Month: August 2019

Five Movies with The Beatles Music Being The Major Selling Point (part 2)

3. Give My Regards To Broad Street

In this maligned 1980s star vehicle, Paul McCartney performs some Beatles tracks, re-recorded with original producer George Martin.

After years toiling away in obscurity, McCartney has finally made it as a major recording artist. So he’s been offered a movie, in which he plays himself.

The Beatles were massive and McCartney was trading on those former glories. If there is anyone that should be allowed to cash in on The Beatles success, McCartney should be high on the list.

However, it would be hard to argue that our world really needed these new versions of Good Day Sunshine, The long and winding Road, or Eleanor Rigby without his erstwhile bandmates.

4. Across The Universe

Across The Universe has an attempt to twist the music of The Beatles into one long narrative musical style. It’s like Mamma Mia albeit bleaker in tone.

While the music of ABBA found success in a romance set on a picturesque island, Across The Universe covers death, conscription, deportation, and shell-shocked soldiers returning from Vietnam.

There is also space for some lighter stuff such as Eddie Izzard as trippy spiritual guru Mr. Kite. In addition to the leads are charming as various artists in the orbit of a 1960s New York City apartment owned by a suitably sexy Sadie.

The movie’s script finds room for all the Beatle references that you could ask for and find time to veer into the surreal territory in the final third.

The songs are given interesting arrangements that breath new life into old classics. Moreover, they’re all competently sung.

5. Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Another jukebox musical, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is based on an off-broadway stage show. This fantasy was produced by rock manager Robert Stigwood, who also cast his own band The Bee Gees as leads, alongside Peter Frampton.

The movie uses most songs from the Beatle album of the same name as well as most of the tracks from Abbey Road and some from other albums.

One mystery, given how many Beatle songs that are given actual names of the women like Michelle, Elanor Rigby, Julia, etc…, is why this movie’s love interest is called Strawberry Fields.

The most inspiring sports-movie soundtracks up to now (part 1)

An inspiring movie usually owes a lot of thanks to a similarly inspiring soundtrack. Especially in sports movies, the right music matched well with the images of competition can elevate a scene to greatness, stick in our heads forever, and remain in our memory to be replayed whenever we accomplish something special in our life.

Here is a list of the most inspiring sports-movie soundtracks up to now.

1. ‘Rocky IV’ (Vince DiCola, 1985)

Director Sylvester Stallone of the “Rocky IV” installment wanted a different musical sound and chose composer Vince DiCola over franchise staple Bill Conti. The result was a 1980s blend of synthesizers and drum machines, creating the perfect accompaniment for Cold War-inspired training montages. In spite of the dated approach, the music remains a fun listen with standout tracks “Training Montage” and “War.”

2. ‘Tin Cup’ (William Ross, 1996)

Although William Ross’ score to the Ron Shelton-directed golf film is an eclectic mix of musical styles, during the movie’s final act, the music with old-fashioned orchestral bombast gives the action a boost. Brass fanfares lead the way, helping provide momentum as the finale plays out. The standout track is “Master of the Game,” scoring the historic final hole in the dramatic and uplifting fashion of Roy McAvoy.

3. ‘Remember the Titans’ (Trevor Rabin, 2000)

The football drama ‘Remember the Titans‘ is inspired by a true story. Up to now, it remains a favorite among many sports fans 19 years after its release. A big reason is Trevor Rabin’s orchestral-rock score which adds to the movie’s emotional resonance. The music of Trevor Rabin is high on energy, adding to the uplifting nature of the film. It is also noteworthy for its inclusion in the presidential campaign of Barack Obama in 2008. Trevor Rabin’s one contribution to the CD soundtrack is the cut “Titans Spirit,” actually a suite of his music that was culled from various points in the film; however,  the seven-minute piece hits all the right highlights.