Movie soundtracks

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.

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.

The Greatest Hollywood Movie Soundtracks of the 2010s (part 1)

The movie soundtracks that can fit the theme of the movies with meaningful lyrics and sweet melodies not only help sublimate the audience’s emotions but also contribute to the film’s success.

In the second half of the nineteenth century, the inventors succeeded in recording motion pictures and the first films were born. Time passing, silent films gradually became more vivid when there was a band playing in parallel, making it easier for the audience to immerse themselves in the world of movies. Up to now, music – including sound, background music, and soundtracks – are indispensable elements of a movie. In fact, some movies have slightly faded content, but thanks to the appropriate theme song, they still leave a special impression on the audience. Here is the list of the greatest Hollywood movie soundtracks that make it easier for the film to enter people’s hearts.

REMEMBER ME – COCO

Remember me

Referring to the Coco cartoons that recently won an Oscar, besides the delicate story and fascinating images, what the audience thinks of is its soundtrack – Remember me. Although there are several versions presented by different characters, the duo of Miguel and Natalia Lafourcade has received a Golden Globe nomination and an Oscar in the best soundtrack category.

Remember me has simple and sincere lyrics of the father dedicated to his daughter. Until now, many of us still shed tears when listening to its lyrics.

LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO – FIFTY SHADES OF GREY

Although all the three parts of Fifty Shades of Grey are not highly appreciated because the content is somewhat superficial and the actors’ performances are not excellent, it is undeniable that its soundtracks are quite catchy. Ellie Goulding’s Love Me Like You Do, released in 2015, is higher appreciated than Wanna Live Forever and For You of the next two parts.

Love Me Like You Do is not only suitable for the movie but also for the passionate new couple in love.