Air play

So it didn't land the haul of Golden Globes it probably deserved last weekend, but Up In The Air remains a great recession-era fable, not least for the depth and repeat-play appeal of its soundtrack, which blends punchy soul-funk covers (Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings' rendition of Woody Guthrie's patriotic ode, "This Land Is Your Land") with melancholic blues rock riffs (Dan Auerbach's haunting "Goin' Home"), via a real-life tale of triumph over redundancy.

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When proofreader Kevin Renick was laid off from his job, he wrote a song about the experience and decided to doorstep director Jason Reitman at a public event, politely informing him "I wrote a song for your movie". The track, conveniently titled "Up In The Air", was subsequently used over the film's closing credits, cementing Renick's musician status in the process. Aspiring singer-songwriters take note: Reitman's next film is about a once great ninja now leading a life of mediocrity.

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