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Gateway Score: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

7 July 2009 8:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

I’ll take a moment today to talk about one of my favorite musical accomplishments, film score or otherwise- “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” by Ennio Morricone. First of all, the production, mixing, orchestration, and performance styles are all tremendously different than the super clean, polished sound we are used to. The raw power and nature of the orchestration (coyote whistles, wordless voices, ocarina, bright electric guitar, wild vibrato trumpet solos…) is compelling by itself.

A deeper listening of the score reveals the cohesive musical frame that Morricone has built. Irresistible themes and textures for characters and locations are developed over the course of the film, while motives and melodies are presented in well-crafted variations, growing and changing with each appearance.

It is this combination of brilliantly crafted and infectious music with distinct, imaginative music production that inspires my work.

A link to an analysis of the score-

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- (Joe Trapanese)

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Hired Guns: production update and a message from Sergio Donati.

21 May 2009 5:12 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Color us intrigued by the prospects of Andrew Mackenzie’s Hired Guns, a rotoscoped Western. Though no plot details were released Andrew did share with us a mighty fine pedigree of actors and production talent he is lining up for his film. He has an in-talks cast of Will Patton, Jeff Fahey, Karl Urban, Danny Trejo, Tom Savini and Zoe Bell. The score will be provided by Andrea Morricone, the son of the legendary composer Ennio Morricone. Andrew also has Sergio Donati on board as an Executive producer, offering his insight and experience in Western films.

Andrew has shared with us some great news. His production has been given a few dollars more and they will now be going as a live action shoot in New Mexico moved back to mid-August. In the mean time he thought it would be neat to share a few words from Sergio and we »

- Mack

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Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: January 11, 2009

11 January 2009 8:54 AM, PST | | See recent Screen Rant news »

In this Weeks Weekend Movie News Wrap Up::

Clint Eastwood drives to the top of the box office with Gran Torino; Ewan McGregor is Pierce Brosnan’s Ghost; Sienna Miller will not be visiting Nottingham; Morricone is not a Basterd; Moore, Neeson and Seyfried know Chloe; the Joker may have the last laugh in Batman 3 and Farrell, Weir and Harris are on their Way Back.


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Clint Eastwood showed his star power by capturing the number one position at the box office with a fantastic $30 million gross for Gran Torino. Clint’s Oscar touted movie was making good bank on limited release but it looks like the American masses love the ageing action icon. The film should have good legs and a final gross of  $100 million is not out of the question.

Bride Wars should claim the runner-up position with about $20 million showing that women will watch Anne Hathaway »

- Niall Browne

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Morricone u Basterd!

8 January 2009 7:59 PM, PST | | See recent JoBlo news »

Many were holding their breath when the rumour surfaced that legendary film composer Ennio Morricone was to score Quentin Tarantino's upcoming WWII epic Inglorious Basterds. Unfortunately for the breath-holders, Morricone has decided to score long time collaborator Giuseppe Tornatore's Baaria instead. The only person more upset by this news than all the Qt/Morricone fans out there must be Qt himself, who must absolutely idolize Morricone for everything he's contributed to the cinematic landscape. Too bad Qt, guess it's time to drown your sorrows in booze and hookers. Come over, I have plenty of both. »

- Daniel Barna

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