I've been wearing out my portable CD player listening to all three original Star Wars movie soundtracks, in anticipation of their DVD release next month.
This week's questions are about movie soundtracks.
1) What is your favorite soundtrack from a movie?
There are a lot of really great soundtracks out there. A couple of favorites--Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Empire Strikes Back, Back to the Future, Edward Scissorhands, Vertigo, Superman: The Movie. A good soundtrack can really add to a film's mood and the best ones make you recall what you liked about the movie when you hear them.
2) Which movie's soundtrack didn't fit the tone of the movie, or was so badly composed it detracted from the movie?
I am not really sure of a good answer to this one. Namely because if a soundtrack is largely forgettable, then so is the movie.
3) Who is your favorite film music composer?
BONUS) Do you prefer an orchestral soundtrack, or a popular-music soundtrack? Why?
Most of the time, I prefer the orchestral soundtrack. It just works best. However, there are some exceptions. I think Forrest Gump did a great job of using its soundtrack to capture different periods in American history. Also, I think a soundtrack like Back to the Future that combines the orchestral with the pop music to enhance the movie is great--just listen to the songs that play on Marty's radio before and after he leaves on his trip to see what I mean.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 8/26/2004 09:31:00 AM