by Rob DiCristino
Discerning fans of good music across the globe were united in celebration last week as Taylor Swift released Red (Taylor’s Version), the re-recorded and expanded edition of her multi-platinum 2012 album. Swift’s music and lyrics are inherently cinematic — she even wrote and directed an All Too Well short film for this release — which got me thinking about movies that share moods and tones with its more notable tracks. Here are just a few:
1. When Harry Met Sally… (1989, Dir. Rob Reiner)
2. The Great Gatsby (2013, Dir. Baz Luhrmann)
3. Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004, Dir. Quentin Tarantino)
4. Quantum of Solace (2004, Dir. Marc Forster)
5. Wildlife (2018, Dir. Paul Dano)Nightcrawler, Donnie Darko, or Enemy, I’m going with the undersung Wildlife, Paul Dano’s textured and confident adaptation of Richard Ford’s novel of the same name. Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan co-star as a midcentury couple on the verge of collapse. Ed Oxenbould is Joe, a son whose frustration with his parents’ childish behavior has finally begun to boil over. It’s a film defined by distance (physical and emotional), making “Come Back…Be Here” a strong starter. Mulligan’s Jeanette has a tendency to step out on her estranged husband (“Girl At Home”), while simultaneously longing for a simpler time in their relationship (“The Very First Night”). Despite Joe’s aching and genuine gestures — including a stilted family portrait (“Holy Ground”) — it seems very unlikely (in the film version, anyway) that they will ever get back together.