Soundtrack Review: Insurgent


The second installment of the best-selling Divergent trilogy hits theaters tomorrow, and here’s what you can hear on the soundtrack:

1) Holes in the Sky — M83 and HAIM: This is a pretty interesting track. It begins celestially with swooping instrumentals and haunting harmonies before dropping down into a more steady beat. At this point it’s your typical ballad. The beginning is what really makes this stand out — after the drums kick in, it becomes a bit too sleepy and predicable for my taste. 3/5

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Soundtrack Review: Fifty Shades of Grey

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Fifty Shades of Grey was released this past weekend, and Entertainment Weekly just reported that the accompanying soundtrack had the biggest debut since Michael Jackson’s This Is It back in 2009. So, without further ado, here’s a track-by-track review of the album:

1) I Put a Spell On You – Annie Lennox: This cover of the Screamin’ Jay Hawkins original provides a really solid start to this soundtrack. If this is the sound the movie is aiming for, the rest of this album should be pretty good. Lennox’s version is more toned down as compared to Hawkins’s, but the raw vocal performance is still there and still engaging. 5/5

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I’m back!

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I want to start off this post by saying (well, yelling) THANK YOU. The amount of kindness and love I’ve received from those who read my last post has been unreal. I sat down and tried to work out my thoughts about three times before I was actually able to get something out that felt right, and the process was incredibly cathartic for me. Helping myself was just a bonus, though. Writing has been near and dear to my heart for a while, and I’m so grateful to be able to touch others’ lives with my words. As I previously mentioned, if I can help one person find comfort amidst pain, I’ve completed my mission. So, to everyone out there who’s looked at my blog and even read a post or two, thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Now, I’d like to officially announce the return of Reel vs. Record. I’ll be back next Thursday, 1/29 at 7 p.m. with a new post! A little reminder of what’s ahead:

With that, I bid you adieu. See you next week!

Edited 1/22: Apostrophe mistake! The day I catch all these little mistakes before I post will be magical.

I am Iron Man.

Two important things about me:iron man 2

  • Iron Man is my favorite Avenger. (I’ll let you determine what that says about me as a person.)
  • I have a deep love for classic rock. (Thanks, Dad!)

Combine Iron Man with rock music and I get strangely happy. I don’t know what it is, but Tony Stark is like rock music personified. This is solidified in the first Iron Man film when we are first introduced to Tony. The boom box is playing “Back in Black” by AC/DC, and Tony is showcasing his sarcastic, somewhat offensive, consciously-egotistical attitude. I’m not here to talk about “Back in Black,” though – I’m here to discuss “Shoot to Thrill” (also by AC/DC) which is used not once, but TWICE in Iron Man appearances.

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Roses are red, violets are blue…

We’re movin’ to the eighties. I’ll get to newer stuff soon, but this is my blog and I can do what I want. Right now, I want to talk to you 500-days-of-summer-posterabout a fantastic song from 1981.

But first… (500) Days of Summer is one of those roller coaster movies. I cried, laughed, cried some more, and then ended up with this warm, fuzzy feeling by the end. It wrecked me, but it was so worth it. One of the most memorable scenes follows main character Tom after he (ahem) consummates his relationship with coworker Summer.

This scene is weird. It’s weird because of the elements that are not typical of a real-life movie, such as a cartoon bird and a dance sequence. (Real life is not High School Musical. There are no dance breaks.) It becomes pretty evident, however, that what we are watching is what’s happening in Tom’s mind. He’s imagining himself as this awesome human being because he FINALLY got the girl of his dreams. What really makes the scene for me is the song selection (because why else would this be on my blog?). Hall and Oates provide Tom’s personal soundtrack with “You Make My Dreams.”

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I am Groot.

guardians of the galaxy rvrPicking one song to feature from Guardians of the Galaxy proved to be way too difficult, so I chose two. The success of this soundtrack has been massive – it unseated even Frozen from the top of the Billboard Soundtrack chart and is the first compilation soundtrack to ever reach number one on Billboard according to Rolling Stone. To say the use of music in this movie was well-done is an understatement, which is precisely why I had such a hard time featuring just one song.

For these purposes, I chose both “Come and Get Your Love” by Redbone and “I Want You Back” by Jackson 5. These two songs play significant roles in the movie – one provides viewers with one of their first impressions and the other lands a final impression.

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Hi, stranger!

music heartWelcome to Reel vs. Record, a blog that pits film versus music in an effort to spotlight music featured in movies and on TV. This is my first blogging experience, and I’m super excited to go on this journey.

First things first, if you want to know a little more about me, go ahead and check out the About Me page. (Cleverly titled, hm?) If you are uninterested in a spiel about my passions in life, I’ll cut it down for you: music + entertainment + writing = a very happy me. Reel vs. Record is the first opportunity I’ve taken to truly explore my future aspirations.

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