The Commitments: Soul Music to lift you above the shite.

The Commitments: Soul Music to lift you above the shite.

“The Irish are the blacks of Europe. And Dubliners are the blacks of Ireland. And the Northside Dubliners are the blacks of Dublin. So say it once and say it loud, I’m black and I’m proud” Jimmy Rabbitte A movie and a soundtrack that took over the world in 1991, and that, 20 years later, would reunite the actors for a tour around Ireland and in the UK. The Commitments is a comedy – drama. Though I have to say that having watched it again to write this post, it is really hilarious. The movie, directed by genius Alan Parker, who Read more »

James Bond Theme Songs: 5 of the best

James Bond Theme Songs: 5 of the best

With a new James Bond movie on the way and much talk this week regarding whether Radiohead have done the theme song for it we thought we would look back at Bond music through the ages… Music has always been an essential element of the whole James Bond package. In fact the music – cool, sophisticated, bold, full of panache – helps construct the whole identity of the world’s most famous super-spy. The instantly recognisable ‘James Bond Theme’ was written by Monty Norman, however it was arranged and considerably developed by the British composer and film music legend John Barry, Read more »

The Royal Tenenbaums: Cinema´s most interesting and peculiar family

The Royal Tenenbaums: Cinema´s most interesting and peculiar family

The aesthetic, characters, story, acting and soundtrack of one of the greatest movies ever made.       Before we get any further let´s take a look at the trailer. The Royal Tenenbaums Trailer (2001) At the beginning of the movie we are introduced to the characters by narrator Alec Baldwin. The background music for this opening scene is The Mutato Muzika Orchestra´s cover of “Hey Jude”. For example this is what we learn about Chas Tenenbaum, played by Ben Stiller. “Chas Tenenbaum had, since elementary school, taken most of his meals in his room, standing up at his desk Read more »

The Harder They Come: How one film helped reggae rise up

The Harder They Come: How one film helped reggae rise up

We look back at the film which made a star of Jimmy Cliff and did so much to bring reggae music from Jamaica to a much wider audience. “The Harder They Come had a great deal to do with the spread of Rasta and roots music… it took you right into roots culture and how people lived in Jamaica at the time. It introduced people to the fact that there was more to reggae music than the happy stuff that had been hits at the time” – Jimmy Cliff, taken from Bass Culture by Lloyd Bradley If you ask most Read more »

Madonna and Tinseltown

Madonna and Tinseltown

I have been writing about Madonna and now it is time to talk about her career as an actress. Madonna can’t act. It must be heartbreaking for a talented dancer, singer and songwriter not to be a triple threat but she isn’t. Time and time and again she has given it a shot and most of her movies have flopped at the box office. Sometimes even all the influences and contacts in the world cannot fool an audience. Madonna first appeared in two low budget movies in 1985. A Certain Sacrifice was directed by Stephen Jon Lewicki (also known for Read more »

Soundtrack: Chef: A Musical Feast

Soundtrack: Chef: A Musical Feast

So most of the time here at MVD you’ll find us reviewing movie soundtracks of old favourites (of which we have many) so it’s quite nice to do something current for a change. And the reason for this sudden contemporary burst is? Well, firstly I did a long transatlantic flight last week and whilst my in-flight movie choices were varied this was actually the only one that played all the way through without breaking up. Secondly, as it was it turned out to have one of the best soundtracks I’ve happened across in a while, one that I thought was Read more »

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

I have decided to do several post on different directors I like and their movies and soundtracks. After I decided to do that there was a movie that comes immediately to mind: The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. It is one of my favorite movies, soundtrack and I wish I could embark on a voyage in “The Belafonte”, so let´s set sail: Seu Jorge – Life On Mars The movie was released in 2004. It was co-written, co- produced and directed by the wonderful Wes Anderson. This American director has a unique voice, a creative narrative and visual style, and Read more »

Turning goat’s piss in to gasoline: The Blues Brothers soundtrack review!

Turning goat’s piss in to gasoline: The Blues Brothers soundtrack review!

