Well, here we are again with my second look at the tunes that have permeated our modern society; sticking in our ears like so much wax. But unlike video games, where the industry has only just matured within the past decade to the point of a truly mainstream activity, films have had about a century to wow us, albeit we didn’t have “talkies” until Al Jolson’s 1927 film The Jazz Singer. (That, incidentally, is a film you’re probably better off only watching in a film studies context, much like Birth of a Nation.) Well… as I backpedal away from the lingering edge of controversy allow me to bring up my main premise. Films are diverse and a relatively mature medium. And as films in general are far more “mainstream” than games, it can be a little tricky to pick out what themes are truly part of the culture and which only exist in your own bubble. I find that the ones that I can immediately pick out have some key characteristics: the themes are catchy, the source material is beloved – and often parodied, and the films are meant for general audiences. All of these are fairly obvious reasons why something might become a part of our worlds individually, but combined create a wonderful triple threat.
So let’s take a look at some classic movie themes that have stuck with us – yes this is not as good a hook as I usually write.