The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Soundtrack (2014)

The third movie adapted from Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games series Mockingjay Part 1 reaps attention and so as its soundtrack listing.

Produced by Lorde, the soundtrack confirms very much to her aesthetics right in the same vein as her big hit Royals in 2013.

The songs in this soundtrack album have raw, thematic lyrics in conformance to the novel. Most of the songs talk about strength, vulnerability and the dark world depicted in the story. The songs are set mostly through house beats and melodies, with some featuring rap verses. The songs are generally pop with hints of experimental and grunge. Heavy use of synthesizers make it sound heavily influenced of the 80s.

Meltdown [by Stromae featuring Lorde, Pusha T, Q-Tip & HAIM]. The hip-hop song is somewhat a commentary of the political climate in the Hunger Games series. It features house beats and rap verses.

Dead Air [by CHVRCHES].  The song is reflective of the struggle of a person in war – efforts going down to nothing and the person ends up as “dead air”. It makes use of house beats and synthesizers.

Scream My Name [by Tove Lo]. The song is somewhat a soliloquy of a person going to war – “will I be remembered?”

Kingdom [by Charli XCX featuring Simon Le Bon]. This seems to be Lorde’s version of a hymnal. Charli XCX ethereally croons over house beats and distortion effects. The song is about how their world is a “kingdom” and it is worth fighting for.

All My Love [by Major Lazer featuring Ariana Grande]. This dance track features Ariana’s great vocals. There’s something in the song that says about giving love while somebody leaves to the mountain top. The risk of dying makes one profess love.

Lost Souls [by Raury]. This experimental song has sleek beats.

Yellow Flicker Beat [by Lorde]. If The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has Ed Sheeran’s I See Fire, this is Lorde’s answer to a folk song.

The Leap [Tinashe]. This song features sleek, silent beats.

Plan the Escape [Son Lux Cover, by Bat for Lashes]. This has strong, silent industrial, techno beats.

Original Beast [by Grace Jones]. This is an instrumental song featuring percussions as timpani and some tribal vocal verses. This must have been used to score a scene in the forest.

Flicker [Kanye West rework, by Lorde]. Kanye West does a darker, sleeker version of Yellow Flicker Beat.

Animal [by XOV]. This song features synthesizers and techno beats. The lyrics are about fighting – fighting valiantly as an animal.

This is Not a Game [by The Chemical Brothers featuring Miguel]. This hip-hop song has strong rap verses.

Ladder Song [by Lorde]. Lorde croons with her signature bedroom voice.

Bad Haiku for a Great Movie: American Psycho (2000)

“Clothes and business cards;

Girls, porn and restaurants I

Would kill for this day.”

What is the best restaurant in New York in 2000?

How does the best calling card look?

How many sociopaths clad in fancy suits linger among the towers in cities around the world?

How does Jared Leto manage not to age?

How did Christian Bale look like Matthew McConaughey?

Bad Haiku for a Great Movie: Begin Again (2014)

“Adam got famous;

Keira was there to support—

But Adam was ass.”

Can other recently brokenhearted British girls pull an Adele – as in write an album based on a past relationship?

Can Keira Knightley be more awesome? And Hailee Steinfeld?

With emphasis on the music video of Animals and his abominable character in this movie, can I still like Adam Levine?