In praise of the modern movie soundtrack

Posted by · 7:41 am · August 5th, 2011

I generally try to ignore film opinion pieces I think are fundamentally misguided — à chacun son goût and all that, plus the fact that fighting one mind is generally more trouble than it’s worth — but Ben Walsh’s idle article in The Independent today on the supposed demise of the movie soundtrack does such […]

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Clint Mansell scoring ‘The Iron Lady’

Posted by · 7:16 am · July 22nd, 2011

I’ll level with you, folks: there are a lot of prestige titles coming out in late 2011 that I’m itching to see, and “The Iron Lady” isn’t one of them. Putting to one side concerns about Phyllida Lloyd’s filmmaking prowess — I thought her ill at ease with the medium in “Mamma Mia!”, but she’s […]

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1/21 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: French indignation, talking threads with costumers, Portman’s extended laugh

Posted by · 8:17 am · January 21st, 2011

• The French lose their marbles not just over the exclusion of “Of Gods and Men” from this year’s foreign film shortlist, but the INCLUSION of Algeria’s “Outside the Law.” [The Carpetbagger] • Elizabeth Snead talks to a number of costumers on this year’s awards circuit [Deadline] • Is this Banksy? [Cinematical]

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Academy DQs scores for ‘Fighter,’ ‘Grit,’ ‘Kids’ and ‘Swan’

Posted by · 5:43 pm · December 20th, 2010

I had a bad feeling Carter Burwell’s work in “True Grit” was going to get the axe from a consistently dubious music branch, and so it has. Along with three other hopefuls. Variety is reporting that Burwell’s score and Clint Mansell’s for “Black Swan” were nixed due to being overwhelmed by pre-existing music (19th century […]

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AFI FEST: ‘Black Swan’ LA premiere wraps things up

Posted by · 10:06 am · November 12th, 2010

Last night was closing night of the 2010 AFI Fest, and they put a bow on things by offering up the Los Angeles premiere of AFI alum Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan.” I decided to head over to the Chinese Theatre to give it another look.  At this stage in the season, Telluride feel like ages […]

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REVIEW: “Black Swan” (****)

Posted by · 6:18 am · September 1st, 2010

Venice Film Festival It’s the juvenilization of the term “fairy tale” that has led many people to associate them inextricably with happy endings. At their most literary, fairy tales can be moral and often very unhappy narratives of yearning, obsession and eventual redemption, even if it comes with rather a large sacrifice attached; Hans Christian […]

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12/28 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:47 am · December 28th, 2009

• Pete Hammond can’t let go of this notion that “Michael Jackson’s This Is It” is a Best Picture contender.  A bunch of number 10 slots aren’t going to cut it, Pete.  [Notes on a Season] • Adam B. Vary notes the curious absence of Gene Hackman from the silver screen since the 2004 bomb […]

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8/4 Web Round-up

Posted by · 9:54 am · August 4th, 2009

• Kate Beckinsale talks about the gritty new roles peppering her career as of late. [The Times] • The top 20 horror films of the last 20 years. [Entertainment Weekly] • Recounting “District 9″‘s serendipitous path to the screen. [Los Angeles Times]

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An evening with Clint Mansell

Posted by · 5:44 pm · July 20th, 2009

It has been a very long time since I sat myself down in a wooden pew, but I think it’s safe to say that the last church recital I attended didn’t begin with a speech by a rebel auteur from Brooklyn, didn’t involve any electric guitars, and it certainly wasn’t accompanied by video imagery of […]

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Clint Mansell on growing up through film music

Posted by · 9:37 am · July 17th, 2009

It’s no secret around these parts that I’m a pretty committed disciple of composer Clint Mansell.  I was absolutely beside myself — livid — when his work on Darren Aronofsky’s “The Fountain,” potentially the best score of the decade, was unceremoniously snubbed by the Academy two years ago.  So it was delightful to read through […]

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The Academy opens the doors to 134 new members

Posted by · 10:56 am · June 30th, 2009

The headline says it all.  After bringing in 105 new members last year, the Academy has just announced a new list of 134 names to join their ranks. Actors include Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Jeffrey Wright (woo-hoo!), James McAvoy, Casey Affleck (who should have been brought in after his 2007 nomination), James Franco, Michael Cera […]

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Mansell’s collaboration with Slash saw prescient beginnings

Posted by · 6:36 am · December 17th, 2008

Every now and then I come across a great piece over at the L.A. Times’ Pop & Hiss blog (which I sadly forget to check more often than not).  Today I came across this nice item, an interview with composer Clint Mansell (criminally robbed of an Oscar nomination for “The Fountain”) and his collaboration with […]

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Will ‘The Wrestler’ bring The Boss a second Oscar?

Posted by · 6:36 am · December 7th, 2008

It’s been 13 years since Bruce Springsteen was nominated for an Oscar (1995 for the title track to Tim Robbins’s “Dead Man Walking”) and two more since he’s taken the award home (1993 for “Streets of Philadelphia”).  With little in the way of competition beyond songs like “Rock Me Sexy Jesus” from “Hamlet 2” and […]

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UPDATED: Want to hear Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Wrestler’ song?

Posted by · 11:40 am · September 8th, 2008

The closing credits track from Darren Aronofsky’s “The Wrestler,” a modest little ditty cooked up by the Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen, is one of the elements of this buzz-hogging flick that has fans foaming at the mouth in anticipation. Well, it seems some industrious soul turned on a recorder at a recent screening of the […]

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9/8 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 6:36 am · September 8th, 2008

• Jen Yamato wonders what the hell happened to Oscar-winner Cuba Gooding Jr. [Rotten Tomatoes] • Jeffrey Wells puts up a positive review of Kevin Smith’s “Zack and Miri Make a Porno,” philosophizes on the photographical approach to actually shooting a porno. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Logan Hill profiles “The Brothers Bloom” star Rachel Weisz back […]

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