As I sit here watching Top Gun it dawned on me that while the movie is totally bad ass, the soundtrack is a huge reason for that. So, that got me thinking about my top 10 movie soundtracks of all-time. Now, I’m probably going to anger some by leaving out A Hard Day’s Night. But I wasn’t around for that one, and let’s face it, everyone puts that as their number one. Sorry Kenny Loggins, no Caddyshack or Top Gun here, as this is my list of the top 10 movie soundtracks since 2000.
This remains one of my favorite movies of all-time. The soundtrack is filled with great 70s rock from Elton John to to Led Zeppelin. Most people don’t realize that Zeppelin will rarely license one of their songs for a movie. Without a doubt this was Cameron Crowe’s best movie. As a director, he has always been big on having great soundtracks in his films.
As WWE Extreme Rules, the first pay per view after WrestleMania, draws closer, the WWE finds itself in a pickle. Top star of the company, John Cena, apparently suffered an Achilles injury while on tour in Europe. The injury has been confirmed, but we all know that in the wacky world of wrestling, a confirmation really holds no clout. Do I think the injury is real? Yes. Do I think the WWE is going to use it to their advantage? It depends on how you look at it. Word got out early Sunday morning about the injury. I immediately started to think about Extreme Rules in St. Louis on May 19. This could be one of the worst scenarios the WWE could find itself in. The top star in wrestling today, unable to go at the first pay per view following WrestleMania. Not a good spot for WWE at all.
There are very few musicians who achieve the status of legend. It’s a term left only for those who have achieved greatness in their field, and left a lasting impression. It’s a title that is harder and harder to come by these days. It’s a title so highly regarded, that four legends made history on December 4, 1956. Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, and Johnny Cash all convened on Sun Studio, the studio that gave all these greats their starts, and laid a few tracks.
There isn’t a whole lot of story to be concerned about with Million Dollar Quartet. Most of the exposition is merely there to explain who each person is, why they are there, and how they became so important in the American music cultural landscape. What little story is there ties the play together very well, but the real show comes from the displayed songs, which are closer to a rock concert than a stage play.
The story is based on fact, but much of it is fiction. Many of the songs presented in the show never show up on the actual Million Dollar Quartet recordings, and are there to lend familiarity to the audience. The show does cover actual moments in the original sessions, including a nice rendition of Chuck Berry’s “Brown Eyed Handsome Man”, and many others.
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From the uniquely imaginative mind of writer/producer/director Baz Luhrmann comes the new big screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby. The filmmaker will create his own distinctive visual interpretation of the classic story, bringing the period to life in a way that has never been seen before, in a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role. “The Great Gatsby” follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan. It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super-rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke, Elizabeth Debicki, Amitabh Bachchan, Jack Thompson
Director: Baz Luhrmann
The Great Gatsby has been rated PG-13.
2009′s Batman: Arkham Asylum was the first time a video game actually got Batman right. Sure, there were some fun little side-scrollers on the NES and Super Nintendo. But when it came to capturing just how awesome the caped crusader is in pixels – Arkham Asylum nailed it. Then just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Batman: Arkham City took us beyond the walls of Arkham and out into the Gotham we know and love. With the success of the Arkham series, it’s easy to imagine why news of a third game coming out later this year is so exciting.
This time around it’s a prequel, with Batman: Arkham Origins set to be released October 2013 for XBOX, PS3, Wii U and PC. The game will take place in an expanded Gotham from the one we saw last time, with an original storyline taking place years before Arkham Asylum. Unfortunately word is spreading that Kevin Conroy did not return to give his legendary voice to Batman. To add insult to injury, America’s favorite Joker, Mark Hamill, said that Arkham City would be his last performance as the clown prince of crime. Although it is disappointing, there are plenty of great voice talents that have taken on the roles over the years to choose from.