10 items from 2015
Ah, the 1990s. The decade that brought us The Lion King. Titanic. Quentin Tarantino. That wordless bathroom scene in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet. Angelo Badalamenti's Twin Peaks. Duel of the Fates from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. In the Mood for Love.
It was a good 10 years for film music, no doubt.
But scratch the surface of 1991 through 1999 and there are tons of good scores ready to spring a surprise on your ears. Some were attached to sorely underrated movies, others were overshadowed by wildly successful ones, and some have simply been forgotten in the passage of time.
Here, in no particular order, are the top 25 underappreciated film soundtracks from the 1990s.
Above: 1936 alternative one sheet for Modern Times (Charlie Chaplin, USA, 1936), designer unknown, and Us one sheet for The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, USA, 1980), designer: Saul Bass (1920-1996).As serendipity would have it, the two most popular posters of the past three months of Movie Poster of the Day were these two black and yellow faces, one a little-known 1930s poster by a journeyman designer at a budget print house, the other a very well known 1980s poster by the most recognizable name in movie poster design. Modern Times and Modern Horror. I’m hoping the love they received (over 500 likes and reblogs for each) were just as much about the items they were promoting: one my article on Leader Press, the other the Poster Boys podcast on Saul Bass by fellow movie poster aficionados (and ace designers) Sam Smith and Brandon Schaefer. Another Poster Boys related poster—Drew Struzan’s The Thing—also made the list. »
- Adrian Curry
Death in Paradise stayed top of the ratings on Thursday (February 12), according to overnight figures.
The BBC One drama stayed around level with last week's episode at 6.66m (30.2%) at 9pm. Earlier, Eat Well For Less? appealed to 4.72m (21.2%) at 8pm, while Question Time was watched by 2.41m (24.3%) at 10.45pm.
ITV's The Kyle Files interested 2.48m (11.8%) at 7.30pm (115k/0.5% on +1), while the latest series of Birds of a Feather concluded with 3.87m (17.3%) at 8.30pm (116k/0.5%). Car Crash Britain brought in 3.02m (13.7%) at 9pm (235k/1.5%).
Over on Channel 4, Location, Location, Location gathered 1.41m (6.4%) at 8pm (272k/1.2%). Cucumber rose slightly to 560k (2.5%) at 9pm (94k/0.6%), while My Tattoo Addiction interested 750k (4.9%) at 10pm (41k/0.5%).
Benefits Britain: Life on the Dole was watched by 655k »
Sony Pictures Television (Spt) Networks has agreed to acquire Hungarian TV channels Viasat 3 and Viasat 6, which focus on viewers aged 18-49, from Sweden's Modern Times Group. Financial details weren't disclosed. Viasat 3 features blockbuster movies, such as the Harry Potter films, hit TV shows, such as The Blacklist, and original productions. Its core audience are women aged 18-39. Viasat 6 targets young males with movies and action, horror and comedy series, including Bates Motel and American Horror Story. Read more Sony Pictures Television Acquires Australia's Playmaker Media The two channels will expand the current portfolio of
- Georg Szalai
Death in Paradise remained on top of the Thursday ratings despite a drop, overnight data reveals.
The BBC One drama fell by around 400,000 viewers from last week to 6.64 million (29.3%) at 9pm. Earlier, Eat Well for Less interested 4.91m (21.8%) at 8pm, while Question Time brought in 2.58m (24.9%) at 10.35pm.
ITV's Kyle Files appealed to 2.34m (11.0%) at 7.30pm (183k/0.8% on +1), while Birds of a Feather amused 3.75m (16.5%) at 8.30pm (107k/0.5%). Car Crash Britain gathered 3.02m (13.4%) at 9pm (286k/1.9%).
On Channel 4, The Jump continued with 1.52m (6.8%) at 8pm (230k/1.0%). Cucumber fell to 510k (2.3%) at 9pm (113k/0.7%), followed by Married Behind Bars with 592k (3.8%) at 10pm.
