moving forward while looking back: a mix for nostalgia in the movies and on tv.
All arguments about whether or not they're necessary aside, there's something telling about the fact that we live in the age of reboots and remakes. Even in new properties — the Guardians of the Galaxy movie and the more recent Deadpool, for instance, and Aziz Ansari's Master of None — there are touches of nostalgia. It's present in the work of directors such as Quentin Tarantino and David Lynch as well, and though their respective brands of looking back dig deeper than the 70's and 80's pop culture landmarks that have been so prevalent lately, they point to the same symptom. The things we find familiar (i.e. the movies and shows we grow up with) serve, in part or in whole, as the bedrock for the new material we create. There's an impetus now, too, to update outdated material as society and popular culture grow and progress. The new Star Wars movies address the lack of people of color and female characters present in the original trilogy and may introduce a gay character; Christopher Nolan's Batman films addressed the Occupy Wall Street movement and Zack Snyder's upcoming Batman VS Superman touches on immigration policy; so on and so forth. But, again, this moving forward is coming hand in hand with looking back, and the biggest piece of connective tissue, more than stylized titles as in Master of None or going for an actual period piece, has been in the soundtracks. Guardians of the Galaxy is the most obvious example of this, with an "Awesome Mix" featuring songs by 10cc, Redbone, and Blue Swede, but there are countless other culprits: Tron: Legacy's use of Journey, for example, or the slew of oldies being used in the trailers for movies ranging from Insidious to 10 Cloverfield Lane. In celebration, here's a mix of throwbacks from the some of the best new works of the past few years.
I'm Not In Love - 10cc (Guardians of the Galaxy)
I Think We're Alone Now - The Shondells & Tommy James (10 Cloverfield Lane)
I Love to Love - Tina Charles (River)
Chase - Giorgio Moroder (Master of None)
Separate Ways - Journey (Tron: Legacy)
10538 Overture - Electric Light Orchestra (American Hustle)
You're the Inspiration - Chicago (Deadpool)
Love Really Hurts Without You - Billy Ocean (Filth)
Can't Smile Without You - Barry Manilow (Hellboy II)
Where Is My Mind - Pixies (Mr. Robot)
Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd (Kingsman)
There Won't Be Many Coming Home - Roy Orbison (The Hateful Eight)