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.


Movies Seen 5: This is the End, Winter’s Bone, The Hours, Whip It

This is the End, Winter’s Bone, The Hours, Whip It.

This is the End, Winter’s Bone, The Hours, Whip It.

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This is the End (2013). A fantasy comedy movie directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg about a bunch of celebrities stuck together after a house party is interrupted by the end of the world. It stars James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill as caricatures of themselves, and several cameos by Rihanna, Emma Watson, Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Mindy Kaling, Paul Rudd, and others.

This was good. Leads and cameos were used well. This movie has enough star power to end the world.

Winter’s Bone (2010). A drama film about a teenage girl becoming the family’s bread winner and her search for her father’s body.

Jennifer Lawrence earned an Academy nomination for Best Actress for her performance.

She was so good in this. This performance surely did earn her the lead for the Hunger Games series – bold, smart, responsible, and a knack for firearms.

The Hours (2002). A drama film that fictionalizes intertwined events of the lives of Virginia Woolf, a woman in the 1960s, and a woman in the 2000’s, connected by Woolf’s novel Mrs. Dalloway.

It stars Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore.

This is by far my most favorite performance by Nicole Kidman. I almost did not recognize her. Her look, the nuances in acting, the aura – she was so perfect for the role. She sure did earn her Oscar here.

Whip It (2009). Drew Barrymore’s coming-of-age comedy film about a teenage girl transition to being a derby player.

The film stars Ellen Page, Kristen Wiig, Drew Barrymore, and others.

I was shocked to have known Drew Barrymore did this. The woman had a vision. Coming-of-age films do not work easily, and she managed to pull this off. The story was hectic and charming. It was both romantic and lively.

Drew should make more movies.