' Cinema Romantico: Bill Murray Sings (More) Bob Dylan

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Bill Murray Sings (More) Bob Dylan

In the latest Bill Murray cinematic venture, "St. Vincent", review to come (eventually), in which he stars as your traditional drunken lout who finds redemption and so on and so forth, Murray simply sits in a lawn char over the closing credits while listening to Bob Dylan's "Shelter From The Storm" on an old-school Walkman, singing along. It's wonderful. And it, as it had to, got me to thinking about what other Bill Murray movie characters could sing along to Bob Dylan songs.

7 More Bob Dylan Songs Bill Murray Could Sing


The Royal Tenenbaums - Dignity. Well, if there is one thing for which poor Raleigh St. Clair is searching... "Chilly wind sharp as a razor blade / House on fire, debts unpaid / Gonna stand at the window, gonna ask the maid / Have you seen dignity?"


Rushmore - One Too Many Mornings. Imagine Herman Blume by the pool in his Budweiser boxer shorts drinking coffee with bourbon and smoking a cigarette and singing along. "And I'm one too many mornings and a thousand miles behind."


Ghostbusters - I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Have Never Met). The mere mental image of Peter Venkman crooning this to a mortified Dana Barrett..... "I can't understand, she let go of my hand / And left me here facing the wall / I'd sure like to know, why she did go / But I can't get close to her at all."


Lost In Translation - From A Buick 6. An alternative karaoke moment in which Bob Harris sings the blues. "Well if I go down dyin' you know she's bound to put a blanket on my bed."


Wild Things - A Simple Twist Of Fate. Here's what I'm thinking - during the closing credits when the movie keeps flashing back to show us what REALLY happened, we see Ken Bowden putting on the neck brace, getting ready for court, singing this song. "He woke up, the room was bare, he didn't see her anywhere."


Broken Flowers - Not Dark Yet. Here I'm picturing a sort of "Magnolia"-ish moment in which Murray's Don Johnston forlornly sits on his sofa and sings this to the camera. "There's not even room enough to be anywhere / It's not dark yet but it's gettin' there."


What About Bob? - Subterranean Homesick Blues. This one is because I love the thought of Bob Wiley re-creating Bob Dylan's video. "Ah, get born, keep warm, short pants, romance, learn to dance / Get dressed, get blessed, try to be a success."

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