CD Review: PARADISE / CAN’T BUY ME LOVE soundtrack

PARADISE / CAN'T BUY ME LOVE soundtrack | ©2013 Intrada Records

As a soundtrack label particularly in love with unsung gems from the ’80s and ’90s with every release from JUDGEMENT NIGHT to FRIGHT NIGHT, Intrada’s busy release schedule often has a way of surprising fans of two decades when groovy keyboards met lush orchestras. Now a particularly nice two-fer arrives that demonstrates comedy-centric composers at their symphonically sweeping best – one soundtrack accompanying an outright drama, and the other helping to give melodic depth to a sweet pop morality fable. 1991’s PARADISE used the then-marriage of stars Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson to give extra emotional heft to a bereft […]Read On »


Movie Review: PHILOMENA

PHILOMENA movie poster | ©2013 The Weinstein Company

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Mare Winningham, Barbara Jefford, Ruth McCabe, Peter Hermann, Sean Mahon, Anna Maxwell Martin, Michelle Fairley Writers: Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, based on the book THE LOST CHILD OF PHILOMENA LEE by Martin Sixsmith Director: Stephen Frears Distributor: The Weinstein Company Release Date: November 22, 2013 It’s helpful to go into PHILOMENA knowing that Martin Sixsmith, who wrote the nonfiction book THE LOST CHILD OF PHILOMENA LEE, and Philomena Lee herself are both real people. So (alas) are the conditions young, unmarried pregnant women were forced into in Irish nunneries […]Read On »


THE WORLD’S END Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

THE WORLDS END | (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 THE WORLD’S END – Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reunite with Edgar Wright (of course, they previously teamed up for SHAUN OF THE DEAD and HOT FUZZ) for a third film of drunken debauchery, killer alien robots and lots of zany craziness in THE WORLD’S END. In […]Read On »


Exclusive Interview: Eric Winter is under the WITCHES OF EAST END spell

Eric Winter in WITCHES OF EAST END - Season 1 | ©2013 Lifetime

Eric Winter was brought to the attention of the WITCHES OF EAST END producers, according to Lifetime executive vice-president and general manager Rob Sharenow, because the actor attended a Christmas party with his wife Rosalyn Sanchez, who is a regular on Lifetime’s DEVIOUS MAIDS. Sharenow tells the press, “All the Lifetime women thought he was so hot that we had to have him on a show. So there you go.” Has Winter heard this explanation for how he wound up on WITCHES? “I pitched that introduction,” Winters jokes. “I found out about it actually a little bit earlier today. Very […]Read On »



WYATT EARP: LIMITED EDITION soundtrack | ©2013 La La Land Records

Sure, 1993’s TOMBSTONE may have smoked 1994’s WYATT EARP at the box office O.K. Corral, a place where near-simultaneous movies with same subject matter are forced to shoot it out – the spoils usually afforded to the first picture into Dodge City. In this case, TOMBSTONE certainly had it over EARP in terms of length and enjoyability. And its terrific score by SILVERADO‘s Bruce Broughton was certainly a gunslinger to be reckoned with, even more ironically that it was Lawrence Kasdan’s western that truly impacted his composing career. But now with La La Land revealing the epic scope of James […]Read On »


CD Review: BLONDY (500 edition) soundtrack

BLONDY soundtrack | ©2013 Quartet Records

A prolific Italian composer whose hundred-plus film output ranged everywhere between the killer sea life of CAVE OF THE SHARKS and TENTACLES to the sexploitation of MIDNIGHT BLUE and SKI MISTRESS, Stelvio Cipriani’s beautifully melodic scores have always imparted a touch of class, particularly for pictures that combined thrills with heavy eroticism. 1976s BLONDY (also know as VORTEX) featured Ingmar Bergman star Bibi Andersson having a decidedly non-philosophical affair, though the movie’s real object of stripped-down attention was French actress Catherine Jourdan. Perhaps her most enticing lover here is Cipriani’s gorgeous score, whose languorous, stroking theme for piano, silken strings […]Read On »


TV Review: ARROW – Season 2 – “Keep Your Enemies Closer”

Michael Rowe in ARROW - Season 2 - "Keep Your Enemies Closer" | ©2013 The CW/Diyah Pera

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Susanna Thompson, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Manu Bennett, Colton Haynes, Celina Jade, Summer Glau, Caity Lotz, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Kevin Alejandro Writer: Ben Sokolowski & Beth Schwartz Director:  Guy Bee Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: November 13, 2013 My criticisms of ARROW since this season began, (nay, since this series began), have fallen into two general categories.  They are, invariably: “X is too dark to belong in a TV show based on a comic book” or “Y involves too much comic book ridiculousness to belong in a TV […]Read On »


Exclusive Interview: David Bradley on AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE AND TIME and being the first Who – PART 1


British actor David Bradley has just hit a fandom trifecta (there isn’t a the fandom trifecta – there will never be just three): he was the unhappily non-magical custodian Filch in the HARRY POTTER films, he continues as the indelible Walder Frey, host of the Red Wedding, on HBO’s GAME OF THRONES, and now he’s part of the DOCTOR WHO universe. Once upon a time, hard as it may be to recall and longer ago than many Whovians have been alive, DOCTOR WHO quite simply did not exist. It was brought into being in 1963 by a team including producer […]Read On »


TV Review: REVOLUTION – Season 1 – “Everyone Says I Love You”

Charlie (Tracy Spiradakos) fights the Patriots in REVOLUTION "Everyone Says I Love You" | (c) 2013 Felicia Graham/NBC

Cast: Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Elizabeth Mitchell, Zak Orth, David Lyons, Giancarlo Esposito, Stephen Collins Writer: Paul Grellong Director: Steve Boyum Network: Airs on NBC, Wednesdays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: Nov. 20, 2013 How many hands believe that Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) is the actual daughter of Miles (Billy Burke) and not Rachel’s (Elizabeth Mitchell) husband from the first season of REVOLUTION? It sure seems like it could be a possibility given the latest flashback was six years prior to the black out. If we add the 15 years after the blackout where the series currently takes place, Charlie is […]Read On »


CD Review: THE KING’S WHORE (500 edition) soundtrack

THE KING'S WHORE soundtrack | ©2013 Music Box Records

One of France’s great melodists, Gabriel Yared’s impossibly lush, romantic scores like Oscar-nominated THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY and Oscar winning ENGLISH PATIENT have recalled such melodic masters as Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. So one can imagine the spot-on results when Yared truly climbs into those costumed shoes when the assignment asks for that style, which is the theme of this splendid three-for release from the French label Music Box Records. First up, it’s hard to imagine a more blunt title than THE KING’S WHORE  a very good bodice ripper from 1990, with Timothy Dalton employing all of his dashing, royal […]Read On »

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