When “Watch the Throne” came out in 2011 it was such a music and cultural phenomenon because it took two of the best rappers out and let them create music without holding back any indulgence. Jay-Z and Kanye West together is fantastic, but on their own they have each proven to be at the top of their genre. So when a movie trailer uses one (or both) or their songs it’s usually a positive for me. Now this doesn’t just guarantee a successful trailer. One of my inspirations for making this list is The Great Gatsby‘s trailer questionable inclusion of “No Church in the Wild” in their trailer. As soon as it started in the trailer I sort of cocked my head and thought “why is this here?”. Just because the trailer features such a great song doesn’t mean it’s going to make sense. The entries on this list, however, I think nailed it.
There’s something both magical and powerful when music and film are combined together. It can make us laugh, make us cry, and definitely have us singing the tune long after the movie is over. Here’s a short list of my favorite musical numbers from film, some are from conventional musicals, and others aren’t. Some you’ll totally agree with and others will make you say “Marc, what the f*@k were you thinking?” Let’s go.
I don’t consider myself much of a music aficionado. I’m a sucker for bad 80′s jams and have been known to associate with more than a few tasteless pop songs. But for my list here of soundtracks better than their films, I think I have complied a reasonable and acceptable six titles. Most of the choices feature more contemporary music so take a look and see if you agree or disagree with my choices.
We all love film. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t be blogging or podcasting or reading film blogs or listening to their respective podcasts. We all love film, but not all of us love long movies. I enjoy long films, so this list is all about my favorite films that are 3 hours or longer. These are films that I believe find a way to keep the audience engaged without sacrificing an elaborate story or complex character development. These are films that don’t let you think “wow how much longer is this film? ..my legs are starting to fall asleep” or “man how much time is left? I don’t wear watches anymore and I’m a responsible and respectful theatre patron and I turned off my mobile device so as not to take away from anyone elses theatre-going experience. Yeah me and my boyfriend are arguing, but I’m enthralled by this film and have no need to show my friends in the middle of a dark theatre during a pivotal plot point a cryptic text message he sent me 39 minutes ago. I’m a good person.”
Since I became a movie blogger, I have paid more attention to the people that were making the movies that I was enjoying. There were a number of directors that I knew by name before I got into the game, some of them were essentially household names (like Quentin Tarantino) and others were personal favorites (like Edgar Wright and Wes Anderson), but the number of directors that I get excited about over their upcoming movies has grown exponentially. These are a few of the directors that are new to my favorites list, most of which are long time favorites of my fellow FTSers.
I love horror, always have been willing to get creeped out complete with goosebumps and chills, but I’m also quite capable of being chicken shit. I can’t just shake off a good horror movie, even as a grown up, and have had trouble getting to sleep on many occasions. When I was a kid it was much worse. These are some of the movies that seriously scared me growing up.
The biggest effect seeing the new movie, Oz the Great and Powerful had on me was that I just really wanted to rewatch my childhood favorite The Wizard of Oz. I’ve seen it countless times and am in agreement with the majority of the film watching public that is it a remarkable classic. True story time–I starred as Dorothy in my preschool class’s production of the musical. When I was little I could’ve sworn that I acted out every line and sang every song that Judy Garland had uttered. In actuality, I had probably only performed a bastardized, dumbed down version and sang along with a chorus of my 5 year old classmates, but it felt like a big deal. It connected me to the movie and put it at a level of adoration that hasn’t relented since I was that little girl with red sequins hot glued to her shoes. And with that in mind, I would love to discuss 10 of my favorite moments from one of my favorite movies.
When it comes to aging in Hollywood let’s face it, men have it pretty easy. As women get older not only do their roles become along a little slower, but also they are often cast in more matronly roles; devoid of the sexual attraction the roles of their youth allowed. Men, on the other hand, experience a second awaking moving from young heartthrob to an older, more distinguished form of sexy. This list is dedicated to the guys in Hollywood who are aging handsomely in their 40s, we’ll take a look at different actors in each year highlighting some of my (and hopefully some of your) favorites. Some are A-listers, some aren’t, but what we can all agree on is that these guys are definitely hotties in their 40’s.