the only living boy in ny

(Welcome to The Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, a series that takes a look at slightly more obscure, under-the-radar, or simply under-appreciated movies. In this edition: the best movies named after a song title – intentionally or not – that you’ve probably never seen!)

Pop culture crosses streams all the time both in an effort to increase profit and benefit from name recognition. Adaptations, brands, and “cinematic universes” are the most obvious examples, but sometimes it’s as simple as a song. From Stand By Me and Bad Boys to Pretty Woman and Soul Man, some films are titled with the clear goal of reaching instant familiarity with potential viewers. They typically go the expected extra step of licensing the song for use in the movie itself, but sometimes the title itself – which I don’t believe counts as copyright infringement – is more than enough.

The latest film to go this route is the indie drama, The Only Living Boy in New York, which opens in limited release this week. I haven’t seen it yet, but I’m betting it includes the Simon & Garfunkel song because they’d have to be fools not to. It’s a great song.

For every American Pie or When a Man Loves a Woman though, there are probably half a dozen far lesser known films also named after songs. Some are forgettable of course, but the six films below are all very good to great movies worth seeking out for fans of their respective genres.

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‘Golden Slumber’ Trailer

When most people hear Beatles songs, it makes them feel warm and nostalgic. Well, imagine that feeling wrapped in a whodunit conspiracy film like The Fugitive and you’ve got Golden Slumber, one of the biggest hits of Fantastic Fest 2010. The Japanese film directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura had its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival last summer and still doesn’t have a U.S. distributor. Still, you’ve got to keep this one on your radar because it’s everything you go to the movies for. Watch the trailer and read more about the movie after the jump. Read More »