Monday, September 28, 2009

Soundtrack September: Heavenly Movie Soundtracks & More

We're coming to the home stretch of Soundtrack September but don't worry there's still plenty left!

The Reverend Chris Carpenter, resident film critic of Movie Dearest and the Orange County and Long Beach Blade, contributed a wonderful piece entitled "Heavenly Movie Soundtracks". Here's an excerpt with a link to the full article:

"While the first soundtrack recording I recall buying was the inescapable STAR WARS by modern movie music maestro John Williams, it was Williams' follow-up score for SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE that really struck a chord (no pun intended) with me. I will never forget the dramatic impact Superman's main title march had on me, accompanied as it was by the film's literally soaring opening credits. Williams brilliantly utilized a variety of styles to underscore the superhero's story, from his origin on the doomed planet Krypton to his climactic showdown with arch-nemesis Lex Luthor. The score also includes the song "Can You Read My Mind?", although it is performed in the film by Margot Kidder as more of a spoken word recitation, with lyrics by Leslie Bricusse. The SUPERMAN score was nominated for a 1978 Academy Award but lost to Giorgio Moroder's innovative electronic score for MIDNIGHT EXPRESS. Moroder would go on to score a number of successful 80's movies, including FLASHDANCE. In my opinion, however, Moroder's best work is his alternately lyrical, intense and sexy score for the 1982 remake of the horror classic CAT PEOPLE. David Bowie co-wrote and performed the film's title song, which was recently resurrected to awesome effect in Quentin Tarantino's INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS." Read the rest of Reverend's Reviews: Heavenly Movie Soundtracks at Movie Dearest. Next up, Fletch from the brilliant Blog Cabins, billed as: "Movie reviews and commentary made fun", pointed out a piece he wrote last year about his 5 favorite soundtracks and here are a few of his choices and a link to the rest: PULP FICTION (1994) People give a ton of credit to Quentin Tarantino for kick-starting or re-starting careers, but they're usually talking about actors. However, the man has probably been a bigger force (dollar-wise) when it comes to rejuvenating the careers of soul, R & B, pop and surf musicians from the 60s and 70s. His breakout film featured songs from artists as diverse as Dick Dale, Al Green and Urge Overkill, no doubt selling millions of albums for them in addition to the sales of this film's soundtrack. Favorite Track: "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon" by Urge Overkill. RUSHMORE (1998) If any director has rivaled Tarantino in terms of quality and diverseness when it comes to his films' soundtracks, it's Wes Anderson. This one is all over the place, with great tracks from classic rock starts like John Lennon and The Who to folk star Cat Stevens to jazz to Mark Mothersbaugh's brilliant scored tracks. Brilliant all around. Favorite Track: "A Quick One While He's Away" by The Who. Read the rest of Fletch's Favored Five: Movies Worth Listening To at Blog Cabins. More later...


davidwinton said...

I will contend Rushmore is the greatest soundtrack ever until my deathbed.

Jonman said...

Rushmore is a great movie and the soundtrack is awesome. I'm a little disappointed though that he didn't mention the coolest thing about it. It introduced a lot of people to The Creation. A band like The Pretty Things, Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich, & to a lesser extent The Small Faces(at least they were given one major hit here) in that they were all huge in the UK, but the powers that be here(commercial radio) decided that we weren't ready for them. Which is total bullshit! Making Time, Defecting Grey(along with at least a dozen other Pretty Things tunes), Hold Tight, & Lazy Sunday should have all been huge worldwide hits. And don't even get me started about The Move.