FlixChatter Turns 1 Today!

It’s officially been one year since I published my first ever blog post, so happy 1st birthday to FlixChatter!

[Photo of cake is courtesy of Lisa Nguyen, a baker in Orange County, who made this cake for her film major friend. If I ever threw a party on my blog’s behalf, I’d be sure to order a cake like this!]

To commemorate this milestone, last night I’ve finally submitted my LAMB’s membership. I know, I know, this is something I should’ve done many, many months ago! To those non-movie bloggers, no I’m not joining the Gwen Stefani’s fashion line which shares the same acronym. This LAMB stands for Large Association of Movie Blog, the premier movie blog directory – a one-stop shop for readers and bloggers alike. Check out the annual LAMMY Award for 2010 that recognize many of FlixChatter’s friends!

I don’t check the stats page very often, but last night I did and so far FC’s got nearly 113,000 hits! Wow, I’d never thought I’d reach 100k within a year so this is very humbling. Pardon me for this ‘acceptance speech’ of sort, but I do want to take the time to acknowledge those who’ve contributed to the life span of this blog. Becky & Mike, thanks for being loyal readers from day one, Vince C. for being such an indispensable classic flix guest blogger, Samantha for your phenomenal contribution on Mark Strong (hopefully the first of many) and others who’ve contributed their reviews, and all my blogger friends who’ve entertained me and learned so much from. Last but not least, thanks to all of you readers out there who take the time to visit and drop your comments. Bloggers LOVE comments, and I’m not shy to admit that hearing what y’all had to say really make my day!

Well, since I’m feeling kind of nostalgic today, I thought I’d invite you to check out some of my earlier posts (from the first three months) that you might’ve missed:

Favorite movie music – my top twenty list

 

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Orchestra at Piazza San Marco, Venezia – photo courtesy of Pixelcrave.net

F. Gary Gray, Law Abiding Citizen‘s director recently tweeted, “My mtg with the composer Brian Tyler went really well. He just gets it. Music is so important, it can ruin your movie if it’s not right.”

I couldn’t agree more. Music can make or break a movie. Not only does it create the mood and ambience of a film, it’s also what gives ‘life’ to certain key scenes, or an entire film for that matter. Nothing else has the same power to evoke emotion as music, and some directors know this to heart. Steven Spielberg for one, who frequently works with one of Hollywood’s greatest composers John Williams, skillfully uses music to add more oomphs to a lot of his films. Jurrasic Park, Schindler’s List, Indiana Jones, E.T., to name a few, all of those scores create a lasting impression in the audience’s mind.

Some movies and their music score are inseparable, if you leave every scene in a movie the exact same, but swap the music, it’ll be a different film altogether. I can’t imagine watching Somewhere in Time without the lush Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini rendition by John Barry. Even though the piece was written back in the early 1930s, I always think of the movie every time I heard that music! This is also the case where the score is far superior than the film itself. It lingers with you long after I’m done watching it and one I can listen to over and over again.

Soundtracks are getting more common these days, and those can be very effective as well. Instead of hiring a composer to do a custom theme, they’d use pre-recorded songs they deem fitting for a specific movie. I’m going to break down my list to two different categories as theme songs and soundtracks are kind of a different animal. So without further ado, here are my two lists of favorites:

FILM SCORES:
1. Gladiator (Hans Zimmer)
2. Somewhere in Time (John Barry)
3. Phantom of the Opera (Andrew Lloyd Webber)
4. Batman Begins/The Dark Knight (Hans Zimmer)
5. Sabrina (John Williams)
6. Casino Royale (David Arnold)
7. Out of Africa (John Barry)
8. The Lord of the Rings (Howard Shore)
9. Braveheart (James Horner)
10. Sense & Sensibility (Patrick Doyle)

SOUNDTRACKS:
1. P.S. I Love You
2. Sleepless in Seattle
3. Return to Me
4. Notting Hill
5. The Bodyguard
6. Moulin Rouge
7. St. Elmo’s Fire
8. Flashdance
9. Waiting to Exhale
10. Dirty Dancing

Thanks to my friend Scot (with one ‘t’) who suggested this trivia:

Do you know the name of the songs played in the Elephant song medley that Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman sung in Moulin Rouge!?