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CD Review: THE HOLE Soundtrack (3000 limited edition)

THE HOLE soundtrack | ©2013 Quartet Records

Kids and the monstrosities often mixed in Joe Dante’s legendary collaboration with Jerry Goldsmith, from mischievous GREMLINS and SMALL SOLDIERS to the atom bomb in MATINEE. One might imagine what Jerry would have done had he been around to peer into THE HOLE for Dante, only to find far more of an ephemeral and psychological threat than he’d been given to handle before with the filmmaker. Yet Dante’s still in very capable musical hands for a low key entry into teen horror, especially with the heavy lifting being done by Javier Navarette, a composer who teamed with Guillermo Del Toro […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Tracy Spiridakos talks REVOLUTION Season 1

Tracy Spiridakos in REVOLUTION - Season 1 - 'The Song Remains the Same" | ©2013 NBC/Brownie Harris

In NBC’s REVOLUTION, Monday nights at 10 PM, all the electricity in the world went out fifteen years ago. Tracy Spiridakos’ character Charlie Matheson is a young woman who has lived nearly her whole life in this brave new world. Now she, her uncle Miles (Billy Burke) and their allies are on a quest to find out what’s actually happened. The good news: some people have electrical power again. The bad news: the people who have the power are very, very bad. Spiridakos, a native of Winnipeg, Canada, previously worked for REVOLUTION creator Eric Kripke on his series SUPERNATURAL, was […]Read On »

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CD Review: SHOCK TREATMENT soundtrack

SHOCK TREATMENT soundtrack | ©2013 Intrada Records

Jerry Goldsmith had a particular talent for playing characters in the process of losing their minds, drawing on the dark, string musings of such avant garde composers as Bela Bartok to pioneer his own Hollywood sound for psychosis. Using a chamber approach of devilish fiddles and strings for the TWILIGHT ZONE episode “The Invaders,” the composer further plumbed a snapping mind with the waltzing sexual symbolism that haunted his Oscar-nominated FREUD to the eerie, conspiratorial tones of assuming a new identity in SECONDS. But when it comes to the pure, batshit enjoyment of a breakdown, then 1966s SHOCK TREATMENT gets […]Read On »

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CD Review: OBLIVION soundtrack

OBLIVION soundtrack | ©2013 +180 Records

Architect-turned-director Joseph Kosinski is promising to become the multiplex answer to Stanley Kubrick after the almost shocking, mind-blowing intelligence he’s brought to TRON LEGACY and his latest, terrific trip into sci-fi dystopia OBLIVION. If there’s a style of music that complements his icily beautiful visual sensibility, then it’s a fusion of strings and electronics, all the better to convey high technology dining on ashes. Kosinki’s cutting edge made him seek out the French band Daft Punk to capture the neon-black groove of TRON. Now he’s brought in that country’s similarly evolutionary (and temporarily one-man band) M83 for OBLIVION to play […]Read On »

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CD Review: G.I. JOE RETALIATION soundtrack

GI JOE RETALIATION soundtrack | ©2013 Varese Sarabande Records

You can only expect so much when it comes to an toy-based movie, which made this new action figure model so pleasantly surprising, especially with far more of a “believable” approach as opposed to the far more juvenile escapades of the last “Joe.” Where that film got a form-fittingly bombastic orchestral treatment from Alan Silvestri, Henry Jackman’s music here is out to fit “the real world” approach to G.I. JOE RETALIATION – or at least as real world as you can get with flesh and blood action cartoons wielding futuristic weaponry. Having shown his super heroic chops on X-MEN FIRST […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE GREAT GATSBY

THE GREAT GATSBY movie poster | ©2012 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke, Elizabeth Debicki, Amitabh Bachchan, Jack Thompson Writers: Baz Luhrmann & Craig Pearce, based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald Director: Baz Luhrmann Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: May 10, 2013 F. Scott Fitzgerald’s THE GREAT GATSBY, originally published in 1925, is generally considered to be one of the Great American Novels and a brilliant look at the Jazz Age in which it was written. It has been adapted for both film and television before, but director Baz Luhrmann, who co-wrote the screenplay with Craig […]Read On »

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TV Review: GLEE – Season 4 – “All or Nothing” – Season Finale

Lea Michele in GLEE - Season 4 finale - "All or Nothing" | ©2013 Fox/Mike Yarish

Stars: Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Chord Overstreet, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr., Jenna Ushkowitz Writer: Ian Brennan Director: Bradley Buecker Network: Fox, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: May 9, 2013 Well, that was a big pile of nothing. The GLEE Season 4 finale “All or Nothing” is about as anti-climactic as they come. It feels like a series finale after everyone involved with the show has given up, not a show with two more seasons committed to it. The joyous, cool and innovative GLEE, […]Read On »

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AMERICAN IDOL Recap: Angie Miller eliminated from the show

Angie Miller is eliminated on AMERICAN IDOL | (c) 2013 Fox/Michael Becker

Stars: Randy Jackson, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Ryan Seacrest Network: Airs on Fox, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm Original Telecast: April 4, 2013 After this week, it will be the finale of the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL, and after numerous changes announced recently, it will be a decidedly different show next year. But who went home? By now you know that unfortunately Angie Miller was voted off leaving Candice Glover and Kree Harrison to battle it out for the title. It was a bit of a shock seeing as how Angie was penned as a […]Read On »

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MAMA Highlights this week in Blu-ray and DVD Releases

MAMA | (c) 2013 Universal Home Entertainment

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: MAMA  – A pretty good but pretty sad horror flick about two girls that get lost once their father goes off the deep end and takes them to a remote shack in the middle of nowhere after killing his wife. As he just about kills the girls […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “Darkness on the Edge of Town”

THE CW logo | ©The CW

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, John Barrowman, Manu Bennett Writer:  Drew Z. Greenberg & Wendy Mericle Director: John Behring Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: May 8, 2013 ARROW is normally at its strongest when it operates in shades of grey, but “Darkness on the Edge of Town” gives us a black & white, good vs. evil battle between Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman).  This is not necessarily a bad thing, though, because, while both men are hood-wearing vigilantes […]Read On »

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