Silver Linings Playbook is a 2012 movie directed by David O’Russell. Its big name cast includes Jennifer Lawrence who won an Oscar for her performance, Bradley Cooper and the evergreen Robert DeNiro.
The film follows Pat, a Bipolar man obsessed with his ex wife and hell bent to get her back after spending the best part of a year in a mental health hospital, and deals with serious issues of depression and mental illness as well as challenging family and relationship worries. Met with great critical acclaim, the oscar winning film has done exceptionally well both at box office and in its DVD release, incredibly a budget of a mere $21 million has been met with over $200 million profits so far.
The movie features a set of diverse and exceptional songs selected for a soundtrack, spanning over 50 years of music and featuring all sorts of different genres. As well as this soundtrack there is also an original score by Danny Elfman of Batman, Wanted, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Planet of the Apes fame. A versatile and prolific movie composer who has been a key player in hollywood for many years. The score is inoffensive and not overly experimental, but does evoke an emotional response and nicely set the tone for the movie, however the main musical poignancy comes from the cleverly selected, already existing soundtrack songs, including numbers from the Dave Brubeck Quartet, Eagles of Death Metal, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan and more recent hits such as Alabama Shakes, unaccredited diegetic music is also in the film including tracks from Led Zeppelin and many more.
The full track listing for the soundtrack is:
. “Silver Lining Titles” Danny Elfman 3:12
2. “My Cherie Amour” Stevie Wonder 2:52
3. “Always Alright” Alabama Shakes 4:04
4. “Unsquare Dance” The Dave Brubeck Quartet 2:01
5. “Buffalo” Alt-J featuring Mountain Man 3:15
6. “The Moon of Manakoora” Les Paul & Mary Ford 2:46
7. “Monster Mash” CrabCorps 3:36
8. “Goodnight Moon” Ambrosia Parsley & The Elegant Too 4:02
9. “Now I’m a Fool” Eagles of Death Metal 3:42
10. “Walking Home” Danny Elfman 1:04
11. “Girl from the North Country” Bob Dylan with Johnny Cash 3:40
12. “Silver Lining (Crazy ‘Bout You)” Jessie J 3:24
13. “Hey Big Brother” Rare Earth 4:45
14. “Maria” (Bernstein Plays Brubeck Plays Bernstein) The Dave Brubeck Quartet 3:20
The full track listing for the score is:
1. “Silver Lining Titles” 3:11
2. “Running Off” 2:01
3. “Simple” 1:55
4. “With a Beat” 2:17
5. “Tiny Guitars” 1:01
6. “Walking Home” 1:04
7. “Silver Lining Wild-Track” 2:57
8. “The Book” 0:41
9. “Happy Ending” 3:52
10. “Goof Track” 1:28
We bought a zoo is a 2011 movie starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson, following the true, against-all-odds story of a man who decides against the advice of all around him, to buy a dilapidated zoo and turn it into a success. A real family flick, this is a great, feel-good movie, perfect for a Sunday evening family sit down.
The movie was also interesting in its music, with Jonsi of Sigur Ros fame being brought in to compose large portions of the We Bought a Zoo Soundtrack. One of the original composed pieces of music was even shortlisted for an Oscar, as the alternative star made the transition into film composer, though he did rely on some of his previously composed tracks for the soundtrack.
The track listing for Jonsi’s original score is below:
- why not?
- ævin endar
- boy lilikoi
- sinking friendships
- we bought a zoo
- hoppipolla – sigur rós
- sink ships
- go do
- whole made of pieces
- first day
- gathering stories
In addition to Jonsi’s brilliant score and haunting tones, the movie also features many pieces of music selected for inclusion, which are listed below. A varied selection includes Echo and the Bunnymen, The Upsetters and Mariachi El Bronx among many others.
