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Quentin Tarantino’s 10 Most Genius Musical Moments


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Music is such an integral part of the world of Quentin Tarantino, it’s difficult to think about your favorite scenes from one of his films without hearing a ’70s soul classic or a track from some obscure spaghetti Western score. Tarantino’s eclectic approach to creating movie soundtracks has led to some intense, surreal and hilarious big screen moments. Here are 10 of Tarantino’s best musical moments.

10. Jackie Brown Runs Through the Airport, Jackie Brown

Tarantino kicks off his third film in great style, with Pam Grier’s flight attendant/smuggler racing to make her flight to the tune of Bobby Womack’s soul classic “Across 110th St.”

9. Abernathy, Kim, and Zoe Take Down Stuntman Mike, Death Proof

April March’s bouncy throwback tune “Chick Habit” is the perfect come down from the beat down the girls give Mike following their high-speed chase.

8. Shoshanna Prepares for the Movie Premiere, Inglourious Basterds

Tarantino has no qualms about ditching period-specific music in favor of a contemporary tune that perfectly fits the mood of scene. David Bowie’s “(Cat People) Putting Out Fire,” the theme song to the 1982 horror flick Cat People, provides a suitably epic accompaniment to Shoshanna’s fiery plan for the Nazis.

7. Django’s Arrives at Candyland, Django Unchained

The Django Unchained soundtrack is a typically Tarantino-esque mix of cult movie themes and contemporary hip hop tracks. Rick Ross’ “100 Black Coffins” serves as a moody introduction to Calvin Candie’s Candyland plantation.

6. Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah) Whistles in the Hospital, Kill Bill

That eerie tune Elle whistles on her way to kill The Bride is the theme song to the 1968 British psychological thriller Twisted Nerve. The man responsible for the music, Bernard Herrmann, penned many classic Hitchcock scores. (No wonder it sends chills down our spine.)

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

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Lane 27: Broken Windows

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Lane 69: Filthy Cars

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