CD Review: I, FRANKENSTEIN soundtrack

I, FRANKENSTEIN soundtrack | ©2014 Lakeshore Records

Don’t except anything remotely bucolic in the second Frankenstein’s monster score of note this month. But that being said, the aching violins that hint of his creation a few centuries ago do give pathos to the far more buff personage of Aaron Eckhart, not to mention his character’s isolated soul. And that comes in musically handy indeed when your mad doctor-made monster is swinging a sword at stone gargoyles, demons and archangels. Cut from the same flesh as the hip UNDERWORLD creature-mash series, “I, Frankenstein” revels in rhythmic propulsion to give this Shelley-meets-Satan’s minions spin its furious energy, taking the …Read On »

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CD Review: FRANKENSTEIN UNBOUND soundtrack

FRANKENSTEIN UNBOUND soundtrack | ©2013 Buysoundtrax

After directing over 50 movies that encompassed every exploitable subject from drag racing to drug trips and race baiting, Roger Corman retired from filmmaking with a classy bang in the horror genre that arguably brought him his greatest artistic rewards – especially when dealing with the work of such famed authors as Edgar Allen Poe and H.P. Lovecraft. For FRANKENSTEIN UNBOUND, Corman took on Mary Shelley’s seminal work, but ingeniously time-twisted it via Brian Aldiss’ novel to have a future inventor meet an 17th century blend of factual and fictional characters – let alone the era’s most notorious stitched-together monster. …Read On »

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CD Review: JOHN WAYNE AT FOX: THE WESTERNS soundtrack

JOHN WAYNE AT FOX: THE WESTERNS soundtrack | ©2013 Kritzerland Records

The Duke was an icon who meant manliness – and his musical accompaniment was no less rambunctiously muscular, especially when it came to the genre that he made into his own Monument Valley. But while his western scores left no doubt as to The Duke’s vitality, they each did their part to dig out even more unexpected charisma from this drawling hunk of granite, three terrifically entertaining chisels of which are presented on this Kritzerland collection. First up is a score by the composer who proved to be Wayne’s most unlikely saddle mate at strengthening his All-American image, an elfin …Read On »

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CD Review: QUAI d’ORSAY and LE BOSSU soundtracks

QUAI d'ORSAY soundtrack | ©2013 Quartet Records

A French composer who should have conquered Hollywood in the 80s with the likes of QUEST FOR FIRE, GHOST STORY and THE MUSIC BOX, but somehow ended up back in his native country, Philippe Sarde has most definitely stayed busy – and with no small amount of creative cleverness in his new score for QUAI d’ORSAY. Director Bertrand Tavernier has given his well-costumed period features a stylistic shot in the arm by adapting this cult comic strip, which gives AMELIE-like absurdity to the adventures of a hapless political speech writer. Yet Tavernier and Sarde don’t so much doff their costume …Read On »

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TV REVIEW: MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD – Season 1 – “Turn, Turn, Turn”

Ming-Na Wen stars as Agent May in AGENTS OF SHIELD | © 2014 ABC/Kelsey McNeal

Cast: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker Writer: Shalisha Francis Director: John Terlesky Network: Airs on ABC Tuesdays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: March 11, 2014 Warning: Spoilers ahead. It seems that MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD debuted at the wrong time. Had the series debuted in the mid-season and actually well-timed with what happened in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER then maybe it wouldn’t have lost the vast number of viewers it has over the course of the season. You see, the last three episodes of AOS have been the best all year. …Read On »

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DANCING WITH THE STARS Season 18 Recap: The Great Switch-Up

Nene Leakes, Derek Hough, Cheryl Burke, James Maslow, Danica McKellar, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Meryl Davis, Tom Bergeron, Erin Andrews, Candace Cameron Bure, Tony Dovolani, Sharna Burgess, Cody Simpson, Drew Carey, Witney Carson, Mark Ballas, Amy Purdy, Peta Murgatroyd and Charlie White in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 18 - Week 4 | ©2014 ABC/Adam Taylor

Stars: Nene Leakes, James Maslow, Danica McKellar,  Meryl Davis, Candace Cameron Bure, Cody Simpson, Drew Carey, Amy Purdy, Charlie White Network: ABC, airs Mondays Original Telecast: April 7th, 2014 It’s Freaky Friday on DANCING WITH THE STARS – well, not really but there was a great switch up tonight, an interesting and successful experiment for sure. The great switch-up – where for just one week they switch partners and see how it goes – went surprisingly well . Even though there were some definite personality differences, it makes you realize that the producers do know what they are doing when …Read On »

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Movie Review: THE RAID 2: BERANDAL

THE RAID 2: BERANDAL poster | ©2014 Sony Pictures Classics

Rating: R Stars: Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara, Tio Pakusadewo, Alex Abbad, Julie Estelle, Cok Simbara Writer: Gareth Evans Director: Gareth Evans Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics Release Date: March 28, 2014 2012’s THE RAID: REDEMPTION has some of the most astonishing martial arts sequences to be seen in a film distributed in the United States. Now its sequel, THE RAID 2: BERANDAL, is here. Like its predecessor, THE RAID 2 is written and directed by Gareth Evans and stars the gifted Iko Uwais as dedicated kickass Jakarta cop Rama. In the first film, Rama fought his way …Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 9 – “The Carrot in the Kudzu”

David Boreanaz in BONES - Season 9 - "The Carrot in the Kudzu" | ©2014 Fox/Patrick McElhenney

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, Tamara Taylor, TJ Thyne, John Francis Daley, Ryan O’Neal, Eugene Byrd, Kellee Stewart, Jonathan Chase, Noah Wisberg, David Dtarzyk, Elizabeth Ann Roberts, Scott Mosenson Writers: Sanford Golden & Karen Wyscarver, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Rob Hardy Network: Fox, Mondays @ 8 PM Airdate: March 24, 2014 BONES shows its playful side with “The Carrot in the Kudzu,” which has very mild horror effects – the kudzu keeps going through growth spurts in the lab, unnerving everyone – along with kiddie costume comedy, …Read On »

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DANCING WITH THE STARS Season 18 Recap: Double Elimination! Diana Nyad and Sean Avery are out

Diana Nyad and dancing partner Henry Byalikov on DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 18 - Week 2 | ©2014 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Nene Leakes, James Maslow, Danica McKellar, Sean Avery, Billy Dee Williams, Meryl Davis, Candace Cameron Bure, Cody Simpson, Drew Carey, Amy Purdy, Diana Nyad, Charlie White Network: ABC, airs Mondays Original Telecast: March 24th, 2014 The producers of DANCING WITH THE STARS are doing everything they can to mix things up this season, some good and some bad. Tonight they eliminated one couple in the middle of the show before they even danced – Diana Nyad & Henry Byalikov – and then allowed them to dance afterward. The twist was that there was another couple eliminated at the show’s …Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 9 – “Blade Runners”

Jared Padelecki in SUPERNATURAL - Season 9 - "Blade Runners" | ©2014 The CW/Katie Yu | ©2014 The CW/Katie Yu

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Mark A. Sheppard, Kavan Smith, Rebecca Marshall, Nicole “Snooki’ Polizzi Writers: Brad Buckner & Eugenie Ross-Leming, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Serge Ladouceur Network: The CW, Tuesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: March 18, 2014 With “Blade Runners,” SUPERNATURAL moves the season arc forward, resolves a mini-arc, has a great guest star and no visible sulking. As the characters would say, it’s a win-win. King of Hell Crowley(Mark A. Sheppard) has developed an addiction to human blood, largely thanks to the actions of Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) while he was their …Read On »

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