Without music, we're nothing

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 22 February, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 22 February, 2009, 12:00am

Imagine Rocky Balboa doing his daily training routine without music, Tom Cruise pulling off unfeasible stunts in Mission: Impossible on an utterly silent screen, or the prologue to Star Wars mutely rolling across the galaxy. How boring would these classics sound without, well, sound?

With the biggest day in film fast approaching (catch the Oscars live on TVB Pearl tomorrow at 8am, replayed at 8.30pm), Young Post pays tribute to movie music, and what we think makes good movies great and great ones even greater.

Sunny Tse

Best movie score/theme: Somewhere In Time. The romantic classic stars a charming young Christopher Reeves. If I could learn just one song on the piano, it would have to be Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, the wonderful tune that runs through the movie.

Best movie song: Life of Brian's Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. Monty Python's humour is incomparable. The sight of a hill full of convicts nailed to crosses and singing the happy song is simply the funniest ending in movie history.

Best soundtrack: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Jon Brion's selected tracks revolve around memories and the sun - just like the movie. A wide variety of tunes, from piano solos to Hindi tunes, Beck to Polyphonic Spree makes the OST fun, depressing and uplifting all at the same time.

Best movie musical: Moulin Rouge.

Zoe Mak

Best movie score/theme: Surely the top three themes are from Star Wars, James Bond and Jaws - no one knows the name, but everyone knows 'Dun-nuh. Dun-nuh ...' And they all make excellent ringtones.

Best movie song: She from Notting Hill. A very sentimental melody that melts the heart and instantly conjures up Hugh Grant's shy smile. The song highlights the romanticism of the movie and makes almost every girl weak at the knees.

Best soundtrack: Mamma Mia! Greek sunshine + playful music = very appealing movie, especially if you've never seen the stage show. One of the best albums to play on a Saturday morning to cheer you up.

Best movie musical: The Sound of Music. This is a classic classic. Julie Andrew's voice plus the true story make it unforgettable. Although it came out decades ago, it's still as enjoyable as ever.

Sara Yin

Best movie score/theme: Schindler's List by Itzhak Perlman - you know that moving violin solo that tugs at your heart strings every time? Wow, cry me a river already.

Best movie song: The Verve's Bittersweet Symphony from Cruel Intentions. The song plays as Reese Witherspoon drives her convertible into the Californian sunset with the top down. A very triumphant, very emo, utterly unforgettable moment.

Best soundtrack: Garden State. This soundtrack totally made the movie. Filled with wistful, nuanced indie tracks by Iron & Wine and The Shins, it quietly expresses the frenzied emotions suppressed by the movie's protagonists - and its audience.

Best movie musical: The Lion King - those lions and hyenas sure can carry a tune!

Karly Cox

Best movie score/theme: The James Bond theme is so instantly recognisable, so timeless, so hummable. So likely to get stuck in your head all day ...

Best movie song The Gospel Truth from Hercules - Greek muses do gospel. Fabulous.

Best soundtrack - Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. It's just such a feel-good ode to the cheesiness of the 60s

Best movie musical Guys and Dolls - the set looks like a comic book, the choreography is amazing, the songs are superb, and Marlon Brando and Frank 'Ol' Blue Eyes' Sinatra are at the top of their game.