Practical Magic…

“There’s a little witch in every woman…”

I want to recommend a movie and soundtrack, that is seeing my sunday today into very uplifting mood=) Listening to the OST all day and decided I want to share one of my favorite movies ever for those who still haven’t seen it=)

I am big Sandra Bullock fan, since first time I saw her and that was a very loooooong time ago. I am a collector of her movies and this one I have on VHS, that’s how quite old it is=)) I can’t say it is something blowing your mind or super exciting, but because it’s not I think that was the part that charmed me. It is really beautiful movie with just enough magic, to make it mystical but not too cheesy. I think it is perfect movie for sunday afternoon with family or alone. It has magic, it has action, it has love, spells, friendship and it teaches you to stray true to yourself, even if all you need is to be normal although you are nothing like that=)

Honestly I can’t really express why and how I am fascinated by this movie, so I’ll leave it for your judgement if you’ll decide to see it=) But I do recommend it and Sandra is as gorgeous as always=)

Here’s a bit about the movie….

Practical Magic is a 1998 American fantasy film based on the 1995 novel of the same name by Alice Hoffman. The film was directed by Griffin Dunne and stars Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Stockard Channing, Dianne Wiest and Aidan Quinn. Bullock and Kidman play sisters Gillian and Sally Owens, two descendants of the Owens family who have suffered tragedies since their ancestor Maria placed a cursed upon the Owens family. Living with their aunts, played by Channing and Wiest, Gillian and Sally decide to fall in love. However, after Gillian’s boyfriend is inadvertently killed, they must find a way to remove the family curse. The film score was composed by Alan Silvestri.

Some of the movie was filmed on an artificial set in California. Producers said the house was a big part of the depiction of the Owens’ culture, so they knew they had to build a house to accurately depict this. They built it on San Juan Island, Washington. They brought much of the set from California and placed it inside the house, but it still took almost a year to perfect the image of the house and the interior. The house used is owned by the Sundstrom Family and is located on San Juan Valley Road, San Juan Island. They built a replica of the outside of the house on the west side of San Juan Island so that it looked like the house was on the waterfront, but in actuality it is in the valley. They built the house in San Juan County Park but since the house was built only for this filming, it was torn down after the movie was released.

According to Bullock in the film commentary, in the scene where the Owens women are drunk and slinging insults, the actresses actually got drunk on very bad tequila brought by Kidman. The cast also believes that the supernatural elements of the house started to affect them; the cast and crew claim to have heard ghost noises while filming the coven scene at the end of the movie.

For the final scene with all of the townspeople at the Owens’ home, the entire population of the town where filming took place was invited to show up in costume and be in the movie as townsfolk.

Now, the Soundtrack is absolutely brilliant, it’s is not always that the whole soundtrack is good from a movie, but this one, one song is better than the other=) It will make you dance, make you sing, probably will make you wanna have some Margarita Cocktail=)) Song “Coconut” became my ringtone today, just cause I couldn’t stop listening to it=)

Composer Michael Nyman’s score to the movie was abruptly replaced with music by Alan Silvestri for the theatrical release. This last-minute change resulted in the release of two soundtracks, although as primarily acompilation album, only the two tracks of newly-created material were changed.

In the end, it turned out the perfect compilation of songs with many legendary artist, just see the track list=)

Singer Stevie Nicks headlined the soundtrack’s published advertisements, promoting her songs “If You Ever Did Believe” and a new recording of her song “Crystal”. “Crystal” is one of my all time favorite songs=) I know I say that a lot, but considering the amount of music out there, it’s really not that much that I can listen without getting tired of them=)

Here’s the list of tracks:

  1. If You Ever Did Believe – Stevie Nicks and Sheryl Crow
  2. This Kiss – Faith Hill
  3. Got to Give It Up (Pt.1) – Marvin Gaye
  4. Is This Real? – Lisa Hall
  5. Black Eyed Dog – Nick Drake
  6. A Case of You – Joni Mitchell
  7. Nowhere and Everywhere – Michelle Lewis
  8. Always on My Mind – Elvis Presley
  9. Everywhere – Bran Van 3000
  10. Coconut – Harry Nilsson
  11. Crystal – Stevie Nicks
  12. Practical Magic – Alan Silvestri / Convening the Coven – The Michael Nyman Orchestra
  13. Amas Veritas – Alan Silvestri / Maria Owens – The Michael Nyman Orchestra

If you want to see the movie you can watch it here (I hope the link works).

If you wan’t to buy it, you can do that on Amazon as well as you can get there the Soundtrack =)

I hope it will bring you warm and good mood as it does always to me=)

Have a beautiful sunday afternoon!

Sincerely,

S.

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