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In Space You Can Hear a Symphony: The Story Behind the Theme for "Alien"

6 June 2017 6:29 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Jerry Goldsmith was already a veteran film composer with numerous iconic scores under his belt by the time he was enlisted to work on Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979). He’d worked in radio and television through the 1950s, contributing music to classic shows such as The Twilight Zone (1959) and Perry Mason (1959) before making the move to film, writing scores for films as diverse in subject matter (and sound) as Stagecoach (1966) and Planet of the Apes (1968) in the 1960s and Chinatown (1974) and The Omen (1976) in the 1970s. Goldsmith’s rich orchestral scores for such films, which were informed and influenced by early 20th century modernist composers, are both experimental and economical in their use and development of thematic material. He explained, “What I really try to do is to take one simple motif of the material for the picture, and a broad theme, and construct it so they always can work »

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Jason And The Argonauts, and more Greek myths

1 June 2017 1:44 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Aliya Whiteley Jun 2, 2017

If Clash Of The TItans or Jason And The Argonauts are your thing, then a few book recommendations right here...

This month, with help from BookBeat - who we thank very much for their support - we're trialling a book club series of features, where we look at books, how they translate to movies, how they work in audiobook form, and just generally chat about a certain title. You can get a free trial of BookBeat - a sort-of Netflix for audio books - right here. Den Of Geek readers get a full month free trial, as opposed to the usual two weeks. But you need to click on that link to get it! 

This week? We're looking at Greek myths...

The 1963 film Jason And The Argonauts, directed by Don Chaffey, with a soundtrack by Bernard Herrmann and featuring the stop-motion animation of Ray Harryhausen, was my »

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Mark Reviews John Waters’ Multiple Maniacs [Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review]

21 March 2017 9:02 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

From the opening of Multiple Maniacs when Mr. David introduces us to Lady Divine’s Cavalcade of Perversion are we being introduced to John Waters’ own perversion?  And how long do we want to stay? Divine’s entrance is as an engorged Elizabeth Taylor bathed in shimmering white light furthering the early mystique of Divine and her Cavacade. From robbing to rosaries, movie posters to murder John Waters is “performing acts” as we have truly entered Waters’ World.

“Produced, directed, written, filmed, and edited by John Waters” – auteur: check. Multiple Maniacs is not a high-budget film and was certainly never screened before the hours of midnight in the 1970’s. Waters made the film for $5000 borrowed from his father also borrowing the land surrounding their house to set the film. During the making of his first film, Mondo Trasho, he was arrested by the police so the early scenes of Multiple Maniacs »

- Mark Hurne

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