- “Don’t Come Around Here No More” – Tom Petty
- “Do It Clean” – Echo & The Bunnymen
- “Airline To Heaven” – Wilco
- “Don’t Be Shy” – Cat Stevens
- “Go Do” – jónsi
- “Living With The Law” – Chris Whitley
- “Last Medicine Dance” – Mike McCready
- “Buckets of Rain” – Bob Dylan
- “No Soy Del Valle” – Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno
- “Sinking Friendships” – jónsi
- “Like I Told You” – Acetone
- “Ashley Collective” – Mike McCready
- “For A Few Dollars More” – The Upsetters
- “Hunger Strike” – Temple Of The Dog
- “Ævin Endar” – jónsi
- “Mariachi El Bronx” – Mariachi El Bronx
- “Haleakala Sunset” – CKsquared
- “Boy Lilikoi” – jónsi
- “Cinnamon Girl” (Live) – Neil Young
- “Holocene” – Bon Iver
- “Throwing Arrows” – Mike McCready
- “Work To Do” – The Isley Brothers
- “All Your Love (I Miss Loving)” – Otis Rush
- “I Think It’s Going To Rain Today” – Randy Newman
- “Hoppípolla” – Sigur Rós
- “Gathering Stories” – jónsi
Rango is a 2011 animated movie aimed at children. Directed by Gore Verbinski, the movie follows a pet chameleon (Rango) who falls from his owner’s car in his terrarium, and his journey across the mojave dessert including numerous weird and wonderful characters he meets along the way. The movie was an immense success both critically and at the box office, and won an Oscar for best animated picture. The film attracted some big names to voice the characters, too, most famously Johnny Depp as well as British stars Bill Nighy and Ray Winstone. At the box office Rango took over 250 million dollars, double its budget.
The mainstay of the Rango Soundtrack and score was composed by the extremely famous and high profile Hans Zimmer, but also had an incredible theme tune composed and performed by Los Lobos, who contributed original songs to the soundtrack along with other artists. Check out the awesome Rango Soundtrack by Los Lobos below.
As you can tell from the above, the Rango soundtrack features a lot of western themes with music taking its influence from a lot of classic Western films aimed at adults, one of the most popular genres in film history. The original soundtrack songs lyrics are below, and are brilliant for kids to sing along to.
From out of the dust, came a man true and bold
Champion of the fandango
By night he drank whiskey, by day killed bad men
And the townspeople knew him as Rango.
Comin’ down the mountainside the people hailed his name
And of his legend they sango
With iron in his heart, steel in his claw
He pumped their heads all full of lead and Rango
Rango, Rango, Rango, Rango
A ladies man indeed from his head down to his knees
Rango was doing the tango
But in came bad Bill from his hide out on the hill
With a notion to kill Rango.
Rango, Rango, Rango, Rango
Now Rango he is gone but his legend still lives on in the
Brothels and saloons of Durango
He lived as he died
A six gun at his side
And all the ladies cried for Rango
Hans Zimmer’s Score
Zimmer’s score also takes influence from existing western soundtracks using acoustic instruments, airy, plucked guitars, skiffle-style strumming and of course the signature fast paced drums of western music, and at times the music sounds like it could have been composed by Johnny Cash.
Rango OST track listing:
1. “Welcome Amigo” Rick Garcia 1:06
2. “Rango Suite” Hans Zimmer 5:57
3. “Certain Demise” Hans Zimmer 0:24
4. “Medley – It’s A Metaphore / Forkboy” Hans Zimmer / Lard 0:43
5. “Welcome to Dirt” Hans Zimmer 0:58
6. “Name’s Rango” Hans Zimmer 1:31
7. “Lizard for Lunch” Jose Hernandez, Anthony Zuniga, Robert Lopez 1:26
8. “Stuck in Guacamole” Hans Zimmer 0:21
9. “Underground” Hans Zimmer 3:18
10. “We Ride, Really!” Hans Zimmer 0:50
11. “Rango and Beans” Hans Zimmer 1:04
12. “Medley – Bats / Rango Theme / Ride of the Valkyries / An Der Schonen Blauen Donau, OP. 314″ Hans Zimmer / Hans Zimmer / FirstCom Music / Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 4:28
13. “The Bank’s Been Robbed” Rick Garcia 0:22
14. “Rango Returns” Hans Zimmer 1:16
15. “La Muerte a Llegado” Rick Garcia & George Del Hoyo 0:44
16. “It’s a Miracle” Hans Zimmer 1:57
17. “El Canelo” Los Lobos 0:44
18. “The Sunset Shot” Hans Zimmer 0:53
19. “Walk Don’t Rango” Los Lobos 2:47
20. “Rango Theme Song” Los Lobos 3:29
John Carter is one of the most expensive movies ever produced, directed by Andrew Stanton, the John Carter Soundtrack was produced by extremely successful movie composer Michael Giacchino who recently won an Oscar for his work on another Disney film, “Up”.
