Archive for May, 2020

Mike’s Top Film Scores of the Decade (30-21)

Film scores are one of my favorite things to listen to and the list of my top ones is one of the articles I get most excited for each year. I put way much more effort into that than I really ought to. I go deep, listening to some scores that I probably shouldn’t even bother with. And it’s because I love that aspect of film so much. The care that goes into all those notes. Think about how many films there are each year and how many have true, dedicated scores to them. Now consider that, despite there only being a handful of notes out there, each of them is utterly unique in its own way. It’s crazy to think about.

So when I was considering lists to talk about for this past decade, this one was one I couldn’t wait to get into. I know most people won’t rush to put a score on, but if you’re gonna go in for one, these are some of the best that have come out these past ten years: (more…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #101 – “Feels Like Summer,” from Shaun the Sheep Movie

 

101. “Feels Like Summer,” from Shaun the Sheep Movie

I don’t remember much about the actual film — like most Aardman movies, I forget a lot of the plots and think they’re generally just kind of pleasant without loving them all that much — but I do remember this song. This plays a couple of times throughout the film, and each time I head it, my ears perked up, because it’s just a catchy, lovely song. It’s like a later Beach Boys song, or like a That Thing You Do kinda one-hit wonder song. It’s quite literally a song that feels like summer, and it’s really well done.

And also, how fitting that today, for a lot of people, is the actual beginning of their summer.


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Pic of the Day: “He wants to know if you are gods.” “Not gods. Englishmen. The next best thing.” (45th Anniversary)


Mike’s Top Film Scores of the Decade (40-31)

Film scores are one of my favorite things to listen to and the list of my top ones is one of the articles I get most excited for each year. I put way much more effort into that than I really ought to. I go deep, listening to some scores that I probably shouldn’t even bother with. And it’s because I love that aspect of film so much. The care that goes into all those notes. Think about how many films there are each year and how many have true, dedicated scores to them. Now consider that, despite there only being a handful of notes out there, each of them is utterly unique in its own way. It’s crazy to think about.

So when I was considering lists to talk about for this past decade, this one was one I couldn’t wait to get into. I know most people won’t rush to put a score on, but if you’re gonna go in for one, these are some of the best that have come out these past ten years: (more…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #102 – “We Know the Way,” from Moana

 

103. “We Know the Way,” from Moana

This is one of those songs Disney got you to pre-like by using it in their advertising. It was already in your head before you saw this scene. But it also goes to show you the strength of the song that it can do that. It become synonymous with all the music from the film, in a way. It’s really well-written, and I love that the entire first verse is in Samoan. It shows a real respect and inspiration from the culture that’s central to the film, which you don’t always get from Disney. All the songs from this film are beautiful and brilliantly done, and this is central among them.


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Pic of the Day: “Daddy’s gotta go to work.” (5th Anniversary)


Mike’s Top Film Scores of the Decade (50-41)

Film scores are one of my favorite things to listen to and the list of my top ones is one of the articles I get most excited for each year. I put way much more effort into that than I really ought to. I go deep, listening to some scores that I probably shouldn’t even bother with. And it’s because I love that aspect of film so much. The care that goes into all those notes. Think about how many films there are each year and how many have true, dedicated scores to them. Now consider that, despite there only being a handful of notes out there, each of them is utterly unique in its own way. It’s crazy to think about.

So when I was considering lists to talk about for this past decade, this one was one I couldn’t wait to get into. I know most people won’t rush to put a score on, but if you’re gonna go in for one, these are some of the best that have come out these past ten years: (more…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #103 – “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” from Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me

 

104. “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” from Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me

This is just a beautiful song. Fortunately people are aware of it because it was nominated for an Oscar and because the story behind it is so touching. Glen Campbell, beloved musician, member of the Wrecking Crew, star of the original True Grit, mega-star with countless hits, gets dementia. And they make a documentary about his struggle with it and about his life, and he writes this song, which is just so beautiful. Thing about the message… he wrote a love song to his wife that’s also kinda cheeky. ‘I’m not gonna miss you’ refers to the fact that he’s got Alzheimer’s! And it takes a particular kind of tone to pull that off, and he does. He really does. It’s a really touching song and one I hope gets remembered as well as Campbell himself will.


