These are the unforgettable movie songs?

Every Top Ten list is subjective. It is a fact we know all too well but that still doesn’t stop us from arguing what are the greatest movies, songs, bands etc. of all-time. Which brings me to Spinner’s list of the 77 greatest movie songs. I agree with the majority of the songs featured on the list – not necessarily the order. I just don’t get what makes these songs “unforgettable.” (An blog post breaks down that very word here.)

My main complaint is that the earliest song selected is “Moon River” from 1961’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Apparently before 1961 there was no such thing as an “unforgettable movie song.”

My personal Top Ten list of “the greatest movie songs” first includes staples such as Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” (Titanic 1995), Simple Minds’ “Don’t You Forget About Me” (The Breakfast Club, 1985), and Simon and Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson” (The Graduate, 1967).

Then there are other favorites such as “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love Baby” from Bringing Up Baby:

“How Little We Know” from To Have and Have Not:

And easily my number one is “Que Sera Sera” from 1956 version of The Man Who Knew Too Much. More so than “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love Baby” or “How Little We Know,” this song is used brilliantly by Hitchcock during the film’s climactic sequence. Plus, it has a Doris Day performance and you can’t beat that. No wonder it won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 1956.

For me, these three songs define “unforgettable movie song”, long before Celine ever even belted a note.

Bringing Up Baby Faux Pas

Yesterday I posted the Yahoo! list of the 100 movies you should see before you die. While I was ecstatic that Bringing Up Baby was featured, I was really disheartened by the reasons given to see this movie.

Screwball comedy at its finest! One of many film pairings of Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn, but this time she’s zany and he’s nerdy (a true stretch). As they circle each other (heiress vs. scientist) in his lab endless pratfalls ensue. Although it was poorly received and almost derailed Howard Hawks’ directing career, it opened the door for the brainy, silly romantic comedies we still love today.

This is the worst description of Bringing Up Baby I have ever read. Not only is Katharine Hepburn’s name spelled wrong (a HUGE pet peeve of mine) but the plot is completely off. They’re never in his lab, unless Connecticut is a science laboratory and I just never knew that. It also doesn’t mention Baby (the leopard). Bringing Up Baby is only the title of the film, so it certainly cannot be important.

I find it frustrating when someone can’t get the facts straight. Especially when their writing will be published and especially when writing about a movie.

Maybe I’m overreacting (a little). Maybe I’m being a film snob (definitely). But getting the facts right isn’t too much to ask for. Is it?

Dirty Harry: The Greatest Movie Badass

‘Dirty’ Harry Callahan was named the Greatest Movie Badass by a poll conducted MTV News.

Here is a video of Clint Eastwood accepting the award.

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He did an awesome job of channeling Dirty Harry in his acceptance speech. So is there any chance of Eastwood reprising his famed role in just one more Dirty Harry movie?

Eastwood said: “I feel like that was an era of my life, and I’ve gone on to other things. I’m not sure about being Dirty Harry again — but who knows?”

As we know, anything is possible…

Stephen King’s Best of 2008

It’s kind of amazing that Stephen King writes for Entertainment Weekly. His columns bring an interesting and different perspective to the often boring and repetitive world of entertainment journalism. Which is why his take on the best movies of 2008 is awesome. Some are definite Oscar contenders (Slumdog Millionaire) and others… not so much (Lakeview Terrace).

Here is his Top 10.

1. The Dark Knight

2. Slumdog Millionaire

3. Wall-E

4. Tropic Thunder

5. Funny Games

6. The Bank Job

7. Lakeview Terrace

8. The Ruins

9. Redbelt

10. Death Race