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Taking the slasher genre to both literal and metaphorical new heights, Ridley Scott’s Alien set the blueprint for sci-fi horror. Released nearly 40 years ago, much of Alien’s claustrophobic, isolated dread can be attributed to Jerry Goldsmith’s brooding, almost maniacal score. As Mondo is gearing up to release the 4Lp expanded score, the label recruited Tyler Stout for the art direction. With a cult following and bewitching back catalogue of work, his trademark new retro style is the perfect breeding ground to bring Alien to life.
“The Alien franchise is custom-made for me,” notes Tyler as he reflects on how he got involved in the project. “I’m 40 years old, collect video games and comic books, I’ve worked at three different video rental stores in my life and didn’t have a girlfriend till I was 25, and I married her. I even have the 1979 Kenner Alien toy, »
- Sam Hart
Author: Dave Roper
With Actors, Directors, Actresses and Screenwriters under our collective belt and Cinematographers still to come, we presently turn our eye towards Composers, whose music lends so much to the films they work on.
As with the other lists, credit is given for not merely one or two sterling scores, but rather a consistently excellent body of work with specific stand-out films. To be blunt, this is a trickier prospect than it at first appears. Just because a film is terrific or well-loved doesn’t necessarily mean that the score is itself a standout. We begin with perhaps the most obvious and celebrated film composer of them all…..
Goodness me. The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno, Earthquake, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Long Goodbye, Catch Me If You Can, Star Wars, Close Encounters, Star Wars, Superman, Et, Born on the Fourth of July, »
- Dave Roper
1. A Patch of Blue (1965) For the tender relationship between a blind white girl (Elizabeth Hartman) and the kindly black man (Sidney Poitier) she befriends, Goldsmith wrote a haunting, delicate score featuring piano and harmonica.
2. The Sand Pebbles (1966) Goldsmith’s first epic score, for director Robert Wise’s film about a U.S. gunboat in Chinese waters in the 1920s starring Steve McQueen. He evoked an Asian atmosphere with exotic instruments, and his love theme (“And We Were Lovers”) was recorded by artists from Andy Williams to Shirley Bassey.
3. Planet of the Apes (1968) A landmark in film-music history, this unearthly, Bartok- and Stravinsky-influenced soundscape strongly implied that Charlton Heston and his fellow astronauts were marooned on a far-off planet… when, in fact, they were on Earth all along. »
- Jon Burlingame
When Joe Dante was asked about supporting the effort to secure a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Jerry Goldsmith, the director – who had worked with the respected composer on nine films over 20 years – said he was “flabbergasted” to realize Goldsmith didn’t already have one.
On May 9, the Oscar- and Emmy-winning composer of such classics as “Chinatown,” “Planet of the Apes,” “Patton” and dozens more will receive his star, posthumously, on Hollywood Boulevard just east of Highland Avenue. Goldsmith died in 2004.
Few filmmakers would disagree. Paul Verhoeven, who did “Total Recall,” “Basic Instinct” and “Hollow Man” with Goldsmith, recalls: “Every film was a new adventure, as Jerry was able to adapt to the most diverse narratives and styles. He never repeated himself, always looking for new, »
- Jon Burlingame
Jacqueline Bisset’s in a heck of a fix. Her hubby Alan Alda has been seduced by promises of fame and fortune from creepy concert genius Curt Jurgens, and is responding to weird overtures from Curt’s daughter Barbara Parkins. The pianist’s mansion is stuffed with occult books, and he displays an unhealthy interest in Alda’s piano-ready hands. Do you think the innocent young couple could be in a diabolical tight spot? Nah, nothing to worry about here.
Kl Studio Classics
1971 / Color /1:85 widescreen / 115 min. / Street Date April 18, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95
Starring: Alan Alda, Jacqueline Bisset, Barbara Parkins, Brad(ford) Dillman, William Windom, Kathleen Widdoes, Pamelyn Ferdin, Curt Jurgens, Curt Lowens, Kiegh Diegh, Berry Kroeger, Walter Brooke, Frank Campanella.
Cinematography: William W. Spencer
Film Editor: Richard Brockway
Original Music: Jerry Goldsmith
- Glenn Erickson
By Todd Garbarini
Curtis Hanson’s Academy Award-nominated film, L.A. Confidential (1997), celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and is the subject of an exclusive screening at Laemmle’s Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre. The 138-minute film, which stars Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, and Kim Basinger, will be screened on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 7:30 pm.
Please Note: Actress Kim Basinger, who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, in addition to the Golden Globe and Screen Actor’s Guild Award for her role as Lynn Bracken, is scheduled to appear in person for a Q & A following the screening.
From the press release:
Part of our Anniversary Classics series. For details, visit: laemmle.com/ac.
L.A. Confidential (1997)
20th Anniversary Screening and Tribute to Oscar-winning writer-director Curtis Hanson
Q & A with Oscar-winning actress Kim Basinger
Tuesday, May 9, at 7:30 Pm at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre
Laemmle Theatres »
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A military coup in the U.S.? General Burt Lancaster’s scheme would be flawless if not for true blue Marine Kirk Douglas, who snitches to the White House. Now Burt’s whole expensive clandestine army might go to waste – Sad! John Frankenheimer and Rod Serling are behind this nifty paranoid conspiracy thriller.