This movie’s budget is evident within it’s special effects and elaborate sets, but this action/sci fi extravaganza was not hugely well received and struggled to recoup its huge budget (though it did turn a profit at box office).
One of the most successful areas of the film was its Soundtrack. Michael Giacchino received a number of plaudits for his trademark orchestral score. A number of comparisons were drawn to the Star Wars series and Giacchino’s score seems to have been influenced by the most famous sci fi orchestral score. Many movie composers would perhaps of put a more futuristic edge on the soundtrack but Michael was always unlikely to do so, as it would definitely be against the grain in terms of the movie scores this prolific composer tends to produce.
The full track listing for the John Carter Soundtrack is below:
- A Thern for the Worse
- Get Carter
- Gravity of the Situation
- Thark Side of Barsoom
- Sab Than Pursues the Princess
- The Temple of Issus
- Zodanga Happened
- The Blue Light Special
- Carter They Come, Carter They Fall
- A Change of Heart
- A Thern Warning
- The Second Biggest Apes I’ve Seen This Month
- The Right of Challenge
- The Prize Is Barsoom
- The Fight for Helium
- Not Quite Finished
- Ten Bitter Years
- John Carter of Mars
Wreck It Ralph is one of a long list of successful films brought to us by Disney Pixar. Released in 2012 in the USA (2013 in the UK), WIR is the story of characters inside games in an American arcade, including our protagonist Ralph and Fix-It Felix. Ralph is the bad guy of the game and begins to get jealous of his counterpart, and so he heads to “game central station” to jump into another game and win a medal. Chaos ensues…
The movie was produced by Rich Moore who also had a big hand in the story line. A brilliant voice-over from John C. Reilly is at the center of a host of regular Pixar voice artists. The task of the score fell to Henry Jackman.
Henry Jackman is a relatively young composer from the UK whose movies include Monsters Vs Aliens and Winnie the Pooh, though he doesn’t work exclusively on children’s films and The Dark Knight and The Da Vinci code are also movies he has been a part of (though he was not the main composer).
Jackman’s experience of work on Children’s movies shines through in an absolutely brilliant score. The feel of the film is very retro and of course gaming is a key theme, Henry takes both of these factors into account and uses sounds we would associate with arcades and old consoles that often have a bit-crushed and “chiptune” nature. Programmed, simple drum patterns reminiscent of the 8-bit games we all remember make this cheeky score fit with the story perfectly. Jackman also knows when to use the moving orchestral sounds we also expect of a movie with an inevitable melancholic segment.
As well as bespoke music from Henry Jackman, the movie makes nods to contemporary tunes by using songs from Skrillex, Owl City and Rihanna as well as a title track from Japanese band AKB48, which was released worldwide with the film.
The full track listing for the Wreck it Ralph Soundtrack is:
1. When Can I See You Again? – Performed by Owl City
2. Wreck-It, Wreck-It Ralph – Performed by Buckner & Garcia
3. Celebration – Performed by Kool & The Gang
4. Sugar Rush – Performed by AKB48
5. Bug Hunt (Noisa Remix) Performed by Skrillex
6. Shut Up and Drive – Performed by Rihanna
7. Wreck-It Ralph – Score
8. Life in the Arcade – Score
9. Jumping Ship – Score
10. Rocket Fiasco – Score
11. Vanellope Von Schweetz – Score
12. Royal Raceway – Score
13. Cupcake Breakout – Score
14. Candy Vandals – Score
15. Turbo Flashback – Score
16. Laffy Taffies – Score
17. One Minute to Win It – Score
18. Vanellope’s Hideout – Score
19. Messing with the Program – Score
20. King Candy – Score
Brooklyn’s Finest is a 2009 crime thriller featuring an illustrious cast including Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke, and Wesley Snipes. Set in a notoriously rough area of Brooklyn, the movie follows three police officers in intertwining stories. Sal, a crooked detective hell bent on providing a better home for his family, Tango, an african american undercover cop who is tasked with framing the man who saved his life and Eddie, a cynical cop who is just a week from retirement. The film is directed by Antoine Fuqua who also directed “Training Day” and “Shooter”. Met with reasonable acclaim from critics without setting the world alight, this relatively low budget film performed well at the box office and beyond.
