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Do You Hear It? A History of Soundtracks in The Movies

Music and storytelling are perfect bedfellows. Storytelling appeals to our sense of adventure, while music appeals to our emotions.

Way before the movies, music, and storytelling had forged into a marriage of symbiosis – opera, ballet, theatre; they all used music to help drive the narrative. Throughout the history of narrative storytelling, music has been the protagonist, the antagonist and the elephant in the room. Through leitmotif; variations in pulse; and appropriate tonality, tempo, and texture; music manipulates the audience’s emotional response through the spectrum from fear to despair, and from desperation to triumph.

A great soundtrack should be there, and not there. If you notice the music, it’s usually for a good reason.

From humble beginnings

The advent of the moving image brought grand possibilities for a more intimate, visual method of storytelling, monopolizing upon the wider possibilities of location, the speed of the edit and the intimacy of the eyes.
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‘The Cutlass’ Review

Stars: Lisa-Bel Hirschmann, Arnold Goindhan, Kirk Baltz, Rebecca M Foster, Michael De Souza, Gary Moore, Ruby Parris, Jonathan Agostini, Conrad Parris, Alister Edwards, Chris Paul Smith, Alexis-Marie Chin, Nicholas Subero | Written by Teneille Newallo | Directed by Darisha J. Beresford

On the southernmost Caribbean island of Trinidad, Joanna (Lisa-Bel Hirschmann) is a young woman not sure of her place in the world. While avoiding college applications, she has her hands full with her emotionally supportive, yet dying father, Jake (Kirk Baltz). One evening she hits the beach with her friends and limp-wristed boyfriend Tyler (Michael De Souze). While partying at the beach cabin, in walks a masked man with a gun and a machete. Al (Arnold Goindham) is a local thief who owes a huge sum of cash to a crime boss. In over his head, Al kidnaps the one white girl around, Joanna, in the hopes he can ransom her to pay his debts.
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Watch an exclusive clip from the action-thriller The Cutlass

Ahead of its VOD release next month, we have an exclusive clip from the award-winning action thriller The Cutlass, which you can watch below courtesy of Wild Eye Releasing

See Also: Trailer for The Cutlass welcomes us to the jungle

A young tourist is abducted from her family into the jungles of Trinidad by a dangerous, armed sociopath. While the authorities and her family attempt to find her with no success, she is forced to mentally and physically outmaneuver her captor in an effort to stay alive and escape to safety.

The Cutlass is set for release on VOD on December 12th and sees Darisha J. Beresford directing a cast that includes Lisa-Bel Hirschman, Arnold Goindhan and Kirk Baltz.

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Trailer for The Cutlass welcomes us to the jungle

Wild Eye Releasing has unveiled a poster and trailer for its upcoming action thriller The Cutlass, which is set to hit VOD in December. Check them out here…

A young tourist is abducted from her family into the jungles of Trinidad by a dangerous, armed sociopath. While the authorities and her family attempt to find her with no success, she is forced to mentally and physically outmaneuver her captor in an effort to stay alive and escape to safety.

The Cutlass is set for release on VOD on December 12th and sees Darish J. Beresford directing a cast that includes Lisa-Bel Hirschman, Arnold Goindhan and Kirk Baltz.
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7 Things You Don’t Know About ‘Reservoir Dogs,’ As Told by Quentin Tarantino and the Cast

7 Things You Don’t Know About ‘Reservoir Dogs,’ As Told by Quentin Tarantino and the Cast
Mr. White, Mr. Orange, Mr. Blonde, Mr. Pink, Mr. Brown: They all reunited for the 25th anniversary retrospective screening of “Reservoir Dogs” at the Tribeca Film Festival April 28. Cast members Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi and writer-director-actor Quentin Tarantino all got together to reminisce after the 1992 movie screened to a packed house at the Beacon Theater. Here are seven fun facts they revealed.

