It seems that Castor just doesn't have a purpose in life if he isn't bringing us all together to participate in some glorious blog-a-thon of his own creation, but we love him for it, so complaints here. This new one is deceptively simple, and oh so tricky. Inspired by Andy's Desert Island DVDs event, Castor is hosting a Desert Island CD event. Here's how it works.
Trapped on an island, with only one compact disc, and one disc player with infinite battery life, we are allowed to choose the 12 songs that populate said disc. The catch? They all have to come from movie soundtrack. Damn! And here I was, ready to go with the twelve Muse songs I couldn't live without. Guess that'll have to wait for another time.
Anyway... Here are my choices. The twelve movie soundtrack songs I can't live without, in no particular order.
Check out the lists of everyone else who participated, here!
|This isn't the album I ordered! Damn you Amazon!!|
11. "End Credits" from Tron: Legacy (Daft Punk)Daft Punk knocked it out of the park with their epically awesome score for the Tron sequel. Combining their traditional electronic sounds and beats with symphonic melodies is a match made in heaven, and the end credits of the film fully epitomizes that.
10. "Signal to Noise" from Gangs of New York (Peter Gabriel)When the brutal Battle of the Five Points starts in Martin Scorcese's epic, you get the usual, somber, orchestral stuff. But then, out of nowhere, the twangy guitars and powerful bass explode out of your speakers and you are left dumb founded! It's a good feeling!
9. "The Departed Tango" from The Departed (Howard Shore)A crime drama about mid-level Boston-Irish mobsters and their all out war with the Massachusetts Sate Police, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, and Mark Wahlberg, set to Spanish guitars? HELL YES!!!
8. "Time" from Inception (Hans Zimmer)
As a finale, it doesn't get much better than this. Listening to this as Christopher Nolan's masterpiece comes to a close, you really get the sense that you just experienced something otherworldly. The song gets your blood pumping and your heart racing, as only the best can.
7. "El Tango de Roxanne" from Moulin Rouge (The Police... sort of...)
The excellent soundtrack to Baz Lurhman's risky, but ultimately splendid, film hits all the right notes. This imaginative take on The Police's "Roxanne" is the most original, gripping, and entertaining of the lot. Also, the end is so unnecessarily over the top, just like any good musical should be.
6. "Rawhide" from The Blues Brothers (Frankie Laine)
Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. Nuff' said!
5. "The Duel" from Crossroads (Steve Vai)There is, literally, nothing better than hearing someone bust out a classical guitar solo on a distorted guitar! Literally! Nothing!
4. "Whatever This Song Is Called" from There Will Be Blood (Johnny Greenwood)
Easily the best score of the last ten years, this song, the name of which escapes me, is the backing for the film's most memorable scene. It's haunting, scary, and beautiful! Well done, Mr. Radiohead! Well done indeed!
3. "The Return of the King" from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Howard Shore)This one gets the notice over every other song in Shore's impeccable catalog of music from Middle Earth because it leaves you with such a great feeling of catharsis. The journey is done; the king crowned! The song touches on every single iconic piece from the whole trilogy. Everything about LOTR is amazing, especially the score. If you want a taste of all the wonderful things it has to offer, just give this one a listen.
2. "The Godfather Waltz" from The Godfather (Nino Rota)It's become one of the most iconic scores of all time. So subtle. So restrained. So timeless!
Made doubly awesome when played by Slash.
1: "Supermassive Black Hole" from Twilight (Muse)Seriously? Did you honestly think this wouldn't be on here? No, it's not cheating! It was in Twilight! As much as it pains me to say it, that counts!