This week, I’m going with the “Theme from Shaft” from Shaft. Here are the opening credits featuring the song. Original film directed by Gordon Parks. Song written, performed, and recorded by Isaac Hayes from the Shaft Soundtrack, which was all done by Hayes. Shaft played by Richard Roundtree. Shut yo’ mouth. ‘Nuff said.
I wanted to go with more of an old school cult classic this week. So, the film is the 1979 cult favorite directed by Walter Hill, the Warriors, which was based on the 1965 novel by Sol Yurick of the same name. There have since been comic books and video games based on the film.
The song was originally written by Barry de Vorzon and Joe Walsh and performed by Walsh for the soundtrack, specifically. The Eagles, which Walsh was a part of, liked the song, and decided to record their own version for their album, the Long Run, which was released the same year.
They recorded a music video for it featuring a staged recording session, but I’m going with the scene from the film that featured the song, which is, the last scene of the film moving into the end credits.
My personal mantra with everything that I do that is creative. I even apply it to things that are not specifically poetry as all art and forms of expression are poetic. I’m taking this time to take this and breathe this mantra into Cartwheel Group 3 Comics. Super hero comic creation is about self-expression, too. Really, to me, it’s all about freedom of expression.
I originally posted this at our official tumblr blog. See the original post here.
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No official lyric video or music video, but found this fan-made lyric video on YouTube. Surprised there hasn’t been as much of a push with this song as there was with “Atlas” by Coldplay (the first official single for the Hunger Games: Catching Fire Soundtrack). In recent years, though, none of Xtina’s press (or lack thereof) has made sense. Yes, I’m an Xtina fan and I think she needs to fire her press/promotion people and start fresh with a whole new team. Or, maybe it’s the record company. If that’s the case, she needs to change record companies. Okay, that’s enough of my aside. Enjoy!
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens on November 22, 2013.
I really enjoyed Watchmen. Seemed like a lot of people just didn’t get it. Felt to me like a real-life interpretation of the book. It was spot-on. I kept trying to put myself in the mind of someone who knew nothing about it to figure out if I’d be confused. I felt like it was still very much understandable. This is My Chemical Romance’s cover of Bob Dylan’s “Desolation Road” for the soundtrack to Watchmen.
The Tim Burton Batman films are my favorites of all the Batman films especially the second. Love me that fierce Michelle Pfeiffer Catwoman and the costume is inspired. If he had gotten to make a third one, I think it would have been the best Batman trilogy ever.
That said, the soundtrack is also amazing. It was all Prince. From one purple one to a universe that includes another purple one. To my knowledge, this model hasn’t been followed by any other record company for super hero movies since. That is, allowing one artist to do an entire soundtrack.
It’s a shame because I think it would lead to some creative, innovative stuff. It’d be interesting to hear one known artist’s musical interpretation of a super hero film and their take on its characters and universe. Might have something to do with the sticky copyright situation created by Warner Bros. Prince not getting to re-release most of the Batman stuff on his compilations and the merchandising issues that came from it. This is “Batdance.”