The Brooklyn’s Finest Soundtrack was composed by Marcelo Zarvos, a Brazilian composer of Greek descent. Zarvos has worked on films including The Good Shepard and Remember Me. He does very well to incorporate his orchestral style into this grubby urban setting, but with the combination of music selected for the film, they just about pull it off.
The full track listing for Marcelo Zarvos’ score is:
1. Brooklyn’s Finest (5:06)
2. Let’s Go For A Ride (1:26)
3. Twenty Years Of Days (4:35)
4. Docks (2:40)
5. Tango And Caz (1:28)
6. The Raid (3:25)
7. Halloween At The Academy (1:47)
8. Righter Or Wronger (2:43)
9. Grieving Mother (1:10)
10. Sal’s Dilemma (3:41)
11. Uniform Got Popped (2:01)
12. Bodega (3:13)
13. I Believe You (1:52)
14. Rooftop (5:40)
15. Sal Drives To The Projects (3:26)
16. Meeting At Diner (1:15)
17. Saint Michael’s Prayer (9:06)
18. The Station (3:34)
The music selected for the Soundtrack is extremely diverse and at times unexpected, but the tracks do work well in their respective scenes and there are some real gems in the below.
Here are the tracks selected for use in the movie in the order they appear in the movie.
- Sincerely – Harvey and The Moonglows
- Murder – Malcolm Kirby Jr. and H. Martin
- The Great Pretender – The Platters
- Stylin – Papoose [note: this song may be out of sequence]
- The Champ – Fogg
- NYDP – DJ Green Lantern and Dead Prez
- Who is He (And What is He to You) – Bill Withers
- Without Love There’s Nothing – Clyde McPhatter
- You’re Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You) – Notorious B.I.G.
- Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic – Isaac Hayes (from the album Hot Buttered Soul, the best album title ever)
- Informer – The Evil Genious Green Lantern and Dead Prez, featuring Mavado
- Soothe Me – The Simms Twins
- Sympathy for the Devil – The Rolling Stones
- Bullet Bullet – The Evil Genious Green Lantern and Dead Prez, featuring Johnny Polygon
- However Do You Want It – Maino
- BK Where You From – Joell Ortiz
- Woman’s Gotta Have It – Bobby Womack
- When You Love Somebody – Leela James
- Time (Clock Of The Heart) – Boy George, Michael Craig, Rob Hay and John Moss
- Sea Of Love – George Khoury and Philip Baptiste
- Where’s My Money – The Evil Genious DJ Green Lantern and Dead Prez, featuring Busta Rhymes
- You Don’t Know What You’re Doing – Sound Experience
- F#*% You Tonight – Sean Combs, Robert Kelley, Daron Jones, Christopher Wallace [performed by Notorious B.I.G.]
- Hey Love – The Delfonics
- Here Comes Trouble – Maino
There Will Be Blood is a 2007 drama directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, based loosely on Upton Sinclair’s 1920′s book “Oil!” the movie follows an Oil Tycoon “Daniel Plainview” who strikes Oil and sets up a small company which eventually grows to a huge empire. An intriguing tale and entanglement of characters ensues, at the centre of which are the characters of Plainview and his new-found nemesis and “vessel to the holy spirit” Paul Sunday, portrayed by Daniel Day-Lewis (who won an Oscar for the film) and Paul Dano respectively.
