Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Best Original Song - 1979

"It's Easy to Say" from 10 sung by Dudley Moore and Julie Andrews

Movie Synopsis: A Hollywood songwriter goes through a mid-life crisis and becomes infatuated with a sexy blonde newlywed.

Does it appear in the movie (i.e. other than the end credits)? Yes.
Is it important to the plot? It looks important from the clip, but I can't exactly know the full weight of everything.
Is it pleasing to the ear? C.

"Through the Eyes of Love" from Ice Castles sung by Melissa Manchester

Movie Synopsis: A blind ice skater is coached by a boy she is falling in love with.

Does it appear in the movie (i.e. other than the end credits)? I don't know.
Is it important to the plot? To give her hope?
Is it pleasing to the ear? B.

"The Rainbow Connection" from The Muppet Movie sung by Kermit the Frog
Movie Synopsis: Kermit and his new found friends trek across America to find success in Hollywood, but a frog-legs merchant is after Kermit

Does it appear in the movie (i.e. other than the end credits)? Yes.
Is it important to the plot? It expresses Kermit's dissatisfaction.
Is it pleasing to the ear? A.

"It Goes Like it Goes" from Norma Rae sung by Jennifer Warnes

Movie Synopsis: A young single mother and textile worker agrees to help unionize her mill despite the problems and dangers involved.

Does it appear in the movie (i.e. other than the end credits)? Not sure. Sounds like a credits song.
Is it important to the plot? Don't know.
Is it pleasing to the ear? B-.

"I'll Never Say Goodbye" from The Promise sung by Melissa Manchester

Movie Synopsis: A rich student's fiancee has her face destroyed by a car accident, and refuses to return to him fearing the loss of his love

Does it appear in the movie (i.e. other than the end credits)? N/A.
Is it important to the plot? Love confession?
Is it pleasing to the ear? C. 

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So what won?
"It Goes Like it Goes" from Norma Rae



What would I have voted for?
"The Rainbow Connection" from The Muppet Movie

It's the most memorable. And I really love the Carpenters version. (So good!)

Analysis
5 movies, 5 melancholy songs. All of them are slow! What's up 1979? And two by Melissa Manchester! How does that happen? Maybe the Academy was growing depressed at the ending of the decade. Who knows. I rather like these kinds of songs, and it makes me want to go out and find more random movie tracks from forgotten 70's flicks. Sigh...

1 comment:

Andrew said...

Rainbow Connection is awesome; definitely my favorite out of these five songs, four of which I have not listened to. But still. I'll have to check out the Carpenter's version.