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By Ricardo — 7 years ago
I don’t know about all of you but I love movies. Ever since I was young I have dug movies with a good story line, visuals, and of course the music. Out of everything that comes packed in a movie the music is where it’s at. I mean, think about it. Would suspense or thriller movies have the same feeling without the music? Sure the camera angles and slow moving actors help but the music is what sets the mood. It completes the overall scene and pulls at the strings of your emotions. I know it keeps me at the edge of my seat. In this post I would like to share my top 5 memorable movie songs. The following songs are what made a specific scene or the entire movie memorable for movie goers.
5. Forrest Gump – Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Forrest Gump is one of those feel good movies where the main character triumphs throughout the film. Although it does have some sad moments it’s fairly balanced with good humor and events from history. It’s a movie I can watch over and over and actually, I could watch every movie on my list over and over. The movie has an excellent soundtrack and it was hard to pick one but the one I chose completes a time of war. After graduating from college Forrest inlists in the Army. Once his training is complete he and a friend named Bubba are shipped out to fight in the Vietnam War. I was not yet born during this time period but I have heard stories and the movie depicts it rather well in comparison to what I have heard. I mean, it shows a mild depiction where a movie like Full Metal Jacket is a bit more harsh. On top of that the movie includes Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival. I would explain the scene but I have provided a clip instead. I wouldn’t be able to do it justice but the song completes the whole scene.
4. Blow – Blinded By The Light By Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
When this movie came out I immediately wanted to watch it and it wasn’t because of the great cast either. It was the movie trailer that had the most influence on me and the music. Once I saw the “based on a true story” movie I couldn’t believe how much George Jung was involved in. For example here’s a quote from the movie, “We invented the market place. In fact, if you snorted cocaine in the late 1970’s or early 80’s, there was an 85% chance it came from us.” George was obviously a big player in the distribution of cocaine in the U.S. During the time that this quote is being made there is a montage of images from his accomplishments and good times. In the background of the montage is Manfred Man’s Blinded By The Light. The song is perfect! So without further ado, here’s the trailer to my number 4 pick.
3. Top Gun – Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins
Next up is Top Gun! This was a hit movie back in 1986 and how awesome were the scenes from this movie? I remember the movie pretty good but I only remember the scenes that are most talked about. It was 1986 and I was born in 1981. I have seen the movie many times but I can’t recall it word for word like some people. Either way though, this was a huge movie for Tom Cruise. There was a lot going on in this film but check out what IMDb has as a synopsis for it,
“The macho students of an elite US Flying school for advanced fighter pilots compete to be best in the class, and one romances the teacher.”
Umm….really? That’s it? What about the loss of Goose, a good friend, and how Maverick finds himself by finally getting over his fear that involves his father and kicking ass at the end? I guess none of that stuff matters. It wouldn’t make for an awesome action packed film if the synopsis had that in it. The movie is one that many people remember for the rivalry between Maverick and Iceman, Iceman biting down and almost breaking his teeth, jet fighter dog fights, singing in a bar to woo the lady, and least but certainly not least, Kenny Loggins Danger Zone. You can’t mention this movie without mentioning the song. Everyone knows it and if they can’t sing it they can hum it. Forgetting this song is like forgetting this quote,
“I Feel The Need, The Need For Speed”
It can’t be done. Although I was young when this came out I still saw it and there are a lot of elements that make this movie memorable especially the music.
2. Rocky III – Eye Of The Tiger by Survivor
Next up is none other than Rocky III. I love the Rocky franchise, but out of all the movies I dig part two the most. The fight between Rocky and Apollo is epic and the music that fuels it is superb! Why can’t boxing matches be more like those of the Rocky franchise? I guess there is too much money involved and well…someone has to take a fall right? In part three, Rocky is the champion and his face is everywhere. During a press conference Rocky is confronted by a disgruntled boxer named Clubber Lang played by Mr. T. Lang destroys Rocky in their championship match, Mickey dies, and Rocky is left to marinade on his future. The Eye of the Tiger is first mentioned in this movie by Apollo Creed and I believe the song is played at the end when Rocky and Apollo go to swing at each other before the credits roll. Someone correct me if I’m wrong here. The movie came out in 1982 and well, I was barely a year old. I am merely speaking from the reruns I’ve seen on TBS. The movie was good either way and below I have included a tribute that someone created on YouTube.
1. Reservoir Dogs – Stuck In The Middle With You by Stealers Wheel
And now for my number one pick in my “Top 5 Memorable Movie Songs”. Whenever I hear “Stuck In The Middle With You” by Stealers Wheel I think of Reservoir Dogs. This is a movie by Quentin Tarantino about a group of men who band together to pull off the perfect crime. The movie has an excellent cast with a storyline to match. When this movie is mentioned, fans think of the infamous ear scene. Along with this scene is the song I have mentioned here. If you have yet to see this movie you must head out and buy it or borrow it from someone. The scene is classic and instead of adding the clip I will place a link here. The scene is rather brutal and I don’t believe it would work here so instead I will add the movie trailer.
