Music Review: Post Grad (Soundtrack)

Hey all…

In August 2009, the movie Post Grad explores the life of Ryden Malby (Alexis BledelGilmore Girls), recent college graduate. She thought her life perfect – loft apartment, perfect job at the city’s best publishing house, and so on. Unfortunately life throws her a curve ball as it so often does.

Her college nemesis, Jessica Bard (Catherine Reitman), gets the job and Ryden is forced to move home to figure out what’s next. However, her eccentric family provides a strong motivator to find a job, a relationship, and figure out what to do with her life. The movie has an all star cast with Jane Lynch as Ryden’s Mom, Michael Keaton as her Dad, and Carol Burnett as her Grandmother.

As fas the soundtrack goes, we’ve had great luck with movie music with our summer films. So far we’ve had I Love You, Beth Cooper, which deals with the end of high school, (500) Days of Summer, which deals with all the phases of a relationship, and now Post Grad dealing with the period between. I Love You, Beth Cooper and (500) Days of Summer both have amazing soundtracks, so why should Post Grad be any different?

Chrisophe Beck (who also pulled together the I Love You, Beth Cooper soundtrack) has pulled together a great mix of tunes and added some original compositions for the score as well. He manages to mix styles and artists to create a landscape worthy of a college graduate trying to find herself again when things don’t quite go according to plan. Each song deals with a different aspect of that self-discovery process – denial, acceptance, and moving on…

In the beginning, the tracks all revolve around simply accepting that things didn’t work out. First convincing her self things will be ok (“Pony (It’s Ok)” by Erin McCarley) and dealing with the grief she gets from others (“Don’t give Me a Hard Time” by The Locarnos). Then later she wonders why it happened to her (“What Happened to It” by the bird and the bee).

By the middle of the film, she’s figuring out that maybe this happened for a reason (“Always Where I Need To Be” by the Kooks) and sees that maybe she can make things work out for herself (“Turn Back Around” by Lucy Schwartz).

And by the end, she’s seeing the world in a new light (“Wake the Sun” by the Matches and “Brand New Day” by Joshua Radin) and ready to tackle life again (“I Say I Go” by Kevin Drew).

Overall this is a terrific mix of music that works to reinforce the themes of the movie. The variety of styles is refreshing and makes this another great summer party CD. It includes everything from light pop and acoustic tracks to punk and rap! My only complaint (similar to my review of the I Love You, Beth Cooper soundtrack), though I liked Beck’s score pieces, I have to wonder if it would have been better to have the score as a separate album all together.

Be sure to check out the Post Grad Soundtrack at your favorite online or brick-and-mortar retailer. when it arrives on August 18, 2009. And check out the movie at a theater near you on August 21st!

–Fitz

p.s. Pre-order your copy of the Post Grad soundtrack or these other great albums from Amazon!

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Horton Heard a What?

WESTWOOD, CA - MARCH 08:  (L-R) Actor Jim Carr...Image by Getty Images via Daylife

Hey all…

It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to post a review, but I’ve wanted to post my thoughts on the latest Dr. Seuss movie since I saw it opening weekend. What an amazing film! We all loved it, from my 3 and 7 year old daughters to my wife and myself.

[rating:5/4]

Here‘s the IMDB link.

Let me start by saying what a wonderful cast… Continue reading “Horton Heard a What?”

Upcoming Movies I’m Excited About…

Hi all…

I thought I’d talk about some of the upcoming movies that I’m starting to get jazzed about in 2008…

  • February 14, The Spiderwick Chronicles (PG) comes to the big screen and IMAX (REALLY big screen). For those of you who don’t know, this movie is based on a series of five books for kids by the same name. The books are written by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi (and illustrated by DiTerlizzi, who’s an amazing artist). It’s about a family who moves into the Spiderwick estate and discover that their great great uncle Spiderwick’s library where he wrote the Field Guide to faeries. It was a book that forever changed their lives. (Read more about the series at http://www.spiderwick.com and about the movie at http://www.spiderwickchronicles.com.
    The trailers have looked very cool. And I read an article saying that Black & DiTerlizzi were quite impressed with what they saw of the movie during production. So we’ll hope it lives up to the hype!
  • February 22, Be Kind Rewind (PG-13) finds itself in theaters. This comedy starring Jack Black and Mos Def revolves around a guy (Black) who accidentally erases all the tapes in the video store where his best friend (Mos Def) works. They come up with a plan to record new versions of all the movies with themselves in the starring roles — and people like the movies! This looks hilarious and Jack Black is always good for a smile. You can see more about it at http://www.bekindmovie.com.
  • March 7, we go back in time to 10,000 BC (PG-13). Revolving around the world’s first hero, 10,000 BC shows us living in a time of warlords and villages. Anything with saber-tooth tigers and woolly mammoths can’t be all bad, can it? Only time will tell. More info is available at the movie website at http://www.10000BCmovie.com.
  • March 14, Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who (not rated yet) comes to the big screen in animated form. Jim Carrey does the voice of Horton, an elephant with an active imagination, who hears a cry for help from a speck of dust floating through the air. Horton is determined to help whomever needs the help — and Steve Carrell happens to fit the bill as the mayor. This movie has more star power than you can believe with Carrey & Carrell, Carol Burnett, Seth Rogen, Will Arnett, Isla Fisher, Dane Cook, Jaime Pressly, and more! Anyone who loved Dr. Seuss as a kid will probably get a kick out of this based on the teasers and trailers we’ve seen so far. Check out the website for more details at http://www.hortonmovie.com.
  • April 18, we see The Forbidden Kingdom (not yet rated) which brings two amazing martial artists together on screen – Jet Li & Jackie Chan. An American teenager (Michael Angarano, from Sky High), is thrust unexpectedly into a quest to get a staff to the legendary Monkey King. If you like martial arts movies and wire work, check out the trailer at their website (http://ForbiddenKingdomMovie.com). I’m excited about this one. Even if it’s a bust, it should be fun.

And I’ll leave it there for now… May brings ALL kinds of fun with Iron Man, Speed Racer, Prince Caspian, and Indy IV… June brings The Incredible Hulk, Get Smart, and WALL*E… July brings us Hancock, Hellboy II, The Dark Knight, and X-Files 2… August brings us a new Mummy movie and who knows what else…

So I’ll be back with more details before long… Let me know what movies YOU are looking forward to in 2008!

–Fitz

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