CD Review: NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB soundtrack

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB soundtrack | ©2015 Varese Sarabande Records

When looking for Hollywood scores filled with unabashedly glittering themes and melody, you might as well feel like visiting a museum. However, Alan Silvestri thankfully remains anything but a fossil in this practice. As a composer who’s been applying this relatively ancient orchestral approach since the long-lost days of BACK TO THE FUTURE, Silvestri has remained vibrant in conveying a child-like sense of magic and adventure when its come to fantastical wish fulfillment, no more so than in his continuing trips to this Fox family franchise, of which SECRET OF THE TOMB threatens to be the last admission. If so, …Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 5 – “Kill the Boy”

Kate Dickie and Aidan Gillen in GAME OF THRONES - Season 5 - "Kill the Boy" | ©2015 HBO/Helen Sloan

Stars: Peter Dinklage, Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Aiden Gillen, Natalie Dormer, Stephen Dillane, Carice Van Houten, Indira Varma, John Bradley, Sophie Turner, Jerome Flynn, Michiel Huisman, Nathalie Emmanuel, Dean-Charles Chapman, Iain Glen, Jonathan Pryce, Jacob Anderson, Ian McElhinney, Kerry Ingram, Joel Fry, Tara Fitzgerald, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Finn Jones Writer: Bryan Cogman Director: Jeremy Podeswa Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: May 10, 2015 GAME OF THRONES fans should not be over-worried by the title of the episode “Kill the Boy” – no, Lady Melisandre (Carice Van Houten) is not on another royal sacrifice kick. …Read On »

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Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Download Review: LET US PREY

LET US PREY movie poster | ©2015 Dark Sky Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Liam Cunningham, Pollyanna McIntosh, Bryan Larkin, Hanna Stanbridge, Douglas Russell, Niall Greig Fulton, Jonathan Watson, Brian Vernel, James McCreadie Writers: Fiona Watson & David Cairns Director: Brian O’Malley Distributor: Dark Sky Films Release Date: May 26, 2015 LET US PREY takes place in a Scottish city so bleak and barren and empty at night that it comes as something of a surprise to find that the film is set in our world as opposed to, say, Purgatory. The story unspools over five hours, starting when PC Rachel Heggie (Pollyanna McIntosh) wakes up, gets out of bed …Read On »

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Movie Review: SPY

SPY movie poster | ©2015 20th Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Miranda Hart, Peter Serafinowicz, Bobby Cannavale, Allison Janney, Jude Law, Morena Baccarin Writer: Paul Feig Director: Paul Feig Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: June 5, 2015 SPY is a rarity, a send-up of the James Bond genre that actually works. Part of its success is that star Melissa McCarthy actually seems like someone who could both be totally taken for granted and entirely capable, part of it works because the script by director Paul Feig has a lot of good jokes that are timed well and part of it is …Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 5 – “The Sons of the Harpy”

Peter Dinklage in GAME OF THRONES - Season 5 - "The Sons of the Harpy" | ©2015 HBO/Helen Sloan

Stars: Peter Dinklage, Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Aiden Gillen, Natalie Dormer, Stephen Dillane, Carice Van Houten, Indira Varma, John Bradley, Sophie Turner, Jerome Flynn, Michiel Huisman, Nathalie Emmanuel, Dean-Charles Chapman, Iain Glen, Jonathan Pryce, Jacob Anderson, Ian McElhinney, Kerry Ingram, Joel Fry, Tara Fitzgerald, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Finn Jones Writer: Dave Hill, series created by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: Mark Mylod Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: May 3, 2015 While GAME OF THRONES provides its customary thrilling action with the title …Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 10 – “The Werther Project”

Jared Padalecki in SUPERNATURAL - Season 10 - "The Werther Project" | ©2015 The CW/Liane Hentscher/

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Ruth Connell, Ty Olsson, Kavan Smith, Brenda Bakke Writer: Robert Berens, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Stefan Pleszczynski Network: The CW, Wednesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: April 22, 2015 SUPERNATURAL’s “The Werther Project” uses a magically-protected object to demonstrate that when it comes to blame and guilt, nobody can deliver it like one’s inner being. There’s even a good fake-out here, along with much better reason than usual for Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) to grapple with responsibility and angst. In 1973, annoyed teen Suzie is moved to knock out a …Read On »

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CD Review: KANGAROO: THE AUSTRALIAN STORY soundtrack

KANGAROO: THE AUSTRALIAN STORY soundtrack | ©2015 Counterpoint Records

Definitely the silliest title to grace a beyond-manly score, 1952’s KANGAROO was the first Hollywood film to be shot down under, even if its plot of two swindlers after an old coot’s money was a western that could have just as well taken place in Texas (of course minus a few shots of said creatures). Creating a massive orchestral soundtrack that was certainly as big as that state, not to mention a continent, was Sol Kaplan. Best known for his memorably shrill, epically dangerous music for the great STAR TREK episode “The Doomsday Machine,” Kaplan was an especially adventures composer …Read On »

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CD Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID: THE LEGACY COLLECTION soundtrack

THE LITTLE MERMAID: THE LEGACY COLLECTION soundtrack | ©2015 Walt Disney Records

Disney continues their exceptional series of hard-bound “Legacy Collection” releases with THE LITTLE MERMAID, the 1989 soundtrack, and film that really put the studio back above animated water, netting the fist of many best Song and Score Oscars for the LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS stage duo of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, whose hip energy was sought to awaken the studio from its animated doldrums with this now-classic adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson fable – the first fairy tale for Disney since 1955s SLEEPING BEAUTY. What’s interesting about hearing the MERMAID in her complete, symphonic glory is just how …Read On »

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Movie Review: ALOHA

ALOHA movie poster | ©2015 Sony Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray, John Krasinski, Danny McBride, Alec Baldwin, Bill Camp, Jaeden Lieberher, Danielle Rose Russell, Dennis “Bumpy” Kanahele Writer: Cameron Crowe Director: Cameron Crowe Distributor: Columbia Pictures/Sony Release Date: May 29, 2015 There are some really wonderful things in writer/director Cameron Crowe’s ALOHA that are balanced out by some things that are mundane or even baffling (why, if it is important to the story that a character named Allison Ng is one-quarter Hawaiian, cast an actress who looks four-quarters Nordic? If you want to use her, great, just say she grew …Read On »

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CD Review: OLD BOYFRIENDS soundtrack

OLD BOYFRIENDS soundtrack | ©2015 Intrada Records

In one of the more ironic scoring assignments, David Shire was put in the position of scoring his then-wife Talia as a character who sorts her romantic love life out on screen, here playing a psychiatrist who flees her husband, bounding about the county to do some serious self-therapy with a rogues gallery of exes that include the acting likes of Richard Jordan, Keith Carradine and even John Belushi. With the actress capitalizing on her ROCKY role as Adrian to show she had far more range in this and her other star vehicle WINDOWS, one might expect a somewhat treacly …Read On »

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