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Super Fly

Super Flyseen @ Mid-Manhattan Library, New York NY6.19.13Honestly, I wasn't all that thrilled with Super Fly. It wasn't bad, at least not when compared to other blaxploitation films - and I did like the ending. But it's hard to relate to a drug dealer as a protagonist, y'know what I mean? Oh, I understand why Priest, the main character, does what he does, and I don't think the movie glamorizes drug use to the extent other, later movies do. I just prefer something like Shaft instead. So let's talk about t... read more »

My Movie Year

My Movie Year Blogathon is an event in which the purpose is to write about a favorite year in movies, hosted by the site Fandango Groovers Movie Blog. For a complete list of participating bloggers, visit the host site.It's hard to argue any year other than 1939 as the best year for movies: Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Stagecoach, The Women, Ninotchka, The Rules of the Game - and that's just the tip of the iceberg. Fortunately, I'm not here to discuss that particular... read more »

What was it about that song?

I'm not gonna link to that song. You know what song I'm talking about. In the days since the tragic death of Whitney Houston, chances are you've heard that song somewhere on the radio or TV, repeatedly, by now. You know.The Bodyguard came out at just the right time for its stars. Kevin Costner was two years removed from Dances With Wolves and couldn't have been any bigger or hotter. Houston was already an established megastar, with a trunkload of Grammys and poised to take Hollywood by storm. Lawrence Ka... read more »

Soundtrack Saturday: John Williams

Let's be honest: if you're reading this blog, chances are you can hum at least three John Williams tunes, if not more. His scores have transcended the film world and have become part of the mainstream culture at large, and while he's worked with a variety of different filmmakers, in many people's minds he's mostly associated with Steven Spielberg. This is the last Soundtrack Saturday feature. I have something special planned for the next four Saturdays in February (also music related), and then a new reg... read more »

Soundtrack Saturday: Michael Kamen

Theme from Highlander "Sam Lowry's 1st Dream" (with Kate Bush) from Brazil "Gruber's Departure" from Die Hard (my post on the movie) read more »

Soundtrack Saturday: Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross

"In Motion" from The Social Network (my post on the movie) "Hand Covers Bruise" from The Social Network "People Lie All The Time" from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011) (my post on the movie) read more »

Soundtrack Saturday: James Horner

Main title from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan"The Sinking" from Titanic (1997) "Jake's First Flight" from Avatar--------------------- Not film-related but it is music-related: my sister sent me a link to the blog of this cartoonist who does comic strip "music video" parodies, mostly of 80's videos. Pretty funny, too. Check it out. read more »

Soundtrack Saturday: Maurice Jarre

Main theme from Lawrence of Arabia"Lara's Theme" from Dr. Zhivago Theme from Ghost Soundtrack Saturday will return January 7. Enjoy your holiday weekend. read more »

Soundtrack Saturday: Max Steiner

So many classic films he's worked on. Difficult to pick just three."Skull Island Overture" from King Kong (1933)"Tara's Theme" from Gone With the WindTheme from Casablanca read more »

Soundtrack Saturday: Elmer Bernstein

Theme from The Magnificent SevenTheme from To Kill a Mockingbird"Dana's Theme" from Ghostbusters read more »

Soundtrack Saturday: Henry Mancini

"Moon River" from Breakfast at Tiffany's "Baby Elephant Walk" from Hatari!Theme from A Summer Place read more »

Soundtrack Saturday: Alexandre Desplat

Theme from The King's Speech (my post on the movie) "Obliviate" from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I "Julia's Theme" from Julie Julia read more »

Soundtrack Saturday: Danny Elfman

Who better to listen to on Halloween weekend?"This is Halloween" from The Nightmare Before Christmas Theme from Batman (my post on the film)"Ice Dance" from Edward Scissorhands-------------------------- Also: This isn't directly related to Halloween, but it is music and film related. This past Thursday I saw a live Theremin performance in Brooklyn by professional Thereminist Kip Rosser. The Theremin, of course, is that creepy scientific instrument-turned-musical instrument that makes those human-like o... read more »

Soundtrack Saturday: John Barry

He was more than just the James Bond guy. Theme from Game of Death (my post on the film) Theme from Midnight Cowboy "John Dunbar Theme" from Dances With Wolves read more »

