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From Mork to Peter Pan to Genie: The many funny faces of Robin Williams

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on August 12, 2014 by Ross McD


The world has been left stunned by the news that Robin Williams has died in an apparent suicide at the age of 63.

Although he was best known as a comedic actor, he took on a huge variation of roles during a career that lasted more than four decades, attracting three Academy Award nominations for best actor and winning one for best supporting actor, as well as bagging two Emmys, four Golden Globes and five Grammys.

Here are just some of his career highlights.

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Guardians of the Galaxy: The most awesome mix

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on July 24, 2014 by Ross McG


Guardians of the Galaxy is terrific. It’s probably the best comedy of the last five years. The fact that it’s set in space is almost an irrelevance.

But one of the big factor’s in the film’s success is its 1970s soundtrack – more specifically the central conceit built around a mix tape: to reveal any more than that might be a bit spoilery.

It’s safe to say though that central character Peter Quill/Star-Lord (played brilliantly by the brilliant Chris Pratt) has some excellent taste in music. Here are some of his choice tracks.

1. Cherry Bomb – The Runaways

What better way to soundtrack a ragtag gang of rowdy rebels – that’s the Guardians, by the way – than through the bubbling teen angst of The Runaways’ greatest song.

Band members Joan Jett and Cherie Currie were portrayed by Kirsten Stewart and Dakota Fanning in a biopic a few years ago – and they gave the song a good stab – while it has also been used in Richard Linklater’s cult classic Dazed and Confused.

Miley Cyrus has covered it. That’s how rebellious it is. ‘Hello Daddy.. hello Mom… I’m your ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-CHERRY BOMB!’

2. Come and Get Your Love – Redbone

Native American rockers Redbone’s biggest hit is the perfect feelgood way to signal that your space opera is going to be a little bit different to anything else seen – or heard – on the big screen.

3. Hooked on a Feeling – Blue Swede

Originally recorded in the late ’60s by BJ Thomas, famous for singing on Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head, Hooked on a Feeling became a ’70s staple six years later when covered by Blue Swede – yes, they were from Sweden.

The song was all over the first trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy and makes its mark in the movie too, following stints in Reservoir Dogs and Ally McBeal, where it soundtracked that annoying dancing baby. If it’s good enough for David Hasselhoff though, it’s good enough for us.

4. Moonage Daydream – David Bowie

There is one song on the soundtrack that fits the movie’s space setting. And who better to put into orbit than Bowie? Bowie’s in spaaaaaace…

5. Escape (The Pina Colada song) – Rupert Holmes

Guardians of the Galaxy’s soundtrack may be fantastic, but calling it original is a bit of a stretch. Case in point: this song. The Pina Colada song has been in every movie ever made.

There is a simple reason for that: it has the power to instantly make an audience smile. Yes, even an audience subjected to watching The Sweetest Thing. It’s been in everything from Wanted to Shrek to The General’s Daughter.

It’s a song about a bored couple inadvertently answering their own dating ads in the paper, which you can either read as incredibly romantic or as incredibly creepy.

Either way, it might not have made it on to all those soundtracks if it had have went: ‘If you like Humphrey Bogart…’ as originally planned, until Holmes took the wise decision to stick the name of a cocktail in there instead.

6. I’m Not in Love – 10cc

Any superhero movie that has the balls to throw this song in there early is on to a winner. 10cc’s classic tune may have borrowed an intro from Hall & Oates, but from then on it just gets you right in your gut. The lyrics say big boys don’t cry, but it’s pretty hard not to when you’re saving the galaxy.

7. I Want You Back – The Jackson 5

Without giving anything away, the title of this song on the film’s soundtrack says it all. Bring on Guardians of the Galaxy 2.