THE ACCOUNTANT: Composer Mark Isham plays a unique set of action skills – Interview

THE ACCOUNTANT composer Mark Isham | ©2016 Mark Isham

  One might expect composer Mark Isham to have had a tender musical upbringing that resulted in a soft-spoken composer who carried a powerfully blown trumpet. No doubt he was given some very different life choices than Chris – a highly functioning autistic youth with a natural gift for math and an equally big bullying target on his back, one that makes his military dad train Chris and brother in the killer skills that mature a budding genius into “The Accountant’s” cross between Rain Man and The Punisher. Certainly one of the crazier Hollywood films to give socially challenged characters […]Read On »

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Blu-ray and DVD picks of the week including DOLPHIN TALE

DOLPHIN TALE | © 2011 Warner Home Video

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 DOLPHIN TALE – I’m not the biggest fan of feel good movies but even my cold, black heart can enjoy a sweet tale about a lonely young boy that finds a calling in helping an injured dolphin that is missing a tale and was rescued. The movie […]Read On »

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Barry Levinson’s 1982 classic DINER screens at LACMA tonight at 7:30pm

DINER movie poster | ©1982 MGM/Warner Bros.

One of the most underrated 1980s comedies is DINER, the writer-directorial debut of Barry Levinson and tonight LACMA is sponsoring a special screening in Los Angeles tonight, December 1, at 7:30. You can purchase DINER tickets by clicking on the link. Rarely is there such a perfect first film, but Levinson nailed it with his 1982 classic set in 1959 Baltimore. Based on his own experiences, DINER stars Kevin Bacon, Timothy Daly, Mickey Rourke, Steve Guttenberg, Ellen Barkin, Paul Reiser and Daniel Stern in their first breakout roles. The film is essentially about a bunch of guys trying to grow […]Read On »

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CD review: WARRIOR soundtrack

WARRIOR soundtrack | ©2011 Lakeshore Records

Having scored the inspirational hockey drama MIRACLE and the downbeat cop conspiracy PRIDE AND GLORY for writer-director Gavin O’Connor, Mark Isham’s third step into the ring with the filmmaker combines both the grim and victorious. And the result is a musical WARRIOR that grabs you with surprising subtlety before delivering a knockout foot to the face (this is mixed martial arts after all). For a good while, Isham keeps his drama in a brooding key, full of the fighting brothers’ family resentments and recriminations. But emotion steadily rises to break through the orchestral ice, his heavy strings and brass steadily […]Read On »

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Movie Review: WARRIOR

WARRIOR movie poster | ©2011 Lionsgate

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte, Jennifer Morrison, Frank Grillo, Kevin Dunn Writers: Gavin O’Connor & Anthony Tambakis & Cliff Dorfman, story by Gavin O’Connor & Cliff Dorfman Director: Gavin O’Connor Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: September 9, 2011 A movie about two brothers who haven’t seen each other for years, the younger not speaking to the elder and both estranged from their father, who both wind up competing out of financial necessity in the same worldwide mixed martial arts worldwide championship match sounds like it’s going to have its share of clichés and melodrama. WARRIOR does in […]Read On »

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