CD Review: THE RUNNER STUMBLES soundtrack

THE RUNNER STUMBLES soundtrack | ©2014 Buysoundtrax

Funnily enough, the eleven film collaboration between Stanley Kramer and Ernest Gold will likely be most popularly remembered for their one-shot laugh fest IT’S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD as opposed to the far more serious music that was otherwise conjured by the likes of THE DEFIANT ONES, ON THE BEACH and INHERIT THE WIND. But even among these sweepingly somber scores, the one film, and soundtrack that’s completely flown under the radar is Kramer’s 1979 swan song THE RUNNER STUMBLES, in which had the audacity to dramatically cast the ever-loveable Dick Van Dyke as a priest accused of …Read On »

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Movie Review: THE GRAND SEDUCTION

THE GRAND SEDUCTION movie poster | ©2014 E One

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Taylor Kitsch, Liane Balaban Writers: Michael Dowse and Ken Scott, based on the screenplay for SEDUCING DOCTOR LEWIS by Ken Scott Director: Don McKellar Distributor: E One Release Date: May 30, 2014 SEDUCING DOCTOR LEWIS, aka LE GRANDE SEDUCTION, was a 2003 French-language Canadian film. The English-language remake, set in Newfoundland, has a Dr. Lewis, played Taylor Kitsch. The doctor is busted for carrying cocaine on a small connecting flight. Rather than risk a prison sentence, the doc agrees – at the behest of the Customs agent – to spend a month caring for the …Read On »

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CD Review: VICTOR YOUNG AT PARAMOUNT soundtrack

VICTOR YOUNG AT PARAMOUNT soundtrack | ©2014 Kritzerland Records

Kritzerland continues to mine for golden age soundtracks in the Paramount peak, doing impressive sonic excavations on many gems well past five decades old (practically pre-history in soundtrack terms nowadays), no more so than in their compilations celebrating fairly obscure work by composers during their tenure with the studio. Now Kritzerland follows up their “Franz Waxman at Paramount” album with this triptych featuring Victor Young, the prolific, and manly-sounding composer of over two hundred soundtracks (THE QUIET MAN and AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS among them) whose nevertheless best remembered tune today is the eternal song “When I Fall …Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 4 – “Mockingbird”

Gwendoline Christie and Daniel Portman in GAME OF THRONES - Season 4 - "Mockingbird" | ©2014 HBO/Helen Sloan

Stars: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Emilia Clarke, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Rory McCann, Aidan Gillen, Iain Glen,  Carice Van Houten, Gwendoline Christie, Daniel Portman, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jacob Anderson, Michiel Huisman, Kate Dickie, Lino Facioli, Pedro Pascal, Jerome Flynn, Tara Fitzgerald, Owen Teale, Ben Hawkey, Andy Beckwith, Hafpor Julius Bjornsson 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: Alik Sakharov Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Airdate: May 18, 2014 GAME OF THRONES is known for its …Read On »

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CD Review: MUPPETS MOST WANTED / THE MUPPETS soundtrack

MUPPETS MOST WANTED / THE MUPPETS soundtrack | ©2014 Intrada Records

Animation has been a particularly well-suited realm for Christophe Beck to practice his melodically energetic way of giving an orchestra the frisky, bright vibes of pop music, a Pharrell-ish feeling of optimism as well as playfully ominous danger that’s recently helped to propel The Mouse House’s short PAPERMAN to an Oscar win before assisting in FROZEN‘s feature-length CGI-toon gold – a movie that’s made Beckthe box office champ of cartoon scoring as well. And if Beck can give animation the sensation of infectous happiness, than why not felt? Such is the antically pleasant spin he’s given to two Muppet movies, …Read On »

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CD Review: CREEPSHOW soundtrack (3,000 edition)

CREEPSHOW soundtrack | ©2014 La La Land Records

From the time when the denizens of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD shambled through its farmhouse field to the tune of creature feature stock music, George Romero’s horror films have had a pulp throwback feel to them that recalled the graphic, moral comeuppance of such E.C. comics as “Tales From the Crypt” and “Vault of Horror.” So it was only natural that the filmmaker would unleash his own cinematic, blood-colored anthology with 1982s CREEPSHOW, authored by no less than Stephen King. It’s a film that for many remains the director’s most unhinged and pleasurable effort, especially with its seamless combination …Read On »

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Movie Review: THE LOVE PUNCH

THE LOVE PUNCH movie poster | ©2014 Ketchup Entertainment

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Emma Thompson, Pierce Brosnan, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie, Louise Bourgoin, Laurent Lafitte Writer: Joel Hopkins Director: Joel Hopkins Distributor: Ketchup Entertainment Release Date: May 23, 2014 If THE LOVE PUNCH had come out in the ‘70s, with two big-name stars and its cheery attitude, chances are it would have been a hit. The movie’s problem is that it’s coming out in 2014, and although its particular concerns (corporate raiders, vanishing pension funds) have a timely ring, the overall effect is retro. For some, this will be a plus; for others, this kind of lighthearted thriller seems now …Read On »

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Movie Review: A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST

A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST movie poster | ©2014 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Giovanni Ribisi, Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Silverman Writers: Seth MacFarlane & Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild Director: Seth MacFarlane Distributor: Universal Release Date: May 30, 2014 There are moments of laugh-out-loud brilliance in A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST, writer/producer/director/star Seth MacFarlane’s send-up of classic Westerns. There are also plenty of just generally funny things. And then there are things that will make at least some people go, “I’m not with you on this one.” It’s 1882 in the Territories, a scrubby stretch of the Old West …Read On »

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Movie Review: MALEFICENT

MALEFICENT movie poster | ©2014 Walt Disney Pictures

Rating: PG Stars: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Tom Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville, Brenton Thwaites, Kenneth Cranham, Isobelle Molloy, Michael Higgins Writer: Linda Woolverton, based on Walt Disney’s SLEEPING BEAUTY and Charles Perrault’s story LA BELLE AU BOIS DORMANT Director: Robert Stromberg Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: May 30, 2014 Almost everyone who saw Walt Disney’s animated SLEEPING BEAUTY as a child, regardless of when that childhood was, had the crap scared out of them by the villainess Maleficent. An evil fairy who cast a death spell on an innocent baby, had green vapor surrounding …Read On »

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TV Review: 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY – Season 9 – “3:00PM to 4:00PM”

Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) asks to be reinstated into the field on 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY | © 2014 Daniel Smith/FOX

Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Yvonne Strahovski, Tate Donovan, Mary Lynn Rajskub, William Devane, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Giles Matthey, Michael Wincott, Benjamin Bratt, Kim Raver Writers: Sang Kyu Kim, Patrick Somerville Director: Omar Madha Network: Fox, airs Monday nights @ 9 p.m. Original Telecast: May 26, 2014 The last episode of 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY gave us what we have been hoping for since the start – the chance for Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) to once again be given a chance to stop the bad guys from doing bad things under the flag of the U.S. government. Now obviously, this is beyond far-fetched …Read On »

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