A movie that envelops the intimate story of a family between the birth and death of the universe, “The Tree of Life” is a cosmic experience that resists easy narrative summary. The film won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in May but has polarized critics and audiences. At its core, the movie focuses on the conflict between the natural and the spiritual worlds, which is to say that it pits the seen versus the unseen.
Malick’s choices of music stand in for the unseen in this thematic equation, though not always in obvious ways. The media-shy filmmaker is said to be a classical-music buff, along with being a birdwatcher and a hiking enthusiast. His soundtrack selections for “The Tree of Life” could spawn a lengthy essay on their own. Here are a handful of key pieces that provide the movie with some of its most musically inspired and memorable moments …
Mud is engaging from beginning to end and when listened to on its own, its soundtrack is almost a sonic dream of that narrative, highlighting the various emotions and changes each character goes through. Mud is certainly not without its unsettling and pulse-pounding moments, which the music strategically amplifies in tracks like “Hotel” and “Clinic,” but overall the soundtrack plays like one you would listen to while spending a lazy day on a porch swing.
Summer is here! The Topic Thunder Soundtrack album is a timeless classic for summer fun. Featuring songs from a diverse and respected group of artists including The Crystal Method, CCR, Ten Years After, Ja Net Dubois, Edwin Starr, Enigma and others this album is a ready made mix tape!
Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr. lead an ensemble cast in “Tropic Thunder,” an action comedy about a group of self-absorbed actors who set out to make the most expensive war film. After ballooning costs force the studio to cancel the movie, the frustrated director refuses to stop shooting, leading his cast into the jungles of Southeast Asia, where they enoucter real bad guys.
Starring Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin as, Stand Up Guys. The Soundtrack album features the very best of both old classics and classic new soul including Gary Clark Jr, Muddy Waters, Baby Huey, Sharon Jones, Rex Garvin and two new exclusive songs by Jon Bon Jovi*.
01. Hard Times – Baby Huey & The Baby Sitters
02. Old Habits Die Hard – Jon Bon Jovi
03. Bright Lights – Gary Clark Jr.
04. Not Running Anymore – Jon Bon Jovi *
05. Get Down With It – Wayne Cochran
06. How Long – Charles Bradley featuring Menahan Street Band
07. Fooled Around and Fell In Love – Elvin Bishop
08. Stand Up Guys — Lyle Workman
09. Give It Back – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
10. (I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man – Muddy Waters
11. When Something Is Wrong With My Baby – Sam and Dave
12. I Was Painting You — Lyle Workman
13. Love From Above – Leroy Reynolds
14. Sock It To ‘Em JB (Pt. 1) – Rex Garvin and The Mighty Cravers
15. Chew Gum Or Kick Ass — Lyle Workman
One reason this new movie is an event is that it’s Wong’s first movie for seven years, a project nurtured for 10 years about the life of Wing Chun master Ip Man, the man who introduced the form to Hong Kong after the Second World War and became Bruce Lee’s teacher.