It was not only method actor Daniel Day-Lewis who was met with huge accolades for the movie, which received a total of eight nominations for academy awards, winning two, and a whole host of other awards and accolades. A movie with a budget of $25 million which trebled this in returns at the box office. There Will Be Blood is a modern day classic.
The task of the Soundtrack did not fall to a hugely established movie composer, and gutsy and edgy director Anderson made the gutsy decision of entrusting Radiohead guitarist turned movie composer Jonny Greenwood to compose the score. Greenwood’s only previous experience of scoring films had come with little-known experimental film “Bodysong”, but his musical ability was undeniable and without a shadow of a doubt the decision to hand the job to him paid off.
Greenwood said of his compositions:
“I think it was about not necessarily just making period music, which very traditionally you would do. But because they were traditional orchestral sounds, I suppose that’s what we hoped was a little unsettling, even though you know all the sounds you’re hearing are coming from very old technology. You can just do things with the classical orchestra that do unsettle you, that are sort of slightly wrong, that have some kind of undercurrent that’s slightly sinister”
These sinister orchestral sounds, intelligent percussion and added musical drama saw Greenwood’s There Will Be Blood Soundtrack make his name in the movie scoring business, and he has continued to score films since with great success. Greenwood was largely tipped for an Oscar for the movie, and it is said that he would have received one if it weren’t for the fact that one of his pieces of music included in the film, “Smear”, disqualified him from the Best Original Soundtrack category.
There Will Be Blood Soundtrack track list:
01. Open Spaces (4:00)
02. Future Markets (2:44)
03. Prospectors Arrive (4:40)
04. Eat Him By His Own Light (3:36)
05. Henry Plainview (4:14)
06. There Will Be Blood (2:08)
07. Oil (3:04)
08. Proven Lands (4:49)
09. HW / Hope of New Fields (2:29)
10. Smear (9:58)
Haywire is a 2011 thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh of Ocean’s fame. As with a lot of Soderbergh’s movies, Haywire features an all-star cast with actors including Antonio Banderas, Channing Tatum, Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor and Michael Fassbender. The film follows the story of Gina Carano as Mallory Kane during a black ops spy mission. Described as an all-action thriller, this film is designed to grab you by the proverbial balls and take you on a ride from start to finish, and includes some awesome twists and turns in a clever storyline.
The film was met with a mixed reception, and is currently only voted in at a 5.9 out of 10 by the general public on IMDB, whereas Rotten Tomatoes’ critics give it an 80% rating. A rumoured budget of $23 million which was surpassed at the box office with relative ease.
The film is shot mainly in Ireland, just across the border from Northern Ireland where composer of the Soundtrack, David Holmes is from. Holmes is probably best known for his work with Soderbergh on the Ocean’s trilogy, for which his incredible score was lauded with a lot of accolades. A shift of gears then from his usual style to take on the Haywire Soundtrack, but one that he does approach competently, even if not quite scaling the hights of his upbeat work on Ocean’s 11. The score does have a lot of similarities within it’s wide range of instrumentation and percussion and experiments in jazz styles, a sort of more edgy and suspenseful Ocean’s. Not renowned as a classic and with a few pieces of music that maybe sound out of place or not quite up to scratch, but all in all a good score from a producer we are destined to hear a lot more from.
The complete Haywire OST Track Listing is below:
2. Upstate NYC
5. Let’s Get Jiang
6. Delivering Jiang
8. Sniffing Around
9. The Drive Rossbourgh
10. Looking for Clues
11. Jiang’s Dead
12. Shot in the Face
13. Dublin Chase
14. Against All Odds
15. Against All Odds Pt. 2
16. The Ship Comes In
17. No Eye Dear
18. Where’s Kenneth
Babel is a 2006 international drama directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. The term “International” could not be appropriate as the movie follows four intertwined stories filmed as far and wide as Mexico, Morocco and Japan. This intelligently made and thought-provoking production deals with subjects as diverse as incest and immigration. An all star cast featuring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett as two of the main protagonists help to bring the story to life.
The movie was met with immense critical acclaim and won numerous awards. The film’s gross at theaters also proved an immense success, in spite of a relatively modest budget of $25 million, Babel took an impressive 125 million + after its release.
