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''Vanilla Sky'' Soundtrack

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Vanilla Sky
Thom Yorke: Robin Sellick/Headpress/Retna

Vanilla Sky

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
135 minutes
Wide Release Date:
12/14/01
performer:
Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Jason Lee, Kurt Russell, Tilda Swinton
director:
Cameron Crowe
Producer:
Tom Cruise
distributor:
Paramount Pictures
author:
Cameron Crowe
genre:
Drama, Romance, Mystery and Thriller, Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a B+

Okay, kids, today’s topic is synergy. You don’t need a marketing degree to know that an event movie will frequently propel its requisite album onto the charts, regardless of the music’s aesthetic qualities. Yet occasionally, a soundtrack emerges that works both as a nostalgic keepsake and a coherent collection of songs.

Vanilla Sky is a case in point. Compiled by director Cameron Crowe, it’s a characteristically smart compilation. How cool is it that someone could buy the album because Tom Cruise is a hunk and get turned on to a moody, nine-minute tone poem by Icelandic band Sigur Ros? Factor in goodies from R.E.M., Radiohead, Bob Dylan, Jeff Buckley, and Paul McCartney (who recorded the trifle of a title track), and you’ve got a tidily eclectic set.

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