Video: The Royal Tenenbaums with Pop Hits of the Day

Talkhouse Film's very own Kentucker Audley swaps out vintage cuts for a little Staind and Creed as he reimagines Wes Anderson's 2001 magnum opus.

Wes Anderson is good at picking weird old songs for his movies but not great at using the top hits of the day to express his vision. For his 2001 masterpiece, The Royal Tenenbaums, he chose to include songs from obscure bands like Nico and the Clash. But wouldn’t it have been much better to use music from the likes of Goo Goo Dolls and Collective Soul? After all, they were some of the most popular bands of the time. Well, that’s what I’m out to prove with this video essay. I’ve already shown without a shadow of a doubt this is true for Wes Anderson’s previous movie, Rushmore. Closing the film with “Ironic” by Alanis Morissette packs way more of a punch than “Oh La La” by the Faces. And the same is true with The Royal Tenenbaums. Just imagine how much of an audience it could have attracted if it had appealed to the fanbases of Staind and Creed, just to name a few. I won’t keep you waiting any longer, please enjoy my new mashup video set to the radio soundtrack of 2001. What a great time it was for music, not dissimilar in quality to the pop classics of today.

Kentucker Audley is an actor, filmmaker and programmer. He stars in Amy Seimetz’s Sun Don’t Shine, Ti West’s The Sacrament, and Dustin Guy Defa’s Bad Fever. He has directed four feature films, including Open Five, which was called one of the Top 25 films of 2010 by The New Yorker, and Open Five 2. He also runs NoBudge.com, which screens new indie films.