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Mike’s Top Film Scores of the Decade (10-1)

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: #99 – “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings,” from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

 

99. “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings,” from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Ah, yes. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Sneaky choice, I know. But also… how many more memorable songs out there are there than this one? You start this movie that you thought was gonna be a miniseries but instead becomes an anthology film, and then here we are with this opening segment that’s just hilarious. And then all of a sudden, after a shootout, this dude just starts singing. And it’s completely ridiculous and hilarious. But then the movie goes all in on the song, which makes the whole thing even better. The beautiful thing about this song is how completely straight the whole thing is played, even though they’re dragging one guy’s corpse out of the street as his soul floats away into heaven, singing this song. It’s incredible.


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Pic of the Day: “Playing music is supposed to be fun. It’s about heart, it’s about feelings, moving people, and something beautiful, and it’s not about notes on a page. I can teach you notes on a page, I can’t teach you that other stuff.” (25th Anniversary)


Mike’s Top Film Scores of the Decade (20-11)

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: #100 – “Remember Me,” from Coco

 

100. “Remember Me,” from Coco

This is the flashy version of the song, but I much prefer the later version, that Miguel sings to his grandmother at the end of the film. Still, it’s a very well-written song and my only real gripe with it is that it’s so short. I kinda wish there were more to it. But still, as it stands, it’s a very great song that serves a very important function within its film, which you can’t say for a lot of original film songs out there.


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Pic of the Day: “We all want to forget something, so we tell stories. It’s easier that way.” (70th Anniversary)


The Anniversary

I graduated college exactly 10 years ago today. May, 23, 2010. On May 24th, I was back home, unpacking all the things I’d kept constantly ready for transport over the summers that now weren’t gonna go back to campus anymore. The biggest task in this, of course, was putting my many DVDs back into their cases from the binders they’d lived in for the past four years. I don’t remember what day I did this exactly, but I know for sure it happened within the first week of my being home. I have two vivid memories of unpacking that have conflated into one over the past decade. It’s possible both are true.

What I remember is, all my stuff is everywhere, slowly being absorbed by the room, I’m surrounded by stacks of DVD cases and watching Lawrence of Arabia. Now, I also have a vivid memory of being surrounded by DVDs and watching The Snake Pit. So, one of two versions is true: either I watched Lawrence of Arabia earlier in the afternoon and Snake Pit later on OR these are two separate days; I watched Lawrence of Arabia as I unpacked some stuff and did the DVDs another day. That version makes the most sense. But hey, it’s an afternoon a decade ago. Who remembers specifics? (more…)