If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Remember the guilt you had when you like some certain songs or a score from a movie that really sucked so bad?
Well, here is the other side. There can be good soundtracks associated with good movies and you will be able to enjoy them both without the guilt of how bad the quality of the movie is.
You're the Best Around,
Nothing gonna ever keep you down.
That's more like it.....
Here is my favorite top 10 best soundtracks from the best movies.
NOTE: By soundtracks, they might mean "songs from or inspired by the movie" or the traditional orchestral score. Either way, both are pretty decent.
10.Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
VIDEO GAME REFERENCES.......INDIE ROCK 'N' ROLL BANDS.......GREAT HUMOR.......AWESOME FIGHTING SEQUENCES.......ROMANCE THAT ISN'T CRAPPY....AN 17-YEAR-OLD ASIAN GIRL. All those things can be found in this movie and you will love this. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is one of the favorite movies in 2010 and also mine. The music is amazingly well-put throughout here (original,too) and the video-game stylized score by Nigel Godrich makes the movie even more enriching. As good as this film is, unfortunately, internet buzz doesn't equal to box-office success as the movie bombed making $30 million on a $60-70 million budget and that's not even the horrible part (You know what it is). Still, this movie is forever known for its greatness in achievement of a being a well-crafted movie, if only Hollywood executives could see that.
I can easily I was impressed by Saoirse (Seer-sha) Ronan's performance and the role she chose considering that she went from being killed by Stanley Tucci in "The Lovely Bones" from kicking ass in "Hanna", if only she went back in time to finish the molester off. Joe Wright, director of Atonement (who Ronan collaborated with eariler) & Pride and Prejudice, has never made an action movie before this and yet he does it better than the typical action director, especially one who sucks overall. *coughs* John Moore *coughs*. The score done by The Chemical Brothers gives it the edge and excitement needed and they have proved to be excellent. The movie and the soundtrack both easily have a strong rating with me. Also, does anybody find me crazy that I want a movie with Hit-Girl and Hanna collaborating? It's only a dream.
8. Let Me In
I'll admit. I never saw the original Swedish version Let The Right One In and the fact people nowadays hates remakes and also the vampire Twilight phase going on but I really did enjoy this movie. The story doesn't always depend or whore out the vampire element and the effects were flakey at best but it had all around good performances by Kodi Smit-McPhee, Richard Jenkins and especially Chloë Grace Moretz. The soundtrack can get to you quick and the way it sounds, it just might cry. Especially the end credits music, which is one of my favorite pieces. Well done, Michael Giacchino.
If you read the previous soundtrack list, I said my piece about the Blade film series and I withstand that. The first Blade film is still one of the reasons that comic-book movies still exist today. Sure, the effects in this are very cartoonish, but that was 13 years ago. They had an excuse. The music in the film is very electronica/techno centre, although the album has both hip hop and electronica tracks. No hip hop music isn't in the film but people still complain about soundtrack saying that factor didn't inspire Blade. Neither does the other songs in the film (maybe the end credit music and the only 4 songs from the album does). But still, they should have added more but the music of Mystikal, M.O.P. KRS-One, GangStarr, DJ Krush, New Order, Junkie XL, EPMD and more artists satisfies my musical needs and now........
6. Blade II
As far as comic-book sequels go, Blade II had improve on a lot of things. The action, the effects, the villain (who is a major bad-ass), the characters, Whistler's back (for this one) and Ron Perlman, Hellboy and the voice of 1000 Ways to Die himself. How can this be any better? As like Judgment Night & Spawn, the soundtrack both mix genres and this one is hip hop artists and electronica artists together. I both love those genres and was pleased with artists such as Mos Def & Massive Attack, Ice Cube & Paul Oakenfold, BT & The Roots, Mystikal & Moby, Cypress Hill & Roni Size and well-known others. This is worth a check-out if this is your forte.
