Rabz’ Radio Show November 2022: Movie Soundtracks

The use of music in movies generally takes two forms – building or essaying the mood of a particular scene, (“the score”) or the use of a particular song (or theme) to emphasise a scene’s context.

I’ve only got about four movie soundtracks in my collection that I’m aware of – they include:

Betty Bleu (1986)

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Colors (1988)

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Bought those soundtracks mainly because they included songs I loved by artists who weren’t in the collection, or the whole soundtrack stood on its merits. Whoever curated the Full Metal Jacket soundtrack for example, did very well indeed.

Other classic soundtracks I love include Animal House and Quadrophenia, both featuring the Kingsmen’s “Louie Louie”, which legend would have it, was the subject of a long running (31 months) FBI investigation due to allegations the lyrics were allegedly laced with profanity, graphically depicting (that’s enough of that – Dover) culminating in this legendary finding: (FBI Agents were) “unable to interpret any of the wording in the record.”

Something that does get on my goat is the incongruous, completely out of context use of songs in movies – see for example the use of Jr Walker and the Allstars’ “Shotgun” in “Misery”.

Two songs that anyone who’s seen the films will immediately recognise:

Theme from Betty Bleu – Gabriel Yared

Misirlou – Dick Dale

Enjoy, people! Please post freely, especially your favourite songs or music from various films, of which there should be many. Again, I’m barely scratching the surface here. Plenty of space in the comments section, so go for it. You know you want to.

140 responses to “Rabz’ Radio Show November 2022: Movie Soundtracks”

  1. Roger Avatar

    Movie soundtracks?

    Mmm…two soundtracks from David Lean’s films would have to be noted

    Lawrence of Arabia (1962) & Dr Zhivago (1965).

  2. Roger Avatar

    And John Williams…a different cup of tea from the above because he borrows from modernism and includes dissonance which yet resolves into harmony.

  3. rugbyskier Avatar

    This one is current. I watched Top Gun: Maverick on one of the flights to Europe and then this song was being used by Irish TV channel RTE One in advertisements for a new chat show that started when we were in Ireland, so the song will always remind me of Ireland.

  4. Roger Avatar

    Maurice Jarre too.

    The soundtrack to Witness sounds a bit dated now because it is no synth laden but still effective dramatically, particulary the barn raising scene.

    And Chariots of Fire by Vangelis from the same period.

  5. calli Avatar

    I watched a fun one last night – The Knight’s Tale.

    Everything changes at the two minute mark. Lots of fun.

  6. calli Avatar

    John Barry – Out of Africa – the lot

    Zimmer/Gerard – Now we are free

  7. Roger Avatar

    I think these might be some of the first instances of using pop songs in music soundtracks (other than musicals & films that were vehicles for pop stars like Elvis & The Beatles):

    Moon River in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

    Mrs. Robinson from The Graduate (1967).

    Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head in Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid (1969)

  8. Crossie Avatar

    I particularly like this one from Dirty Dancing:


  9. Crossie Avatar

    The first soundtrack album I bought was for The Big Chill.

  10. Rabz Avatar

    Rick James – Colors (everywhere I go)

  11. Crossie Avatar

    Does anyone remember the early colonial mini-series starring Jon English? His song from that show came up on my iPhone shuffle a few weeks ago.

    Six Ribbons.

  12. Roger Avatar

    The first soundtrack album I bought was for The Big Chill.

    Yes…great songs, mostly soul.

    And they complement the script and acting, rather than dominating them, which I find missing in more recent use of pop music in films, where the music dominates. Classical screen composers always knew not to do that.

    Which reminds me of Bernard Herrmann’s great score for Taxi Driver, which arguably broke that rule

  13. Rabz Avatar

    A film I’ve never seen featuring a song I’ve always loved

  14. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    I think I’ll go with Francis Ford Coppola. The Patton theme by Jerry Goldsmith and Ride of the Valkyries in Apocalyse Now. I won’t link as the best vids are a bit chunky for this time of the evening!

    So instead I’ll put up this one, which is a song from one movie applied perfectly to a later remake.

    Tribute to the Joker and Heath Ledger

  15. Crossie Avatar

    Lawrence of Arabia (1962) & Dr Zhivago (1965).

    Dr Zhivago has the following piece of music that was the bridal waltz at a few weddings I attended in the 70s.