1. Tom Waits auditioned.

Tarantino let this tidbit slip as he discussed the casting process. “We had the casting director from ‘L.A. Law,'” the director recalled. “A lot of really wild people came in and read the parts. Tom Waits came in and read. I had Tom Waits read the Madonna speech, just so I could hear Tom Waits say those lines. And actually, other than Harvey, he gave me one of the first profound compliments on the script. No one had ever
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PTA's 'Cigarettes & Coffee' Short Film

yt id="lfk1b65lb-m" width="500" Paul Thomas Anderson's 1993 short film Cigarettes & Coffee was expanded into his 1996 feature debut Hard Eight, both starring Philip Baker Hall. Just above is a VHS rip, which explains the low quality. Five people's lives that are curiously intertwined happen to all be at a diner at the same time. An old man (Philip Baker Hall) gives advice to a young man (Kirk Baltz) about his cheating wife and best friend. A newlywed couple argues over the wife loosing money in Vegas playing craps. And a hit man buys some coffee and cigarettes and greets the man in his trunk. via Open Culture
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New NCIS Los Angeles Season 5,Episode 8 Intense Spoilers & Clips Hit The Net

New NCIS Los Angeles season 5,episode 8 intense spoilers & clips hit the net. Last night,CBS released the new spoilers and sneak peek/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "NCIS: Los Angeles" episode 8 of season 5. The episode is entitled, "Fallout," and it appears to be very interesting and intense as more major action goes down, the NCIS team could get subjected to criminal charges, and more! In the new "Fallout" episode, Hetty's past is going to end up, coming back to haunt her when a nuclear detection device is stolen and an attack on Los Angeles is imminent. When an anti-terrorism device is stolen, the team will have to quickly find the suspect and the device before an attack is made against Los Angeles. In the meantime, Hetty will end up, realizing the case is bringing her back to someone from her past. Guest stars are going to feature: Reggie Austin
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New NCIS Los Angeles Season 5,Episode 8 Official Spoilers,Plotline Revealed By CBS

New NCIS Los Angeles season 5,episode 8 official spoilers/plotline revealed by CBS. Recently,CBS served up the new,official,synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "NCIS: Los Angeles" episode 8 of season 5. The episode is entitled, "Fallout," and it sounds pretty intriguing as Hetty will face demons from her past ,and more. In the new,8th episode press release: Hetty's past is going to come back to haunt her when a nuclear detection device is stolen and an attack on Los Angeles is imminent. Press release number 2: When an anti-terrorism device is stolen, the team is going to have to quickly find the suspect and the device before an attack is made against Los Angeles. In the meantime, Hetty will realize the case is bringing her back to someone from her past. Guest stars will feature: Reggie Austin as a Retired Marine Gunnery Sergeant Denis Martin, David de Lautour as Roy Kessler,
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50 great famous last words from the movies

Odd List Ryan Lambie 4 Oct 2013 - 06:41

They're funny, they're sad, they're weird. Here are 50 famous last words from characters in the movies...

Please Note: There are potential spoilers ahead. Check the name of the film, and if you haven't seen it, don't read the entry!

As someone famous probably once said, “We’ve all gotta go sometime,” and if we’re going to die, we might as well do so with a witticism or a memorable line rather than a scream and a cry for mother. Which is the subject of this lengthy but far from definitive list: the memorable things movie characters have uttered shortly (not necessarily immediately) before they’re about to meet their maker.

Some of these last words are long, tear-jerking monologues. Others amount to little more than a word or two. But all of them, in our estimation, are worthy of mention, and one
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10 Best Performances In A Quentin Tarantino Movie

Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Django Unchained is set for release on Dec. 25th. It boasts an all-star cast of regular Tarantino players (Christoph Waltz, Samuel L Jackson) and new faces to the Tarantino universe (Jamie Foxx, Leonardo Dicaprio). Actors relish working with Tarantino, and he has on several occasions allowed an otherwise faltering star the opportunity to shine in a tailor made role. (John Travolta, Robert Forster, Pam Grier). Celebrating 20 years of film-making since his stunning debut with 1992′s Reservoir Dogs, we look back at the 10 performances we feel knocked our socks off from his filmography as a director. Here’s hoping Django Unchained is as good as it looks and we can add a few more names to this list.

Don’t forget to catch Django Unchained, opening December 25th.

