Music in the Middle

Movies are funny things. Most set out with a singular goal, one point that it wants to make, but every once in a while a film finds reason (and sometimes it does so without one) to take pause and divert from its initial idea to just sit there and take a breath. I can say that while this can have a jarring effect in the hands of a wasteful artist, nine times out of ten it’s something that I enjoy seeing most in films.

Like Ferris says, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it,” and he’s not wrong.

Here’re some of my favourite examples of what I call “Music in the Middle”:

Almost Famous (2000)

Easy A (2010)

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

Top Gun (1986)

What’re some of yours?

  • Lindsay

    Aw, this is a sweet post. You hit my favorite with Ferris. It's hands down one of my favorite films of all time. The quote you used in your article is also one of my favs.

    • Andrew Robinson

      Yup. Ferris Bueller is one of those films that many find it hard to deny access to that part of their brain that makes them just smile, and I'm one of them.

      I think if I were to actually spend time on this topic I'd come up with a nice top ten list, but the above examples just make me smile enough to stop there. The Almost Famous bit gets me everytime.