What do Roy Orbison, Neil Sedaka, and Phil Phillips all have in common, other than you probably have no idea who they are?
Guessing that they’re all singers is the cheap answer; the real answer is that they’ve all had movies named after their songs: Phillips’ Sea of Love, Sedaka’s Calendar Girl, and Orbison’s Pretty Woman and Only the Lonely. (I was going to add Huey Lewis and The News to that mix, but I don’t believe Jacob’s Ladder: The Movie was named after Jacob’s Ladder: The Song.)
So I started JusWondering, what other song titles could make good movie titles?
- Karma Police (song by Radiohead)
The year is 2053. God is dead. Only a handful of sentries can hold the world in balance, and they are… the Karma Police.
- Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand (song by Primitive Radio Gods)
From the producers of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain, here comes Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand… starring whoever is the next Jim Carrey in a serious role, or a twit Brit like Hugh Grant.
- Dog Days are Over (song by Florence + The Machine)
The long-awaited sequel to Al Pacino’s 1975 classic, Dog Day Afternoon. Follow Sonny Wortzik’s life after prison, and Leon Shermer (Chris Sarandon) as a woman.
- Piano Man (song by Billy Joel)
Look! In the air! Is it a bird? Is it another flying animal that makes musical noises? It’s Piano Man!
- Knights of Cydonia (song by Muse)
The video for this song is already like a movie:
(SIDENOTE: Did you know Ryan Gosling’s latest, Drive, is named after the Incubus song? Did you know I made that up?)