    Lara’s Theme.

  16. Bruce Avatar

    “American Graffiti”?

    Carefully-selected 50s / early 60s music.


    “The Mission’ (Ennio Morricone); a non-pop soundrack of impressive presence.

  17. Roger Avatar

    I think I’ll go with Francis Ford Coppola.

    Who can forget this, when seen on a cinema screen with Dolby sound?

  18. CrazyOldRanga Avatar

    Yay for me, it worked, it worked.

    From Dusk till Dawn.

  19. CrazyOldRanga Avatar

    And don’t forget Bond and Star Wars. Especially Star Wars. Have I mentioned Star Wars?

  20. Rabz Avatar

    The Big Chill

    Loathsome characters – unrepentant hypocrites as exemplified in the scene where the Kevni Kline character defends his new found respect for “the pigs”. Lovely sly reference to his company on the passing truck though, “Running Dogue”.

    And yes, “Jeremiah was a bullfrog“, as opposed to a cane toad.

  21. Roger Avatar

    Especially Star Wars. Have I mentioned Star Wars?

    John Williams, Crazy (see above). A wonderful film composer.

    Also did Jaws & Saving Private Ryan, among many others.

  22. Roger Avatar

    Loathsome characters – unrepentant hypocrites

    Um…that was the point!


  23. WolfmanOz Avatar

    Great post Rabz !

    In regards to Full Metal Jacket . . . Kubrick’s attention to music was an aspect of what many referred to as his “perfectionism” and extreme attention to minute details.

    In his last six films, Kubrick usually chose music from existing sources, especially classical compositions. He preferred selecting recorded music over having it composed for a film, believing that no hired composer could do as well as the public domain classical composers. He also felt that building scenes from great music often created the “most memorable scenes” in the best films.

    Surprise, surprise as a cinema aficionado I have a very large digital library of film soundtracks, of which some of my favourites are:

    2001: A Space Odyssey – A mix of classical and avant-garde.
    Blade Runner – Vangelis
    Enigma – John Barry
    Gladiator – Hans Zimmer
    Inception – Hans Zimmer
    Jaws – John Williams
    Lawrence Of Arabia– Maurice Jarre
    Once Upon A Time In The West – maestro Ennio Morricone
    Psycho – Bernard Herrmann
    Schindler’s List – John Williams
    The Big Country – Jerome Moross
    The Dollars Trilogy – Ennio Morricone
    The Godfather – Nino Rota
    The Ipcress File – John Barry
    The Ninth Gate – Wojciech Kilar
    The Usual Suspects – John Ottman
    Vertigo – Bernard Herrmann
    Where Eagles Dare – Ron Goodwin
    Zulu – John Barry

  24. Rabz Avatar

    My favourite Scorcese Film – it’s just a shot away

  25. Rabz Avatar

    Thanks Wolfie – you inspired this thread.

  26. Crossie Avatar

    The TV series Tour of Duty had a fantastic soundtrack with so many hits from the 60s including the theme song.

    Paint It Black.

  27. Crossie Avatar

    Rabz says:
    November 5, 2022 at 7:51 pm
    The Big Chill
    Loathsome characters – unrepentant hypocrites as exemplified in the scene where the Kevni Kline character defends his new found respect for “the pigs”. Lovely sly reference to his company on the passing truck though, “Running Dogue”.

    I agree, not much to like in the film except the music.

  28. Rabz Avatar

    Rog, the hypocrisy didn’t pass me over at the time. Having a collectivist squeeze at the time who laughed at every obvious example of their hypocrisy merely confirmed it.

    Nobody but me

    Nobody but me

  29. Rabz Avatar

    The TV series Tour of Duty

    Indeed Crossie – I’ve got two CDs of the songs used in that series.

  30. Roger Avatar

    Two classical/modern adagios that have featured in films with great effect:

    Abinoni’s/Giazzoto’s (Adagio in G minor) in Gallipoli

    Samuel Barber’s in Platoon

  31. calli Avatar

    Yes, the Big Chill was one of those movies where I really wanted to like the characters…maybe a couple of characters…maybe one.

    No wonder their “best mate” topped himself. Dramatic, but understandable.

  32. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Slightly off the beaten track…Troy Kennedy Martin.

    Kelly’s Heroes – Burning Bridges

    Edge of Darkness theme – Eric Clapton

    Both visual feasts. I mean the BBC teleseries not the Mel Gibson movie.

