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Staff Editorial: Cinematic Mastery

posted June 23, 2017, 11:14 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Best Of | comment Leave a Comment

Since the late 1800’s, artists of rare form have found themselves recording songs that would go on to change lives. However, the songs that truly impact our lives transcend to cinema as well. Here’s a list of our staff’s favorite cinematic musical memory


As far back as I can remember, music has been a passion, even prior to movies. While I would love to point a finger at just about any John Cusack film (sorry, born in the 70’s), the impact of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself”, Ray Parker Jr.’s “Ghostbusters,” Steelers Wheel “Stuck In The Middle With You,” The Pixies closing of Fight Club with “Where Is My Mind” or even Bob Marley’s impact on all of the film “I Am Legend,” I would have to say the finest musical moment must be a glue to many generations, goofy or not.

What helps make a good or even great movie is a strong musical score. This is what makes the musicals so strong from the 1930s through 50s. The golden age of the musical has passed. Still music is important in film. “Pleasantville” features great jazz music from the 1950s. One of my favorite recordings Miles Davis’ “So What” is in the film. A jazz singer added to the film “Good Night and Good Luck.” The songs were more effective in furthering the story than any film composer contribution. The concert film also has a place, and the best would have to be the Talking Heads “Stop Making Sense.” Not only good songs but David Byrne’s energy made a for a great movie.


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