So there it is folks! These are my top 5 and I’m sure everyone has a comment for this so let me have it! I would like to have your opinion on my list and please feel free to list your top 5 as well. Have a good one and happy reading. Cheers!Post Views: 399
By Ricardo — 8 years ago
Hello fellow Jabber Loggers and Happy Cinco de Mayo! Today is the day that some take time out of their schedule to grill some fajitas, spend time with family, and have drinks. Why do we do this? Well, I believe it is just something that people have been brought up with. Something past down from generation to generation. Up until a few years ago I was under the same impression as others. We are celebrating our Independence Day. I remember as a teenager my family and I would go to the Civic Center in Holland, MI and they would have the place packed with those celebrating Cinco de Mayo. There were food stands, people dancing in respect to our culture, and the lowrider show in the parking lot. It was a good time but when some adults were asked about the reason for celebrating it was simply put that it was in celebration of our culture/heritage and our Independence Day.
Well this is not right and I never took the time to actually look into it until a few years ago when I had to do a video presentation for a speech class I was taking. I had to write a script and give my speech over web cam. My speech was based on Cinco de Mayo and it turned out that everyone I knew, myself included, was celebrating for the wrong reason. What fools! In our defense though we had been brought up with this idea. It’s almost sad in a way and all it took was a simple Google search to find the truth. From my previous post:
Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican Army’s victory over French forces at The Battle of Puebla on May 5th 1862. Mexico’s Independence occurred about forty years prior around September 27, 1821.
The celebration happens every year in the area that this battle occurred and when it was noticed in the United States it began in California. It was noted more for pride in our culture, heritage, and the strength of the people that fought. The pride, heritage, and strength for the people or La Raza has carried on so in that sense we celebrate for the right reason but not for our Independence Day. So in the end just remember, don’t be a pendejo. If you don’t know what a pendejo is it can stand for a lot of slang but it is mostly used to label one as a dumbass. Happy Cinco de Mayo!Post Views: 277
By Ricardo — 8 years ago
I have been scared of a lot of things in life. A lot of it is every day stuff but big bodies of water are not my friend, I don’t like clowns (like Pennywise), and up until a few years ago, I had a fear of flying. I had never flown before so what was there to be afraid of? It’s not like I had a bad experience flying or anything, I was just plain scared. Maybe I can attribute this fear to movies I have seen in my past. La Bamba is a good one, where the main character has nightmares of his best friend dying from plane debris falling on him. In the end the character named, “Ritchie” dies in a plane crash so I’m sure that’s one of the movies that did it for me. Another one would be “Alive”. I love the movie but I wouldn’t want to crash in the mountains and eventually have to resort to eating the other passengers. Well…if it came down to it, I would take out the elderly first since they would more than likely hold us younger folk back. So…yeah, I have a fear of flying. Well, had a fear of flying.
A few years ago my cousin decided to get married in Las Vegas and my mom had asked if I wanted to go. I told her yes, not thinking it was going to happen, and about a week after the initial question she called me up to tell me my ticket had been purchased. I was stoked because I had never been to Vegas before and I was sure we were going to have an excellent time. After jumping around like a fool in excitement of the good news I was slapped in the face by a jerk named Reality. I’ve never flown before. I was freaking out and it had been on my mind for a month and up until the time for me to fly out. My dad drove me to Chicago so that I could fly out of Midway. I had the jitters and he told me I’d be fine. I figured I would but I happened to be flying on the week of 9/11 so I was slightly scared. Ok, I was “piss my pants” scared.
I went in and did everything I needed to do like check in, pray, pop in a stick of gum to avoid from my ears popping, pray, and take a couple of Dramamine. Did I say pray? Oh I did? Ok well let’s move on. I made my way to the gate and the waiting area was packed with people. I was uncomfortable as it was and now I was in a crowded place. I’m not claustrophobic but at that time I felt it a little. What was worse was that the events of 9/11 played on CNN on the monitors around the area I was sitting in. Needless to say I was freaked out even more. Well, it was finally time to get on the plane. It seemed like forever to board and once boarded it seemed like forever before we took off. When we started moving my blood was pumping and I held my breath. The sweat began to build up and I sunk into my chair and white knuckled the arm rests. As we lifted off I went through every prayer I could think of. Finally the pilot said we could unfasten our seat belts and move around. The stewardess’ walked around asking about snacks and drinks and I ordered a double Jack and Coke.
About halfway to Vegas we hit a storm and it was bad. The turbulence was nuts and I was freaking out. It was just my luck that at this point in the flight my bodily functions decided to make themselves known. We were told we could not get up but I was struggling to hold it in. I had to pee like you wouldn’t believe and I wanted to cry. I crossed my legs and began to pray again. My dumb ass chugged the rest of my Jack and Coke to sooth my pain but the whole reason for my pain was because of fluids in the first place. The turbulence continued and and I had to grit my teeth. I turned back to look at the bathroom and the stewardess smiled at me.
“Ma’am I really need to use the restroom.”
“I’m sorry sir but I can’t give you permission to use the bathroom.”
Did you catch the message there?
“Err…look I really can’t hold it anymore.”
I turned back around and she snickered away. The plane seemed to drop slightly and everyone jumped out of their seats. I swear I sprung a leak once that happened but a light bulb exploded in my brain and I turned back to speak to the stewardess.
“You said you couldn’t give me permission right?”
“Right, I can’t give you permission.”
I jumped up and all you could see was the smoke from my feet as I ran to the bathroom. When I finished up I came out of the bathroom with a Mentos smile and I was ready to take on the world…or at least the rest of the flight. When we finally arrived I was relieved to be on the ground but it’s really the only way to travel. It was well worth the near explosion of my bladder and I was able to conquer my fear. The next time I fly I will make sure to leave the drinks alone for fear that I might just succeed in peeing my pants.Post Views: 297