I’m always an emotional wreck in films, which is to say that I tend to cry a lot with them. Songs on the other hand, do not have the same effect. I can count with my fingers all the songs that are able to make me cry, and Hidaway is one of them. Where The Wild Things Are is one of the most underrated films ever and it’s brilliant soundtrack by Karen O is equally, if not even more underrated. This soundtrack is one of those rare cases where it fits perfectly with the film and completely brings to light all the themes and essence of the film. That feeling of melancholy and nostalgia we feel for our lost and at times forgotten childhood is present throughout this film and its soundtrack. I think it is that nostalgia and confusion that makes Hidaway such an honest, sentimental and beautiful song. I’ll never understand why Where The Wild Things Are received zero love from the Oscars. This just goes to show that sometimes they really make the worst decisions.
I really want this score, but I can’t seem to find it anywhere. Misfits is one of my favorite TV shows and if you haven’t seen it yet, do it asap. All you need is to watch the pilot to get addicted to the awesomeness and badassness that is Misfits.
I’m going to go ahead and get my hopes up for some nominations this year. Maybe not the biggies, and I don’t care if we actually win anything, but I expect that the name of our show could be involved this time and I won’t have to write minivan commercials just to be remembered during the telecast. We really need awareness of our show. I know that needing something doesn’t make it more likely to happen, but we need it so bad, and this would be the thing that gave it to us. Just being nominated for anything could really get some eyeballs on us for season 3. I have a feeling in my gut about this year’s awards that I did not have last year. I know that it’s going to be Parks and Rec’s year but I feel like we might be INVOLVED. That’s all I gotta say about that. Wisconsin karmic jinx issues.
Community needs to be nominated. If not I will never have faith in the awards again.
Gayane Ballet Suite by Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra.
I am always amazed when a film’s soundtrack doesn’t contain original songs, instead it contain a collection of previously released excerpts of songs and full songs that are purely instrumental. When you see the film and each of these songs is introduced, it is incredible to see just how perfect they fit together. It is as if the song was always meant to be part of this film, to be featured on this particular scene and enhance the eeriness and beauty of it all. I’m sure it can’t be an easy task to find songs that were meant for something else and try to fit them with your film, but the upside of this is that if you succeed the results are pure genius.
If there is one thing I hate in life, besides people walking slowly in front of me and yellow peppers, is people speaking while I’m watching a film. I find this to be one of the most annoying things you could ever do, especially in the cinema. You paid $12 to watch a film and you are going to speak loudly with your friends during it. Are you fuckin’ stupid? I’ve noticed that only a certain group of people do this a.k.a. teenagers. If you enter the movie theater and see a group of at least 6 teenagers sitting there, you know that you’re in for a shitty film experience. They will talk, scream and give zero fucks about everyone else in the theater. Let’s face it, I might’ve paid to see the film but isn’t it better to listen to how Britney tells Karen that she is “the penis to my vagina”? Pure poetry, I know. If you are a teenager and do not act as mentioned above, you’ll probably be saying something along the lines of “well I’m not like that” or “give me some context to the Britney-Karen story.” Yes, I understand that not all teenagers are like that but 8 out of 10 are, at least that has been my experience.
I bring this up because last night my family and I attempted to watch Insidious. As soon as I entered the theater I saw it was packed with teenagers ranging from 12-16 years old. They were talking, screaming, clapping, kicking my seat and gossiping. I thought: oh God, this must be how hell feels like. My family thought that everyone would quiet down once the film started but I knew better. If these people were loud now, they were going to be even louder during the film. And guess what? I was right. We left after 10 minutes. There was really no point in sticking around.
We were so pissed off afterwards and I really, really wanted to watch Insidious. This really opened my eyes though, now I understand why shootings happen, why people go insane. I couldn’t think of anything more pleasurable than beating the living shit of all those damn teenagers. (Oh my God, I sound like an old person). But in all honesty, why are people so disrespectful? I’m not opposed to them hanging out and talking, just don’t do it at the cinema. Don’t disrupt the people who paid and actually want to see the film. Because teenagers, that is a one way ticket to hell. Just kidding. I rather you get stabbed Scary Movie 1 style while I just sit there, drinking my coke, chillin’ and savoring the moment.
