Posts from date: February 2010
Soundtracks can make or break a film, and some are obviously better than others...
I for one am very much looking forward to seeing the new Martin Scorsese flick Shutter Island. After the warranted success of his last film, The Departed in 2006, I believe Shutter Island will keep up his usual standards in delivering exceptional pieces of modern cinema. His collaborations with Leonardo DiCaprio (Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed & now Shutter Island) always seem to portray both lead and director as two artists at the top of their games.
More important to this piece however is Scorsese's ability to deliver amazing soundtracks. A brief glimpse at his back catalogue (Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, Casino and the above mentioned - especially The Departed) not only brings to mind scenes of greatness but also the songs that accompany said scenes - Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb fading in and out during a tense scene in The Departed for example.
I have listed below, in no particular order, my top 10 movie soundtracks. Feel free to comment / leave your own list.
Kill Bill v.1 & 2
Pirates of the Caribbean (Curse of the Black Pearl)
Star Wars (original trilogy)
He's one of the most iconic men in the world, the face of many an advertising campaign, and recently a new member of the philanderer club. He now keeps company with famous footballers, singers and actors as he airs his dirty laundry in the newspapers and websites of our information hungry and celebrity driven society.
The issue is not that he ever did this necessarily, more what does he now have to do as a husband, and also a public figure.
Like many others in his position, should he be provided with the privacy that you or I would demand as individuals? Or does he owe a duty of care to millions of people that consider him a role model? Lest we forget, it is us that put him on this pedestal, is it also our right to be involved in his private affairs?
Should Tiger Woods be forced to make a public apology?
The hype of podcasts has risen and slightly floundered now that video has such a strangle hold on the web but recently I have started to become an avid fan of a number of great podcasts which I have came across.
For sport, football and general blokey nonsense and banter it doesn't come any better than Danny Baker's Radio Five show from Saturday mornings and the legendary Football Ramble which has to be one of the best and most consistently entertaining pieces of entertainment ever. Coffee Break Spanish has been great at providing bite size commuter chunks of Spanish to help me try and get some basic Spanish under my belt, which the Veteran Gamers podcast provides an insight and mature observation on gaming that doesn't concern itself with any of the fan boy idocy.
Despite having these though I want more and besides trial and error it is hit and miss at finding the gems amongst the rough so I put it to you, people of the internet, to recommend some further podcast joy to get me through the weekly commutes.
There has been an interesting development from Warner music who appear to be about to stop their music being streamed for free on the likes of We7, Last.fm and Spotify. What will be interesting to see is whether they are alone in making this move or if other labels will follow suit pulling all of their music or even just certain artists.
The economics for record labels obviously aren't stacking up for Warner and the 'freemium' model isn't delivering the sort of revenue they were hoping for and this must also highlight some of the pressures of streaming costs on the music services as well.
It seems the record labels are yet to find a way to regain even a small percentage of the perceived lost revenue by illegal downloading and with the mounting losses and debts could it be that 2010 could start the decade with the biggest shake up ever to the music industry and one of the big labels goes into administration or worse? Surely they can not continue losing money as they are forever?
The final "Celebrity" Big Brother closed its doors on Friday with Jordan's better half crowned champion to the delight of a reasonably substantial 4m audience. Not quite to the levels of the Shilpa Shetty series but no-one in this years had the same audience pull that you get from violence and racism.
Now, all we have to do is get through a final series of regular punter Big Brother and Channel 4 can finally lay this demon to rest.
For about the first two series, Big Brother was a geniunely interesting programme that could justifiably be described as a social experiment. For a good 5 or 6 series too long its dragged on to easily fill their Summer schedule, with increasingly wierd contestants looking for a platform to dubious fame (Kinga "bottlegate" Karolczak / Michelle "i now present on the adult channels" Bass for starters).
My hope is that, for this Summers they'll return to a mix of people who aren't the most bizarre fame hunters in the country, have a bit of fun with it, wave it a fond farewell and get back to some cutting edge, exciting programming for Summer 2011.
Or does anyone disagree and are going to be sad to see it end?