4 items from 2016
Back when M. Night Shyamalan’s Lady in the Water came out in 2006, a lot of people jokingly referred to it as a remake of Ron Howard’s 1984 film Splash, about a man who falls in love with a mermaid. Now, ten years later, it appears that a legitimate remake of Splash is actually in […] »
Some brilliant scores accompany movies that don't always deserve them. Here are 25 examples...
Can a film soundtrack rescue a movie that is otherwise a lost cause? One thing’s for sure: throughout the history of cinema, music has often been the redeeming feature of many an underwhelming movie. Here are 25 amazing film scores composed for films that, frankly, didn’t deserve them.
This somnambulistic three hour romantic drama should really feature an extra screen credit for star Brad Pitt’s fetishised blonde locks. Rising way above the torpid melodrama of the plot is one of Thomas Newman’s most hauntingly melodic and attractive scores, one that leaves his characteristic quirkiness at the door to paint a portrait of death that is both melancholy and hopeful. The spectacular 10-minute finale That Next Place remains one of Newman’s towering musical achievements.
Opening with a child abduction and ending with a spectacular sci-fi finale on par with “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” the Bible Belt-spanning “Midnight Special” demonstrates once and for all that indie auteur Jeff Nichols is now the go-to storyteller for the kind of slow-burn supernatural thrill audiences once sought from M. Night Shyamalan — that is, before the “Sixth Sense” director went off the deep end with “Lady in the Water.” Serving up hefty human insight in place of third-act gimmickry, and reuniting him with “Take Shelter” star Michael Shannon, Nichols’ impressively restrained yet limitlessly imaginative fourth feature takes its energy from an ensemble of characters who hold fast to their convictions, even though their beliefs remain shrouded in mystery for much of the journey.
The less audiences know going in, the better, though that could backfire on a movie without a big enough star to attract the crowds »
- Peter Debruge
Last year was a bit of a comeback for M. Night Shyamalan. The director of The Sixth Sense and The Lady in the Water scored some points with audiences and critics with The Visit and Wayward Pines. The latter, ran by Chris Hodge, ran for 10 episodes on Fox and starred Matt Dillon, Shannyn Sossamon, and more. Much of the original cast will not return […]
- Jack Giroux
4 items from 2016
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