  33. Rabz Avatar

    calli – the only character I had any sympathy for was the one played by William Hurt.

    “He looks like one of our grate American drug dealers, I tells ya”

  34. Crossie Avatar

    The movie The Stud had a huge soundtrack with the song below being on it. I have never seen the movie so don’t know the context.

    Sorry, I’m A Lady.

  35. Rabz Avatar

    err, Bruce – that would make them “Televisual Feasts”, thanks Squire.

  36. Rabz Avatar

    Li’l known factlet: The dead wally in The Big Chill was “played”* by Kevni Costner, whose scenes all ended up on the cutting room floor – except for the tan rayon flares being tucked into the coffin in the early scenes.

    *In quite possibly his most “beautifullee yakted” role.

  37. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    You aksked for it.
    Here it is.

  38. WolfmanOz Avatar

    Rabz says:
    November 5, 2022 at 7:58 pm
    Thanks Wolfie – you inspired this thread.

    That’s nice Rabz !

  39. P Avatar

    Doris Day introduced it in the Alfred Hitchcock film The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956).
    Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)

  40. Rabz Avatar

    On the Road, a film by Mikey Winterbottomage …

  41. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Rabz – Do please keep up. How can you insult the great Clint Eastwood like that? Kelly’s Heroes is a fun caper movie.

    Have to do this one or Calli will be cross.

    ACDC – Thunderstruck featuring BB 63

    Fine fillum!

  42. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    And there is this one for Googlery and his mum.

  43. Rabz Avatar

    How can you insult the great Clint Eastwood like that?

    err, wasn’t aware that I had, Squire 😕

  44. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Here it is.

    Has to be THE disaster flick. Was awesome on the big screen.

  45. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    I know Bond has been mentioned, but Roger Moore does have a special place at the Cat. And who could go past the luminous Jane Seymour?

    Paul McCartney & Wings – Live and Let Die

    Fine car chase too. Ok bus. And a Cessna. And motorbikes. Rocks. And a low bridge.

  46. Rabz Avatar

    The song playing in a movie in my mind where a certain woman and myself realise that we will never be together … 🙁

    Thank goodness I was wearing the Soviet Grey Levi’s jacket at the time.

  47. Rabz Avatar

    Eric – wonderful stuff.

  48. Bourne1879 Avatar

    Last of the Mohicans soundtrack by Trevor Jones.

    Plus most movie scenes with helicopters and good music. For example Gary Owen from We Were Soldiers when the Hueys set off.

  49. Rabz Avatar

    Paul McCartney & Wings – Live and Let Die

    Arks will be less than gruntled to have aurally witnessed such heresy.

    Jet … 🙂

  50. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Last of the Mohicans soundtrack by Trevor Jones.

    Just been listening to that. Superb atmospheric music.

    The Last of the Mohicans – Intro Scene

    Was having trouble getting a video of the movie to work due to geoblocking. So this might not work for some Cats.

  51. Wally Dalí Avatar
    Wally Dalí

    Wicked opening prologue from an underrated fillum-
    The Anvil of Crom
    Arguably ripped off for Total Recall and Terminator 2. I remember front row small town cinemar for Total Recall, which we were underage by a good margin, watching the firey titles bleed and the music rain down on the audience…
    If we’re talking OST FMCGs, the cassette soundtrack to 1969 went round and round in dual deck for years, rounded out by a Pretenders version of Bacharach n David’s Windows of the World, which I thought was a bum note at the time, bookending some ripper gritty swamp 60’s choons.

  52. Crossie Avatar

    Bruce of Newcastle says:
    November 5, 2022 at 8:30 pm
    Here it is.
    Has to be THE disaster flick. Was awesome on the big screen.

    I saw The Poseidon Adventure in the cinema and it was quite “breathless” at times. That movie was in the middle of a run of disaster movies started off by Airport, followed by several more Airports and through to The Towering Inferno. I must admit, I love disaster movies.

  53. Diogenes Avatar

    Mustn’t forget the old Looney Tunes cartoons, great use of classical music, my favourite is the Three Little Pigs with Brahms’ Hungarian Rhapsody.

    And that reminds me … Fantasia, Amadeus and Hanging at Picnic Rock .

  54. jupes Avatar

    B.J. Thomas singing a song by the utterly brilliant Burt Bacharach. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.


