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.
As in real life, time and change go hand-in-hand with the quirky college show Community. During season 4, Jeff and Pierce graduated from Greendale, new showrunners came in to take over the series, and the ratings continued to plummet. The show was in a more precarious situation than it ever had been before, but those sorts of odds never disheartened the dysfunctional study group nor its internet legion of fans.
The Scoop: 2014 PG, directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, and starring Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, and Will Arnett
Tagline: The story of a nobody who saved everybody
Summary Capsule: It’s conformity versus individual creativity in this tale of a LEGO world torn asunder. Also, there’s Batman.
The Scoop: 2002 R, directed by David Fincher and starring Jodie Foster, Kristen Stewart and Forest Whitaker.
Tagline: It was supposed to be the safest room in the house.
Summary Capsule: Mom and offspring hole up against the forces of two burglers and Raoul.
The Scoop: 1986 PG-13, directed by Stephen Herek and starring Dee Wallace, M. Emmet Walsh, and Billy Zane
Tagline: They eat so fast, you don’t have time to scream!
Summary Capsule: Carniverous alien criminals crash-land in a farming town on Earth
The Scoop: 1997 PG-13, directed by Fred Schepisi and Robert Young, and starring John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, and Michael Palin
Tagline: Don’t pet them.
Summary Capsule: British zoo fights for right to party!… and to stay open.
The Scoop: 2004 PG-13, directed by Steven Brill and starring Dax Shepard, Matthew Lillard, and Seth Green
Tagline: The call of the wild. The thrill of adventure. The mistake of a lifetime.
Summary Capsule: The boyhood chums set out to recover D.B. Cooper’s lost money and generally expose themselves to the elements of Burt Reynolds