Friday, September 09, 2005

The Sporting Life

I've never been able to satisfactorily explain why Rushmore fills me with such jubilation, nor why The Royal Tenenbaums elicits an equally profound sense of melancholy. The Decembrists made good use of the Rushmore milieu in their 16 Military Wives video, but in another song on their Picaresque album, they evoke the spirit of one sequence from The Royal Tenenbaums to even better effect, and this perhaps unintentionally. The lyrical fit is inexact, but the psychological fit is nearly perfect. What better soundtrack for the sequence in which Richie loses the match after Margot marries Raleigh St. Clair than this?
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