So please people, do not speak in the cinema. You are there to watch and a enjoy a film with company. Because think about, would you like it if I dropped by your place, started speaking spanish with another 10 people (and you have to understand that we spanish people speak all at the same time and super loud) while you’re watching an episode of Jersey Shore or Glee? That would be really fuckin’ annoying wouldn’t it? Exactly.
“What can one say about The Tree of Life? Just that for nearly 40 years it has been apparent that Malick might make a movie that could alter our understanding of what cinema should be. This may be it.”— David Thomson, The Guardian (via stepliana).
“Y’know, I’ve come across a lot of psychos, but none as fucking boring as you. You are a real boring fuck. Sorry, sorry, I know you disapprove of swearing so I’ll sort that out. You are a boring F, star, star, CUNT!”— Malcolm Tucker (from In The Loop)
“Our sun is dying. Mankind faces extinction. Seven years ago the Icarus project sent a mission to restart the sun but that mission was lost before it reached the star. Sixteen months ago, I, Robert Capa, and a crew of seven left earth frozen in a solar winter. Our payload a stellar bomb with a mass equivalent to Manhattan Island. Our purpose to create a star within a star. Eight astronauts strapped to the back of a bomb. My bomb. Welcome to the Icarus Two." - Capa (Cillian Murphy).
I think that starting with a voice-over narration such as this is by far one of the most effective ways to introduce the audience to a film/score. You are immediately intrigued by the concept of the film and await anxiously to see what will come next. Will the succeed? Or will they fail like the Icarus I? It all makes for a stellar beginning.
It’s no secret that I have been in love with this film since I first saw it a couple years ago. I could write/talk for hours about every single element that I love from the film, but for now let’s focus on a element that hasn’t been discussed that much: the score. What makes this score work so well within the context of the film is that it always adds either tension, sentimentality, thoughtfulness, drama or beauty to each scene. But I think the score works far better as a standalone piece and it is primarily because of its diversity. The score ranges from tracks that are intense and scary like The Arrival, to intimidate and profound tracks such as this one. I prefer the more intimate tracks. They are really soothing, beautiful and contain a bittersweet feeling that I haven’t been able to find in many songs. Only listening to this track doesn’t do the score justice, I recommend listening to the whole thing to get the full experience.
A First Impressions Anecdote of: Shrek Forever After.
I don’t know about you but in my opinion, since the third Shrek film that franchise totally jumped the shark. I understand that the first Shrek film made a lot of pop references, but in that film all those references were fused with the story so well that at no moment they felt forced or out of place. Each pop reference was filled with humor and always added a level of ingenuity to the proceedings. The second Shrek film also used this technique, which at times worked and at other times did not. What made that film great was the introduction to some lovable, funny and awesome supporting characters. Then the third Shrek came and it all went downhill. The film was overstuffed with pop references, the story felt uninspiring and flat, and it all became a parody of itself. Suffice to say that once a fourth Shrek was announced, we all shared a unified “who gives a fuck?” look.
In Shrek Forever After Shrek is fed up with his life. His kids are driving him crazy, he has no privacy, no is scared of him and he, much like the films, has become a joke. In other words, Shrek is having a mid-life crisis. Enter Rumpelstiltskin and he offers Shrek a deal that for one day, he will go back in time to his glory days. But of course, the deal turns out to be a cheat and once Shrek goes back in time everything changes. No one knows who he is and the kingdom of Far Far Away is in total shits, as Rumpelstiltskin has become the new King and screwed everyone over. Shrek has one day to break the curse/deal in order to safely return to his dimension or he will die.
Much to my surprise, Shrek Forever After didn’t turn out to be the crap film that I was expecting. This isn’t to say that the film is good, it is still a pretty lackluster and boring film. While I appreciate the effort it was placed in trying to bringing something fresh to the Shrek series, at the end of the day it all felt extremely unnecessary. I personally don’t even care anymore about any of the characters in the film, so to see them go through another pointless story felt like a drag. And I know I shouldn’t question logic in animated films, but I just could not shake the feeling that a lot of things in the film were being forced to happen, such as the fact that warrior Xena Fiona inexplicably falls in love with Shrek after a fist fight/practice, even though Shrek keeps messing up her plans. “I saw a spark!” Seriously? Bitch please. And yes, I understand that she had to fall for him but couldn’t they make it a little more believable?
