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7 items from 2015


Remembering Omar Sharif

10 July 2015 10:44 AM, PDT | Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy | See recent Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy news »

I met him only once, but it would be impossible to forget an encounter with Omar Sharif, who died today at the age of 83; the circumstances made it all the more memorable. To promote the reissue of Lawrence of Arabia in 1989, I had the opportunity to jointly interview four of its creators: director David Lean, cinematographer F.A. (Freddie) Young, composer Maurice Jarre (all of whom won Academy Awards for their work) and Sharif (who earned an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor). What a day that was. They were justly proud of their achievement and happy to talk about it. Sharif had no illusions about what the role of Sherif Ali meant to his career. “That was my...

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- Leonard Maltin

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Songs on Screen: 'Lara's Theme' from 'Doctor Zhivago' through Bollywood Eyes

24 June 2015 12:16 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Songs On Screen: All week HitFix will be featuring tributes by writers to their favorite musical moments from TV and film. Check out all the entries in the series here.  With its exotic setting, tortured emotion, and overbearing soundtrack, "Doctor Zhivago" is the perfect Bollywood movie, despite not technically being in Hindi. Its iconic refrain, “Lara’s Theme,” is as familiar and evocative a leitmotif to an entire generation of Indians as Darth Vader’s Imperial March is to Anglophones.  To talk about the theme is to talk about the entire movie, as it appears at least 15 times, with additional versions on the official soundtrack. Composer Maurice Jarre famously protested its overuse when producer Carlo Ponti trimmed the rest of the score, but Ponti, still mainlining pleasure to the masses on his Hundred And Second Film, knew what he was doing. Jarre won an Academy Award. In the late 1960s, »

- Priyanka Mattoo

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100 Essential Action Scenes: Battles & Combat

9 June 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.

Whether storming a beach or a besieging castle, marching on foot or charging on horseback, in a historical epic or a fantasy extravaganza, battles scenes are some of the most complex and intricately choreographed of all action scenes. Capable of zooming in to a one-on-one fight between two foes or zooming out to show a big picture look at the action–and featuring anywhere from dozens to hundreds to thousands of extras, either flesh and blood or digital–these are the scenes in which wars are fought, tides are turned, and glory is won. »

- Shane Ramirez

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Re-Viewed: Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome - did we need another hero?

6 June 2015 7:18 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

"Out of the ruins, out from the wreckage

Can't make the same mistakes this time.

We are the children, the last generation

We are the ones they left behind…"

From the moment you hear Tina Turner's powerful wailing over the opening credits, you know Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome is going to be a very different proposition to its glorious predecessors. Could that offbeat, anarchic energy be successfully retained for a film clearly designed for mass market appeal? Not quite.

The plot is an uninvolving mishmash of ideas and characters that never feel fully formed or realised. Max is thrust into the dangerous realms of Bartertown, a skewed remnant of society that's superbly well designed. After agreeing a deal with Turner's crooked ruler Aunty Entity, he faces a fight to the death in a steel cage called the Thunderdome.

A similar narrative structure to franchise revival Fury Road then ensues, »

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Patrick Doyle Tapped for Lifetime Achievement at the World Soundtrack Awards

3 June 2015 4:42 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Film composer Patrick Doyle, best known for his work with the actor/filmmaker Kenneth Branagh, as well as his recent scores for Disney’s “Cinderella” and Pixar’s “Brave,” will be presented with the World Soundtrack Lifetime Achievement Award at the 15th annual World Soundtrack Awards in Ghent, Belgium.

Doyle follows in the footsteps of such esteemed movie maestros as John Barry, Angelo Badalamenti, Maurice Jarre and Elmer Bernstein.

The World Soundtrack Awards, taking place this year on Oct. 24, is the culminating event of Film Fest Ghent.

“Anyone who can still recount hearing Doyle’s score for Kenneth Branagh’s debut film ‘Henry V’ in 1989 for the first time, knows that back then a great composer was born,” said Patrick Duynslaegher, artistic director of Film Fest Ghent, in a statement. “The immensely versatile Doyle enriched the films by Robert Altman, Ang Lee, Chen Kaige, Alfonso Cuarón and Brian DePalma with his alternating tragic, »

- Steve Chagollan

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Junkie Xl on creating the insane soundscape for 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

6 May 2015 4:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The moment I was sent the download link for the "Fury Road" soundtrack, I loaded the entire score onto my iPod specifically so I could play it in my car. Big mistake. The first time through, I didn't even realize how fast I was going, but around the time we got to track four, "Blood Bag," I glanced at the speedometer and was startled to see I had crept up past 90 Mph. I pumped the brakes, and since then, I've had to fight my own natural inclination to speed up as I have been assaulted by the intense cacophony that is Junkie Xl's "Mad Max: Fury Road" score. I had about five days to live with the score before my phone rang one morning last week, and I jumped right into what turned out to be a great conversation with Tom Holkenborg, the Dutch composer who is building a »

- Drew McWeeny

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Berlin Film Review: ‘Queen of the Desert’

6 February 2015 10:33 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The world is full of men content to spend their lives within a few miles of where they were born, men who will love one woman, learn one language and go to their graves hardly having dreamed at all. These are not the men about whom Werner Herzog makes movies, although it took until age 72 for the chronicler of such bombastic souls as “Aguirre” and “Fitzcarraldo” to deem a woman worthy of one of his mighty portraits. Better late than never, and though Nicole Kidman is hardly the female Klaus Kinski, in the formidable character epic “Queen of the Desert,” she conveys with quiet determination what Kinski never could: the kind of conviction that changes the world.

Leaning more on romance than one might suppose to capture such an independent spirit as Gertrude Lowthian Bell, whose self-directed explorations among and dealings with the Middle East’s many conflicting tribes informed »

- Peter Debruge

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