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Audiences probably didn’t realize at the time, but Sergio Leone‘s 1966 western The Good, The Bad and The Ugly was a landmark. It would become one of, if not the, iconic films in the careers of Leone, its stars Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef, composer Ennio Morricone as well as one of […]
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- Germain Lussier
Celebrated Italian film composer Ennio Morricone has revealed that he regrets turning down the chance of writing music for Clint Eastwood. Speaking to the BBC, Morricone said he said no to Eastwood "out of respect" for Sergio Leone, whose trilogy of 1960s spaghetti Westerns — which helped Eastwood rise to fame — he had famously scored. Read more Clint Eastwood: "I Was Against Going Into the War in Iraq" "I missed a great opportunity and I am really sorry," he said. "When Clint called me, I said no out of respect to Sergio Leone, not because I did not
- Alex Ritman
If you've had your ear to the ground in the genre world, you've likely heard the increasingly loud buzz surrounding "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night." It's a black-and-white, Iranian vampire western (when's the last time you saw something like that?) that has been a big hit on the festival circuit (read our review). And hitting cinemas today, we've got a special giveaway for those whose curiosity has been piqued. Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, the story is set in Bad City, where prostitutes, junkies, pimps, and other sordid souls hang out, as a lonely vampire stalks its most unsavory inhabitants. Falling somewhere between Sergio Leone and David Lynch, with a splash of Ennio Morricone, the film has an attitude all its own, and for those looking for something very different from their fright flicks, this is one to track down. And today we've got a prize pack featuring »
- Edward Davis
Today, legendary film composer Ennio Morricone turns 86, but he's not just blowing out the candles and taking it easy. He's got scores for three more movies on the way and remains one of the top tier composers in the game, not to mention a film icon. And today we have a little present for his fans, with this BBC2 documentary. Airing in 1995, and directed by David Thompson, the 40-minute TV special rounds up filmmakers, friends, and colleagues like Brian DePalma, John Boorman, David Putnam, Gillo Pontecorvo, Sergio Leone, and Morricone himself to talk about his works and more. The composer also discusses his tricky relationship with Hollywood through the years, and you learn the background story on some of his most famous themes. While it's not comprehensive, it's still a nice overview of the life of the acclaimed film scorer, and worth a watch. Check it out below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Writer and Art: Sergio Toppi
Letters: Deron Bennett
Translater: Edward Gauvin
Publisher: Archaia (Boom! Studios)
It is a very wonderful thing for the artwork of Italian artist Sergio Toppi to exist in our world, his brilliance extremely evident upon the first few pages of The Collector: this beautiful release by Archaia through Boom! Studios. The Collector is the only single English translated release of Toppi’s works that is available at the moment. Beforehand, the artwork could leave a lasting impression within the French or Italian editions, but now, the words of Toppi can be shared in English alongside his great visuals.
Upon gazing ones eyes on the stark penciling of Toppi, there is an immediate sense of life and texture with the images. You can almost feel the rough edgings of the trees and rocks, you can hear the calm pattering of the water, and you most »
- Anthony Spataro
With this weekend's release of Gone Girl, director David Fincher has once again showcased the unsettling sounds of award-winning composers Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor (above). Ever since 2010's The Social Network, the duo have become a fixture of Fincher's work. The duo's deceptively minimal sound, with subtle motifs barely hiding cold electronic undercurrents, is remarkably well-suited for Fincher's trademark visual aesthetic, in which every smile and doorway can take on an air of menace if the camera lingers long enough. While he has worked with a number of composers before—most notably Howard Shore—Fincher has found »
- Joshua Rivera
Hollywood Records and Marvel are releasing three albums from Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy on Tuesday, July 29.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Deluxe soundtrack features classic 1970s songs from the film, plus score by composer Tyler Bates (“Watchmen,” “Slither,” “Dawn of the Dead”). Music plays a major role in Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy as the great songs featured in the film are part of the storyline in a unique way.
Explaining how the songs come to play in the story, director James Gunn says, “One of the main story points in the movie is that Quill has this compilation tape [Awesome Mix #1] that he got from his mother before she died that she made for him. It was of songs that she loved, all songs from the 1970s, and that’s the only thing he has left of his mother and that’s the only thing he has left of his home on Earth. »
- Michelle McCue
Memorial Day weekend used to always usher in the official start of the summer movie season, but over the last few years the blockbusters have been sneaking into multiplexes earlier and earlier in May. Now that we've finally made it to the holiday weekend, the multiplexes are already exploding with big-budget tentpoles and sequels. Luckily for you, Austin theaters offer some legitmately interesting counterprogramming.
The Austin Film Society is starting a brand new series tonight called "Rebel Rebel." Earlier this week, we chatted with Lars Nilsen to find out more about the films being featured over the next few weekends. The first selection is Gillo Pontecorvo's 1969 film Burn! starring Marlon Brando. The movie features a score by Ennio Morricone and will be screening in 35mm at the Marchesa.
You'll want to head over to the Afs Screening Room on Tuesday night for the Avant Cinema presentation of Your Day Is My Night. »
- Matt Shiverdecker
Ennio Morricone’s Injury Force Cancellation Of U.S. Concert Dates Complications from a back injury have forced Ennio Morricone to cancel his planned concerts in the U.S. next month. The composer, who has five Academy Award nominations and a 2007 Honorary Oscar to his credit, was to conduct a 200-piece ensemble of musicians and singers performing selections from his film scores. Morricone, 85, had planned give his first-ever Los Angeles performance on June 15 at the Nokia Theatre and only his second career NYC show on June 13 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. He suffered the back injury in March, leading to the cancellation of shows scheduled into June, but had hoped to make the U.S. dates. His attorney said the injury prevents him from conducting or flying. Said the Italian composer, “I apologize to my fans for having to cancel these shows, and hope that I am able to make it back soon. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
A little after midnight on Saturday night, the iconic strains of Ennio Morricone's theme to “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” wafted down the Croisette as an outdoor beach screening of the Sergio Leone Western came to an end. Tuxedo-clad guests at the Cannes Film Festival heard the music as they left the Grand Theater Lumiere after a screening of the raucous “Wild Tales,” along with others who'd exited the nearby Salle Debussy after seeing “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.” And, of course, they were all wading through a sea of humanity that was just in town to party. »
- Steve Pond
With the 86th Academy Awards ceremony fast approaching, it’s time to play devil’s advocate and highlight the fact that the Oscars are not quite the be-all and end-all of cinematic accomplishment. In fact, if you scour any “Best Films Ever” countdown, you’ll find numerous classics that didn’t pick up a single Oscar in the year of their release, despite the fact these movies are of renowned status.
This intention of this list is to both shock and educate, then. In the case of every film included, it is quite probable that you will have passed through life just assuming that they cleaned up at the Oscars without actually bothering to check. I know I did. So sit back and slip on your bifocals, as we take you through the 12 most iconic films that – shockingly – didn’t win a single Academy Award, starting with… »
- Gary Hughes
11 items from 2014
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