Netflix´s ´Stranger Things´ and ´The Get Down´

Netflix´s ´Stranger Things´ and ´The Get Down´

Not content with owning our screens and weekends and late night marathons, Netflix´s plan of world domination is now coming after our ears, bringing us 2 series that are not only highly addictive, but which have brought to the small screen (is the computer screen also a small screen?) the soundtracks of the year. The Get Down This musical television series tells the story of the death of disco and the rise of hip hop in the late seventies in New York. Created by Baz Luhrmann  it is very influenced by his aesthetics, and if you don’t like his previous projects Read more »

Gimme Some Truth: The Making Of John Lennon’s Imagine Album

Gimme Some Truth: The Making Of John Lennon’s Imagine Album

As part of our John Lennon week we look at maybe the most intimate portrait of the ex-Beatle, shot whilst recording his legendary Imagine album. “When you’re actually in love with somebody you tendd to be jealous and want to own them. Intellectually… owning a person is rubbish, I love Yoko, I want to possess her completely. I don’t want to stifle her, y’know, that’s the danger, that you want to possess them to death” – John Lennon The above quote, taken from a scene where the Lennons are being interviewed by a journalist in the Tittenhurst Park mansion that Read more »

The Lost Boys: Vampires in the 80´s.

The Lost Boys: Vampires in the 80´s.

“Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It’s fun to be a vampire”. Is it a Horror Movie? A Comedy Horror Movie? A Thriller? Do we care? It is a gem of the eighties, entertaining, filled with stars, hotties and of course, a KILLER soundtrack! The Lost Boys Trailer (1987) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_lwtRMg0ts This movie is remembered by many for different reasons. It holds a special place in my heart because it was actually the first time I was introduced to The Doors. Ok, Ok, so it was not properly them but I NEVER forgot the song, could 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 »

Tacones Lejanos – Pedro Almodóvar

Tacones Lejanos – Pedro Almodóvar

A look at Almodóvar´s modern classic movie Tacones Lejanos (High Heels) and its extraordinary soundtrack. It has come to my attention that we have not done one single soundtrack for movies that are not in English…I think we have to broaden our soundtrack post to other languages and of course, I have decided to start with a modern classic movie which has a killer soundtrack. Tacones Lejanos is a movie from 1991 which followed his streak of movies from the late 80´s and his classic ¡Átame! which established him as an internationally acclaimed director. Before we talk about the movie, let´s Read more »

Sincerely yours, The Breakfast Club.

Sincerely yours, The Breakfast Club.

As the iconic high-school detention movie celebrates its 30th anniversary we look at the secret of its enduring appeal and the memorable soundtrack song by Simple Minds. I can’t remember exactly how old I was when I first watched this film, however seeing as it would have been the mid-80’s I was almost certainly around about the same age as the five lead characters and maybe that’s why it has stuck with me. But no, it must be more than that. This film hasn’t just stuck with me but with my whole generation and subsequent generations thereafter. 30 years after Read more »

Road House: Why big dumb fun is sometimes the best kind.

Road House: Why big dumb fun is sometimes the best kind.

In this Soundtrack review we look at this much maligned Patrick Swayze film, the kick ass contributions from the blind white blues singer Jeff Healey, and and ask why is such a stupid movie so much fun? There are certain movies, and everyone has them, which due to them being a part of your adolescent life make an impact that never seems to diminish. Quite often these movies aren’t classics or major Oscar-winning works of art, and in many cases they might not even be that good and yet you return to them time and time again and every time Read more »

A Charlie Brown Christmas: Christmas (and life) in 25 minutes

A Charlie Brown Christmas: Christmas (and life) in 25 minutes

As the festive season draws to a close for another year we take a look at the enduring Charles Schultz Christmas classic. Today I have decided to write a post on one of the greatest Christmas classics: A Charlie Brown Christmas. I am talking about the first musical animated television special based on The Peanuts. (My personal favorite comic strip of which by the way I am sure I will write about again). It aired on December 9th 1965 and even though the world has changed the infinite wisdom contained in the strip will be relevant for many decades to 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 Rolling Stones and Gimme Shelter: Was Altamont the death of the hippie dream?

The Rolling Stones and Gimme Shelter: Was Altamont the death of the hippie dream?

“Welcome to the breakfast show!” And so began the first of two triumphant and legendary Madison Square Gardens gigs by The Rolling Stones on the 27th and 28th of November 1969. The shows came towards the end of a 17 date tour which due to various legal issues had been their first foray in to the US as a live act since July 1966. The music critic Robert Christgau would later write in Rolling Stone magazine that it was “history’s first mythic rock and roll tour” on account of the lasting impression it made for reasons both good and bad. Read more »