Music At The Movies

There are always movies, huge blockbusters that everyone wants to see. What goes more unnoticed is the music from these movies and how much of an integral part it plays.

Mama Mia wasn't a summer blockbuster hit but the movie is all about music. It is done by the iconic 70s group Abba. The songs in this movie such as "Dancing Queen", "Mama Mia" etc. are amazing songs that gives one a good feeling.

The songs in this soundtrack are all sung by the actors in the film. Actors such as Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan are both actors that you did not consider compelling singers.

This soundtrack is pretty terrific and the songs are fully orchestrated.

Wall E is one of the best movies of the year coming from Pixar and the composer Thomas Newman. Newman has been writing music for great films such as "The Shawshank Redemption".

Another movie Mad Men is an original series on AMC. It's a show that talks about advertising in the early to mid 1960s. The men chase the women and the women like being chased and everybody smokes. The writing and acting are brilliant and the period comes alive in costumes, sets and props. Michael Weiner is the show's creator and has tackled the authenticity.

The music works on screen. The composer David Carbonnara wrote a CD with a few of the tracks including "on the street where you live" and "Manhattan" which is actually performed by Ella Fitzgerald. Some of the songs are great but the CD is just okay.

The Dark Knight is a big movie and the score is composed by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard. These are two A-list composers that wrote a score that wasn't so entertaining.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars was composed by Kevin Kiner and sounds too small when it should sound big. The film even though it's animated could have been helped by a meaningful orchestral score. The CD falls flat except for "Fight to the End" which is a rousing piece of music that the Star Wars saga is built on. It is loud and it varies wonderfully and smoothly from action to pathos to resolution and each makes the other more powerful. It's just that the other pieces in the score are not up to this level.