It’s Friday, which means there will be a whole new slate of films hitting your local cinema. This weekend includes the Matt Damon action thriller “The Green Zone,” the relationship comedy “She’s Out of My League” and “Mother,” the latest film from Bong Joon-ho, the Korean director of indie hits “The Host” and “Memories of Murder.” But the flick grabbing the most headlines is “Remember Me,” the first major role for “Twilight” star Robert Pattinson since he became America’s most beloved undead blood sucker. The film also features “Lost” star Emilie de Ravin (finally doing something other than searching for her baby) as the object of Pattinson’s affection and Chris Cooper as de Ravin’s controlling father (he doesn’t want her associating with the brooding, free-thinking Pattinson).
Like any trip to the local multiplex, “Remember Me” requires some appropriate music to get you into the mood. Memory is clearly a big deal among musicians, as there are dozens of songs that deal with remembering. Of course, there are some cornerstones, like Sarah McLachlan’s immortal graduation and TV finale song “I Will Remember You” and the incarceration-can’t-keep-me-down T.I. track “Remember Me.” Plenty of these songs deal directly with relationships, like Jeff Buckley’s “Forget Her,” Poison’s “I Won’t Forget You” and Carrie Underwood’s “Don’t Forget to Remember Me.” And in case you need a little more rage before going to see a Pattinson movie, there’s always Slipknot’s “Before I Forget” or Armor for Sleep’s “Remember to Feel Real.”
Michael Jackson’s “Remember the Time” kicks things off, as it’s a breezy, funky latter-day MJ track that is dedicated to carrying relationship memories with you. Also, it’s a fantastically epic clip featuring cameos from Eddie Murphy, supermodel Iman and basketball legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson (among others).