by: John Li
2007’s Top 5 Score Soundtracks List
Desplat is one talented musician to watch out for. Besides
composing the hauntingly beautiful theme for that poor girl
Wong Chia Chi in “Lust,
Caution”, he has also touched the hearts of judges
of Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards to award him with
the Best Original Score trophy. His works for 2007 also
include “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium”
and “The Golden Compass” (both which I haven’t
heard), proving his versatility in different genres.
Also breaking my heart this year is Nick Cave and Warren
Ellis’s melancholic score for
Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”.
The unforgettable cue for Robert Ford is poignantly forlorn
to listen to. On a cheerier note, Rupert Gregson-Williams’s
upbeat score for
is a perky work that is bright and jovial despite feeling
as busy as a, err, bee.
British composer Ilan Eshkeri did not forget to have fun
too, with his enjoyable score for the fantasy adventure
And who knew Gabriel Yared could creep us out with his score
The Oscar-winning composer proves to us that a competent
music score can make a good film better, or in this case,
a scary movie scarier.
2007’s Top 5 Song Soundtracks List
know I’m no Hugh Grant, but since everyone else is crooning
to “Way Back into Love”, why can’t
I pretend that I’m the charismatic songwriter in “Music
and Lyrics” and sing along too?
I know I’m no Zac Efron either, but the catchy songs
School Musical 2” are so infectiously jolly, I’ve
been imagining that I’m part of the gang in Disney Channel’s
wildly popular television movie. And although John Travolta
is a hoot in “Hairspray”,
swinging his body and hips to the buoyantly bubbly songs,
I wouldn’t be able to take the humiliation of being
laughed at for cross-dressing in a fat suit.
Hence, I shall be more realistic and play the romantic tunes
on the soundtrack of “Paris,
Je T’aime” should I ever bring a date to any
candlelight dinner. I can also consider playing songs written
by everyone’s favorite pop and rock band The Beatles.
Reinterpreted by today’s artistes, classic titles like
“I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “All My Loving”
should melt the girl’s heart and have her travel “Across
the Universe” with me.
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