Top Ten Thursday: Best Movies of 2012

Beasts of Southern Wild, girl, hushpuppy, sparklers

Here it is, the last of our end of the year lists. And no, it does not pertain to music. We know we are a music blog, but we do also have a strong passion for the more visually exciting end of the entertainment industry as well. This was a bit of a difficult year for us to agree on, especially because we have not all seen the same movies, or for that matter, even all the movies we’d like to have seen. So in these instances, some were missed and some were snubbed. In any right, here was what we came up with for our favorites of 2012:
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LxListening: The Man With The Iron Trax

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crowe, movie, quentin tarantino Two weeks from today will
mark the glorious directorial debut of Wu-Tangs one and only RZA.
November 2nd, we will be hit hard by one of the most over the top
kung fu movies to be released in the US in many years,
The Man With the Iron Fists. Produced by
Quentin Tarantino and written by Eli Roth and RZA, it has an
instant draw if not only marked purely by curiosity. As over the
top as it comes off in the trailer, I can only imagine how
ridiculously awesome the entire hour and a half will be. Although
RZA is certainly no stranger to the film world, this is the first
time he has written or directed anything. The fact that it was
co-written by Eli Roth ensures maximum blood and gore. It should be
a real eye gauger. Perhaps the biggest bonus you get with having
RZA so heavily involved with a movie is that you are graced with a
killer soundtrack, and judging by the album’s full track list that
is exactly what we have here:

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LxListening: In Memory of Director Tony Scott

In Memory Of Tony Scott died by committing suicide jumped off bridge

For this weeks installment of LxListening, I decided to pay tribute to the recent passing of director Tony Scott. For one reason or another, Tony decided to take his own life by jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge that connects Long Beach to San Pedro, a bridge I used to frequently cross while living in Long Beach. As an outsider or a loved one of the person, suicide is a hard thing to comprehend, and an even harder thing to cope with. I can’t imagine what his family is going through. Tony was younger brother to Ridley Scott, another great British/Hollywood icon. The two have both been renowned directors for many years now, and although they have had their downs, they have both had quite the ups as well. Although Tony never had any monster critically acclaimed successes, he was a very unique and stylized director. He was very technically good in many ways and every once in a while he would show up with some very interesting ways to use music in his films. Below our my five favorite highlights in which he used music. I’ve never claimed Tony as a favorite director of mine, but while going through is IMDb page I must say, he has made a few films that have had a larger impact on me than I truly realize. Dedicated to a good director whose name will always be remembered in film, here are some wonderful music moments directed by the late Tony Scott. And no, they aren’t all from the movie Top Gun … although they very well should be.
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Top Ten Thursday: Tarantino’s Ten Triumphs

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The writers here at LxL are unabashed fans of the collected works of Quentin Tarantino.  I watched Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction for the first time with Todd in his parent’s basement when we were far too young.  I saw both Kill Bill movies with Wes, one of which I’m certain we snuck into.  In addition, Inglorious Basterds set the bar for the revisionist history genre.

When I started hearing some details on his new project, Django Unchained, I encouraged Todd (who works in the pictures) to at least explore getting a position on the film.  Much to all our excitement, Todd started working on the L.A. production of Django Unchained last week, and can now be considered part of the inner circle of Hollywood elite.  A real Tinseltown treat Todd has become.  In all seriousness, it is effing awesome Todd got on this film, and made us want to revisit some of our favorite moments and Tarantino movies; in particular those that have iconic musical moments.

There are so many great scenes accompanied by great music in Tarantino’s movies, but we think we assembled a pretty good list here.  After Django Unchained is released we expect to have to shift around some of the rankings, but for now enjoy all the good clips and accompanying music.
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