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Adam Rees Nov 4, 2016
Once a blockbuster staple, the power ballad was the ultimate movie accompaniment. We look back at some of the classics...
For a glorious period from the mid-80s throughout the 90s, the biggest summer blockbusters were only worth their salt if they had an equally gargantuan song at the head their soundtrack. Often the success of one was inexorably linked to the other, with the likes of Four Weddings And A Funeral's feats matched and even exceeded by Wet Wet Wet's accompanying Love Is All Around.
The greatest and most successful songs belong to the power ballad genre, and are as emotionally charged and forceful as the gods of epic balladry such as Journey, Whitesnake, Bon Jovi and Meat Loaf. As the 90s became the 00s and the charts became increasingly irrelevant, the movie ballad became almost defunct, with even the song-dominant film soundtrack being »
The Western is truly back, and with it comes the return of a former young gun, Kiefer Sutherland, now playing an old gun retired from a life of violence. In Forsaken, he's also acting opposite his own dad, Donald Sutherland, the first time they've appeared as father and son in a movie (not counting a 1987 documentary focused on the elder) and really the first major time they've shared the screen. They have been in the same movies before, just not together in the same scenes, in both Max Dugan Returns and A Time to Kill. And neither is stranger to the genre, with Kiefer one of the stars of Young Guns and Young Guns II and Donald being in 1974's Alien Thunder and 2012's Dawn Rider. This one easily looks to be of better quality than the...
- Christopher Campbell
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