Oh man, I’m starting to get used to this list thing! Listing shit out is way more awesome than I gave it credit for. Is there a real job that pays people to make them because I can do them standing on my head now. Funny: a few weeks ago I’m sitting on my couch watching Goodfellas for the fiftieth time and I’m watching the montage of murders that happen as the end of Eric Clapton’s Layla plays and I’m thinking, “You could probably put that music to any scene and make it cool.” I brought this up to a friend and then other songs joined under that umbrella… and a list was formed. Probably not THE definitive list but a handful nonetheless. Here are songs that can make a movie scene seem infinitely cooler than it is.
“Television is a dying medium”. At least, that is what I thought about 15 years ago as TV shows became tedious and predictable little mundane commercial farms. Sure, there were good shows but nothing to write home about, and then… The Sopranos: the first (in my humble opinion) of the great serials. At the time, I thought it was a fluke. HBO was the one channel notorious for its original programming but eventually when The Sopranos won Emmy after Emmy; it opened the flood gates for non-network stations to push the boundaries of television as a storytelling format.
In the early 80s, the toy company, Hasbro, came up with a wonderful idea: to produce 30-minute commercials for their toy line in the form of action cartoons. They would hire a team of writers and animators who would construct a loose story around an exhibition of their product series and introduce each episode with a bad ass theme song. And with this, the Transformers cartoon (and comic book and movie) was born.
If there was ever a modern day face of Girl Power in film, it is Milla Jovovich. American by-way-of Ukraine, the young actress has a career that spans over twenty years with no sign of slowing down. Starting out in more traditional roles typical of a woman of her level of attractiveness, Milla is now known more for her ass-kicking action movies, most of all, the Resident Evil series of films that are up to SIX now. Now we honor her career and most of all, her influence on film consistently showing women as strong characters capable of dishing out copious amounts of death just like her male action star counterparts.