booker t & the m.g.'s, cinema, cinema paradiso, death proof, drive, ennio morricone, film, gladiator, green onions, grindhouse, hans zimmer, kavinsky, legend, lisa gerrard, movie, nightcall, planet terror, robert rodriguez, ryan gosling, tom hardy
The memorable tracks that make the films what they are.
Green Onions – Booker T & the M.G.’s
This seriously stylish soul instrumental can be found in several movies (A Single Man , American Graffiti , Quadrophenia  to name but a few) and popular media. It’s also the menu track for the San Andreas installment of the Grand Theft Auto game. Most recently, I noted it in an early scene of Legend (2015). Listen here
Now We Are Free – Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard
Hans Zimmer’s work on Gladiator (2000) is really up there with the greats. This track sits amongst the many other seamlessly beautiful sounds of the movie.
Nightcall – Kavinsky
Mmm. Lavish, robo-electro-house for Drive (2011). This track, as Ryan Gosling’s ridiculously cool protagonist cruises through the night past bright, blurring city lights, brings a relaxing yet slightly villain-like feel to the movie’s introduction. Listen here
Grindhouse – Robert Rodriguez
What a cool intro the 2007 re-introduction of the double feature with Planet Terror and Death Proof. This sleazy-sounding, brash and chilling track captures the spirit of the B-movie. Listen here
Cinema Paradiso – Ennio Morricone
What’s a discussion about movie soundtracks without Ennio Morricone? One of my favourites is this track in Cinema Paradiso (1988). This is also a film where one of my favourite scenes can be found … check out that memorable moment in Cinema Paradiso here.