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Pic of the Day: ♫ “A dream is a wish your heart makes / When you’re fast asleep. / In dreams you will lose your heartaches / Whatever you wish for, you keep. / Have faith in your dreams and someday / Your rainbow will come smiling through. / No matter how your heart is grieving / If you keep on believing / The dream that you wish will come true.” ♫ (70th Anniversary)


Mike’s Top Film Scores of the Decade (60-51)

Film scores are one of my favorite things to listen to and the list of my top ones is one of the articles I get most excited for each year. I put way much more effort into that than I really ought to. I go deep, listening to some scores that I probably shouldn’t even bother with. And it’s because I love that aspect of film so much. The care that goes into all those notes. Think about how many films there are each year and how many have true, dedicated scores to them. Now consider that, despite there only being a handful of notes out there, each of them is utterly unique in its own way. It’s crazy to think about.

So when I was considering lists to talk about for this past decade, this one was one I couldn’t wait to get into. I know most people won’t rush to put a score on, but if you’re gonna go in for one, these are some of the best that have come out these past ten years: (more…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #104 – “So Long,” from Winnie the Pooh

 

105. “So Long,” from Winnie the Pooh

Yes, that’s Zooey Deschanel singing a song in a Winnie the Pooh movie. It’s the end credits song, and it’s just the loveliest song in the movie. The beginning makes it seem like you get what it is and it’s just this simple, repetitive song, but trust me, wait to the chorus — you’ll be fully along with it. It’s just a song that makes you happy. And, I know this is something that’s specific to me… but I love that you can hear actual instruments being played. I can’t stand this current day music where it’s all Garage Band beats and you can’t hear actual musicians playing on the tracks giving them life. Some of the film songs are based around orchestration, which I get. But here, you can hear the drums and the piano and hear actual people clapping along, which just gives it another little inch of life and likability for me.


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Pic of the Day: “This is the end result of all the bright lights, and the comp trips, and all the champagne, and free hotel suites, and all the broads and all the booze. It’s all been arranged just for us to get your money.” (25th Anniversary)


Mike’s Top Film Scores of the Decade (70-61)

Film scores are one of my favorite things to listen to and the list of my top ones is one of the articles I get most excited for each year. I put way much more effort into that than I really ought to. I go deep, listening to some scores that I probably shouldn’t even bother with. And it’s because I love that aspect of film so much. The care that goes into all those notes. Think about how many films there are each year and how many have true, dedicated scores to them. Now consider that, despite there only being a handful of notes out there, each of them is utterly unique in its own way. It’s crazy to think about.

So when I was considering lists to talk about for this past decade, this one was one I couldn’t wait to get into. I know most people won’t rush to put a score on, but if you’re gonna go in for one, these are some of the best that have come out these past ten years: (more…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #105 – “Trip a Little Light Fantastic,” from Mary Poppins Returns

 

105. “Trip a Little Light Fantastic,” from Mary Poppins Returns

Ah, yes, this song. They cover a lot of bases with this one. The phrase itself does go back to the 17th century, but it’s not something that’s widely known. And just hearing it, it sounds almost like gibberish. Which allows them to position it as their new ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’. And it gives them another ‘chimney sweep’ song, like the one Dick Van Dyke performs in the original, only here they’re lamplighters. Since, you know… progress. It’s a wonderfully choreographed number that definitely evokes what Mary Poppins should be about, even though there’s not a whole lot in the way of pure lyrics here. But it’s definitely the most joyous of the songs in the film, so I did want to give it ample credit for that.


