So I finally got to see Tom Cruise save the world (and his Katie-Holmes-lookalike movie wife) in Mission Impossible 3 last night, and I actually thought it was a quite good effort by J.J. Abrams. Dizzying stunts & cool face-duplicating effects, awesome long-shot cinematography, and whole delicious scenes running amok throughout the Vatican and some awesome halls of art.
Since I can’t just GO to a movie without dissecting the soundtrack, well, you know where this is heading. There is something so good about certain movie theme songs. You kind of forget that you know them, but as soon as they cue up, you realize how deeply embedded in your subconscious they are.
“Mission Impossible” (classic) – Lalo Schifrin
“Mission Impossible Theme” – U2 (Larry Mullen, Jr. and Adam Clayton)
It said in the credits that Kanye West and Jon Brion collaborated on one of the versions of the Mission: Impossible theme, but I can’t find it. Anyone know if it is any good? (Not talkin’ the Kanye disaster “Impossible” here).
And there are two others that make me feel like a kid inside whenever I hear them. Didn’t know the same guy did both (and apparently a lot more) until recently:
“Raiders of the Lost Ark – Raiders March” (aka The Indiana Jones song) – John Williams
“Superman Theme” – John Williams
Michael Giacchino was the movie music guy for MI3 and somehow they got hip to that GREAT Black Crowes Christmas single, Back Door Santa, that the Crowes posted on their fanboards this past December. As far as I can tell, it has not been released in any official way, but there it was in the movie, during the engagement party scene (not at Christmastime, but who listens to the lyrics anyways?). I was very pleased, it is a killer swaggering tune:
“Back Door Santa” – The Black Crowes
I went to the movie with my Dad, who still likes to take each of us kids out on what we have always called Daddy Dates since the beginning of time. It’s been, sheesh, at least a year or so since we’ve gone on one. As I pulled out of the garage at home, my husband yelled from under the car he is restoring (in a laughing way), “Tell your dad he’d better pay!” He did. Popcorn too, even! The large – no skimping here. If we’re gonna die of coronaries from all the butter, we’re gonna do it together, gosh darn it.
After I dropped my dad back off after the movie and drove off down the street, I smiled to myself and realized that no matter how old you get, there is still something really good about knowing that your Dad loves you.