These days, music is having an added impact on the world of cinematic themes. We're getting tons of biopics, like the two dedicated to Leonard Chess; we've seen documentaries about air bands and hair bands; we've even watched granny and gramps get their groove on. But this week, something a bit different has hit the air. Yesterday, Elisabeth shared news that Jim Croce's "Leroy Brown" was going to become a feature film under the eye of producer Warren Zide. Today, I wrote about a new teen sex comedy on the pike called Hot for Teacher. One is completely based on a song, while the other is, at the very least, inspired by one.

Elisabeth asked if news of a Leroy Brown movie meant that Hollywood has officially run out of ideas. I'm not sure that I'd say that, since art has always been heavily influenced by the practice of adapting old themes in new settings, but it's definitely tapping into a new well rather than striving for the unique and original. So that got me thinking -- with this mostly untapped resource just bubbling with a million different songs to choose from, which would make good movies? Which would intrigue me? Which would be terrible? Are there any we so desperately need?

Take the jump to see some music videos and possibilities, some serious and some not-so-much, and then let us know what you think about songs being turned into movies. Do you love it? Do you hate it? Which should be picked up, and which should Hollywood never dare to touch?
The absolute first thing I thought of when I started to write this post was "Hazard." To this day, we STILL don't know what happened after he left her down by the river. It's a murder mystery itching to be solved ... as long as Richard Marx doesn't star.

Okay, I can't be completely serious about this topic, but I'd pay full price, and if done well, go again and again to see: "Knights in White Satin."

And what about Major Tom and his "Space Oddity"?

And this one, I can't find an original song for, so take this cover of K's Choice's "Breakfast." There must be an easier way to make breakfast...

Definitely, Victoria Williams should be in there with "Crazy Mary." Here's a cover by Pearl Jam. (And speaking of Pearl Jam, what about "Jeremy"?)

But I think we can all agree that the following should be left alone...

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