Jake: You traded the Bluesmobile for this?? Elwood: No, for a microphone. Jake: A microphone…? Ok, I can see that. Then what the hell is this? I guess I must have been about 14 when I first saw this film. I don´t remember much about it other than it hit me square between the eyes and left me a bit dizzy. Dizzy enough that by the time I was 16 or 17 I´d already watched it another 20 or 30 times at least and knew and loved every last moment of it. When people are asked what their favourite movie Read more »

Dirty Dancing: The Dirty and the Dancing

Dirty Dancing: The Dirty and the Dancing

It has been a week of inevitability so of course it is time to talk about “Dirty Dancing” and its soundtrack YES!!!!! A big HELLO to my girlfriends out there… Any woman over 30..mhhhmm…(I of course only say that to please our target audience, not to disclose any age related secrets) will agree with me when we say this is one of the greatest films and love stories out there and it also has a pretty great soundtrack. I thought I´d classify it by ‘Dancing’ the great one songs and ‘Dirty’ the ones that shouldn’t be in there. Let´s start with the Read more »

The Fifth Element: Why I can never change the channel…

The Fifth Element: Why I can never change the channel…

I have always said that I don´t know what I prefer most: watching a movie for the first time or re watching it a few times until it becomes familiar. I almost always discover new things after each repeat that make me look at the movie in a different way, sort of like what re-reading a book does as well. There are about 20- 30 movies that I have watched over 50 times. Yep…I have. One of the movies that I MUST  watch is Luc Besson´s masterpiece: The Fifth Element…for those of you who haven’t seen it: STOP READING AND Read more »

Soundtrack: Across The Universe

Soundtrack: Across The Universe

Deconstructing the movie “Across The Universe” and the soundtrack. Having spent the best part of 6 years living in Liverpool, and having been an ardent fan for much longer than that, I think it’s fair to say I’m familiar almost (but not quite) to the point of saturation with the oeuvre of The Beatles. Placed in the context of the history of pop music the Fab Four’s body of work can still be seen to occupy some kind of creative high-water mark, such is the enduring ability of their songs and albums to dazzle and amaze with the levels of Read more »

When Harry Met Sally – Love and Friendship

When Harry Met Sally – Love and Friendship

“When Harry Met Sally” the eternal dilemma: can men and women be just friends? And the fantastic way this movie takes us on a quest to solve that mystery. Valentine´s Day has come and gone and during the weekend it was all over the place. We didn’t celebrate Valentine´s Day in Colombia before, but now with globalization, the internet, having the same t.v. comedy series airing on the same channels all over the world, and with it also being a huge business and marketing opportunity, it is practically impossible not to “succumb” to the temptation. I know it is mostly Read more »

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Our tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman Sunday February 2nd was a sad day. One of my favorite actors died of an apparent overdose in New York City. I would like to write my first “outtake” post about him and show you my favorite scenes staring him and say that like many, I will always wonder what roles he left “unplayed” and how he would have interpreted someone. He was credited on over 63 films, but of those there are several that have classic soundtrack: “Magnolia”, “Almost Famous”, “The Talented Mr. Ripley” among them. I have chosen a song from “Almost Read more »

“How about a little music”: Ghostbusters

“How about a little music”: Ghostbusters

A look at the soundtrack to a film that not only stands up as one of the best comedy flicks of the 80’s (and of any decade, for that matter) but also has one of the best soundtracks of that decade too. “Listen….. can you smell something?” For this post I’ve decided to take a look at the soundtrack to a film that not only stands up as one of the best comedy flicks of the 80’s (and of any decade, for that matter) but also has one of the best soundtracks of that decade too. At this point a Read more »

Kokomo – who should have stayed there?

Kokomo – who should have stayed there?

A review of one of the iconic movies of the 80´s: The plot, the actors, the soundtrack from the movie “Cocktail” This is the first request I’m doing. I am very happy to do it, one because it is for one of my dearest friends and two because I happen to love the movie, the video and the song. A part of me has that idea of paradise…INCEPTION! The film cocktail is a classic 80s chick flick, and there are 3 important things I remember about it – #spoiler alert (although I think since the movie was released in 1988 you Read more »