Channel 5's Secrets of Rome's Colosseum fascinated 718k (3.2%) at 8pm, followed by the latest Celebrity Big Brother »
24 Hour Parcel People for Modern Times strand has to have big re-edit when Citylink goes into administration
Focusing on a single company is an accepted if slightly eyebrow-raising tactic in TV about business (think of Iceland Foods and The Call Centre), and it evidently seemed a good idea for BBC2’s resuscitated Modern Times strand to film the staff and clients of Citylink in order to shed light on the booming times enjoyed by a “UK parcel delivery industry worth almost £6bn”. A good idea, that is, until Christmas Eve when the company went into administration, apparently necessitating an almighty reverse ferret in which 24 Hour Parcel People (coming up on 12 February) was re-edited to accommodate this inconvenient development. If you run into anyone from BBC2 or BBC factual in the near future, try to sensitively avoid potentially offensive words such as “all” “eggs”, “one basket” and even “putting”.
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Death in Paradise was the clear winner in the primetime ratings on Thursday (January 29), according to overnight figures.
The BBC One drama was watched by 7.01 million and attracted a 29.9% audience share at 9pm.
Earlier, documentary Eat Well for Less interested 4.77m (21.1%), while Question Time drew in 2.41m (22.7%) at 10.45pm.
ITV's The Kyle Files gathered 2.6m (12.1%) at 7.30pm (151k/0.7% on +1), while Birds of a Feather entertained 3.93m (17.2%) at 8.30pm (132k/0.6%). Bring Back Borstal continued with 1.7m (7.3%) at 9pm (178k/1.1%).
On Channel 4, Location, Location, Location interested 1.69m (7.5%) at 8pm (252k/1.1%), and The Mega Brothel fascinated 1.19m (7.4%) at 10pm (180k/2.1%).
Previously: 'Downton Abbey' Season 5, Episode 2 Gets Closer to Modern Times Upstairs We open on Mary's bed of sin: She and Gillingham have spent the week driving round Cheshire and exploring Liverpool's fine dining options. And presumably having a lot of sex, because there's no way all of that takes a week. He's desperate to get married, but Mary doesn't see the need to rush things. "Nothing is going to happen that isn't properly announced, organized and executed." Actually, having sex with Lady Mary is probably a lot like facing a firing squad. It's terrifying, no one smiles and occasionally you die. Back at Downton, Edith isn't buying Mary's "sketching trip" for a second, but she also doesn't care because she's spending every spare minute with Marigold. Mrs. Drewe is increasingly unhappy, at one point thinking that Edith has stolen Marigold in a moment that screams "foreshadowing alert!" And, »
- Kaite Welsh
It is not the titular Bach cantata, heard only fleetingly, but the thrumming of factory equipment that drives Quebecois helmer Denis Cote’s austere contemplation of the bizarre symbiosis of humans and machines at work. This fiercely abstract piece neither celebrates the value of labor nor denounces it as dehumanizing exploitation: Static, strikingly composed documentary stretches are interspersed with actors playing workers who voice a variety of complaints, appreciations and parables that deliberately, even pointedly, fail to encompass the sense of being there amid the unfolding spectacle. Definitely not for the narrative-minded, “Joy of Man’s Desiring” will please if not swell the ranks of Cote admirers.
Jessica Lee Gagne’s camera stays locked on assorted hammering behemoths, then slowly moves in closer, culminating with a shot of a contraption that looks like nothing so much as a giant mechanized cocktail shaker. Nothing seems even remotely state-of-the-art about these clumsy, »
- Ronnie Scheib
Cinema's fascination with labor can be traced to the art form's very beginning: The Lumière brothers' first film, Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory (1895), shows men and women, lunch pails in hand, streaming out of a warehouse. The imprint of this 45-second-long actualité is evident in myriad works, whether fact or fiction, that focus on the daily grind: from Charlie Chaplin's slapstick Modern Times (1936) to George Abbott and Stanley Donen's 1957 movie musical The Pajama Game (which Jean-Luc Godard, whose films from the 1960s often riffed on Marx's theories of alienated labor, hailed as "the first left-wing operetta") to Michael Glawogger's Workingman's Death (2005), a globe-spanning documentary on some of the worst jobs »
10 items from 2015
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