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10 David Bowie Songs That Made Films Better

on January 11, 2016, 1:45pm
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08. “Heroes”

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

Don’t reduce this to the stuff of manic pixie dream girls. Stephen Chbowsky’s 1999 coming-of-age novel might seem almost preciously angsty when peered at through the lenses of adulthood. But open up that tiny door that hides all the younger versions of you, and it doesn’t seem so angsty after all. It does, however, remain precious. To be honest, I’m not sure much needs to be said about this scene, which is what makes it so wonderful. You don’t need to know who these kids are, where they’re from, where they’re going. You can see from the way the song hits them that they’ve felt broken, but at least in this moment, all their scars and wounds and imperfections are transcendently beautiful. You were young, and you heard a song once. You turned it up. You felt the wind in your hair and you became giant. You were infinite, just for one day.

–Allison Shoemaker

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