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?


Begin Again (2014): Favorite Songs from the Movie Soundtrack!

I admit it – I love Begin Again. It felt like seeing New York through Instagram. There was a mix of hipsters, musicians, normal people and corporate robots. And of course what kept the movie together was the great music and the fantastic cast – especially Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffallo, Hailee Steinfeld and Adam Levine.

I would have to cross out Adam though. I kind of hated him and his character for being cross over Keira’s character. I’m not good with not being attached, you know.

Anyway, here are my most favorite songs from the movie soundtrack:

  1. Lost Stars. Vocals by Keira Knightley.

Yes, you are seeing that right. I loved Keira Knightley’s version!

In the movie, there’s this argument about how Adam’s character made it very commercial that it somehow lost Keira the creator’s intent.

The song was written as a gift and originally arranged with simplicity.

But because Adam’s character was a complete sell-out, he used the gift song in his new album, trying to get Keira’s character back as a girlfriend.

Wrong move brother, you displeased Keira’s character. You shouldn’t have touched it. It was GRAND as it was.

  1. Like A Fool. Vocals by Keira Knightley.

There was a moment in the movie where Keira’s character records this song as a voicemail to Adam’s character. Why? Because he was such an ass.

The lyrics were spot-on EFF YOU. Girl got some balls!

  1. Tell Me If You Wanna Go Home. Vocals by Keira Knightley, Lead Guitar by Hailee Steinfeld.

The plot featured this song as the last one recorded in Keira’s character’s album.

Because the lyrics are great and the guitar at the end was amazing, we sure dig this.

  1. A Higher Place. Vocals by Adam Levine.

This is the song that made Keira’s character realize that Adam was cheating.

Actually, I felt it was a bit – nay, corny – how the song was used in the movie in a pivotal scene. But yeah, this song is good. It’s groovy and all.

  1. Horny. Vocals by Cee-Lo Green.

Cee-Lo nailed this song. Great, great vocals.

So these are my favorite songs from the soundtrack. What’s yours?

Maroon 5 and Makes Me Wonder.

Wikipedia says:

“Makes Me Wonder” is the first single released from Maroon 5’s second album, It Won’t Be Soon Before Long (2007). It premiered on the Las Vegas radio station Mix 94.1, and became an instant hit worldwide. Upon release, the song set a record for the biggest jump to number-one in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, rising from number 64 to number-one. However, the record was later broken by Kelly Clarkson’s 2009 single, “My Life Would Suck Without You”.

“Makes Me Wonder” also became the band’s first number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal at the 50th Grammy Awards, their second song to win the award. The song was among the most successful of 2007, and was their biggest hit until the release of “Moves Like Jagger” by the band in 2011.

Despite the song’s commercial success, critical reception was mixed. It was ranked No. 49 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007. Maroon 5 performed the song in May 2007 on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

I was sophomore in high school when I first heard this song. It’s a sex song obviously and has some seriously great tones, beats and all. It’s still my favorite Maroon 5 song to date.

Maroon 5 says:

Wake up with blood-shot eyes

Struggled to memorize

Way it felt to hearing lies

People that made you cry

Feel so good to be bad

Not worth the aftermath

After that, after that

Try to get you back

I still don’t have the reason

And you don’t have the time

And it really makes me wonder

If I ever gave a thought about you

Give me something to believe in

‘Cause I don’t believe in you anymore, anymore

I wonder if it even makes a difference to try

Yeah, so this is goodbye

I copied the clean version, I guess.

50 Cent sings My Life and features Eminem and Adame Levine.

50 Cent says:

Cause I’m ain’t writing anymore, they not making hits
I’m far from perfect, there’s so many lessons I done learned
If money is evil look at all the evil I done heard
Im doing what im supposed to
Im a writer, im a fighter, entrepeneur
Fresh off the sewer, watch me manouver, what’s it to you?
The track I laced it, it’s better than basic
This is my recovery, my comeback in

My life, my life
Makes me wanna run away
But there’s no place to go, no place to go
A lot of confusion, it’s like illusion
Like a movie, got nowhere to go
Nowhere to run and hide, no matter how hard I try

Wikipedia says:

“My Life” is a song by American hip hop recording artist 50 Cent and the second official single of his forthcoming fifth studio album Street King Immortal.[1] The single, which features his mentor and fellow American rapper Eminem and Maroon 5’s lead singer Adam Levine, was produced by American music producer Symbolyc One.[2] The song premiered on American radio station Hot 97, and was made available for digital download on iTunes Store on November 26, 2012.[3]

The track was produced and written by Symbolyc One, 50 Cent, Eminem, Adam Levine and Herb Rooney. Recorded in 2010, it finds the two rappers spitting about the pressures of fame, with Eminem and 50’s past collaborations focusing on menacing wordplay. However on this song they both opened up about their lives like never before. 50 Cent raps about pressures of fame, rifting on his meteoric 2003 rise and former G-Unit artists Game and Young Buck, who he feels took advantage of his creative generosity. While Eminem goes as far as to question even returning to rap to make Recovery.[6]

This song’s a crossroads moment for the non-phonies.