Friday Playlist: Act Four

Music to follow a movie climax.

You know the end of a movie, where the character has been through everything, transformed, and come out with everything being OK after all? These are the songs for those moments: the feel-good music between the climax and the credits.

Illustration by Minna


  • Gabby April 13th, 2012 11:08 PM

    Rookies reads my mind, I just saw the Hunger Games, needed this.

  • Shweta April 13th, 2012 11:23 PM

    this playlist is perfect!!:)

  • Kathryn April 13th, 2012 11:46 PM

    The song list is so pretty, Minna!

  • TessAnnesley April 13th, 2012 11:48 PM


    love like a sunset and lorelei and pictures of you and killing moon and omgomgomgomgomg

  • vanguardinspace April 13th, 2012 11:50 PM

    ooh this is lovely! I am simultaneously working on a screenplay for a tv show and a playlist for said show, so this is great inspiration.

  • thefondest April 13th, 2012 11:50 PM

    God, I remember being maybe a junior in high school and laying on my floor just heartbroken out of my mind and listening to “She’s Gone” in tears. (The Brian Jonestown Massacre song, not the Hall & Oates one. Though I’ve done that too.) What a song when you’re depressed.

  • marypee22 April 14th, 2012 2:04 AM

    Rookie should make a how-to-be-eleanor guide. ASAPPPPPP

  • hillary April 14th, 2012 4:27 AM

    this is the best rookie playlist yet <3

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  • moonflower April 14th, 2012 11:48 AM

    Awesome! I really want to grow up to be someone who decides what songs are played on the soundtracks for movies.

  • Lascelles April 14th, 2012 11:59 AM

    Best movie ending song ever? Interview with a Vampire! Axl Rose should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ;D

  • Starboardd April 14th, 2012 12:05 PM

    WOW THIS PLAYLIST. I’m pretty sure it was sent from the Gods.

  • Tavi April 14th, 2012 12:09 PM

    eleanor this is my favorite we’ve doneeeee

    • Eleanor April 14th, 2012 3:51 PM

      eeeeeeee <3 thank you!!!!

  • caro nation April 14th, 2012 12:42 PM

    I’m partially pleased by the fact that many of my very favorite bands are present (and that films are the central theme), but I also feel a hint of resentment because The Brian Jonestown Massacre was always that band other people didn’t know about and their music sounded as if they composed it just for me and I would play it over my library of prospective films, in the psychological theatre of my mind, and YOU JUST DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH THEY MEAN TO ME.

  • LittleMoon April 14th, 2012 1:59 PM

    This is a GREAT playlist!

  • Catarina April 14th, 2012 3:32 PM

    Ceremony is my FAVORITE song of all times! Everyday that I listen to that song my day is BEAUTIFUL AND PERFECT WITH DAISIES AND CHERRIES ON TOP!

  • mayaautumn April 14th, 2012 5:09 PM

    this is my favourite playlist ever. it is great. utterly GREAT.

  • annodamydal April 14th, 2012 6:19 PM

    Awesome list! (Someone loves the 80s and/or watches lots of Sofia Coppola movies, it seems.) “The Killing Moon,” however, always reminds me of the tension-overloaded opening scene of Donnie Darko.

  • Nicole B. April 14th, 2012 7:09 PM

    This was a great mix! I just spent over an hour listening through the entire thing; it created a very lovely and tranquil aura around me and my desk. :) The songs flowed so well into one another. Thank you!

  • Sssophiabh April 14th, 2012 10:20 PM

    Ahhhhhhhh Ceremony and Love like a sunset?! This is too good

  • weetzie April 15th, 2012 1:47 AM

    whenever i want to pretend my life is a movie, i play ceremony. excellent choice and excellent playlist!

  • sn0wwhite April 15th, 2012 2:17 AM

    I wish this playlist was the soundtrack to my life.

  • Catvin April 15th, 2012 4:25 AM

    Oh man pleaaaase someone make a comprehensive list of all the films these songs are from? It is killaaaang me!


    • Eleanor April 15th, 2012 10:49 AM

      Well, the choice of songs was just inspired by that kind of cinematic climatic mood, and not all of them are in any specific films that I know of. I like to make up movie soundtracks in my head heh…

      However the following are in films that I know and love: Just like Honey is in Lost in Translation, Love Like a Sunset is in Somewhere, Ceremony is in Marie Antoinette, The Killing Moon is in Donnie Darko and Sing is in Trainspotting…

      (yes, lots and lots of love for Sofia Coppola’s soundtracks!!)

      Hope that helps xx

      • Catvin April 18th, 2012 4:31 AM

        Thank you Eleanor!

        I assumed as they were such cinematic choices someone had already made the movies to match. Clearly you are an undiscovered auteur ;).

        This is no longer killaaaaang me.


  • Carrie April 15th, 2012 2:28 PM

    This is an artful mix, so lovely. I’ve always liked Joy Division, but never really gave New Order a try — checking them out now because of this.

    The only other song I could suggest in the theme of this mix would be The Stone Roses’ “This Is The One”, which if I recall correctly is played at the end of Eagle vs Shark.

  • LazyJane April 15th, 2012 7:02 PM

    Perfect mix. First heard “Anyway that you want me” in “Me & You & Everyone we know”, perfect movie as well.

  • starcollector April 15th, 2012 7:51 PM

    What a good idea for a playlist! Since I’ve been getting into screenwriting, I grinned madly when I saw the title of it.

  • maggiemadge April 15th, 2012 8:42 PM

    Great mix! Probably my favorite one so far on here.

  • Nikilodeon April 20th, 2012 7:30 AM

    Listening to this makes me feel like I’m in a movie. Sometimes I have these moments after I’ve gone through a tough time or reached a milestone and I just sit there smiling because the “climax” of that moment is coming to a close. This playlist just captures that PERFECTLY. :)

  • OliviaCreates May 11th, 2012 1:28 AM

    Im sitting here drawing with this music playing. It is making things feel like the time is slipping through my fingers like some sort of liquid substance, Im having such a grand time. It is the perfect pace for me to draw to, cause I can just chill and I dont get that scrabbly fast paced drawing pace going when I have upbeat stuff playing in the background. I also have been able to disregard the big ink splot I threw down where it wasnt supposed to be, the good music has made up for it.