The Harder They Come: How one film helped reggae rise up

The Harder They Come: How one film helped reggae rise up

We look back at the film which made a star of Jimmy Cliff and did so much to bring reggae music from Jamaica to a much wider audience. “The Harder They Come had a great deal to do with the spread of Rasta and roots music… it took you right into roots culture and how people lived in Jamaica at the time. It introduced people to the fact that there was more to reggae music than the happy stuff that had been hits at the time” – Jimmy Cliff, taken from Bass Culture by Lloyd Bradley If you ask most Read more »

Sincerely yours, The Breakfast Club.

Sincerely yours, The Breakfast Club.

As the iconic high-school detention movie celebrates its 30th anniversary we look at the secret of its enduring appeal and the memorable soundtrack song by Simple Minds. I can’t remember exactly how old I was when I first watched this film, however seeing as it would have been the mid-80’s I was almost certainly around about the same age as the five lead characters and maybe that’s why it has stuck with me. But no, it must be more than that. This film hasn’t just stuck with me but with my whole generation and subsequent generations thereafter. 30 years after Read more »

Road House: Why big dumb fun is sometimes the best kind.

Road House: Why big dumb fun is sometimes the best kind.

In this Soundtrack review we look at this much maligned Patrick Swayze film, the kick ass contributions from the blind white blues singer Jeff Healey, and and ask why is such a stupid movie so much fun? There are certain movies, and everyone has them, which due to them being a part of your adolescent life make an impact that never seems to diminish. Quite often these movies aren’t classics or major Oscar-winning works of art, and in many cases they might not even be that good and yet you return to them time and time again and every time Read more »

Soundtrack: Chef: A Musical Feast

Soundtrack: Chef: A Musical Feast

So most of the time here at MVD you’ll find us reviewing movie soundtracks of old favourites (of which we have many) so it’s quite nice to do something current for a change. And the reason for this sudden contemporary burst is? Well, firstly I did a long transatlantic flight last week and whilst my in-flight movie choices were varied this was actually the only one that played all the way through without breaking up. Secondly, as it was it turned out to have one of the best soundtracks I’ve happened across in a while, one that I thought was Read more »

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

I have decided to do several post on different directors I like and their movies and soundtracks. After I decided to do that there was a movie that comes immediately to mind: The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. It is one of my favorite movies, soundtrack and I wish I could embark on a voyage in “The Belafonte”, so let´s set sail: Seu Jorge – Life On Mars The movie was released in 2004. It was co-written, co- produced and directed by the wonderful Wes Anderson. This American director has a unique voice, a creative narrative and visual style, and Read more »

Turning goat’s piss in to gasoline: The Blues Brothers soundtrack review!

Turning goat’s piss in to gasoline: The Blues Brothers soundtrack review!

Jake: You traded the Bluesmobile for this?? Elwood: No, for a microphone. Jake: A microphone…? Ok, I can see that. Then what the hell is this? I guess I must have been about 14 when I first saw this film. I don´t remember much about it other than it hit me square between the eyes and left me a bit dizzy. Dizzy enough that by the time I was 16 or 17 I´d already watched it another 20 or 30 times at least and knew and loved every last moment of it. When people are asked what their favourite movie Read more »

Dirty Dancing: The Dirty and the Dancing

Dirty Dancing: The Dirty and the Dancing

It has been a week of inevitability so of course it is time to talk about “Dirty Dancing” and its soundtrack YES!!!!! A big HELLO to my girlfriends out there… Any woman over 30..mhhhmm…(I of course only say that to please our target audience, not to disclose any age related secrets) will agree with me when we say this is one of the greatest films and love stories out there and it also has a pretty great soundtrack. I thought I´d classify it by ‘Dancing’ the great one songs and ‘Dirty’ the ones that shouldn’t be in there. Let´s start with the Read more »

The Fifth Element: Why I can never change the channel…

The Fifth Element: Why I can never change the channel…

I have always said that I don´t know what I prefer most: watching a movie for the first time or re watching it a few times until it becomes familiar. I almost always discover new things after each repeat that make me look at the movie in a different way, sort of like what re-reading a book does as well. There are about 20- 30 movies that I have watched over 50 times. Yep…I have. One of the movies that I MUST  watch is Luc Besson´s masterpiece: The Fifth Element…for those of you who haven’t seen it: STOP READING AND Read more »

Soundtrack: Across The Universe

Soundtrack: Across The Universe

Deconstructing the movie “Across The Universe” and the soundtrack. Having spent the best part of 6 years living in Liverpool, and having been an ardent fan for much longer than that, I think it’s fair to say I’m familiar almost (but not quite) to the point of saturation with the oeuvre of The Beatles. Placed in the context of the history of pop music the Fab Four’s body of work can still be seen to occupy some kind of creative high-water mark, such is the enduring ability of their songs and albums to dazzle and amaze with the levels of Read more »

When Harry Met Sally – Love and Friendship

When Harry Met Sally – Love and Friendship

“When Harry Met Sally” the eternal dilemma: can men and women be just friends? And the fantastic way this movie takes us on a quest to solve that mystery. Valentine´s Day has come and gone and during the weekend it was all over the place. We didn’t celebrate Valentine´s Day in Colombia before, but now with globalization, the internet, having the same t.v. comedy series airing on the same channels all over the world, and with it also being a huge business and marketing opportunity, it is practically impossible not to “succumb” to the temptation. I know it is mostly Read more »

“How about a little music”: Ghostbusters

“How about a little music”: Ghostbusters

A look at the soundtrack to a film that not only stands up as one of the best comedy flicks of the 80’s (and of any decade, for that matter) but also has one of the best soundtracks of that decade too. “Listen….. can you smell something?” For this post I’ve decided to take a look at the soundtrack to a film that not only stands up as one of the best comedy flicks of the 80’s (and of any decade, for that matter) but also has one of the best soundtracks of that decade too. At this point a Read more »

Kokomo – who should have stayed there?

Kokomo – who should have stayed there?

A review of one of the iconic movies of the 80´s: The plot, the actors, the soundtrack from the movie “Cocktail” This is the first request I’m doing. I am very happy to do it, one because it is for one of my dearest friends and two because I happen to love the movie, the video and the song. A part of me has that idea of paradise…INCEPTION! The film cocktail is a classic 80s chick flick, and there are 3 important things I remember about it – #spoiler alert (although I think since the movie was released in 1988 you Read more »

Enter the Dragon – Dragon’s Galore

Enter the Dragon – Dragon’s Galore

The soundtrack, quotes and review of the modern classic movie “Enter the Dragon” with master of master´s Bruce Lee. I have given a lot of thought to what my first soundtrack post was going to be, I have huge respect for music, books and movies, so I decided to choose something that represented all that, there will be plenty of time to discuss favorite and iconic soundtracks. Also, I do not want to get in trouble with my husband or any of my male friends by saying anything except wonderful things about the movies, and of course, the grand master Read more »