CD Review: DEAD RINGERS, NAKED LUNCH and CRASH soundtracks

DEAD RINGERS soundtrack | ©2014 HOWE Records

Howard Shore made his musical bones on the body horror of director David Cronenberg, a match particularly made in visceral-intellectual heaven with DEAD RINGERS, NAKED LUNCH and CRASH, three scores that show the chilling diversity in what’s arguably the most rewardingly unhinged (and ongoing) collaboration between two creepily-minded auteurs of this dark side of Bernard Herrmann and Alfred Hitchcock. Now Shore gives this twisted trio a collector’s edition re-mastering, made complete with additional music that truly brings out his music’s mesmerizing power. 1988s DEAD RINGERS marked Shore’s fourth collaboration with Cronenberg for the most realistically disturbing movie the director had […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: NIGHTBREED – THE DIRECTOR’S CUT

NIGHTBREED: THE DIRECTOR'S CUT | ©2014 Shout! Factory

Stars: Craig Sheffer, Anne Bobby, David Cronenberg, Charles Haid Writer-Director: Clive Barker based on his novel CABAL Suggested Retail Price: $29.93 Distributor: Shout! Factory There are many instances where a director’s work is completely butchered by a studio because they don’t quite understand or care about the intent – they just want to make a quick buck and screw the art. Sergio Leone had his 1984 epic ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA sliced to a nub during its original release, only to be restored to its full epic glory decades later. Clive Barker’s NIGHTBREED from 1990 is the equivalent […]Read On »

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Olivia Williams takes MANHATTAN – Exclusive Interview

Olivia Williams in MANHATTAN - Season 1 | ©2014 WGN

WGN America’s new series MANHATTAN, airing Sunday nights, is a dramatized look at the then-ultra-secret World War II-era Manhattan Project. The United States hid away a group of scientists and their families in Los Alamos, New Mexico, so that the atomic bomb could be developed without prying eyes. Olivia Williams plays Liza Winter, another scientist who finds herself professionally ignored while her husband Frank, portrayed by John Benjamin Hickey, toils with the other physicists on the practical applications of nuclear fusion. Williams, a native of London, England, is no stranger to historical stories or characters with big secrets. Regarding the […]Read On »

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Interview: Elias Koteas on CHICAGO P.D. Season 1

Elias Koteas in CHICAGO P.D. - Season 1 | ©2014 NBC/Paul Drinkwater

NBC’s CHICAGO FIRE was such a hit of the 2012-2013 season that it took barely a year for it to launch a spin-off, CHICAGO P.D., Wednesday nights at 10 PM. The two series share characters and authentic Chicago locations, as well as executive producer Dick Wolf. On CHICAGO P.D., Elias Koteas plays undercover detective Alvin Olinsky, a master of blending into the background. Koteas, a native of Montreal, studied acting in New York. He had an early role as a skinhead in John Hughes’ SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL. Since then, he’s been in a number of notable feature films including […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: COPPER star Kyle Schmid on Robert Morehouse

Kyle Schmid in COPPER - Season 1 | ©2012 BBC America/Cineflix (Copper) Inc.

On BBC America’s COPPER, which has its first-season finale tonight at 10 PM, Tom Weston-Jones plays the title character, Kevin Corcoran. Corcoran is a police detective who patrols the extremely mean streets of the Five Points neighborhood in 1864 New York. He gets a lot of help from two fellow Union Civil War veterans. One is African-American medical doctor Matthew Freeman, played by Ato Essandoh. The other is the well-bred and wealthy Robert Morehouse, played by Kyle Schmid. Schmid, born in Ontario, Canada, has compiled an impressive resume of films and television roles, including work in ODYSSEY 5, THE SISTERHOOD […]Read On »

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CD Review: COSMOPOLIS soundtrack

COSMOPOLIS soundtrack | ©2012 Howe Records

With nearly ever David Cronenberg collaboration, Howard Shore stretches his imagination into unexpected dimensions of inner madness, from the cathode ray synth sadism of VIDEODROME to CRASH‘s grinding metal and the slow-boil orchestral murder that accompanied A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE. In the process, Shore’s found some truly interesting collaborators, particularly as he induced Ornette Coleman’s jazz madness for NAKED LUNCH. But for all of the bizarrely visceral qualities that Shore’s Cronenberg scores have exhibited, they’ve also shown surprising beauty, most recently with the Wagnerian analysis of DANGEROUS METHOD. Now on their fourteenth ride together, Shore’s hypnotic strangeness finds perhaps his […]Read On »

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Movie Review: A DANGEROUS METHOD

A DANGEROUS METHOD movie poster | ©2011 Sony Pictures Classics

Rating: R Stars: Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Sarah Gadon, Vincent Cassel Writer: Christopher Hampton, based on his play THE TALKING CURE, based on the book A MOST DANGEROUS METHOD by John Kerr Director: David Cronenberg Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics Release Date: November 23, 2011 When the subject of witty, dry, cerebral movie comedies arises, David Cronenberg is not the first director who springs to mind. Nevertheless, he’s made a fine one with A DANGEROUS METHOD, about the making and unmaking of the real-life professional relationship and personal friendship between Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen) and Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) […]Read On »

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