One positive (not really) thing that I realized about Shrek Forever After is that it is the perfect film to watch in a plane. I’ve always felt that there a films that should never be seen on planes(Tron: Legacy and The Bourne Supremacy), while others fit perfectly (The Fighter). Those films are not meant to be enjoyed, they are meant to make you forget that there are still 3 more hours of flight time and in that respect Shrek Forever After is actually perfect. At the end of the day, the film is entertaining even if it lacks soul. Am I being too pessimistic with this “review”? My apologies, but I honestly do not give a fuck about Shrek.
One of the things that I love the most about this track is that it is introduced at a moment where the crew, and the audience, needs tranquility. This scene depicts the beauty of their mission and how they’ll see Mercury unlike anyone has see it before. It is a really beautiful and thoughtful scene that puts us at ease, because we all know that soon after things start going terribly awry.
We all know that first impressions are everything and film trailers need to make a really good first impression in order to spark interest. Sometimes bad films have great trailers and sometimes great films have poorly made trailers. This happens a lot and it’s kinda odd when great films have bad trailers, since that immediately tells me that the people responsible for the film didn’t put any effort in promoting the film. That’s what happened with Tangled. The first trailer produced the biggest eyeroll I could muster and my first thought was I’m not wasting my time watching this. But as it is always the case with any Disney or Pixar film, they will always be good even if the trailer doesn’t showcase that.
Tangled is a reinvention of the Rapunzel story we all know, but in this case Rapunzel’s hair has magical rejuvenating powers that are triggered once she sings. Trapped for years in hidden tower by Mother Gothel, Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) dreams not only of the outside world, but also of the light/lamp ceremony that appear every year on her birthday. Once a notorious and handsome thief named Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi) stumbles upon Rapunzel’s tower, she makes a deal with him to escort him to tthe light/lamp ceremony before Mother Gothel returns. As they undertake this journey, everything changes for both Rapunzel and Flynn and the truth behind who Rapunzel really is is revealed.
Among the many surprising things about this film was the fact that it is a musical. The songs in this film are quite amazing and they never take anything away from the film. They always appear when it’s necessary and add both a welcoming level of humor and sentimentality. My favorite song is the one that played during the light/lamp ceremony scene. That scene by the way displays the most beautiful animation I have seen in a very long time. Everything about that scene is just magical, fantastic and so beautiful that it can make you cry. And that’s one of the greatest things about Tangled, the animation is just amazing throughout which was not apparent to me from the look of the first trailer. The voice acting is also top-notch, especially Zachary Levi who brings so much personality to his character. The film’s story is not groundbreaking or new, it actually is quite predictable as most Disney storylines are. However, having these expectations about where the story will go actually works with the film, as it still manages to surprise you with some things you never saw coming.
All in all, Tangled is one of the best and most beautiful Disney films I’ve seen in a long time. It remind me of the old Disney classics, as it presented great and entertaining characters, good music and an extremely beautiful and relatable story. Perhaps this is why there was no effort placed in that first trailer, the people who made the film knew that they had something wonderful with this film. Still, a good trailer doesn’t hurt anyone.
P.S. That little chameleon (Carl?) was the absolute best thing of the film. I want one!
I saw The Hurt Locker again yesterday and I had forgotten just how insanely intense that film is. Out of all the films I’ve seen in my life, The Hurt Locker has been the only film that keeps the tension levels super high throughout its whole running time. There this constant feeling of doom and that at any seconds things just might literally blow up. I think this tension is largely created thanks to the brilliant score by Marco Beltrami & Buck Sanders. Just listen to this track and tell me you can’t feel the more than palpable tension? Pure brilliance.
Last year for my birthday I asked my best friend to get me, if he could, the GameCube version of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. For some reason at that time I had this overwhelming need to play that game and much to my surprise, for my birthday there it was, one of the greatest games ever created: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Suffice to say that I could’ve easily died of excitement and after I put the game on and the title theme started I literally had the biggest feeling of euphoria mixed in with nostalgia. It was epic. This game to me is my childhood, it taught me so much about storytelling and that sometimes, video games have the capacity to feature the best stories ever. For those who believe otherwise have not played Ocarina of Time.