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11 items from 2017


Scott Reviews Robert Aldrich’s Twilight’s Last Gleaming [Masters of Cinema Blu-ray Review]

16 March 2017 3:32 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

There’s a sense I get from a lot of late-1970s American films that following the hope of the early 1960s, the anger of the late 1960s, and the despondency of the early 1970s, a lot of people felt that they had one last chance to truly reclaim the spirit of America, which was arguably on the precipice of being lost forever. With the bicentennial came a renewed focus on the foundations of freedom, democracy, and optimism on which the United States was founded, a realization of how far it had fallen from that promise, and how fast that fall seemed to have happened. We can look back now and see that in many ways they were right. A globalized economy pushed the working class to the margins. Government became limited in its capacity to help and unimaginably powerful in its capacity to destroy. Improved legislation for civil rights »

- Scott Nye

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From Kong to Kong: the 18 greatest monster movie scores

13 March 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With Kong: Skull Island out now, Sean Wilson looks back at the classic monster movies with top tunes…

It’s time for Kong to reclaim his crown as king of the movie monsters in all-action blockbuster romp Kong: Skull Island, the latest instalment in the ongoing Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures ‘MonsterVerse’ that will eventually see the great ape do battle with the equally legendary Godzilla.

Featuring an all-star cast led by Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson and John C. Reilly, Skull Island also features a rousing score from Captain America: Civil War composer Henry Jackman who uses every orchestral force at his disposal to depict Kong’s overwhelming size.

So what better time to recap the all-time-greatest monster movie scores from Hollywood and beyond?

King Kong (Max Steiner, 1933)

The one that started it all, as well as the birth of the monster movie and its accompanying soundtrack. Few »

- Sean Wilson

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Breakout / Der Mann Ohne Nerven

18 February 2017 10:17 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Charlie Bronson cashed in big with this lightweight action thriller co-starring Jill Ireland and Robert Duvall. Did Duvall get involved because the original concept was a serious look at political scandals between big business, the CIA and Chile? The clues from the real source story are still there.

Breakout

Region B + A Blu-ray

Koch Media / Explosive Media (De)

1975 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 96 min. / Street Date January 17, 2017 / Der Mann ohne Nerven / Available from Amazon.de Eur 15,99

Starring: Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid, Sheree North, John Huston, Jorge Moreno, Paul Mantee, Emilio Fernandez, Alan Vint, Roy Jenson, John Huston.

Cinematography: Lucien Ballard

Editor: Bud Isaacs

Original Music: Jerry Goldsmith

Written by: Howard B. Kreitsek, Marc Norman, Elliott Baker suggested by the book Ten Second Jailbreak by Warren Hinckle, William Turner, Eliot Asinof.

Produced by: Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler

Directed by: Tom Gries

 

Charles Bronson seems to have been an unhappy »

- Glenn Erickson

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Fifty Shades vs The Mid 90s Erotic TV Movie

10 February 2017 6:18 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tom Jolliffe on Fifty Shades vs the Mid-90s Erotic TV movie…

Before you wonder, no Asylum haven’t announced their next monster mashup film. In case you were living under a rock in the past five years, a pop-cultural phenomenon called Fifty Shades of Grey stood to attention (eh thank you). A piece of internet fan fiction suddenly rode the crest of a wave, spawned a book release (plus subsequent follow ups) and then ultimately the Hollywood film treatment. To call the books artistic would be wide of the mark. They’re horribly written, trashy, and the sort of Waterstone’s bargain bin material that only the most bored housewife would have read 20 years ago, but somehow post millennium is an absolute must-read. For many it can be read as a comedy. It oozes cheese. It’s the most hokey hokum you can imagine.

That brings us to the films. »

- Amie Cranswick

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‘Arrival,’ ‘La La Land’ Among Film Music Critics Nominees

9 February 2017 12:38 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The International Film Music Critics Assn. has announced nominations for the 13th annual Ifmca Awards for excellence in musical scoring in 2016. Leading the pack are Michael Giacchino and Justin Hurwitz with five nominations each, and Abel Korzeniowski, with four.

Giacchino is nominated for his work on comic book fantasy film “Doctor Strange” and the socially conscious box office hit “Zootopia.” In addition, his song “Night on the Yorktown” from “Star Trek Beyond” is up for film music composition of the year. A 36-time Ifmca Award nominee, Giacchino previously received score of the year honors in 2004 for “The Incredibles,” and in 2009 for “Up.”

