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The Ingredients: ‘Hyde Park on Hudson’ is Like a McDlt Without the Novelty Fun

8 December 2012 2:00 PM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

The Ingredients is a column devoted to breaking down the components of a new film release with some focus on influential movies that came before. As always, these posts look at the entire plots of films and so include Spoilers.  There are two films in particular that I thought about while watching Hyde Park on Hudson, the new historical film about an alleged love affair between President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Bill Murray) and distant cousin Margaret “Daisy” Suckley (Laura Linney). Three films if you count Rushmore, due to the reunion of Murray and Olivia Williams, who plays First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and the much-talked-about scene depicting a handjob in a car (not a bloody Jaguar, unfortunately), but I don’t consider this one to be an ingredient in the same way. The two that I do think of as more content-based precursors are Dave and The King’s Speech. Regarding the former, I »

- Christopher Campbell

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Dustin O'Halloran Reunites With 'Like Crazy' Director Drake Doremus To Score His Latest Film

2 May 2012 5:23 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Musician and composer Dustin O'Halloran has been moving slowly into film scoring in the past few years after popping up on the soundtrack to Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette" in 2006. Since then, O'Halloran has scored films like 2009's "An American Affair" and last year's "Like Crazy," which became one of our favorite scores of the year. Therefore, it is our great delight to discover that O'Halloran will score the next film for "Like Crazy" director Drake Doremus as well.

Presently lacking a title, Doremus' next project will again tackle affairs of the heart, in a familiar story about a high school teacher (Guy Pearce), who falls for one of his students and is tempted to cheat on his wife. Not exactly untrafficked territory, but Doremus' "Like Crazy" was also based on a familiar theme (long-distance relationships) and still managed to resonate, with no small thanks due to O'Halloran's music. In fact, »

- Ryan Gowland

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