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 »

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 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Purple Rain: When Prince was the King.

Purple Rain: When Prince was the King.

A deconstruction of one of the best music films ever made. Here in the UK there has been quite a stir in the last few weeks regarding what many see as the long-overdue reappearance of an artist whose fame and reputation are maybe only outstripped by the sheer force of his musical talent. Prince (for it is he) has been playing a series of reportedly fantastic live shows, airing new material, and even appeared at the recent BRIT awards, although having been gratuitously ‘selfied’ by host and ‘comedian’ James Corden he may now be regretting that. It seems the Man Read more »

Groundhog Day – A Journey Into the Self

Groundhog Day – A Journey Into the Self

Today, February 24th, we say goodbye to a beloved figure: Harold Ramis and we celebrate the movie “Groundhog Day”. If you are still trying to place him, you will probably remember him as “Egon” from the movie he co- wrote “Ghostbusters” Recently, Paul wrote a post about “Ghostbusters” which you can find here: http://musicmiscellaneous.com/2014/01/31/how-about-a-little-music-songs-for-busting-ghosts-to/  Ramis was renown for acting or writing famous comedy classics like “Ghostbusters”, “Caddyshack”, “Analyze this”, “National Lampoons Vacation” (oh! I will do a post about that movie!) and the movie I am going to focus on now: “Groundhog Day”,  Directed by Ramis (who also wrote the screenplay). 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 »

“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 »