The Frida Cinema calendar is chock-full of fantastic films for February!
And along with these fine films comes a plethora of madly impressive movie music! Enjoy!
Music inspired by films screening at The Frida this February:
“Blue Velvet” by Bobby Vinton.
Fans of this mysterious David Lynch film will recall Bobby Vinton’s velvety vocals crooning over the feature’s opening sequence.
“Mad World” by Gary Jules & Michael Andrews.
Children of the ’80s may recall the original version of this song—a more upbeat rendition released in 1982—by new wave band Tears for Fears. “Mad World” is a song that’s been covered numerous times by various artists, but the Michael Andrews and Gary Jules version gained popularity and notoriety in 2001, when it appeared on the soundtrack for Donnie Darko.
“Dammit, Janet!” by Richard O’Brien, with musical arrangements by Richard Hartley.
Since it’s February—the month of amor—it seems fitting to select this quirky ditty from the Rocky Horror Picture Show, in which Brad Majors (played by Barry Bostwick) professes his love and proposes to his sweetheart, Janet Weiss (played by Susan Sarandon). RHPS screens once a month at The Frida, alongside a “shadow cast” performance by performance troupe K.A.O.S.
But if you miss the screening on February 8th—don’t panic! (Janet) The dynamic tension will return again next month!
“If you want to sing out” by Cat Stevens.
To quote Cameron Diaz in There’s Something About Mary: “Harold and Maude is one of the greatest love stories of our time!” And this Cat Steven’s ditty from the film just may be one of the loveliest songs of our time! (Although, I must admit…I’m also quite partial to this cover version by Death by Chocolate.)
Fight the Power by Public Enemy.
“We gotta fight the powers that be!” This hip-hop jam was inspired by Spike Lee’s request for a musical theme to accompany his 1989 film, Do the Right Thing. Don’t miss the opportunity to catch this critically acclaimed film on the big screen, as it celebrates its 30th anniversary!
“Magic Dance” by David Bowie.
“You remind me of the babe…
The babe with the power…
The power of voodoo…
Remind me of the babe!”
Need I say more? Bowie, magic, music, and muppets! If you’re a already a fan, you love it and want to come experience it on the big screen. If you’ve never seen it—don’t miss your chance!
“Big Yellow Taxi” by Joni Mitchell.
On Feb. 27th—a special, one-night only event—The Frida proudly presents Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration! This unique footage was filmed over two nights at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles and brings together an impressive lineup of popular performers paying tribute to the iconic singer-songwriter, Joni Mitchell.
“Ninth Symphony, Second Movement (Abridged)” composed by Ludwig van Beethoven.
To conclude, I’ll leave you with a bit of the ‘ol Ludwig van...a composer who is held in the highest regard by Alex DeLarge, the main droog in Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. Don’t miss this opportunity to viddy a bit of the ‘ol ultra-violence, or you may wind up with a bit of pain in the gutti-wuts!
And other fantastic films screening at The Frida this February include:
>> THE SHINING
>> AND MORE!! VIEW THE FULL CALENDAR FOR FEBRUARY HERE!
Author: Yoli Ramazzina
Image: Unsplash/Spencer Imbrock