Month: July 2019

Five Movies with The Beatles Music Being The Major Selling Point (part 1)

In 1964, people tried to convert the popularity of The Beatles’ music into box office success for the first time. With A Hard Days Night, United Artists attempted to cash in on the four lads from Liverpool as well as their “Mersey sound” before the bubble burst. As the decade wore on with Beatlemania refusing to become a passing fad, The Beatles were given some more star vehicles, the last of which was 1970’s Let It Be, which then won an Oscar for its soundtrack. Here I have created a list of films that rely on the enduring quality and popularity of Beatle music.

1. I Am Sam

”Major selling point” maybe a little unfair to such a touching, custody-battle movie like I Am Sam. Although The Beatles aren’t the film’s main focus, they run right through it like the name through a stick of rock.

I Am Sam was directed and edited with a Beatles soundtrack in mind. As director Jessie Nelson said, “I was so naive writing the script that I thought, ‘Oh, this wonderful. I will get 12 Beatles songs and we will just have them run through the movie’.”

Due to failing to secure the rights, he settled for covers instead. However, there wasn’t much space for the artists to experiment on their tracks. The film was already edited, so bands had to record to a click track to make their covers match the tempo of the originals.

2. All This And World War II

All This And World War Two is a collage of World War 2 newsreel footage and clips from old war movies. The visuals of the movie are backed by a collection of The Beatles covers, helping the film provide an anti-war message. The songs in All This And World War Two was intended to convey a commentary on the events onscreen.

Although the film has never been released on video or DVD, the soundtrack itself was released as a vinyl album.

The Greatest Hollywood Movie Soundtracks of the 2010s (part 2)

SAFE & SOUND – THE HUNGER GAMES

Although Taylor Swift doesn’t present a lot of movie soundtrack songs, all ones that are contributed by her are usually received the audience’s love. Her soft, thin, and beautiful voice is extremely attentive to the acoustic rhythms of Safe & Sound, forming a smooth lullaby as the characters expected when returning from the mortal arena. In a space filled with death and war, all we need is peace. That’s the reason why it is cold and blue through the MV but in the end, there is a burning fire full of warmth.

BOOM CLAP – THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

As impressive as the movie and novel The Fault In Our Stars, the soundtrack Boom Clap version of Charli XCX also receives a lot of love from the audiences. Boom Clap is not only a song with catch-up melody and easy to sing along lyrics but also the heart beat of the couple in the movie. Following the spirit of the song, the MV is also filled with cheerful and eye-catching images.

ALL THE STARS – BLACK PANTHER

Besides the content and the character development, the factor that contributed to the success of the superhero movie Black Panther is the African-American cultured soundtrack album including the song All the Stars presented by Kendrick Lamar and SZA. Its creative MV with brilliant visual effects on a dark background also creates an interesting highlight. In addition, the lyrics is like the position affirmation of the colored people.

NOT TODAY – ME BEFORE YOU

Known as a rock band but when Imagine Dragons released the soundtrack song Not Today for the love drama Me Before You, many viewers were surprised because they performed so sweetly. Not Today is a romantic song, recreating the encounter and affection process of Will and Lou couple. No matter how difficult it is, although today we have a quarrel, tomorrow will come with things getting better. And the memories will follow us to the end of the road.