IN THE HEART OF THE SEA: Composer Roque Baños on scoring the seas – Interview

IN THE HEART OF THE SEA soundtrack | ©2015 WaterTower Music

If you madly hunt for great composing talents the world over, chances are you’ll hear the particular, vast melodic abilities of one Roque Baños. Hailing from Spain where he’d notably engage in the Spaghetti Western pastiche of 800 BULLETS,  the artistic classicism of GOYA IN BOURDEAUX and the bad cop antics of TORRENTE among the numerous movie he’d score in his home country, Baños first caught American ears with his romantically twisted crime stylings for 2000’s SEXY BEAST and the Herrmann-esque doom of 2004’s Theremin-possessed  THE MACHINIST. It’s been a long, prolific journey to our shores over the years before […]Read On »

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MR. ROBOT: Rami Malek on USA’s surprise hit series – interview

Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson in the USA series MR. ROBOT | © 2015 David Giesbrecht/USA Network

In USA’s freshman hit series MR. ROBOT, Rami Malek stars as Elliot Alderson. Elliot is a socially isolated, brilliant computer hacker who joins the team founded by the mysterious title character, played by Christian Slater, to take down corporations and change the social order. Malek, a native of Los Angeles, had his first onscreen role in THE GILMORE GIRLS. Since then, he’s been in series including THE WAR AT HOME, 24 and THE PACIFIC, and features including LARRY CROWNE, NEED FOR SPEED, OLDBOY and SHORT TERM 12, as well as the NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM and TWILIGHT franchises. Created by […]Read On »

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THE HUNGER GAMES CATCHING FIRE Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

THE HUNGER GAMES CATCHING FIRE | THE LAST DAYS ON MARS | © 2014 Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: THE HUNGER GAMES CATCHING FIRE – Hard not to highlight the sequel to THE HUNGER GAMES as the title of the week considering it was one of the largest grossing movies of 2013. The second adaptation to Suzanne Collin’s trilogy amps up the action big time as […]Read On »

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CD Review: The Best Scores of 2013 – The Runners-Up

Brian Tyler / NOW YOU SEE ME soundtrack | ©2013 Glassnote

BEYOND TWO SOULS (Lorne Balfe / Sony Entertainment) Though it’s far more of an interactive movie than it is a video game, the negligible level of first-person shooter ability here doesn’t prevent BEYOND TWO SOULS from being a complete immersive experience, especially with the eerie, and rapturous quality of Lorne Balfe’s score, leveled up with the ace technical and musical production oversight of Hans Zimmer. For a heroine seemingly cursed by her lifelong bond to an invisible entity, Balfe conjures a truly beautiful theme, topped with a female voice that resonates with a wounded emotion that binds this powerfully symphonic […]Read On »

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Movie Review: OLDBOY

OLDBOY movie poster | ©2013 FilmDistrict

Rating: R Stars: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, Samuel L. Jackson Writer: Mark Protosevich, based on the 2003 film directed by Park Chan-wook, based on the manga comics by Garon Tsuchiya & Nobuaki Minegishi Director: Spike Lee Distributor: FilmDistrict Release Date: November 27, 2013 Sometimes, translation isn’t just a matter of words. Events and actions and motives that play one way in one culture look and feel very different when transposed to another country where sensibilities are different. This is likewise true of changing mediums – something that works gangbusters on the page may not translate to live-action and […]Read On »

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CD Review: OLDBOY soundtrack (1,000 edition)

OLDBOY soundtrack | © 2011 Milan Records

Korean cinema, and scoring got hammered into the map with Chanwook Park’s twisted tale of a revenge years in the offing, but what also distinguished OLDBOY was how composer Cho Young-Wuk took a truly offbeat road to musical revenge by using tangos and waltzes for the film’s dance of psychosexual destruction. While a score of this type literally couldn’t get classier with its sonorous violins and piano, Wuk also employed near-mournful suspense, electronica and stormy combos of strings and synths to deliver the genre goods without letting its characters off the hook for their depravity. With its impressively strong use […]Read On »

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