It doesn't seem like that long ago that I discovered the Walt Disney Records Legacy Collection soundtracks... and promptly ordered them. What I couldn't figure out is how I'd missed them when they were first released, and why there were only a dozen titles. I mean, why stop? There are two built-in audiences for these … Continue reading Disney Legacy Collection Returns!
You know what happens when the neighborhood is quiet over a weekend? I'm able to think, and actual progress happens. A few more weekends like this one, I might even have something interesting to offer on this blog for you to read. Saturday was all about monsters. My writing partner and I have hammered (no pun intended) … Continue reading Actual Progress
I try to be supportive of Disney, and I try to keep an open mind. Some who know me might readily disagree with that statement given my record when it comes to remakes, but I contend I'm not the problem. When you remake a classic, the bar is set high. When the same company remakes the … Continue reading Belle by Comparison
I'm listening to the latest Cinematic Sounds Radio podcast, and they've got new music from composer Lorne Balfe's LEGO Batman. As the host of the show Erik Woods says, "This score is just bonkers, in a good way." It's a parody of every Batman score that's come before, up to and including Nelson Riddle's '66 version. It's … Continue reading New Bat-Music
Seems like it's been a dog's age since I offered a proper update of things. I suppose I could actually go back into my blog and see for myself when that was, but sometimes -- rarely, but sometimes -- the fugue state is actually welcome. It makes me feel a little more human. On the repair … Continue reading Some Catching Up To Do
I freely acknowledge that I'm up to my armpits in debt now. Home repairs will cause that to happen. I can't do anything about it except move on with my life. That includes the idea of planning out how to pay for all that back there. Thing is, I've moved past the stage of anger … Continue reading Bad Monkey!
As difficult as this is to believe, this is the only book on the market that examines the film scores of the great Jerry Goldsmith. This one is an ambitious little book that perhaps bites off a bit more than it can chew. By that, I mean that this book should have been either four … Continue reading Jerry Goldsmith: Music Scoring for American Movies by Mauricio Dupuis
The nature of the classic monsters is that they wax and wane in popularity at the box office. Some, like Dracula, are so beyond legendary that you can get anywhere from one to five different Dracula films each and every year, to say nothing of vampire films that have nothing to do with Dracula himself. … Continue reading The Mummy, 1999
When it comes to Tim Burton, there's a general rule of thumb that I exercise. If his film is based on someone else's source material, it tends to be of lesser quality, as though he's trying too hard to shoehorn in his style and vision into something that doesn't benefit from that. If his film … Continue reading Sleepy Hollow, 1999
It's the weekend before Halloween as I write this up. It's dark outside, the shadows twist in weird ways that invite your imagination to really screw with you, and I have just revisited one of the only horror movies that has ever been able to get inside my head and linger for days or even … Continue reading Candyman, 1992