10. Kirk BaltzReservoir Dogs

To be bound to a chair for the majority of a film is not an easy task,

Laurence Fishburne as Mr. White! Inside the all-black (almost) 'Reservoir Dogs' reading

Laurence Fishburne as Mr. White! Inside the all-black (almost) 'Reservoir Dogs' reading
Imagine a very smooth, very self-satisfied rattlesnake.

That was what Terrence Howard brought to the role of Mr. Blonde, the casually homicidal madman of Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs in a one-night-only live-reading of the script last night.

Now picture an older guy, who probably should be thinking about retirement, but realizes too late he has thrown in with the wrong thugs — and he left his medication at home. That was what Laurence Fishburne did with the part of Mr. White, originated by Harvey Keitel.

Up in the Air and Young Adult filmmaker Jason Reitman has been creating these events for the past five months,
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Laurence Fishburne as Mr. White! Inside the all-black (almost) 'Reservoir Dogs' reading

Laurence Fishburne as Mr. White! Inside the all-black (almost) 'Reservoir Dogs' reading
Imagine a very smooth, very self-satisfied rattlesnake.

That was what Terrence Howard brought to the role of Mr. Blonde, the casually homicidal madman of Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs in a one-night-only live-reading of the script last night.

Now picture an older guy, who probably should be thinking about retirement, but realizes too late he has thrown in with the wrong thugs — and he left his medication at home. That was what Laurence Fishburne did with the part of Mr. White, originated by Harvey Keitel.

Up in the Air and Young Adult filmmaker Jason Reitman has been creating these events for the past five months,
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'Reservoir Dogs': Jason Reitman Sets Stage Reading Of Tarantino Classic With All Black Cast

After holding stage readings of "Shampoo" (with Bradley Cooper, Kate Hudson and Olivia Wilde), "The Apartment" (with Steve Carell and Natalie Portman) and "Princess Bride" (with Paul Rudd and Mindy Kaling), director Jason Reitman may have stumbled upon his best idea yet: A recreation of "Reservoir Dogs" with an all-black cast. "If we were going to make it an all-black cast, we wanted to make sure we started with an all-white cast," Reitman told EW. "What makes the 'Reservoir Dogs' script work so well is, despite the fact that it was cast with all white actors, it really is a script that could feature any race." So, who has Reitman recruited to play the iconic roles? Terrence Howard will take over ear=slicing duties for Michael Madsen as the loose cannon Mr. Blonde; Howard's "Red Tails" co-star Cuba Gooding Jr. tackles Tim Roth's undercover police officer, Mr.
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13 powerful moments of implied violence in movies

Ryan Lambie Jul 28, 2016

What do Bambi, The Dark Knight and Seven all have in common? Some powerful moments of off-screen violence...

Nb: The following contains spoilers for Seven (1995) and The Witch (2015)

The seminal moment in the history of cinema came at the turn of the 20th century, when the medium began to move away from the storytelling language of the theatre. Filmmakers like Edwin S Porter began to realise that the camera could do so much more than simply record what was in front of it; such techniques as close-ups and edits to different angles or locations could be used to create drama.

It’s these filmmaking techniques that the masters of cinema use to create suspense and feelings of dread. And while there’s nothing wrong with jabs of violence of gore in movies, it remains the case that anticipation or suggestion of a violent act is more effective than seeing the moment itself.
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10 horrific moments of implied violence in the movies

What do Bambi, The Dark Knight and Seven all have in common? Spectacular moments of off-screen violence, obviously. Here’s a list of a few other favourites…

Exploding heads are great, obviously. And there are some action and horror films that simply wouldn’t be the same without copious bloodletting, broken limbs and flying eyeballs. So while we’ve nothing against cinematic excess, it’s also the case that truly horrific violence can be implied rather than explicitly shown.

To this end, here’s a list of a few particularly noteworthy moments of implied nastiness in cinema. Needless to say, there are dozens upon dozens that we’ve failed to remember, so feel free to chip in with your own favourite moments of off-screen menace in the comments section.

