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Soundtrack Review: Flatliners (2017)


Just this weekend, Flatliners premiered in movie theaters and was promptly pronounced DOA. The film is a remake of the 1990 film of the same name and it follows five medical students who decide to find out if there is a life after death by “flatlining” (stopping their hearts) for one minute and then being brought back with a defibrillator. While they do indeed find evidence of an afterlife, they also bring unexpected consequences back with them.

Even though this new Flatliners is turning out to be a dud, I thought it would still be interesting to look at the soundtrack which was composed by the 2 time Emmy nominated composer Nathan Barr (for his work on The Americans and Hemlock Grove).

I started with the “Main Title” which, not surprisingly, reminded me very strongly of a fluctuating heartbeat with the heavy drumbeat mixed in with some minimal electronic music. Considering this film centers around people deliberately stopping their hearts, it makes perfect sense to reference heartbeats in the music.

Another track I checked out was “Stop My Heart.” Oddly (at least to me), this track came across as having a very Eastern type of sound, which I found I really liked. I’m not sure if this track covers the moments leading up to the heart beings stopped or what she saw while she was dead, but I thought it was a good piece of music.

And even as I wrote that last part I discovered I was wrong because “Courtney’s Flatline” just took my breath away. This track HAS to cover what she saw during her near-death experience, it is far too triumphant and wonder-filled to be about anything else. There are soaring trumpets, strings, clearly she is seeing something amazing (and I say that without having seen the film). And then, something interesting happens: the music begins to turn “weird.” Given that this is a semi-horror film where something cool turns out to have terrifying consequences, this is probably the part where Courtney sees something scary or her vision turns dark (or something of this nature). This is definitely one of my favorite tracks from the soundtrack (which makes it a shame that the film isn’t doing well, good music is often buried when a film does poorly).

And just to keep things even, I then had to listen to “Marlo’s Flatline” to see if it differed from “Courtney’s Flatline” and if so, how? Well, it’s similar AND different at the same time. The same “weird” music from “Courtney’s Flatline” reappears, somewhat quicker in tempo, but the main difference is that the “triumphant” music from “Courtney’s Flatline” is nowhere to be heard. Clearly Marlo’s experience is darker than Courtney’s (which makes sense, that’s how films like this typically go).

There is definitely some good music in this soundtrack, so if you get the chance, please listen to the soundtrack if you get the chance. Nathan Barr has put in some good tracks here and I really enjoyed listening to them (especially “Courtney’s Flatline.”)

I hope you enjoyed this look into the soundtrack for Flatliners. If you watch the film, let me know what you thought about it (and the music). My thanks to The Krakower Group for making this soundtrack available for review.

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Ask me Anything!

Since I’ve made it to 400 followers (thanks again, you guys are awesome!), I decided it was time for another round of “ask me anything.” In the comments below, ask me whatever you want (but keep it clean of course) and I will do my best to answer.

Can’t wait to hear your questions, have a good Tuesday!

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Achievement Unlocked: 400 Followers!!

Yes! Yes! YES!! I was teetering on the edge for what felt like an eternity but it has finally happened! Film Music Central has 400 followers and I am over the MOON!! I love reaching these milestones because with each one I feel like I’m that much closer to fulfilling my dream of being a big-time blogger (I mean we all have to start somewhere right?) I could not have gotten nearly this far without all of you wonderful people, so thank you for sticking with the blog, and here’s to the next 100 followers!

As promised, since I reached a new milestone, tomorrow you can “ask me anything” (but keep it clean please) and I will answer 🙂 (I’ll put up a post in the morning announcing as much, just ask your questions in the comments)

Thanks again everyone! 400 followers, WOOHOO!!!!!!

New soundtrack reviews coming!

Hey everyone! There’s something cool coming to Film Music Central: more soundtrack reviews are on the way! First up will be reviews for the soundtracks for Spider-Man: Homecoming and War for the Planet of the Apes. I’m also looking to have my review for Atomic Blonde out this week 🙂

Been really busy with dissertation writing, but thanks for sticking with me and the blog.

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RIP Glen Campbell (1936-2017)


News broke a few days ago that legendary singer and songwriter Glen Campbell had passed away after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s. It’s sad to lose such a great talent, but the good news is he’s not suffering any longer (Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease).

Rock-A-Doodle “Sun Do Shine” (1991)

Of course my knowledge of Campbell comes from his appearance in the 1991 animated film Rock-A-Doodle where he voices Chanticleer the rooster. It wasn’t until years later that I learned about his career as a singer. He also hosted a variety show called The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour from 1969 to 1972 and released over 70 albums. Of those, 12 went gold, 4 platinum and one double-platinum. He won four Grammy Awards and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 (also the year he made his final televised appearance, he’d revealed his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s the year before).

Rest in peace sir, your amazing voice is already missed.


RIP June Foray (1917-2017)

Damnit. I KNEW this was coming eventually. When a legend like June Foray reaches 99 years of age, you know it’s only a matter of time before they leave you. And yesterday it finally happened: the last surviving person from the Golden Age of Animation has finally passed away, two months shy of her 100th birthday.

June Foray had a voice talent on a level with Mel Blanc, though many didn’t realize it for years (the saying goes “Don’t say that June Foray was the female Mel Blanc, rather say that Mel Blanc was the male June Foray”).

Among her many voice roles, June Foray provided the voice of:

  • Granny (Tweety Pie’s owner in the Looney Tunes cartoons)
  • Witch Hazel (the green witch who inevitably needs a rabbit for her potion)
  • assorted characters in Looney Tunes and Disney cartoons, often voicing a “nagging wife” character
  • Lucifer the Cat in Disney’s Cinderella (1950)
  • Rocky the Flying Squirrel and the evil Natasha in Rocky and Bullwinkle
  • Cindy Lou Who in the TV special “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
  • Grandmother Fa in Mulan (1998) and Mulan II (2004)
  • Jokey Smurf in the original cartoon The Smurfs
  • and so many more

With June Foray’s passing, the last living link to a Golden Age of cartoons is gone, truly the end of an era.

June Foray as Witch Hazel

Lucifer the Cat in Cinderella

Grandmother Fa in Mulan

Rest in peace June Foray, you are already sorely missed.