Monday Movie Music Moment

Today’s music moment is a little less famous than some of the others, or perhaps it’s one you’ve seen but forgot afterward – but I personally never did. The film Stranger Than Fiction was actually welcomed with open arms upon its release because of its artistically interesting concept and stacked cast, and even if I don’t reach to watch it once a week – there is one scene that always stands out in my head.

My love could (most likely) stem from the fact that the 2006 dark-ish comedy picked up on one of my favourite old Brit-punk singles, which is one you would never expect to get much Hollywood airtime. Although the 1977 track “Whole Wide World” is from the thrashy era of new wave rock emergence, it really is such a pretty melody that gets bigger with every growl of Wreckless Eric‘s fantasy lyrics. The movie, which actually was best known musically for using most of the band Spoon’s discography to decorate its soundtrack and score, follows Harold Crick (Ferrell), a hum-drum IRS auditor who begins to hear a writer’s voice (Emma Thompson) narrating his life as it happens – causing him to seek out the help of a famous literature professor (Dustin Hoffman) to determine if his life story is a comedy or tragedy. In the midst of this bizarre situation, Harold finds himself prompted to live his life more colourfully by pursuing love, releasing his inhibitions and tackling the reasons that have held him back from this all along.

During this scene, Harold finally gets some alone time with an independent baker and his love interest Ana (Maggie Gyllenhaal), who is finally starting to warm up to the uptight man after he audited her small and disorganized business. This scene kind of encompasses the heartwarming message behind this lovely little film, as it encourages us to write our own story ending, even if it feels like it might be a little too late sometimes.

Happy Monday! Also, isn’t it nice to see the softer side of funny man Ferrell? I sure think so!


Interested in the original non-Ferrell version? Check it out here. Love.

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About Jess Huddleston

Jess (@JessHuddles) is the music mama and song savvy nut of in a nutshell. Since she was young, Jess has noticed new acts, harassed people to find out what tune is playing and asked everyone to repeat themselves because she's plugged in. After completing a journalism degree at Carleton University, Jess stepped into the world of communications, music publicity and magazine writing, while still making time each day to share sounds. Although this funny gal also has a strong passion for fashion and all things pop culture, you're most likely to hear her rave that a particular song or album will "change your life." * Bad Habit: Smart Food. * Favourite Food: Avocado everything. * Favourite Restaurant: La Carnita. * Wine of Choice: Merlot. * Favourite Band/Artist(s): The Boss, Ryan Adams, The Walkmen, Band of Horses. * Favourite Song: All Springsteen songs, "Sweet Thing" by Van Morrison, “Bennie and the Jets" by Elton John, "I Go To The Barn" by Band of Horses and "Try a Little Tenderness" by Otis Redding. * Fashion Icon: Emily Weiss. * Favourite Movie: Only You, Forrest Gump, The Departed. * TV series: Breaking Bad or Friends. * Sport: Basketball and Soccer. * Team: Duke... but, realistically, Florida. * Blackberry or Iphone: iPhone. * Favourite Books: The Great Gatsby, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and all Kerouac.

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