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Wednesday
Dec082010

Geekistry Reviews Daft Punk's Score of TRON: Legacy

With the first half of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in our rearview mirror, the other big behemoth of a film this holiday season is barreling down upon us for a December 17th release in the U.S. That film of course would be TRON: Legacy.

I’m not sure how this film will resonate with today’s teens and twentysomethings, but I can guarantee that you will see Generation X in full attendance at this film. Generation X *loved* the 1982 film that told the story of a software engineer who became trapped in his own virtual world. Quite frankly, with the advances in movie making technology, I was shocked that it took Disney this long to get around to making the sequel. From everything we’ve gleaned so far, it sounds like this sequel is going about telling the next chapter in the right way. I, unlike it seems everyone else, was not shocked that Daft Punk created a score this compelling for TRON: Legacy. This story goes perfectly with their style, and their French electronic roots.

While we still have to wait for the film, Michael Gaines, of Geekistry has this review of the score which was created by Daft Punk. I just got the score today, but rather than have you wait for my two cents, I think Mike does a great job of explaining some of the challenges and nuances involved with creating the score of this sequel. He also has a link over to an interview that Jason Bentley conducted with the director about the challenge of the score and the selection of Daft Punk to create it.

Mike’s review and the additional info at KCRW is well worth the read and listen.



Monday
Nov292010

Irvin Kershner, R.I.P.

Irvin Kershner’s direction of Episode V of the Star Wars Saga: The Empire Strikes Back was a masterwork in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre that will likely never be topped in terms of sheer cultural influence.

He also did a remarkable job with Sean Connery when they remade one of Connery’s earlier James Bond films, Thunderball, in 1983’s Never Say Never Again. It wasn’t a cultural landmark as Empire Strikes Back was, but his use of video games in a pivotal scene between Bond and his Antagonist, is fun.

 

 

Friday
Nov192010

He'll Leave the Light On For You...

So, we just got back from Harry Potter and the  Deathly Hallows, Part 1, and I was more excited by the trailer we saw before the film rolled. No, no. Not the Cowboys & Aliens one (although I’m getting more interested after repeated viewings(my money is on him actually being an alien who is lost, like ET, and they want him back)).  I was referring to Green Lantern, which I think is going to be awesome. Damn the rest of comic geekdom, which seems to be offering the news of a Green Lantern film with what could optimistically be called a lukewarm reception.

It feels like it has more Iron Man in it, then Daredevil.

Here is the trailer:

 

What do you think?

Friday
Nov192010

Lagspike Films Presents, WoW: An Inconvenient Expansion

Thursday
Sep232010

Keanu Reeves Wants to Make Bill and Ted 3

If this blog post at SandwichJohnFilms is accurate, then Keanu Reeves is open to making a third sequel to his breakthrough first two hit films, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) and Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey (1992).

For a longtime I’ve been a big fan of the films and think that the first film in particular is vastly underrated as a brilliant piece of art that has many levels to it, if one were so inclined to critically examine them, and I admit that the thought that Reeves might get together with Alex Winter and particularly writers Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, who penned the excellent first film that partied hard, has me extremely excited.

 

 

Tuesday
Sep152009

The best football films and more...

It is Autumn and that means it is time for football! Click here for my list of the 10 Best Football Films Ever. Over here I dissipate some of the fear, uncertainty, and doubt that has surrounded Apple in the financial world.

Tuesday
Apr102007

My Ranking of the James Bond films *updated* as of 2013

Tuesday
Apr102007

11 Artists Who Should Record James Bond Movie Themes

11 Artists that have not been tapped to record/perform a James Bond Theme that I think should have been:

Artists were chosen based on consistency, quality, suitability to the James Bond sound and ethos, and by virtue of not being a citizen of the United States.

 After all, why shouldn’t they use a British Secret Service agent to show off music that doesn’t originate from the USA?

1) Annie Lennox
2) Depeche Mode
3) The Cure
4) Sting
5) Peter Gabriel
6) Bjork
7) The Who
8) David Bowie
9) George Michael
10) Elton John
11) Gary Numan
Tuesday
Apr102007

The James Bond Film Themes Ranked.

By Opening Theme Song:

 1) The John Barry Orchestra - “The James Bond Theme” (Dr. No)
 2) Shirley Bassey - “Goldfinger” (Goldfinger)
 3) Paul McCartney and the Wings - “Live and Let Die” (Live and Let Die)
 4) Carly Simon - “Nobody Does It Better” (The Spy Who Loved Me)
 5) Duran Duran - “A View to a Kill” (A View to a Kill)
 6) Tom Jones -“Thunderball” (Thunderball)
 7) Nancy Sinatra - “You Only Live Twice” (You Only Live Twice)
 8)  Shirley Bassey - “Diamonds Are Forever” (Diamonds Are Forever)
 9) aha - “The Living Daylights” (The Living Daylights)
10) The Man With The Golden Gun (The Man With The Golden Gun)
11) Rita Coolidge - “All Time High” (Octopussy)
12) Matt Monro - “From Russia With Love” (From Russia With Love)
13) Sheena Easton - “For Your Eyes Only” (For Your Eyes Only)
14) Tina Turner - “Goldeneye” (Goldeneye)
15) John Barry Orchestra - “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service)
16) Shirley Bassey - “Moonraker” (Moonraker)
17) Gladys Knight - “Licence to Kill” (Licence to Kill)
18) Garbage - “The World is Not Enough” (The World is Not Enough)
19) Sheryl Crow - “Tomorrow Never Dies” (Tomorrow Never Dies)
20) Madonna- “Die Another Day” (Die Another Day)
21) Chris Cornell - “You Know My Name” (Casino Royale)

Thursday
Feb222007

NIN - "Beside You In Time" music video script

I’d forgotten to mention that I’ve written and posted my music video script treatment of Nine Inch Nails song “Beside You in Time” which appeared on Trent Reznor’s 2005 album,”With Teeth”.  A previous script treatment of Seabound’s “Watching Over You (Haujobb) mix” ended up being more popular than I had expected and there had been a request for additional scripts. So enjoy.


 

For maximum enjoyment,  I highly recommend that you play the song in your headphones at the time of reading. I’ve included a timecode in the script so that you can feel the rhythm, tone, and pace of the video as you read the script and listen to the song.

There is not a chance in hell that it will ever be produced of course, but I thought you might enjoy seeing all the might have beens and the could have beens.

::grin::

After reading it, feel free to share any comments.