Way Back 2018

June 30, 2018 - Jurassic World, Incredibles 2, Ocean's 8 and Hereditary Pluck Random Blasts from the Past for Current Consumption

The big box office movies of the last few weeks have each reached for some very vintage and somewhat unusual musical selections. Current topper Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom does its part to bring New Orleans queen Irma Thomas's trendy "Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand)" to new heights of exposure while also choosing a 1969 Creedence Clearwater Revival gem from Willy and the Poor Boys, "Don't Look Now (It Ain't You or Me)."

The Incredibles 2 is working its way towards a half billion bucks in domestic receipts, a good sign for the music of Jule Styne, composer of "The Party's Over," first heard in the 1956 Judy Holliday-headlined Broadway musical Bells Are Ringing; Nat "King" Cole's recording of the song is part of the latest Pixar blockbuster, along with "Suspense" by composer-pianist Bernardo Segall (from the 1959 film The St. Louis Bank Robbery starring Steve McQueen) and the theme music of '60s-era TV series The Outer Limits (composed by Dominic Frontiere) and Jonny Quest (by Hanna-Barbera staff tunesmith Hoyt Curtin).

Ocean's 8 paints with a pastiche of fabulous pop culture songs, including number one smashes "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" by Nancy Sinatra and "The Doggie in the Window" by Patti Page, plus the 1959 trad-jazz hit by Chris Barber's Jazz Band, "Petite Fleur." Finally, Hereditary does what so many horror flicks have done, taking a perfectly wonderful piece of music, in this case "Both Sides Now" by folk legend Judy Collins, and using it to creep people out, risking ruining our enjoyment of the song for years to come!

These Boots Are Made For Walkin' The Doggie in the Window