    Who is the Burt Bacharach of the 21st century? There isn’t one.

  55. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    The Anvil of Crom

    I loved the poor camel. And James Earl Jones turning into a snake was rather fun. What’s best in life!

  56. jupes Avatar

    This has got to be one of the best Tarantino scenes. Violent but.

    Stuck In The Middle With You – Stealers Wheel


  57. Crossie Avatar

    Hanging at Picnic Rock .

    Very clever spoonerism.

  58. Rabz Avatar

    Who is the Burt Bacharach of the 21st century?

    jupes – thankfully, a lot of the twenty first century is ahead of us.

    Pity we won’t be here to witness it … 😕

  59. rosie Avatar

    Cant go past Toto in the original Dune movie.

  60. jupes Avatar

    Pity we won’t be here to witness it

    Hopefully we’ll get half way!

    More Burt from Austin Powers:


  61. P Avatar

    In 1960 at The Forum theatre in George St, Sydney I saw Porgy and Bess and was blown away. Unforgettable.
    I therefore put forward here
    Porgy And Bess Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1959)
    A Woman Is A Sometime Thing
    The Wake:
    Gone, Gone, Gone
    Porgy’s Prayer

    My Man’s Gone Now
    I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’
    Bess, You Is My Woman Now
    Catfish Row
    I Can’t Sit Down
    It Ain’t Necessarily So
    I Ain’t Got No Shame
    What You Want With Bess?
    Street Cries:
    Strawberry Woman
    Crab Man

    I Loves You, Porgy
    A Red-Headed Woman
    Clara, Clara
    There’s A Boat That’s Leavin’ Soon For New York
    Oh, Where’s My Bess?
    I’m On My Way

  62. Rabz Avatar

    Mia and Vincent experience a “regrettable incident” …

  63. GreyRanga Avatar

    Don’t forget about Hitchcock’s The Birds. Can’t link on my phone.

  64. jupes Avatar

    You just have to love the scenes where Cliff is driving around Hollyweird like a Japanese dentist.

    I loved the whole movie. Best Tarantino movie and best movie of the last five years in my humble opinion.

  65. GreyRanga Avatar

    I saw Porgy and Bess as a young kid. Even now it is still memorable.

  66. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Birds? Someone mention birds?

    Guardian – “Miss Peregrine’s”

    I’d put up Casino Royale too, except I’ve reached my Bond limit.

  67. jupes Avatar

    From Wiki:
    Bacharach composed and arranged the soundtrack of the 1967 film Casino Royale, which included “The Look of Love”, performed by Dusty Springfield, and the title song, an instrumental Top 40 single for Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.

  68. GreyRanga Avatar

    Looking through people’s selections there are not many I haven’t seen and heard.

  69. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    The Tarantino is a Bower Boid.

    How could you not do the Nastassja Kinski version Rabz? Sheesh.

  70. Rabz Avatar

    Best Tarantino movie and best movie of the last five years in my ‘umble o’pinion

    OK, Pancho – so you presumably noticed that Cliff was partial to White Levi’s Jackets?

    All this garbage about those cultural garments being favoured by men who aren’t into women is just bollocks.

    Not having it, etc. There are few garments on this planet cooler than White Levi’s Jackets, with the possible exception of White Leather adidas boxing boots.

    Goils love them and want to wear them, which is just not allowed.

    If that makes me some rampant flamer spook, then so be it. 😕

  71. GreyRanga Avatar

    BoN I love Miss Peregrine. Well Eva Green. I wanted her to come home with me but she didn’t want to and my wife wouldn’t have let me keep her.

  72. Bourne1879 Avatar

    Pretty much anything by Hans Zimmer.

  73. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Have to be fair and do one for her dad too.

    Fitzcarraldo – Gramophone scene

    Klaus Kinski was an amazing actor.

  74. Old School Conservative Avatar
    Old School Conservative

    Shirley Bassey.
    All that needs to be said about Bond songs.

  75. Mater Avatar

    I nominate the Days of Thunder soundtrack.
    Mostly great songs but especially fond of this:

    David Coverdale – The Last Note of Freedom

    Great ups and downs.

  76. Rabz Avatar

    Blah – another misunderstanding …

  77. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    How have I forgotten Queen?