Hurwitz’s “La La Land” work has already been a force this season, taking home two Golden Globes among countless other prizes. The contemporary homage to Hollywood movie musicals earned him Ifmca noms for score of the year, comedy score, and film music composition of the year. Hurwitz »

- Dani Levy

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Saluting the film scores of Paul Verhoeven movies

9 February 2017 4:15 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Sean Wilson Mar 16, 2017

From Total Recall and RoboCop through to Turkish Delight and Flesh+Blood, we look at the musical scores of Paul Verhoeven films...

The Netherlands' arch-provocateur and filmmaker extraordinaire Paul Verhoeven is back in cinemas right now with Elle. A characteristically confrontational and provocative thriller, it spins a rape-revenge storyline into a mordantly funny, blackly comic and off-kilter odyssey, and has garnered an Oscar nomination for extraordinary lead Isabelle Huppert in the process.

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It's exactly what we've come to expect from a veteran director who's done it all, having made jaws drop in both Europe and Hollywood - but beneath Verhoeven's love of excess and shock tactics lurks real artistry, and nowhere is this more evident than in the remarkable run of film scores »

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Alien: Covenant - why its preview footage got us all excited

24 January 2017 5:43 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jan 25, 2017

At a recent preview, we saw about 15 mins of Alien: Covenant. Here’s why we’re hopeful it’s the horror we’ve been waiting for...

Nb: The following contains a few spoilers for Alien: Covenant’s first act. Nothing massive, but do turn back if you want to watch the movie cold.

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Bad weather. Body horror. Terrified mortals fleeing in terror from a slippery nightmare. In some respects, 2012‘s Prometheus had plenty of things you’d want in an Alien movie. But like a distorted reflection in a hall of mirrors, Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror prequel felt somehow askew: its characters had little of the earthy believability of the 1979 movie that ignited the franchise, and while some of the scenes were undoubtedly intense, Prometheus was, for the most part, »

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Watch Us Pull a Rabbit Out of our Hat

23 January 2017 7:10 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

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In 1932’s Chandu The Magician, Edmund Lowe plays the titular wizard. What famous boogie man plays his adversary?

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Lugosi is a lot of fun but the real star of this movie is director William Cameron Menzies whose distinctive visual style graces every scene.

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1953’s Houdini »

- TFH

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Film Acquisition Rundown: Bleecker Street Picks Up ‘Megan Leavey,’ Imagination Worldwide Buys ‘Paint It Black’ and More

13 January 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– Bleecker Street has secured U.S. distribution rights to Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s true-life story, “Megan Leavey.” The film is based on the life of Leavey (Kate Mara), a young marine corporal in the K9 unit whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq.

Bleecker Street will release the movie on June 9, 2017.

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The film co-stars Edie Falco, Ramon Rodriguez, Bradley Whitford, and Common. Directed by Cowperthwaite (“Blackfish”), the movie was written by Pamela Gray, Annie Mumolo and Tim Lovestedt and produced by Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon and Jennifer Monroe. »

- Graham Winfrey

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Gravitas Tunes Up ‘Score: A Film Music Documentary’; Syfy Films Sets ‘Atomica’ Release

11 January 2017 1:45 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Gravitas Ventures has scored North American rights to Score: A Film Music Documentary, which looks at the creative process of film score composition with some of the best-known artists in the field. The film, which will hit theaters in May, features Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Danny Elfman, Trent Reznor, Randy Newman, Howard Shore, Rachel Portman, Jerry Goldsmith, Quincy Jones, the late James Horner and more along with interviews of such iconic filmmakers as James Cameron… »

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Gravitas Buys ‘Score: A Film Music Documentary’ for North America

11 January 2017 7:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to “Score: A Film Music Documentary,” which explores the process of film score composition.

The film includes interviews with Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Danny Elfman, Trent Reznor, Randy Newman, Howard Shore, Rachel Portman, Jerry Goldsmith, Quincy Jones, James Cameron and the late James Horner and Garry Marshall.

Themes covered include the James Bond theme, “Star Wars,” “Indiana Jones,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Titanic,” “The Social Network” and “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

“Score” debuted at International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and will premiere in theaters in May.

Director Matt Schrader left a job with CBS News and spent nearly two years doing in-depth interviews with more than 50 composers in the film.

“We wanted to create something that hadn’t been done before — the definitive look at the craft of film composing,” he said. “’Score’ is an ode to these modern maestros and the ever-evolving art form. »

- Dave McNary

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