Yeah, I count the two volumes as one and I'm doing the same thing to the soundtrack. Kill Bill is my favorite Quentin Tarantino movie of all time. Tarantino, being a filmmaker and film lover, combines samurai and kung-fu films, revenge movies and spaghetti western movies into a story about The Bride hunting down the assassins who killed her at her wedding day including the head killer, Bill. Like QT movies, he doesn't use traditional score but this time, he had help from Wu-Tang Clan's The RZA, who also organizes and arranged the songs and also had help from other collaborator Robert Rodriguez. I can't chose what song is my favorite but the movie and the soundtrack, you need to buy this movie or wait until Tarantino does the Whole Bloody Affair, if that happens. Screw it, just buy it.
4.Ghost Dog: The Way of The Samurai
Before Kill Bill, a little know movie from Jim Jarmusch called Ghost Dog: The Way of The Samurai was the RZA's first venture into movie scoring. The film is overall good. If you're easily mislead by the title, here's a bit of the story. Forest Whitaker is a hired hitman for the Italian Mafia who follows the code of Hagakure. But he messed up and now the Mafia out to kill him. Now there are two separate albums for the movie. There is the Japanese version where The RZA's score and instrumental beats are found and the album is songs for the album but not heard in the movie (except "Fast Shadow" & "Samurai Showdown"). If you are a Wu-Tang fan and lover of superb hip hop, this is it for you.
3. Tron: Legacy
I get that many people didn't like the movie and some say it was bad, but dammit, I like this movie. I like Tron: Legacy and I know the story kinda drags and drags and some acting (mainly from Garrett Hedlund) was sub-par but some things that do right. The 3D was better than the other bullshit that year because it was use only in the Grid and the real world is in good 'ol 2D. The effects are glorious and the music? It was fantastic. Daft Punk made a legitimate score and it could have not fitted better than this. The music is basically a character in the movie. The score made the movie and I always listen to this every other day and even though I thought the movie is great but not that worthy, the score is an ultimate 10.
You thought I was put Inception as #1? DON'T KILL ME! Anyway, Inception couldn't have come at a better time in Summer 2010 when the summer line-up last year was full of sequels, prequels, interquels, mequels (made that word up), adaptations, 3D movies (either good or bad), and just plain bad movies all around. Until, a movie written and directed by the hand of Christopher Nolan came upon us July 16, 2010. Now, I'm not sucking up to him. I really enjoyed this movie. It made me want to think throughout the whole movie instead of wondering "Oh, pretty 'splosion!". The score by Hans Zimmer gives it that intensity and the sound as the movie begin will sound like the most epic thing you ever heard. Both this and the Tron: Legacy score should have gotten some Oscars for this (Well, Inception got 4 Oscars, Tron should've been nominated, period.)
and now my number one score will surprise you and shocked you, but I have my reasons.
and it is.........
I kinda considered myself an anime fan. Maybe an casual and interquel anime fan but nevertheles. Akira is one of my favorite anime movies and anything anime-related. This is also based off the manga based on that, the movie and manga both differ from each other but the movie is still proven to be at its best. This is what most live-action movies dream of doing. Why else do you think it took a long time to get this made into a live-action film? The soundtrack is both haunting and ecstatic. As a matter of fact, I dare you to play track number 4 while walking down whatever you at and imagine you are a god to walk amongst mortals. The score is a buy and so is the movie (but you should check it out before the live-action movie.).
and that is all, ladies and gentlemen.
What is your favorite soundtracks from the movies you like?
Comment below and thanks for listening. I really appreciate it.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
(courtesy of Universal Pictures/soundtrack on ABKCO records)
(courtesy of Focus Features/soundtrack on Back Lot Music)
Let Me In
(courtesy of Overture Music/soundtrack on Varese Sarabande)
Blade - soundtrack on TVT Records
Blade II - soundtrack on Immortal Records
(courtesy of New Line Cinema/Warner Bros. Pictures)
Kill Bill (vol. 1 & 2)
(courtesy of Miramax Films/soundtrack on Maverick/A Band Apart)
Ghost Dog: The Way of The Samurai
(courtesy of Channel 4/soundtrack on Razor Sharp/Epic Records)
(courtesy of Disney/soundtrack on Walt Disney Records)
(courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures/soundtrack on Watertower Music/Reprise Records)
(courtesy of Toho [Japan]/Streamline [1989 English]/ Pioneer [2001 English] / soundtrack of JVC Victor)