The interlinking stories mean a range of different settings, different emotions and demand an entirely different musical background, a challenge then for composer Gustavo Santaolalla. Santaolalla is an Argentinian composer and musician famous for his work with bands “Arco Iris” and “Soluna” before he turned his hand to composing for film. Since 2000 he has been involved in films such as 21 Grams, Into the Wild and Brokeback Mountain, and scoring Babel has been a springboard for him to work on more modern films such as On The Road.
The score for Babel is as diverse as its themes and though it does rely heavily on piano and orchestra it also features nods to the local instrumentation and culture in the many areas the movie takes us through. A fine score from a relatively new on the scene composer (at least he was at the time). His exceptional work was recognised with perhaps the ultimate reward, an academy award for best original score in the year of Babel’s release, 2006, only a year after winning the same accolade for Brokeback Mountain.
A long film full of great music resulted in a double CD official soundtrack release. The tracklisting to the babel soundtrack is below:
2. Tu Me Acostumbraste
3. September/The Joker
5. I Won’t Be Disappointed/Looped Piano
6. Cumbia Sobre el Rio
7. Hiding It
9. Desert Bus Ride
10. Bibo No Aozora/Endless Flight/Babel
12. Para Que Regreses
14. Amelia Desert Morning
15. Jugo a la Vida
16. Breathing Soul
17. The Blinding Sun
1. Only Love Can Conquer Hate
2. El Panchangon
3. Two Worlds, One Heart
4. The Phone Call
6. The Catch
7. Mujer Hermosa
8. Into the Wild
9. Look Inside
10. The Master
11. Oh My Juliet!
13. El Besito Cachicurris
14. Walking in Tokyo
15. The Visitors
16. Morning Pray
17. Mi Adoracion
18. The Skin of the Earth
19. Bibo No Aozora/04
The Impossible is a 2012 movie directed by Juan Antonio Bayona. Dubbed a ‘real life disaster movie’, the film focuses on a family group who are holidaying in Thailand in 2004 when a tsunami hits, the family become separated and have varying degrees of wounds caused by the natural disaster as well as obvious distress. This tragic true story stars Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts as well as some brilliant performances from fledgling actors Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin and Oaklee Pendergast. The film has been well received and highly thought of by most reviewers, with a rating of almost 8/10 on IMDB.
The score for such an emotional and thought provoking movie obviously posed a difficult task for Spanish composer Fernando Velázquez, a composer who made his name with his exceptional work on 2007 movie The Orphanage and has since taken further steps towards Hollywood stardom. The scores he has already released have been lauded with rewards and rave reviews, and his music for The Impossible is another example of this relatively young composer’s talents.
Velazquez soundtracks the movie with a heavily orchestral score, which takes us through the tender and emotional moments to the more dramatic and fast-paced scenes with seamless ease. The music composed for the movie does not offer anything particularly original, experimental or new and doesn’t push the envelope, but perhaps The Impossible is not the setting for such score and the work that the Spanish composer has done does fit the bill perfectly. The soft orchestras implemented by Fernando aid the many (and I mean many) tear-jerking moments throughout the film, so don’t be surprised if this is also the soundtrack to a tear-duct workout.
As well as being scored by composer Velazquez, the trailer features a cover version of U2′s “One” by Damien Rice. The track features only on cinematic trailers and is not used in the film.
The full track listing for the score is below:
1. The Impossible Main Title
2. The Best Holiday Season Ever
3. Is It Over?
4. Even If It’s the Last Thing We Do
5. Kem Kang Noi
6. My Boys, I Cannot See Them
7. Go and Help People
8. I Will Bring Your ‘Pappa’ Here
9. Is There Somebody We Could Call?
10. We’ll Drive You Somewhere Safer?
11. I Won’t Stop Looking Until I Find Them
12. But She’ll Be Ok, Right?
13. Mom, Guess What I Just Saw Outside?
14. Let’s Go, No Need To Wait
15. Am I Dead?
16. I Have A Family Too
17. He Looked So Happy
18. The Impossible End Titles