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 »



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 »



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 »


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 »


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 »


TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 5 – “High Sparrow”

Peter Dinklage in GAME OF THRONES - Season 5 - "High Sparrow" ©2015 HBO/Helen Sloan

Stars: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Kit Harington, Maisie Williams, Aiden Gillen, Stephen Dillane, Liam Cunningham, Carice van Houten, John Bradley, Sophie Turner, Hannah Murray, Conleth Hill, Gwendoline Christie, Natalie Dormer, Dean-Charles Chapman, Daniel Portman, Tom Wlaschiha, Jonathan Pryce, Michael McElhatton, Iwas Rheon 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: Michael Slovis Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Airdate: April 24, 2015 GAME OF THRONES starts to really diverge from the books in “High Sparrow.” Although the title element is more or …Read On »


TV Review: BONES – Season 10 – “The Putter in the Rough”

Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz in BONES - Season 10 - "The Putter in the Rough" | © 2015 Ray Mickshaw/FOX

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd, Ryan O’Neal, Michael Grant Terry, Shalita Grant, Sunnie Pelant Writer: Dave Thomas, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Milan Cheylov Network: Fox, Thursdays @ 8 PM Airdate: April 16, 2015 Miniature golf, that major yet largely unsung staple of suburban Americana, takes focus in the BONES Season 10 episode “The Putter in the Rough.” The title is arguably a little misleading, as there isn’t much rough on a mini and the body is found on a ledge, but …Read On »



FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD soundtrack | ©2015 Sony Classical Music

The beautiful, slow-moving string melodies of English composer Craig Armstrong have made him a favorite when it comes to the many shades of romance. And while he’s had his share of cheerful, kiss-filled endings with LOVE, ACTUALLY and FEVER PITCH, most often it’s his poignant talent for melody that has ripped romance asunder, most often in the company of Baz Luhrmann for MOULIN ROUGE! and THE GREAT GATSBY, Armstrong’s beautiful melancholy couldn’t be better suited than for this latest cinematic trip to Thomas Hardy’s countryside with FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD, the story of a woman torn asunder between an …Read On »


CD Review: STORMY WEATHER soundtrack

STORMY WEATHER soundtrack | ©2015 Kritzerland

After their terrific release of Patrick Williams’ Italian-flavored underscore for BREAKING AWAY that coincided with Twilight Time’s blu ray movie edition, Kritzerland once again works in conjunction with the label to put out a truly historical, two-CD of one of mainstream Hollywood’s few forays into black entertainment. But beyond the song made eternal by Lena Horne for this 1943 20th Century Fox production, STORMY WEATHER also stands as one of the great American songbook scores when it came to showing black culture’s big splash on the nation’s music songbook. Done in the all-star cavalcade style made popular from the advent …Read On »


CD Review: QUEENIE and TO KILL A PRIEST (1,000 edition)

QUEENIE soundtrack | ©2015 Intrada Records

Georges Delerue wrote an astonish 18 scores alone from 1987-88. Two reality-based scores from that time now show his versatility, first making an emotionally empowering Indian passage to Hollywood, and then movingly martyring a leader doomed against totalitarian odds. Even given his French birthright, few composers had a naturally feminine quality to their work like Delerue, whose string, violin and flute empathy embodies an ersatz Merle Oberon (in the exotic form of Mia Sara) in his score for QUEENIE, one of those passion-filled TV miniseries of yore involving a woman climbing her way to the top through beauty and bedroom, …Read On »

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