    Highlander – A Kind of Magic – Queen (1986)

    Queen – Flash Gordon (1980)

    Loved both movies. Cheesy. The actors were obviously having a lot of fun.

  78. hzhousewife Avatar

    Ry Cooder’s soundtrack in Paris Texas.

  79. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Ry Cooder’s soundtrack in Paris Texas.

    Intro – Paris, Texas


  80. duncanm Avatar

    I think most of mine are scene scores.
    Just about anything Morricone. The mission is a tearjerker, and all the westerns (in particular “Once Upon a Time” and Jills Theme)
    Malena is another.

    The English Patient with the Hungarian folk tunes was great – but I was hooked on Hector Zazou’s ‘new Corsican polyphony’ when younger, so that may have influenced my thoughts a little.

    Zimmer’s Interstellar is full of great stuff. Docking Scene

    An exception to the above is Guardians of the Galaxy – it even uses a walkman for a plot device.

  81. duncanm Avatar

    Bloody hell,

    how could one forget Knopfler’s masterpiece, Local Hero

  82. duncanm Avatar

    November 5, 2022 at 9:46 pm
    BoN I love Miss Peregrine. Well Eva Green. I wanted her to come home with me but she didn’t want to and my wife wouldn’t have let me keep her.

    she was a bit rough in The Salvation.

  83. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Liked Local Hero at the flicks, was a nice little movie and I bought the soundtrack on cassette afterwards. Good pick!

  84. duncanm Avatar

    Have I mentioned Star Wars?

    A modern opera.

    The bad guy has a theme, so does the good guy.

    There’s capes, swords and damsels in distress; court jesters (C3PO, R2D2).

    What’s not to love?

  85. Rabz Avatar

    court jesters C3PO, R2D2

    LOL – I’d never thought of them in that role (until now). Lucas described them as “impartial observers” of the mighty events they inadvertently blundered into.

  86. Rabz Avatar

    Paperback Writer

    Sacré bleu – they were the best. Note the almost imperceptible growl on the guitars, the harmonies, the haircuts (which will never be bested) the clarity of the recording and the pure pop they’re purveying.

    Thankfully, all recorded on film.


  87. Arky Avatar

    You idiots.
    How can you have a movie music thread and no one mentions Vanishing Point?

  88. Rabz Avatar

    How can you have a movie music thread and no one mentions Vanishing Point?

    Because we’ve been waiting for you to blunder on here and trumpet it, Squire.

    Arks – I am familiar with the legend of Vanishing Point, both the film and the album.

    FFS, I’ve been posting on this blogue about my love of the album for many moons, squire.

    You know this – stop being a curmudgeon for the sake of it.

  89. Davey Boy Avatar
    Davey Boy

    Music by Philip Glass
    inseparable from the film visuals
    glorious to behold at late night showings in the old Valhalla Cinema, Glebe

  90. Arky Avatar

    You know this – stop being a curmudgeon for the sake of it.

    A Dodge Challenger, an anti hero with a butt load of amphetamines, an anti authoritarian cross country car chase and sunburnt titties on a Honda.
    Hang your head in shame for forgetting to remember it until now.

  91. Rabz Avatar

    24 Hour Party Peoples – Joy Division – Digital

    The studio version 🙂

  92. Rabz Avatar

    Arks – I’ve still not seen the film, Squire. The Album did however alert me to the possibility that there may have been some inspiration from a certain unknown source.

    Having said that, here is the greatest Rock and Roll song in human history

    Worth a million in prizes, with the …

  93. Rabz Avatar

    Lou, expounding on the elusive concept that might just be Rock ‘n’ Roll … 🙂

  94. Arky Avatar

    I’ve still not seen the film,

    Vanishing point DVD $11.

  95. Rabz Avatar

    Lou, expounding about Janeys.

    Slim, ample boozied, long thick dark hair, pale skin, blue eyes, clad in Levi’s and a Brando …

    Mythical they be.

  96. thefrollickingmole Avatar

    Kate doing a movie theme?

    Yes, yes she does

  97. thefrollickingmole Avatar
  98. Petros Avatar

    Check out the new German movie version of All Quiet on the Western Front. Some great, sinister music by a German composer who goes by the name Hauschka. It’s on Netflix now.

  99. Tom Avatar

    The good the bad and the ugly – Theme

    Haha. Everyone in Victoria over 40 knows that as the theme for the Coodabeen Champions.

