TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 4 – “The Watchers on the Wall”

Neil Fingleton in GAME OF THRONES - Season 4 - "The Watcher in the Wall" | ©2014 HBO/Helen Sloan

Stars: Kit Harington, John Bradley, Hannah Murray, Rose Leslie, Kristofer Hivju, Owen Teale, Peter Vaughan, Dominic Carter, Ben Crompton, Brennock O’Connor, Mark Stanley, Josef Altin Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, series created by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: Neil Marshall Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Airdate: June 8, 2014 Breaking format with other episodes of GAME OF THRONES, the episode “The Watches on the Wall” takes place entirely in and around Castle Black as the Wildlings attack the Night’s Watch stronghold. If it’s medieval battle you …Read On »

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CD Review: THE MACHINE soundtrack

THE MACHINE soundtrack | ©2014 Movie Score Media

Among the wave of big-budget sci-fi scores using the latest in music high-tech to capture a lo-fi mid-80s electric sound, THE MACHINE resurrects the ghost in the synth to notable effect. Making his feature debut after numerous shorts (one tellingly titled THE BRITISH UFO FILES), Tom Raybould nails a hybrid approach between the coldly determined rhythms of John Carpenter, the more ominous sonic masses of Vangelis and the organic tonalities of a gentle, and just as effective piano and guitar. Put these together, and you’ve got an impressive recipe for creating musical artificial intelligence with a heart. Such is the …Read On »

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Movie Review: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 movie poster | ©2014 DreamWorks

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrara, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig, Djimon Hounsou, Kit Harington Writer: Dean DeBlois, based on the novels by Cressida Cowell Director: Dean DeBlois Distributor: 20th Century Fox/DreamWorks Animation Release Date: June 13, 2014 In 2010, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON came to the screen. Jointly written and directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, based on Cressida Cowell’s series of novels, the first TRAIN introduced us to our hero and narrator, the Viking youth Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel). Hiccup is more of an …Read On »

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CD Review: THE FINAL MEMBER soundtrack

THE FINAL MEMBER soundtrack | ©2014 Movie Score Media

Whether it was a mildly horny teen in THE WAY WAY BACK, a guy getting it on with his dream girl through a good number of the (500) DAYS OF SUMMER or a high school senior MacDaddy facing THE SPECTACULAR NOW, Rob Simonsen has scored more than a few films where using one’s penis is of vital importance. The difference with THE FINAL MEMBER  is that it becomes a detachment contest among three particularly giving guys who want to donate their Johnson to the Icelandic Phallological Museum, the preeminent (and only) penis museum on the planet that needs to complete …Read On »

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CD Review: FILTH soundtrack

FILTH soundtrack | ©2014 Milan Records

Clint Mansell has a rocking way of descending into madness, whether it’s a math savant drilling a hole in his head to solve an impossible equation, having the savior of the great flood become convinced he’s got to sacrifice a first born, or manically playing a bunch of junkies hallucinating their way to hell. Fuel his style of using rhythmically intensifying waves of electric guitar and symphonic psychosis with the drug-addled imagination of TRAINSPOTTING author Irving Welsh, and you’ve got a powerfully unhinged recipe for one very bad Scottish lieutenant in FILTH. The twisted cop’s nationality cleverly accounts for the bagpipes …Read On »

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CD Review: DENNIS THE MENACE soundtrack

DENNIS THE MENACE soundtrack | ©2014 La La Land Records

While he was a maestro of nearly every musical style, the one genre that Jerry Goldsmith never quite seemed to master was straight-up, non-genre comedy, particularly in such oddball scores as THE LONELY GUY, FIERCE CREATURES and MR. BASEBALL. Maybe it was because the melodies got all sentimental when confronted with straight-up romance, as opposed to playing the hijinks of gremlins and psycho neighbors. While he might not have horns, the devilish mischief of 1993s DENNIS THE MENACE does much to rectify the Goldsmith comedy curse, especially since the romance here is giving a yucky kiss to Margaret Wade. DENNIS …Read On »

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CD Review: BETTER LIVING THROUGH CHEMISTRY soundtrack

BETTER LIVING THROUGH CHEMISTRY soundtrack | ©2014 Lakeshore Records

Few comedy-minded composers are bridging the gap between the days of future alt. rock and the past’s pop kitsch like Andrew Feltenstein and John Nau, especially when it comes to all-out spoofs that allowed the free for all of jazz, psychedelic and Mexican music in CASA DI ME PADRE or the 70s funk fest and shark love songs of ANCHORMAN 2. But what makes LIVING better, and more challenging is that instead of uproarious pop culture and movie jokes, this scoring duo is tasked with rampaging through regular day suburbia, if still completely jacked up on illicit sex and drugs. …Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 4 – “The Mountain and the Viper”

Alfie Allen in GAME OF THRONES - Season 4 - "The Mountain and the Viper" | ©2014 HBO/Helen Sloan

Stars: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Emilia Clarke, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Alfie Allen, Charles Dance, John Bradley, Iwan Rheon, Rory McCann, Aidan Gillen, Iain Glen, Rose Leslie, Ian McElhennie, Julian Glover, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jacob Anderson, Lino Facioli, Pedro Pascal, Indira Varma, Hafpor Julius Bjornsson, Hannah Murray, Kristofer Hivju, Michael McElhatton, Paola Dionisotti, Rupert Vansittart Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, series created by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: Alex Graves Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Airdate: June 1, 2014 Even on …Read On »

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CD Review: UNDER THE SKIN soundtrack

UNDER THE SKIN soundtrack | ©2014 Milan Records

There are WTF scores. And then there are WTF scores, soundtracks that take an approach so utterly bizarre and unique that their composers don’t seem to have originated from this planet. On that note, someone had better do a major physical examination of Mica Levi, a seemingly come-from-nowhere musician – at least if you aren’t aware of her alternative career in Micachu and The Shapes. But given this young, classically trained artist’s stunning, and startling scoring debut, you just might assume her place of origin is another star system. For how else to describe the sound mass that’s likely what …Read On »

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Movie Review: ANNA

ANNA movie poster | ©2014 Vertical Entertainment

Rating: R Stars: Mark Strong, Taissa Farmiga, Brian Cox, Saskia Reeves, Richard Dillane, Indira Varma Writer: Guy Holmes, story by Guy Holmes & Martha Holmes Director: Jorge Dorado Distributor: Vertical Entertainment Release Date: June 6, 2014 Remote viewing, discussed in newsreel footage early in ANNA, is a real technique developed by the military. There’s some dispute as to how much, or whether, it actually works, but there is documentation that the armed forces used psychics to try to mentally “see” terrain, buildings and rooms far from their physical selves. In ANNA, this technique has been enhanced, so that there are …Read On »

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