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“Just you wait, the nasty man in black will come,” is the first line uttered in Fritz Lang’s unforgettably disturbing 1931 thriller,
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Great First Trailer And Teaser Poster For The Lie Let Us In On The Truth

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Joshua Leonard’s name is one I confess I haven’t heard much of in the past. He was one of the leads in The Blair Witch Project way back when, but hasn’t done a huge amount since then.

Until now, that is. Making his directorial feature debut with The Lie, Joshua Leonard has helmed and starred in what looks to be a fantastic indie film, based on a short story by American writer, Tc Boyle.

The film’s great first poster has been released over at The Playlist, and Apple have given us its brilliant first trailer – two terrific firsts for what should be an excellent film, that just goes to show you don’t need an A-list cast and millions upon millions of dollars to make a great movie.

“When they first met, Lonnie and Clover were young idealists, but an unplanned baby forced them to flip the script.
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Harvey Keitel For 'The Office'? What Would Mr. Pink Say?

One of the most interesting story lines going into the new television season is the question of who will replace Steve Carell as the centerpiece of "The Office." The show is entering its seventh season, which will be the final one for Carell and his paternal boss character Michael Scott. The producers have committed to soldiering forward with the show after Carell's departure, though it's unclear who they might be recruiting. According to producer Paul Lieberstein, the number one choice to fill in for Carell is a strange one: Harvey Keitel. "I haven't started any talks with his people, but Harvey would do a great job — a very different energy," Lieberstein (who also plays beleaguered Hr rep Toby Flenderson on the show) told E!. "And we don't want to bring in another Michael, having someone play a very similar character because we have such a high regard for Steve."

The
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'Human Target' Renewed For Second Season

It appears that Christopher Chance has been given a new assignment.

"The Human Target" has been renewed for a 13 episode second season on Fox, according to Entertainment Weekly. "Chuck" co-executive producer Matthew Miller is also joining "The Human Target" as the new showrunner, sharing the position with Jonathan Steinberg.

First announced in January 2009, "The Human Target" stars Mark Valley ("Fringe") as Christopher Chance, a former assassin turned bodyguard/private contractor who specializes in protecting clients from deadly and unusual threats. The series also stars Chi McBride ("Pushing Daisies") and Jackie Earle Haley ("Watchmen") as Chance's partners, Detective Laverne Winston and Guerrero, respectively.

"The Human Target" was created by comic book legends Len Wein and Carmine Infantino in 1972. As originally conceived, Christopher Chance would literally assume the identities of his clients in order to draw out and eliminate threats to them.

Back in 1999, "The Human Target" was revived as a Vertigo
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Humpday's Joshua Leonard Is Telling A Lie

In this year's Humpday Joshua Leonard played the kind of character who reminds office drones of what they're missing, a 30-year-old vagabond living a life of travel and adventure and sex, rather than the monotonous but maybe more content life his old friend (played by Mark Duplass) has built for himself. But it seems Leonard will be slipping into the other role in The Lie, an indie he will direct based on T.C. Boyle's short story that ran in The New Yorker last year (you can read the full story online here). According to Variety Leonard adapted the story with Jess Weixler and Mark Webber, both of whom will star in the film as well. Jane Adams, Kelli Garner, P.J. Ransone, Gerry Bednob and Kirk Baltz will round out the cast as well. The original story is pretty slim on plot and characters, and presumably Leonard and company
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Joshua Leonard To Direct The Lie

The last time Joshua Leonard stepped behind the camera, it caused quite a stir. That, of course, was on The Blair Witch Project when he played one of the three ill-fated student filmmakers who tangled with the eponymous menace.A decade on, and Leonard is ready to go behind the camera again, this time for real, on the indie drama, The Lie.The movie is based on a short story, written by T.C. Boyle, that appeared in The New Yorker, about a man who changes his life when he lies in order to get out of work. Sounds a little like The Invention of Lying – let’s hope that Leonard’s film hits the mark that Ricky Gervais’ appalling comedy missed so spectacularly.Leonard, who finally buried the Blair Witch curse this year by starring in the acclaimed indie comedy, Humpday (and the HBO show, Hung), will also star in the movie,
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