Is it just me, or is the movie soundtrack in decline in pop culture? It used to be that a movie could really launch a song into the stratosphere and that films would have robust soundtracks, but I am hard-pressed to think of the last major non-Chipmunks movie that sent a song to the Top 40s. Perhaps the greatest era for the movie-tune partnership was the 80s, and today I’m going to list six memorable tunes and why they still mean a lot to me.
I woke up giddy this morning, for it’s not every day that Weird Al Yankovic releases a new album. But today is that glorious day, as Mandatory Fun, his 14th album, was released.
To celebrate the efforts of one of our favorite cult leaders, we’ve compiled a few articles and reviews of Weird Al here on Mutant Reviewers for you to check out:
The Scoop: 1993 PG-13, directed by Stephen Surjik and starring Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Christopher Walken, and Aerosmith
Tagline: You’ll laugh again! You’ll cry again!! You’ll hurl again!!!
Summary Capsule: Wayne realizes his ultimate dream: to host WayneStock!
Summary Capsule: Animated shorts set to music are just what ails an insane mind
The Scoop: 1996 PG, directed by Tom Hanks and starring Tom Hanks, Liv Tyler and Tom Hanks’ younger clone (er, Tom Everett Scott)
Tagline: In every life there comes a time when that dream you dream becomes that thing you do.
Summary Capsule: The
Oneders Wonders, a group of young musicians in the mid 60s, record a hit tune and skyrocket to fame… maybe a bit too quickly. Can the band work out their differences, or will they end up as the one-hit Wonders? Continue reading
The Scoop: 2001 PG-13, directed by Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan, and starring Rachael Leigh Cook, Tara Reid, Rosario Dawson, and Alan Cumming
Tagline: Here kitty, kitty, kitty…
Summary Capsule: Josie and the girls kick evil ass and play kick ass music. God bless America!
The Scoop: 1997 R, directed by Peter Cattaneo and starring Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy, Steve Huison, and William Snape
Tagline: Six men. With nothing to lose. Who dare to go…
Summary Capsule: Six out of work steel workers decide to make extra money stripping. I’d try to be funny, but isn’t that pretty amusing right there?