I saw Punch Drunk Love on November 21, 2002 at 7:50pm I still have the ticket stub. It was the beginning of so many wonderful things that still continue to grow. One of which is my LOVE for Paul Thomas Anderson, Punch Drunk Love is in my humble opinion one of the greatest love stories of all time. If you haven’t seen it, you are missing out on something magical.

The soundtrack is by no other than Jon Brion and to say that Brion’s colorful score and PTA’s cinematic flair are a perfect match is an understatement. The music and scenes go hand and hand, flowing into one another and you no longer know which one influenced the other, they become one.

Since this is such a special film to me there are two tracks I picked from the film’s score to make this my official All Time Favorite #13.
Cheers to “us”!

mp3: Here We Go (mp3 expired) – Jon Brion

mp3: He Needs Me (mp3 expired) – Shelley Duvall (vocals), Harry Nilsson (original composition),
Jon Brion and Jonathan Karp (additional composition)

Punch Drunk Love (Score) 2002


8 Responses to “All Time Favorite #14”

  1. Jeff on March 1st, 2007 5:28 pm

    “Here We Go” is an amazing song. Jon Brion should release more pop records.

  2. Don't Need Anything on March 1st, 2007 8:58 pm

    i adore everything jon brion touches (short of that unfortunate kanye west incident, but nay we speak…) and this soundtrack is no exception. i wish i had the ability to make anything i can imagine (musically, of course) happen all on my own.

    that wouldnt change the fact that i have a similar problem to mr. brion – i cant finish a project worth crap. he says he has hundreds of songs started but usually just doesnt bother to finish them.

    and rachel – did you ever hear the version of “extraordinary machines” by fiona apple that he produced? i think its 10 times better than the one she released.

  3. Anonymous on March 2nd, 2007 5:51 am

    Oh my God, “Here We Go” is great! I keep resisting getting too deep into Jon Brion because it means tracking down all this semi-obscure stuff.

    He really is a genius.

    Another vote for Brion to do more pop songs.

    And because I was out of it when his version of the Fiona Apple CD was kicking around, I missed it. Would love to hear it now.

    Bruce K.

  4. Marsupial on March 2nd, 2007 10:29 am

    I’m a brand new blog writer, and an expereienced blog reader, and I just came across your site and love it! Punch Drunk Love is one of my FAVORITE films ever b/c of it’s use of music as one of the characters in the film. And I read your post on Secretary too, and totally agreed w/ you on that one too. You have great music and film taste!
    You have just inspired me to go write my 4th blog piece on favorite music usages in films : )

  5. Wayne on March 2nd, 2007 3:33 pm

    Magnolia and Boogie Nights would easily be in my top ten films ever, so PTA can do no wrong in my book. Whilst Punch Drunk Love doesn’t have the epic scope and drama of those two films, its still a wonderful film. Who knew Adam Sandler could act? And Emily Watson is so tender. PTA makes films that others can only dream of!

  6. Rachel on March 3rd, 2007 1:37 pm

    Jeff, I couldn’t agree more! I would like to see some more pop stuff indeed.

    Matthew, you always know all the gossip, remind me again what the deal is with the Kanye West incident again…

    Anon, why would you resist the urge to get into good music? That’s crazy, jump in head first. ;-)

    Marsupial, thanks so much, you have a nice mp3 blog yourself. I will link you. ;-)

    Wayne, that’s a great description for Emily Watson, “Tender”. A wonderful film indeed. Cheers.

  7. Don't Need Anything on March 3rd, 2007 2:27 pm

    its not so much an incident…its just that he did much of the production work on the last kanye album. even jon couldnt save that one…

  8. gidespeach on March 21st, 2007 9:25 pm

    How much do I love you for posting ‘He Needs Me’?! A lot. btw, it’s from a Robert Altman movie, Popeye; with Shelley Duvall and Robin Williams. One of my favorites from the childhood.
    I concur, you do have some great movies in your list. (And books! Robbins is great, e.e. cummings is at the top of my list – as is Buñuel – and the denial of death is, well… wow.) I’ll have to add Punch Drunk Love to my queue as you seem pretty trustworthy.
    Thanks for keeping these links up, as well. =)

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