Movie Soundtracks and Popcorn

by groove on January 19, 2013

Movie Soundtracks

Haunting, ethereal, pounding, thrilling, majestic…. all words that describe aspects of John Williams’ compositions for major motion pictures. We are fans of the big screen and huge fans of the soundtracks to those blockbuster movies that we saw as little kids (Close Encounters, Star Wars) and big kids (Harry Potter).

John Williams has a gift for composing the perfect thematic music to suit the character or scene of the movie, whether it is Darth Vader and the Imperial March or the 5-note theme from Close Encounters that will forever be used as the notes to communicate with aliens. What is most impressive about Mr. Williams’ accomplishments is that he became a “rock star” to a generation of sci-fi fans, worshipped in much the same way Ozzy was worshipped by the leather jacket and jeans crowd of our high school, Thom Collegiate in the mid-80’s. No other classical composer compares to John Williams in terms of his ability to reach the audience and connect with the viewer deeply through composition.

These 3 Grammy award-winning vinyl records have been acquired through yard sales and used vinyl shops and have become important parts of my collection. The music contained on the albums instantly allow me to replay scenes from the movies in my head; something most music is unable to accomplish.

Here is an impressive list of John Williams’ achievements, gathered from Wiki:

John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is an American composer, conductor and pianist. In a career spanning over six decades, he has composed some of the most recognizable film scores in cinematic history, including the Star Wars saga, JawsSuperman, the Indiana Jones films, E.T. the Extra-TerrestrialHome Alone and its sequel, HookJurassic ParkSchindler’s ListSaving Private RyanWar Horse, and the first three Harry Potter films.

He has had a long association with director Steven Spielberg, composing the music for all but two (Duel and The Color Purple) of Spielberg’s major feature films.

Williams has won five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, and 21 Grammy Awards. With 48 Academy Award nominations, Williams is the second most nominated person, after Walt Disney. John Williams was honored with the prestigious Richard Kirk award at the 1999 BMI Film and TV Awards. The award is given annually to a composer who has made significant contributions to film and television music. Williams was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame in 2000, and was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004.

Nothing goes better with a good movie than popcorn. Lately we’ve been on a Saturday night popcorn kick. We just love the smell of fresh popcorn and then when we add the spices it tastes heavenly. I’m always looking for that one perfect popped kernel loaded with spice and I savour each bite of it.

This is Stacey’s recipe for theatre popcorn. He’s the popcorn master in our house and I don’t dare try to compete with him. I love it when I hear him banging around in the kitchen getting all the popcorn fixings together and when he says it’s ready the three of us dive in. Of course one batch of the recipe he’s written below is never enough.

This is our take on theatre popcorn. We would love to hear what your popcorn recipe is. Please share in the comment box below the recipe. We may try your popcorn recipe next.


JW Theatre Spiced Popcorn

Showing our appreciation to John Williams – thanks so much for creating the best movie soundtracks to eat popcorn to.


1 ½ – 2 cups of popcorn, popped in air popper into a large bowl

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Smoked Paprika

Cayenne Pepper

Sea Salt


Drizzle Extra Virgin Olive Oil on popcorn.

Add several pinches of smoked paprika.

Add a few pinches of cayenne pepper (adjust amount to preference for heat).

Just a pinch or two of sea salt.

Your bowl of popcorn should look beautiful and scrumptious…. but keep in mind you have only touched the top layer of the popcorn. That’s only about 10% of the bowl.

Time to get your hands dirty – reach to the bottom of the bowl and mix all of the popcorn to bring the unseasoned popcorn to the top of the bowl.

Repeat steps 1-3 again. Mix the bowl one more time and finish with steps 1-3 to present your fellow movie fans with a beautiful bowl of popcorn that will rival anything in the theaters.


When pressed for time or want to change your spice blend go ahead and use the pre-made blended seasoning such as Garlic Plus or Roasted Garlic and Peppers.

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