1964 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 118 min. / Street Date May 8, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99
Starring: Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Fredric March, Ava Gardner, Edmond O’Brien, Martin Balsam, Andrew Duggan, John Houseman, Hugh Marlowe, Whit Bissell, George Macready, Richard Anderson, Malcolm Atterbury, William Challee, Colette Jackson, John Larkin, Kent McCord, Tyler McVey, Jack Mullaney, Fredd Wayne, Ferris Webster.
Cinematography: Ellsworth Fredericks
Film Editor: Ferris Webster
Original Music: Jerry Goldsmith
Produced by Edward Lewis
Directed by John Frankenheimer »
- Glenn Erickson
Please note: this review contains a light spoiler, something that's been revealed already in the film's promotion. But just flagging it here in case you've managed to avoid everything so far.
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Prometheus was a lot of things, but one of the things it seldom felt like was an Alien movie. In some respects, this was a positive; rather than offer a straight retread of his 1979 hit, director Ridley Scott went off in another direction - broadening out the Alien universe with tales of humanity’s origins and ancient gods on »
Just recently I was listening to the score for the imminent Alien: Covenant, Ridley Scott’s return to the sci-fi horror franchise he inaugurated, and was struck by the plethora of material from Jerry Goldsmith’s original Alien score. Certainly Goldsmith’s work is a classic (although inconsistently treated by Scott in the final edit) but even so I had little reason to expect such a strong presence. Indeed, the application of the theme by Assassin’s Creed composer Jed Kurzel is wonderfully intelligent, bridging the gap between the events of Covenant and Alien via the power of music.
This got me thinking in a broader sense about the music from the wider Alien saga: truly, this is a rare franchise where there isn’t a dropped »
- Sean Wilson
Ryan Lambie May 15, 2017
Prometheus was billed as a prequel to Alien, but it was also a huge departure from that 1979 classic. Where Alien was a streamlined space horror - a ship, a monster, a small and rapidly diminishing crew - Prometheus opened up the franchise's vistas. What was dark and interior became bright and largely exterior; the story of one monster became the story of humanity's origins. In the place of pure astral terror, Prometheus aimed to ask Big Questions: where the Alien came from, where we came from, our species' innate need for religion, meaning and purpose.
How curious, »
“You say you hate Washington’s Birthday or Thanksgiving and nobody cares, but you say you hate Christmas and people treat you like you’re a leper.”
Gremlins plays midnights this weekend (May 5th and 6th) at The Tivoli Theater as part of the Reel late at The Tivoli Midnight series.
It’s Christmas in American picture-postcard town Kingston Falls. Billy Peltzer is given an unusual present; a cute little furry creature called a Mogwai. He is delighted with the gift until he accidentally gets it wet and it quickly multiplies. Worse still is to come when the new creatures are fed after midnight and transform into horribly mischievous Gremlins …
Gremlins (1984) is a fabulous flick, because it somehow manages to be both a sentimental good-natured modern-day fairytale, and an uproariously riotous comic horror film that stomps all over the nice wholesome image of Christmas and small-town America. The script by »
- Tom Stockman
"Music is the one thing that we all understand, that we don't understand." Gravitas Ventures has revealed a trailer for a documentary about the work of composers, titled Score: A Film Music Documentary. This played at film festivals all last year and is opening in theaters this June, which is great news because I've been waiting to see this. The doc profiles the work of composers and also examines how important music is to movies. Featuring interviews with composers including Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Trent Reznor, Rachel Portman, Junkie Xl (aka Tom Holkenborg), Brian Tyler, Thomas Newman, Bear McCreary, Moby, Garry Marshall, Jerry Goldsmith, and lots more. Hoping this goes deep into the art beyond just some chats. Here's the official trailer for Matt Schrader's Score: A Film Music Documentary, from YouTube: This celebratory documentary takes viewers inside the studios and recording sessions of Hollywood's most influential composers to »
- Alex Billington
When you think of movie scores names don’t get bigger than Hans Zimmer. About the only guy who is as big as Zimmer would be John Williams but I would say these two guys completely rule the movie scoring world. My personal favorite is Thomas Newman but there’s no taking away from a guy like Zimmer who is a total legend. Other names that pop up would be Jerry Goldsmith, Bill Conti, James Horner, the list goes on. Anyway, when you think of festivals like Coachella I think the last thing you think of are guys that are famous
- Nat Berman
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
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?
The one that started it all, as well as the birth of the monster movie and its accompanying soundtrack. Few »
- Sean Wilson
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.
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
Cinematography: Lucien Ballard
Editor: Bud Isaacs
Original Music: Jerry Goldsmith
Directed by: Tom Gries
Charles Bronson seems to have been an unhappy »
- Glenn Erickson
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
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
Sean Wilson Mar 16, 2017
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 »
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.
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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