Soundtrack Saturday: Bernard Herrmann

Theme from Psycho Theme from Taxi Driver "Prelude/Outer Space/Radar" from The Day the Earth Stood Still read more »

Soundtrack Saturday: Ennio Morricone

"The Ecstasy of Gold" from The Good, The Bad and the Ugly "The Strength of the Righteous" from The Untouchables Theme from Cinema Paradiso read more »

Soundtrack Saturday: Jerry Goldsmith

And now it's time to spotlight the composers! You knew this was coming. First up: one of my all-time faves.Main Title from Star Trek: First Contact Theme from LA Confidential Main Title/Hyper Sleep from Alien read more »

Soundtrack Saturday: The James Bond movies part 2

The first one was popular, so I thought I'd bring this back. There are so many songs to choose from, after all...Nancy Sinatra, "You Only Live Twice" Duran Duran, "A View To a Kill"Tina Turner, "Goldeneye" read more »

Soundtrack Saturday: Gene Kelly

Everyone remembers him for his dancing, but he was a good singer too."For Me and My Gal" "(with Judy Garland) from For Me and My Gal "I Got Rhythm" from An American in Paris"Singin' in the Rain" from Singin' in the Rain read more »

Soundtrack Saturday: Marilyn Monroe

Can't believe I didn't get to her sooner."Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes "I Wanna Be Loved By You" from Some Like It Hot "Through With Love" from Some Like It Hot read more »

Soundtrack Saturday: David Bowie

Underrated as an actor, actually. He's been in some good movies."Absolute Beginners" from Absolute Beginners"Underground" from Labyrinth"This Is Not America" from The Falcon and the Snowman (he's not in the movie but the song is) read more »

Soundtrack Saturday: Lena Horne

Wow, was she gorgeous. One day I gotta watch one of her movies. "Stormy Weather" from Stormy Weather"I Can't Give You Anything But Love" (with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson) from Stormy Weather "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man of Mine" from Till the Clouds Roll By read more »

Soundtrack Saturday: Dean Martin

I don't know much about him apart from him being part of the Rat Pack, but he sure could sing. "Rio Bravo" from Rio Bravo"Just in Time" (with Judy Holliday) from Bells Are Ringing "If You Knew Susie" from The Silencers------------------Plus: True Classics' Lucille Ball blogathon is today. In case you missed it the first time, here's my contribution to the affair. read more »

Soundtrack Saturday: Judy Garland

I've never been as devotional to her as others have, but there's no doubt that she's part of the film pantheon. "The Trolley Song" from Meet Me in St. Louis"Get Happy" from Summer Stock "The Man That Got Away" from A Star is Born read more »

Soundtrack Saturday: Paul McCartney

I don't have a favorite Beatle. It always changes depending on my mood. "Can't Buy Me Love" (with the Beatles) from A Hard Day's Night "The Night Before" (with the Beatles) from Help! "No More Lonely Nights" from Give My Regards to Broad Street read more »

Soundtrack Saturday: Diana Ross

I always loved listening to her on the radio in the late 70s and early 80s. "The Man I Love/Them There Eyes" from Lady Sings the Blues"Theme from Mahogany" from Mahogany"Home" from The Wiz read more »

Soundtrack Saturday: Elvis Presley

Be honest: how many of you have actually sat through an entire Elvis movie?"Jailhouse Rock" from Jailhouse Rock "Can't Help Falling in Love" from Blue Hawaii"Viva Las Vegas" from Viva Las Vegas read more »

Soundtrack Saturday: Barbra Streisand

I don't care what anybody says about her; I think she's an incredible singer and always have."People" from Funny Girl "The Main Event/Fight" from The Main Event"Evergreen" from A Star is Born read more »

Soundtrack Saturday: Frank Sinatra

Kinda spoiled for choice here. He sang so many great songs from so many memorable movies. But how about these three: "You're Awful" (with Betty Garrett) from On The Town "Someone to Watch Over Me" from Young at Heart "The Lady is a Tramp" from Pal Joey read more »