  100. Tom Avatar

    The good the bad and the ugly – Theme

    Haha. Everyone in Victoria over 40 knows that as the theme for the Coodabeen Champions.

  101. GreyRanga Avatar

    I’m a little disappointed in Cat pedants. The Birds didn’t have a musical soundtrack. I expect better. Not very often does one not get picked up on minor details. Lift your collective game please.

  102. Rabz Avatar

    Petros – I’m keen to see it, just trying to reserve the necessary over two hours needed to watch it.

  103. Black Ball Avatar
    Black Ball

    Forrest Gump soundtrack.

  104. Tony Taylor Avatar
    Tony Taylor

    I don’t reckon a soundtrack made up of songs should be referred to as a soundtrack. First and foremost it’s a marketing angle. I mean, a Vietnam movie is really just a two-hour or so advertisement for the merch CD. Sure, some movies make good use of songs – Tarantino’s songs selections are often excellent – but in the main it has become a cynical ploy.
    A soundtrack to me is a Morricone, Schifrin, Barry, Williams, various Newmans, Steiner, etc accompaniment to or enhancement of the action on the screen, not a Greatest Hits of the 80s CD.

  105. Nelson_Kidd-Players Avatar

    duncanm says:
    November 5, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    Bloody hell,

    how could one forget Knopfler’s masterpiece, Local Hero

    Came to my mind upon awakening this morning. Good to see someone else thought likelwise!

  106. Louis Litt Avatar

    The panorama of the magnificent seven, the urban hopscotch of Scott Joplin s music in the sting.
    With ya Tony Taylor.
    Really enjoyed the analysis from Roger of John Williams music.
    Does any one remember Blow Out” the uk film from the late 60s

  107. Wally Dalí Avatar
    Wally Dalí

    Watched Back To The Future with the kid last night.
    It too featured a Sony Walkman as a plot device, but you don’t see me getting all David Stratton hoity toity about the observation. All in all it was kinda lost in a subconscious sea of flashing promo spots, inc Pepsi, JC Penny, GMC.
    …Waffle time….
    I’ve got no qualms about a movie producing an OST as an FMCG. Any amount of frinstance Spielberg films have an ostentatios lyric pop soundtrack, both to hook you in to the illusion (I reckon it fills up the viewer’s internal monologue which would otherwise be constantly verballising with “sheesh girls were skinny back then”, and to jog the memory outside the cinema when digesting the story sometimes for decades afterwards.
    It’s a first world wank to say “it’s the job of film maker’s art to always produce a highly polished symphonic soundtrack for figurative purposes foremost”. I bristle at all of those “it’s a cartoonist’s job to constantly belittle the ruling faction of the time… it’s an artist’s job to publicly self-abuse their way through a lifelong mental breakdown…”
    No it’s flippin not anyone’s job to fill my expectations or act as a cypher it some static cultural stand-off. It’s a cartoonist’s job to earn a living, they usually do it by winning eyeballs, syndication, publication, and over their time they sharpen their craft and keep their wits about them too. It’s a (visual) artist’s job to earn a living, in the good ol’ days they usually did by winning commissions and market sales, now it’s been corrupted by the Ministry of Art which commands marquee merde-heaps on a market-failure model.
    And it’s a film-maker’s job to earn a living.
    Again, the Ministry of Art has corrupted the cultural conversation, particularly in a one-horse town like Australia where an entirely subsidized production line feeds into a loss-making main street cinema festival parade and a largely predictable awards system.
    Think of any film which was feted as the new golden age of Australians Want To See Their Stories Reflected Back At Them On The Big Screen And This Actorx-Filmakerx-Soundtrack Is Taking It All The Way To Venice.
    Priscilla- unwatchable high camp, will only be re-screened for Pride Month- soundtrack was kinda successful from a nostalgia ticket
    Samson And Delilah- critical masterpiece, reality unwatchable misery, will not be re-screened evah- soundtrack of buzzing flies iirc
    The Proposal- wannabe western, cardboard sets and scenery-eating overacting- will not be re-screened- a solid year-long pre-release campaign of how the soundtrack was being scored by Warren Eliss and Nick Cave omg omg they’re so alternative- in reality, the sountrack was an embarrasingly jarring parade of racket which switched on and off again like an air horn, an absolute failure of illusion-wrecking wank even before Cave muttered some cod-biblical crap lyrics while a dusty horseman galloped a dusty horse over some dusty dust. If anyone bought the soundtrack, they’d have to be a Cave-Ellis completeist. Will not be re-screened.
    Somersault- watchable only for the floorshow- again pre-emptively promoted for the amaaaaazing dahling soundtrack by Decoder Ring, in reality a bad flop of bloopy beeps, again so jarringly on-and-off again that it makes you wonder how the film-maker harvested so much Ministry of Art film commission money when it would seem they skipped the classes where they practice being smooth on the audio track sliders… oh, it’s cos They was a She. Will only be re-screened by boys with their fingers on the pause button.

