Of course, the ending is happy and Carl finally sees what Ellie want to see. One other film of this incredible actor’s that I feel the need to include on this list is Unleashed, or Danny The Dog. I cannot wait for The Social Network, his next film.
The Academy Awards, better known as The Oscars, are a ceremony where Hollywood’s best performers of the year are rewarded with praise and little gold statues. Most of the attention goes to categories such as Best Picture, Best Actor, or Best Actress, however, music plays a huge role in movies and fans of music (who isn’t?) may anticipate hearing who the winner is for Best Original Song.
Originally this song was recorded by Falco in German back in 1981, which was a hit throughout Europe. Falco would later have a hit in the U.S. with Rock Me Amadeus. The British rock band After the Fire then recorded Der Kommissar in English where it was a huge success for the band peaking at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. The title, lyrics and music video has a kind of George Orwell 1984 vibe to it. The book is about dystopia and its totalitarian regime set on mind control, constant war, ignoring citizen rights and the infamous Big Brother that is constantly watching over everyone’s move. Der Kommissar in English means “commissioner or police captain”.
Robert Stigwood, the film’s producer, asked the Bee Gees to write music for the film that would later represent the disco era for decades to come. This particular song opens the film while showing the opening credits as well as seeing John Travolta’s famous strut down the street somewhere in Brooklyn. Stigwood’s inspiration for the film and the Bee Gee’s opening song was based on a New York magazine article about the Brooklyn dance club scene. Whenever I hear this song on the radio or anywhere else I still think of Travolta’s celebrated walk.
The story of Ghost The Musical began back in 1990. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Film in 1990, Ghost The Musical became a blockbuster hit and an instant classic, winning numerous awards worldwide. The film starred Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Tony Goldwyn and Whoopi Goldberg and was directed by Jerry Zucker. Bruce Joel Rubin’s script won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and Whoopi Goldberg 12 years a slave awards years a slave awards for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of psychic Oda Mae Brown.
Along with the musical piece used in “Kill Bill” this classical music composition by Richard Strauss from 1896 has been used in countless television commercials, other films, TV shows and openings for athletes and entertainers. The opening fanfare “Sunrise” from this tone poem or orchestral music is featured in the opening, The Dawn of Man and closing segments within the film. Even though it is less than a two-minute piece of music it’s still popular for over four decades testifies to its literal timelessness. Without question it is the quintessential movie music to use in an opening and closing for such an epic film.
To this day whenever I hear this song by The Doors I always think of the Vietnam War images from the film “Apocalypse Now.” There is something so evocative and surreal about the song. It’s actually eleven minutes long featuring a spoken interlude by Jim Morrison, the lead singer, who uses words about violence, profanity and an incestuous subject. “The End’s” music has a mystical Indian sound that you’d hear from India. At any rate, the song fits in perfect as the film’s opener and during a violent scene later on in the plot.
Michael Clayton is the last film that I will include in this article. I have a hard time imagining any one doing as good a job in this role as George Clooney did. Tilda Swinton won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for this movie.