Baby Driver - Baby (Ansel Elgort) with map

The most anticipated motion picture soundtrack of the year was probably Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. But coming in close behind is undoubtedly the track list for Edgar Wright‘s fast-paced action flick Baby Driver.

When the reviews of Baby Driver came out of SXSW, including one from our own Jacob Hall, critics couldn’t stop raving how the film’s soundtrack combined with the movie made the film feel like a car chase musical, making the line-up of songs even more integral to the film than usual. Now if you’d like a taste of the songs that you’ll be hearing in the movie, the full track list has been revealed online.

Check out the full track list for the Baby Driver soundtrack after the jump. Read More »

John Williams a cappella tribute

It’s graduation season, and though we’ve already seen one spectacular musical performance as part of Will Ferrell’s outstanding commencement speech for this year’s graduates at the University of Southern California, we have a new favorite moment from this year’s round of college grads.

Over at Harvard University, John Williams was given an honorary doctorate in music for his lifelong work as a composer of motion picture scores. To honor the man who has brought us countless memorable themes, Harvard’s a cappella group Din and Tonics gave him a musical tribute featuring a medley of some of his most famous pieces, including the themes for Star Wars, Indiana Jones, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Jaws and more.

Watch the John Williams a cappella tribute after the jump. Read More »

spider-man homecoming theme

Though there have been five Spider-Man movies that have hit the big screen over the past two decades, the webslinger’s classic theme has never really been given its due diligence when it comes to the film’s soundtrack. There have been some goofy versions from Sam Raimi’s trilogy of movies, and the tune was Peter Parker’s ringtone in The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, but it’s never been given a proper orchestral arrangement. But it sounds like that will change this summer.

Composer Michael Giacchino (The Incredibles, Star Trek) is behind the score for Spider-Man: Homecoming, and he’s currently busy at work in the studio finalizing the score for the film’s release in July. We still have about a month and a half to wait until we get to see the movie, but Giacchino has provided us with a taste of the score from the film in the form of his absolutely wonderful variation on the classic Spider-Man theme song.

Listen to what might be the Spider-Man Homecoming theme after the jump. Read More »

Singer Chris Cornell Has Died at 52

Chris Cornell Dead

When James Bond returned to the big screen with Daniel Craig in the lead role of Casino Royale in 2006, the new run of 007 movies needed a theme song to bring the franchise into the 21st century the right way. Sony Pictures and MGM called upon Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell‘s signature growling singing voice to make it happen, and he created what I think is one of the better James Bond theme songs of the entire series.

Therefore, we’re sad to report that the rock musician and singer has passed away suddenly at the young age of 52 after performing with Soundgarden in Detroit last night.  Read More »

The Fifth Element Vinyl Soundtrack

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Luc Besson‘s outstanding sci-fi action movie The Fifth Element. The actual anniversary already passed us by on May 9th, but this week is when the film is being celebrated by a return to the big screen. Not only can you see the movie on the big screen again, but Mondo is releasing a special edition vinyl double LP of the film’s soundtrack by Eric Serra with album artwork by Shan Jiang.

Get a look at The Fifth Element vinyl soundtrack after the jump. Read More »

Score: A Film Music Documentary Trailer

“The score is the heartbeat of the film.” So says James Cameron, an Oscar-winning director who has worked with some of the greatest composers in film history, and he couldn’t be more right. A big part of why we remember the most iconic scenes in cinema is because of the score that plays along with the visuals. Some movies are even known without visuals simply because they have a theme that is so unforgettable.

A new film called Score: A Film Music Documentary from director Matt Schrader dives into what makes motion pictures scores so powerful by speaking to the best composers in the business. John Williams, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, Jerry Goldsmith, Howard Shore, Alexandre Desplat and more all talk about motion picture scores, how important they are to the medium, and how much they love the work of their colleagues.

Watch the Score: A Film Music Documentary trailer below. Read More »

Star Wars Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Mash-Up

Even if you’re not a hardcore fan of The Beatles, you probably know their famous album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Personally, I think it’s one of the band’s best albums, but some genius went and made it even better by adding more than a little Star Wars to the mix.

YouTube user Palette-Swap Ninja has taken the entirety of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and rewritten the lyrics to tell the story of Star Wars: A New Hope. It’s an incredible piece of parody work that may even make Weird Al Yankovic a little jealous. Marvel as the titular track from the album is turned into “Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans” and Luke Skywalker gets made fun of with lyrics saying “Luke is in the desert and whining” set the tune of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.”

Listen to the Star Wars Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band mash-up below. Read More »

Hans Zimmer - The Dark Knight Live at Coachella 2017

Though I’m personally more fond of the Batman theme that was composed by Danny Elfman for Tim Burton’s adaptation of DC Comics’ Caped Crusader, there’s no denying Hans Zimmer wrote some incredible music for The Dark Knight trilogy. In fact, the music that Hans Zimmer has composed for all of his collaborations with Christopher Nolan have been rather influential on other film score composers, prompting plenty of imitation.

Fans attending Coachella this year were treated to a special performance by composer Hans Zimmer, complete with a full orchestra and some other choice instruments in an assembly of several medleys from his various soundtracks. We’ve already highlighted his showcase of Inception, and now you can watch and listen to The Dark Knight performance too.

Watch as Hans Zimmer performs The Dark Knight live at Coachella 2017 below. Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Soundtrack

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is one of the most anticipated movies of the summer, and while seeing the next chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the biggest draw of the sequel, the film’s soundtrack is also a big deal for fans. We’ve gotten a tease of some of the songs that will be in the movie by way of various trailers and TV spots, but James Gunn has cautioned that not all of those songs will be on the soundtrack or Star-Lord’s Awesome Mix Vol. 2. Now we don’t have to wonder which songs will make the cut any longer.

Marvel has just released the full tracklist for Awesome Mix Vol. 2, and it’s quite the funky assembly of music, with plenty of tracks that are well known and some that are a little more obscure. Check out the full Guardians of the Galaxy 2 soundtrack setlist below. Read More »

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Rogue One score homages

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was a grand experiment for Disney and Lucasfilm. The movie was meant to be a standalone adventure that has ties to the main Star Wars narrative without being part of the Skywalker saga. That’s why it has plenty in common aesthetically, as far as the production design and art direction is concerned, but still feels different from the rest of the Star Wars movies.

One of the ways Rogue One stands on its own is with the score composed by Michael Giacchino. He doesn’t use the main Star Wars theme prominently, mostly because the movie doesn’t have the traditional opening title and crawl. He also doesn’t go out of his way to frequently use the recognizable themes that John Williams composed for the original trilogy, which Rogue One most closely emulates. But that doesn’t mean he didn’t subtly use pieces of John Williams’ classc score when the story called for it.

A video essay explains the various Rogue One score homages below. Read More »