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Pic of the Day: “When I looked at you, exotic words drifted across the mirror of my mind like clouds across the summer sky.” (75th Anniversary)


Mike’s Top Film Scores of the Decade (80-71)

Film scores are one of my favorite things to listen to and the list of my top ones is one of the articles I get most excited for each year. I put way much more effort into that than I really ought to. I go deep, listening to some scores that I probably shouldn’t even bother with. And it’s because I love that aspect of film so much. The care that goes into all those notes. Think about how many films there are each year and how many have true, dedicated scores to them. Now consider that, despite there only being a handful of notes out there, each of them is utterly unique in its own way. It’s crazy to think about.

So when I was considering lists to talk about for this past decade, this one was one I couldn’t wait to get into. I know most people won’t rush to put a score on, but if you’re gonna go in for one, these are some of the best that have come out these past ten years: (more…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #106 – “Before I Cry,” from A Star Is Born

 

106. “Before I Cry,” from A Star Is Born

Star Is Born again. Another one of the Alli songs. The last one, I think. We’re almost past these and will soon be on the real cream of the crop (also notice how few of the 17 songs made this half of the list and how many are gonna be in the top 100). This one starts as a song where you’re like, “Okay, I get it, it’s fine,” and then she hits that chorus, and you’re in a whole other stratosphere. That chorus is the reason this song goes so high. That shit is just great.


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Pic of the Day: “All my life I had to fight. I had to fight my daddy. I had to fight my uncles. I had to fight my brothers. A girl child ain’t safe in a family of men, but I ain’t never thought I’d have to fight in my own house!” (35th Anniversary)


Mike’s Top Film Scores of the Decade (90-81)

Film scores are one of my favorite things to listen to and the list of my top ones is one of the articles I get most excited for each year. I put way much more effort into that than I really ought to. I go deep, listening to some scores that I probably shouldn’t even bother with. And it’s because I love that aspect of film so much. The care that goes into all those notes. Think about how many films there are each year and how many have true, dedicated scores to them. Now consider that, despite there only being a handful of notes out there, each of them is utterly unique in its own way. It’s crazy to think about.

So when I was considering lists to talk about for this past decade, this one was one I couldn’t wait to get into. I know most people won’t rush to put a score on, but if you’re gonna go in for one, these are some of the best that have come out these past ten years: (more…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #107 – “Un Poco Loco,” from Coco

 

107. “Un Poco Loco,” from Coco

It’s not necessarily that this is the most amazing song ever, but I love how it’s performed and when it’s performed in the movie — this is Miguel coming into his own, and it’s a really nice moment. It’s just a fun song that makes you want to dance and clap along. Sometimes the context of a song within a film is what makes it great.


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Pic of the Day: “Begone and trouble me no more! You touch me ever again, you shall be cast yourself into the fire of Doom!” (40th Anniversary)


Mike’s Top Film Scores of the Decade (100-91)

Film scores are one of my favorite things to listen to and the list of my top ones is one of the articles I get most excited for each year. I put way much more effort into that than I really ought to. I go deep, listening to some scores that I probably shouldn’t even bother with. And it’s because I love that aspect of film so much. The care that goes into all those notes. Think about how many films there are each year and how many have true, dedicated scores to them. Now consider that, despite there only being a handful of notes out there, each of them is utterly unique in its own way. It’s crazy to think about.

So when I was considering lists to talk about for this past decade, this one was one I couldn’t wait to get into. I know most people won’t rush to put a score on, but if you’re gonna go in for one, these are some of the best that have come out these past ten years: (more…)


Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #108 – “Hide,” from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

 

108. “Hide,” from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

We’ve gotta be nearing ten or at ten for songs from this movie already. I’m honestly running out of stuff to say about them. They’re just all fantastic. This one is just a nice slow groove. I love the change of pace from some of the others.


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Pic of the Day: “For a job with you he’ll come. Cesar! There’s not a safe that can resist Cesar and not a woman that Cesar can resist.” (65th Anniversary)