The third Annual Golden Shades Awards

The Golden Shades is an annual tradition right here at Sunglasses and Cinema wherein I acknowledge the top soundtracks of the earlier year in film. I normally announce the nominees and winner shortly after the Academy Awards. Sadly, being busy with a brand new job and different stuff prevented me from writing the publish on time. However, I didn’t forget concerning the awards. So here we are, 4 months later, and i’ve lastly come round to revealing the Golden Shades. Higher late than by no means, right?

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The rationale for creating this was that almost all main film awards ceremonies do not acknowledge soundtracks. Scores earn trophies, but soundtracks don’t.

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2014 At A glance

2014 continued the pattern by which most of the most effective soundtracks came out early within the yr, whereas the great scores arrived later. As you will see, all the Golden Shades nominees arrived in theaters in July or earlier. On the flip aspect, of the film scores that gained recognition throughout this award season, all however Grand Budapest Lodge arrived late in the year. My guess is that it’s because Oscar bait films – which sometimes arrive within the late-yr awards season – are inclined to rely more on scores from the elite film composers like Alexandre Desplat and Hans Zimmer somewhat than soundtracks.

Evaluation aside, let’s leap right in. The nominees are:
22 Soar Road
Boyhood
Chef

Veronica Mars
Whiplash
Want I was Right here

Concerning the Nominees

22 Leap Road advantages from a close to-perfect collection of EDM songs that seize the entire fun and swag of this wild comedy. This soundtrack is loaded with dance greats like Steve Aoki, Diplo and Tiesto, and complemented by hip hop heavyweights like Juicy J, Ludacris and Waka Flocka Flame. The entire thing performs like a spring break get together. One especially artistic track alternative was Wiz Khalifa’s “Work Hard, Play Arduous,” a subtle reference to the drug supplier in the movie, WHY-PHY (Work Hard Sure, Play Arduous Sure).

In Richard Linklater’s marvelous Boyhood, the music helps accent the passage of time. Shot over a interval of 12 years and following its younger protagonist, Mason, over that same time period, Boyhood not solely lets the viewers watch this younger boy grow up, we get the soundtrack of his life to go along with it.

Chef is top-of-the-line films to underscore the connection between food and music. Each time Jon Favreau prepares a scrumptious meal, we also get a serving of incredible songs to go together with it. As he travels around the nation in his food observe, the music shifts in response to the area, from Latin hits in Miami to West Coast hip hop in Los Angeles.

Simply one of the beloved soundtracks of the yr, Guardians of the Galaxy entertained listeners with the sounds of The Superior Combine, a mixtape of 60s and 70s tunes given to Peter Quill / Starlord by his mother. This assortment of songs is excellent. The songs are familiar, yet not so common that they cannot be enjoyed.

Consistent with the Veronica Mars tv collection, the Veronica Mars movie adaptation has a wide variety of cool and quiet indie music from the likes of Surfjan Stevens, Twin Sister and Typhoon. The movie soundtrack also comprises The Dandy Warhols’ “We Was once Pals,” which was the theme song for the Tv show.

Not like the current and former Golden Shades nominees, Whiplash doesn’t comprise a wide number of music. To be precise, the movie only has three songs. The bulk of the movie entails listening to repeated rehearsals of Hank Levy’s “Whiplash” and Juan Tizol’s “Caravan,” typically in spurts so short they could be indistinguishable on their own. However when the audience lastly hears the jazz requirements of their full beauty, it is a surprise to behold. And the final drum solo — simply perfect!

Wish I used to be Here was Zach Braff’s follow as much as his directorial debut, Garden State. Very similar to his earlier effort, this film has a robust collection of mellow rock music. Most of the musicians on the Wish I was Here soundtrack additionally appeared on the Garden State OST, such because the Shins, Paul Simon and Coldplay. Between the 2 films he directed, in addition to his different initiatives like Scrubs and The Final Kiss, it is turning into clear that Zach Braff is a reliable star to comply with for leisure with good music.

The Winner

As much as I beloved Guardians of the Galaxy, which was the top-selling soundtrack of the year and is extraordinarily popular, the winner for 2015 is Boyhood. This is probably the most thorough film soundtracks I’ve ever skilled. Very similar to Martin Scorcese’s Goodfellas and Fernando Meirelles’ Metropolis of God, the music on this movie acts as a collection of necessary markers within the life of young Mason. Each track represents a specific place and time for both Mason or another important character. There are dozens of songs within the movie from a wide variety of genres, and all the pieces works. There are also a number of moments through which Mason’s father, played by Ethan Hawke, performs songs that he composed on his personal. These songs add an excessive amount of poignancy to every scene, as they are the ways he best expresses himself. Past all of this, this soundtrack simply rocks.

Congratulations to Boyhood and the opposite nominees. And of course, due to all of you within the Sunglasses and Cinema community. Let’s keep watching movies and wearing shades.