David Bowie, patron saint of movie misfits

The kids in The Perks of Being a Wallflower are hardly the first movie characters to experience an epiphany because of a David Bowie song. Again and again in films, Bowie’s music acts as a conduit, putting misfit kids in touch with not just an alternative music scene but with their true selves. As Charlie and Sam in Perks might testify, the songs enable the kids to see themselves — and the world — differently. Read more [...]

The kids in ‘Perks of Being a Wallflower’: They can be ‘Heroes’

For a pivotal scene in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, writer-director Stephen Chbosky needed a cool, semi obscure song that would inspire a high school kid in the early ‘90s. But the song also couldn’t sound like a relic or a one-hit wonder to movie audiences in 2012. Cue up David Bowie's "Heroes," now known as "the tunnel song" to a younger generation of moviegoers. Read more [...]