Soundtrack Saturday: Mashups

I've become addicted to mashups. I've got several different YouTube playlists of nothing but mashups. These are from my "collection," if you will, with the caveat that one of the songs being mashed up is from a movie soundtrack."You Should Be Dancing" by the Bee Gees (from Saturday Night Fever) vs. "Roxanne" by The Police"You Only Live Twice" by Nancy Sinatra (from You Only Live Twice) vs. "Tomorrow Never Knows" by The Beatles"Maniac" by Michael Sembello (from Flashdance) vs. "Somebody Told Me" by The Ki... read more »

Soundtrack Saturday: Tommy

The movie version was a bit of a letdown for me. Maybe I just preferred imagining the story of Tommy through the music alone - which, you gotta admit, can't be beat. (All three videos are clips from the movie.)Elton John, "Pinball Wizard"Tina Turner, "Acid Queen"Eric Clapton, "Eyesight to the Blind" read more »

Soundtrack Friday: This is Spinal Tap

Going out of town this weekend (through earthbound means, NOT celestial ones, I assure you), so I thought I'd move this up a day."It's like, how much more black could this be? And the answer is none. None more black.""Sex Farm""Stonehenge""Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight" read more »

Soundtrack Saturday: Love Jones

Underrated romance movie. Lots of spoken word poetry, lots of jazz, and very little of the usual Hollywood rom-com BS. I'll have to write about the movie sometime soon. Meanwhile, enjoy these prime cuts from this terrific soundtrack.Lauryn Hill, "The Sweetest Thing"Cassandra Wilson, "You Move Me"Duke Ellington John Coltrane, "In a Sentimental Mood" read more »

Soundtrack Saturday: Goodfellas

The number of songs used in this movie is insane! If Marty weren't a filmmaker, he would've made a great deejay!The Shangri-Las, "Remember (Walkin' in the Sand)"Bobby Darin, "Beyond the Sea"Cream, "Sunshine of Your Love" read more »

Soundtrack Saturday: Rushmore

A very eclectic selection that Wes Anderson judiciously uses within the film.Cat Stevens, "Here Comes My Baby"The Who, "A Quick One While He's Away"The Rolling Stones, "I Am Waiting" read more »

Soundtrack Saturday: The James Bond movies

I've never been a huge Bond fan, but how can you not love the theme songs? Here are three of my favorites. The videos are the opening credits from their respective films.Tom Jones, "Thunderball"Sheena Easton, "For Your Eyes Only"Chris Cornell, "You Know My Name" (from Casino Royale) read more »

Saturday Soundtrack: The James Bond movies

I've never been a huge Bond fan, but how can you not love the theme songs? Here are three of my favorites. The videos are the opening credits from their respective films.Tom Jones, "Thunderball"Sheena Easton, "For Your Eyes Only"Chris Cornell, "You Know My Name" (from Casino Royale) read more »

Soundtrack Saturday: Pulp Fiction

Well, I hadda do this one sooner or later.Kool and the Gang, "Jungle Boogie"Urge Overkill, "Girl You'll Be a Woman Soon"Chuck Berry, "You Never Can Tell" read more »

Soundtrack Saturday: Almost Famous

Cameron Crowe. Nuff said.Yes, "Roundabout"The Raspberries, "Go All the Way"Rod Stewart, "Every Picture Tells a Story" read more »

Soundtrack Saturday: Crooklyn

Underrated Spike Lee movie, perhaps because it's personal and not political. I used to date a girl from Brownstone Brooklyn and seeing this always makes me think of those beautiful houses in Flatbush.Sly and the Family Stone, "Everyday People"Jean Knight, "Mr. Big Stuff"The Five Stairsteps, "Ooh Child" read more »

Soundtrack Saturday: School of Rock

Still my favorite Jack Black movie. Yeah, his schtick can get old in a hurry, but this was still a lot of fun. When I saw the movie poster for the first time I thought perhaps he was gonna play Neil Young - which I suppose he could still do...Led Zeppelin, "Immigrant Song"T. Rex, "Ballrooms of Mars"The Stooges, "TV Eye" read more »

Soundtrack Saturday: The Big Chill

Don't have much to say about the movie; it doesn't mean as much to me as it does others, but then I'm not a baby boomer. Can't go wrong with the soundtrack, though.Three Dog Night, "Joy to the World"Smokey Robinson the Miracles, "I Second That Emotion"The Temptations, "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" read more »

