Friday, September 21, 2012

When Popular Musicians Make Movie Soundtracks

There was a time when your favourite rock guitarist stayed exactly that, and when your dance music makers stuck to the dancefloor anthems. Not anymore, this is the 21st century, and huge amounts of equipment are available readily to even modest guitarists and songwriters, combine this with the fact that the movie industry holds much more authority (and cash) than the music industry, and you can see why more and more musicians are turning their hand to composing for the silver screen. This article explores some examples of movie soundtracks specifically made for films, and the glastonbury headliners and dancefloor fillers who created them. You might be surprised.

Jonny Greenwood - There Will Be Blood

The Radiohead guitarist was tasked with writing a score for Paul Thomas Andersson's Oil barron drama based on the novel by Upton Sinclair. The soundtrack was nominated for numerous awards and is a million miles away from 'Creep'.

Chemical Brothers - Hanna

The Chemical Brothers are more widely known for their hugely popular dance tracks, but in 2011 they composed the score for Joe Wright's action movie 'Hanna'. Full of synths and beats as you would expect, the twosome provide a great soundtrack to this thriller.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Movies to Get You In the Mood for Football Season

Football season is right around the corner. In fact, the pre-season is already underway. Get in the mood for the excitement of football season with these movies.

Little Giants
Football isn't just about professional players, it's also about the little ones just starting out and playing pee-wee football. A pair of brothers take their sibling rivalry onto the football field in this movie. The town's existing team, the Cowboys, battles it out with the newly formed Little Giants. Both teams learn that football is about more than winning; it is also about friendship and teamwork.

The Blind Side
In the Blind side, Michael Oher touches us with his kindness and his ability to rise above his difficult childhood with the help of a loving new family and his abilities on the football field. The Blind Side is based partially on the true story of offensive lineman, Michael Oher.

We Are Marshall
We are Marshall is based on the tragic true story of the plane crash that took the lives of most of the Marshall University football players and coaching staff in 1970. The movie is full of sadness and grief, but also a beautiful display of courage as a new team is formed with the few remaining players along with some new inexperienced players. Amazingly, after a crushing loss at the first game, this team wins at its first home game of the season. This movie is a wonderful example of the way football can bring people together, even following a terrible tragedy.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Gloria Swanson and Hollywood's Greatest Comeback

When Gloria Swanson starred in 'Sunset Boulevard' in 1950, it was heralded as one of the greatest comebacks in cinema history. 25 years earlier, as a silent movie star, she had been one of the best known women in the world, not only treated like royalty but she had created a sensation by actually marrying the Marquis de la Falaise de la Coudraye, part of the Hennessy drinks family, and a member of one of the noble families of France. When Gloria and her husband returned to America after their wedding they were given ticker-tape parades through New York and Los Angeles and were treated as genuine royalty. Gloria's career was at its peak. She was the highest paid woman in movies and she was a fashion icon for women everywhere.

But her movies had not fared well with the advent of sound in 1929, and her extravagant lifestyle, once the envy of women the world over, grated on the sensibilities of a world undergoing the indignities and deprivations of the Great Depression. At the start of the 1930's she made four Talkies in quick succession, ' What a Widow!' in 1930, 'Indiscreet' the following year, 'Perfect Understanding' in 1933, and 'Music in the Air' in 1934 but they all flopped. Audiences were no longer flocking to her films and as her career went into decline, Gloria went into voluntary semi-retirement. In 1941, after 7 years off screen, she appeared in another movie, the musical comedy 'Father Takes A Wife' which was heavily promoted as her comeback film but it did not do well at the box office and was critically panned. Gloria returned to her self-imposed movie retirement although she continued to appear on stage and also began to try the new medium of television

So, by the late 1940's, for twenty years little had been heard of Gloria Swanson. A complete generation of cinema-goers had grown up without seeing one of her movies or knowing the impact she had once had. All that was about to be changed by one man - director Billy Wilder and his masterly film 'Sunset Boulevard'.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Why Go to An Outdoor Movie Event?

Going out to see a movie a tradition that is enjoyed by individuals, families, groups of friends, and couples out on dates. If you have seen advertising for outdoor movies in your area, you might be curious about what these events are like. Here is why you should consider skipping the movie theater next time you head out to see a movie and giving a movie in the park a try.

Human Interaction
Going out to see a movie is a very social event; one of the reasons you might choose to go out and see a movie, rather than renting a DVD, is because of the chance to meet and interact with new people. Outdoor movies are made for socializing. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed, without the need to be quiet like in a movie theater. You can bring a picnic, eat, and play cards with friends before the movie begins. In addition, a typical movie theater holds about 200 people, while some outdoor events host up to 10,000 people.

No need to be confined to one seat the way you would be in a busy movie theater. At an open air cinema event you have the freedom to stretch out and sit however you would like. Bring a comfortable chair, a blanket, or even an air mattress to lay down on. You also won't have anyone kicking your seat like you might in a movie theater. Children are typically also more comfortable in an outdoor setting.