replacements
All For Love :: Nancy Wilson
98. Pump Up the Volume
The way the internet would be to me, from a community standpoint, is what this movie portrayed pre-internet. A place where people could speak their minds, connect, play music, rebel, riot, and have a voice at a time when they felt unheard and unnoticed. I loved this one so much when I first saw it, that I went back the next day and saw it again in the theater, alone, and then dragged another friend again, the day after (it very much came at the right time and place in my life when it was released).
Everybody Knows :: Leonard Cohen (with scenes from the movie)
Everybody Knows :: Concrete Blonde
Wave of Mutilation :: Pixies
Me & the Devil Blues :: Cowboy Junkies
99. My Life Without Me
A heart breaker of a film, one that gets to me every time, deep and hard and emotionally, but I love it for all of it. As a Mother, as a Wife, as a Daughter, and as a Woman who is all of those things, I relate so completely with Ann, played wonderfully by Sarah Polley. I do believe this is the first film I really noticed Mark Ruffalo in, as well – this movie has an exception cast (Polley, Ruffalo, Scott Speedman, Debbie Harry, etc.)
Try Your Wings :: Blossom Dearie
Sometime Later :: Alpha
God Only Knows :: The Langley Schools Music Projects
100. Drugstore Cowboy
A film made from an autobiography by one of my favorite directors, Gus Van Sant, Drugstore Cowboy is an amazing, albeit painful to watch, movie. Some moments bring up things I’d sooner forget, but the film is done so brilliantly that I have to take it all in. One of the many reasons I think Matt Dillon is a fantastic talent.
Put a Little Love In Your Heart :: Jackie DeShannon
For All We Know :: The Carpenters
Israelites :: Desmond Dekker