Soundtrack Saturday: The Graduate

I dunno, I don't think I'm feeling the Set List thing anymore. Trying to come up with appropriate songs every week is tougher than I thought, so I'm gonna go back to just soundtracks for now. This blog is still very much a work in progress, folks.So: Simon Garfunkel. My friend Scott is an awesome cartoonist (don't believe me? Look at his webpage) as well as a huge SG fan, and every now and then he'll sneak an SG reference into his work. He even used Art Garfunkel as a character once, albeit a thinly dis... read more »

Saturday Set List special: Xanadu

Yeah, I know. I know. But you have to admit the soundtrack was good at least. And the Broadway version got great reviews, as I recall. And it definitely fits in with our theme this week, so let's give it a spin! I promise none of these videos are from the movie itself.Olivia Newton-John, "Magic"Electric Light Orchestra, "I'm Alive"Electric Light Orchestra, "All Over the World"Olivia Newton-John, "Xanadu"And one more shot of ONJ as she is today because she's still gorgeous.----------------Previously in A ... read more »

Saturday Set List: Technicolor and CinemaScope

Soundtrack of the week: ShaftHe's a complicated man. But no one understands him but his woman!Isaac Hayes, "Theme from 'Shaft'"Song-about-movies of the week: "Saturday Night at the Movies"It was all so simple back in the day...Song-that-would-make-a-good-movie of the week: "Can't Stand Losing You"Dark comedy about a guy who fakes his own death to get back at the girl he broke up with. Neil Labute directs.Actor-singer of the week: Michelle PfeifferPosting Jeff Bridges last week reminded me of her.Michelle... read more »

Saturday Set List (delayed)

I was out all day yesterday; didn't have time to post this.Soundtrack of the week: Selmasongs (the Dancer in the Dark soundtrack)Hated the movie, liked the music. Bjork acquitted herself adequately as an actress; it's just that the Lars von Trier brand of melodrama that kept me spellbound in Breaking the Waves didn't work for me here. Perhaps one day I'll do a post about it. In the meantime, here's arguably the best song from the movie.Bjork and Thom Yorke, "I've Seen It All"Song-about-movies of the week... read more »

Saturday Set List: Her mocking smile says it all

Soundtrack of the week: Boogie Nights...which, oddly enough, does not have the song "Boogie Nights" on it. Nor is it only disco; there were some rock and pop songs in this movie too. Such as this one (which is actually from the second disc):Elvin Bishop, "Fooled Around and Fell In Love"Song-about-movies of the week: "Marlene on the Wall"I knew a girl in high school named Marlene the first time I heard this song, and I never could understand why Suzanne Vega would pronounce "mar-LEEN" as "mar-LAY-na." It ... read more »

Saturday Set List: She was something more than ...

Soundtrack of the week: SinglesDecent movie, kick-ass soundtrack. It took me a little longer to get into grunge than most, but when I did, I fully embraced it.Pearl Jam, "State of Love and Trust"Song-about-movies of the week: "Candle in the Wind"More for this video than anything else. Plus it's the live version, which I like better than the studio one.Song-that-would-make-a-good-movie of the week: "America"So many Simon Garfunkel songs would make good movies. This could be a simple road-trip movie about... read more »

Saturday Set List (Friday morning special)

Moved up a day so I can take the holiday weekend off. No set list next week.Soundtrack of the week: La BambaOh, man, the ending to this movie always makes me cry. When we first got cable TV in the mid-80s, I'd watch this movie a lot. You've heard the title track plenty of times, so let's put on another song from the movie...Los Lobos, "Framed"Song-about-movies of the week: "Celluloid Heroes"One of my favorite Kinks songs.Song-that-would-make-a-good-movie of the week: "Bad Bad Leroy Brown"The lyrics sugge... read more »

Saturday Set List: All the boys think she's a spy

Soundtrack of the week: FootlooseI was always lukewarm about the movie, but this soundtrack... is epic. This was always my favorite song from it, by one of my favorite 80s singers. Funny thing, I never noticed before now how synth-heavy it is.Bonnie Tyler, "Holding Out For a Hero"Song-about-movies of the week: "Bette Davis Eyes"Can't believe I haven't already done this song.Song-that-would-make-a-good-movie of the week: "Midnight Train to Georgia"A period piece set during the 60s. Big-city California gir... read more »

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