    Good films transcend their medium. Look at Star Wars. All the things the critics adore, like a good story, good craft, good tech, and an acclaimed Wagnerian soundtrack which has a life beyond its genesis (remember the Dutch trumpeter giving the batflu gendarmerie a bit of Vader’s leitmotif?)-
    and all the things the punters love, like furry toys and a widely distributed OST which got played so much it wore out the grooves, and nudged the fans back into re-watching the film.
    Celebrating good soundtracks is of a piece with celebrating good actors. Yeah, you might have seen the face in dozens of features and heard the tune a thousand times, but if the illusion is woven, why whinge about it being “commercial” or “mercantile”?
    Or, “ooh ew it’s not True Art, it’s a just marketing ploy”. Fuck that Ministry Of Art lordy lordy condescention, that’s what gives kudos to producers like Warwick Thornton, miserable mavens of failure.
    We should be celebrating films, no matter where they come from or go to, which are popular with the teenage consumers of tickets, jaffas, toys and records. In a lot of ways, they’re the best of capitalism and commercialism, and crowning glory of the film-makers art.

  108. Wally Dalí Avatar
    Wally Dalí

    Blow Up ?
    Got the title track single, source for Dee-Lite’s Groove Is In The Heart. Fillum featured early Yardbirds and Jimmy Page cameo.

  109. Wally Dalí Avatar
    Wally Dalí

    Typical. Youse eastern staters are all in bed before I catch on, pour my heart out to an empty room the next morning.

  110. Bruce Avatar


    Loony Tunes?

    They made an epic Bugs Bunny episode called : “What’s Opera, Doc”. You will never un-hear / un-see it .


  111. Rabz Avatar

    BB – I’ve never seen the Gump, but that is one awesome soundtrack.

    The Doors get two spots – here’s quite possibly their most beautiful song.

  112. Rabz Avatar

    remember the Dutch trumpeter giving the batflu gendarmerie a bit of Vader’s leitmotif?

    err, no, Squire – care to link a film clip of this legendary galactic event?

  113. Rabz Avatar

    Look at Star Wars

    The best theme (and scenes) in Star Wars were when poor li’l Leia had to fight her way out of the Jabba’s slimy clutches, while clad in a post futurist bikini before shortly rescuing the man she loved.

    Magnificent stuff. 🙂

  114. Rabz Avatar

    Along with Jon Snow* and Ygritte, Han and Leia is one of the greatest love stories in human history.

    Feel free to nominate some others, Cats.

    *Knowing nothing as he is.

  115. Wally Dalí Avatar
    Wally Dalí

    Murron’s theme, from Braveheart, which is a proper fillum, you bingestreaming oik Rabz
    Tho Rose Leslie is a tidy ginge… good love story, in that like much of GoT it all goes to shite sooner or later

  116. Rabz Avatar

    Rose Leslie is a tidy ginge

    Wallie – I’m not having it, Squire. She’s a conservative.

  117. Bruce in WA Avatar
    Bruce in WA

    Craig Armstrong composed the three love themes that tie together the main strands of “Love, Actually” … probably my favourite movie.

  118. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    True Grit (2010) – Full soundtrack (Carter Burwell)

    Immediately reminds me of the music in Ken Burns’ The Civil War series.
    I haven’t watched the new version of True Grit, only the John Wayne one.

  119. duncanm Avatar

    This guy needs to do a soundtrack.

  120. duncanm Avatar

    I haven’t watched the new version of True Grit, only the John Wayne one.

    it’s worth a look-see. I reckon better than the Bruce Wayne version.

  121. Tony Taylor Avatar
    Tony Taylor

    The Bruce Wayne version stars Adam Western.

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