Sunday, July 20, 2008

The years of my life (in music and movies)

So there's this meme-thing percolating about in which you go through and pick your favorite album from each year you've been alive up to the present; I've been kicking that around for a while, long enough that now you're supposed to do the same thing with movies. So, I guess I'll combine them into one single post, although I won't be picking exactly favorites, but things I'm very fond of from each year. (A few may be favorites, though.)

A key resource here is Wikipedia's Years in music and Years in Film articles. In each case I'll list an album first, followed by a movie. For albums, though, these aren't necessarily albums I own, since the lists are heavily skewed to pop and rock. Rather they're albums with which I am at least fairly familiar. And for the movies, just to make things a bit more interesting, I will not do the extremely obvious and pick the Star Wars movies released in 1977, 1980, 1983, 1999, 2002, or 2005. OK? OK!


Tapestry, Carole King
The French Connection (I almost named Harold and Maude, which I saw for the first time just last week...I'll be commenting on that film soon.)


Hot August Night, Neil Diamond
The Poseidon Adventure


The Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd
American Graffiti


Rush, Rush
The Three Musketeers (Tough choice here!)


Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen (chosen after a coin flip; the loser was ABBA by, well, ABBA.)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (GAHHH! This year was tough!)


Boston, Boston
Rocky (I haven't seen much from that year, apparently)


Bat Out of Hell, Meat Loaf
Saturday Night Fever (If you haven't seen this, and you think it's just camp disco fluff, see it. It's one of the most cynical and bleak films I know.)


Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack (It's got "How Deep Is Your Love" on it....)
Superman (still the best superhero movie ever made...but that could change very soon now, with what I'm hearing about The Dark Knight....)


The Wall, Pink Floyd
Time After Time (Just a terrific movie! I almost picked Moonraker, just because that was the first Bond movie I ever saw.)


Flash Gordon, Queen
The Blues Brothers (Cheating, I guess, since I've only seen it in bits and pieces but lots of times, so I've probably seen well over eighty percent of it but I can only vaguely stitch it all together in my head into a whole movie.)


Face Value, Phil Collins
Raiders of the Lost Ark (Had to go with this. No contest.)


Nebraska, Bruce Springsteen


Sports, Huey Lewis and the News (yeah, I liked these guys.)


MCMLXXXIV, Van Halen (DLR's swan song with the band)
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension


No Jacket Required, Phil Collins
Back to the Future


Invisible Touch, Genesis (One of my favorite albums ever. Almost went with 5150 by Van Halen; I refuse to choose between DLR and Sammy. Both were terrific for different reasons.)
Laputa: Castle in the Sky (I had no idea the movie was that old)


The Joshua Tree, U2 (Not a huge U2 fan, but I really like this album)
Broadcast News ("I'll meet you at the place by the thing where we met that time" is one of my favorite movie lines ever. That, and "A lot of alliteration from anxious anchormen placed in powerful posts.")


Irish Heartbeat, Van Morrison and the Chieftains
Die Hard (even though I didn't see it until it came out on video)


Indigo Girls, Indigo Girls (I had a hard time with this year, and picked this because I remember liking them some years ago, but I haven't given the Indigo Girls a second thought in a long time.)
The Abyss


Reflections of Passion, Yanni (Shut up.)
Dances With Wolves


The Silence of the Lambs, score by Howard Shore (I couldn't pick anything from the album list)
Grand Canyon (Wow, that was a good year for movies...lots of titles on there I like a lot, so I picked this one randomly from the ones I like.)


Unplugged, Eric Clapton


Tuesday Night Music Club, Sheryl Crow
The Fugitive (But this was a good year for movies! I nearly picked Jurassic Park or In the Line of Fire.)


Live at the Acropolis, Yanni (I'm serious, folks. To this day I love this album.)
Legends of the Fall (I really think this movie is underrated.)


The Tyranny of Beauty, Tangerine Dream (I used to really love TD, but I haven't listened to them in a long time. They're about due for a re-exploration, I think.)
Apollo 13 (Wow, there were a ton of good movies that year. I could as easily have picked Braveheart, Rob Roy, and a bunch of others.)


Falling Into You, Celine Dion (Because, hey, as if my credibility wasn't already circling the drain....)
That Thing You Do! (Did anybody besides me really like this flick? I remember mentioning it at work when it was out, and everybody in earshot went Ewwwww! What gives?!)


Princess Mononoke, film score (Nothing on the pop list stood out for me...but I can't believe it's been that long since Pat Boone's heavy metal experiment. I thought that was just a few years ago!)
Titanic (Yeah, yeah....)


Shakespeare in Love (movie and score)


Tears of Stone, the Chieftains
The Iron Giant


Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (score)
Almost Famous


The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (movie and score)


The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (movie and score)


The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (movie and score)

(OK, I know, that probably seems to be cheating, especially when up above I swore I would eschew the Star Wars movies on this meme-thing. Oh well. My blog, my rules!)


Beyond the Sunset: The Romantic Collection, Blackmore's Night (my first Blackmore's Night album. This group rocks my world.)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind


Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (score by John Williams. I didn't say I couldn't pick the score albums for the music portions of this quiz!)
Kingdom of Heaven


The Village Lanterne, Blackmore's Night (See?)
Casino Royale


Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (movie and score)

For the most recent years, I should point out that I tend to be quite behind-the-times as far as the latest stuff to come out. I rarely explore stuff as it happens, preferring to follow a few things I like a lot but in most cases allow a consensus to form as to what's really worth my time. (And even then, I'll often ignore that consensus anyway.)

So there you are: my life in music and movies, or something like that.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I agree with Legends of the Fall. It was three movies rolled into one: Western, War and Gangster. It should've done a lot better then it did.

I think the actress probably was in over her head considering the actors she was playing with. Maybe that's what hurt it.