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Top 20 composers of the past 20 years

John Farr, at bestmoviesbyfarr.com, has compiled his personal list of ten composers who he feels wrote the most memorable scores of the 15 years from 1959-1974. He chooses this period somewhat arbitrarily, claiming that the most evocative use of music in the past quarter century has taken the form of ...

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Seth Rogen on Letterman

David Letterman has a much stranger sense of humor than he normally gets to express on his own show. As offbeat as he can be, I first realized we had matching taste in movie comedies when he raved about One Night at McCools a few years back — a movie ...

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Sherlock Holmes poster

(click to enlarge) The brooding teaser poster for Sherlock Holmes has the Baker Street sleuth striking a pose that reminds me of another fin-de-si√®cle eccentric. And another one. (Some have said that the dark tinted glasses are anachronistic — in the 19th century “it was common for syphilis patients to ...

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Subtitles for Dummies

Don’t buy the new DVD or Blu-ray discs for Let the Right One In unless you like all the subtlety and nuance sucked right out of your movies. The subtitles for the theatrical release, as well as those on last year’s screeners, did a fine job translating the sly attitude ...

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Sacha Baron Cohen’s Bruno is NC-17! Not.

We know Sharon Waxman knows exactly what’s going on here, and understands the game being played. Maybe she thinks nobody else does, because this gets reported in breathless gasps, as if we’re all supposed to be shocked and concerned. Is Sacha Baron Cohen’s Bruno Too Raunchy? With outrageous sex scenes ...

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A Joaquin Time-Bomb

Director James Gray speaks out about the bizarre behavior of former BFF, Joaquin Phoenix. Gray is in the UK promoting Two Lovers, and he’s less than thrilled that the Phoenix’s antics overshadow his film: “It’s like, Letterman was trying to get the movie out there, but the only thing that’s ...

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Maurice Jarre, 1924 – 2009

From the BBC: French composer Maurice Jarre, best known for his music for Hollywood films, has died in Los Angeles at 84, after suffering from cancer. Jarre, father of the composer Jean-Michel Jarre, rose to prominence relatively late in life. His breakthrough came in 1962 when he wrote the score ...

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Sugar trailer

Thanks to Jack Stark for tipping us to the trailer for Sugar, nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance last year (Frozen River won) and nommed for Best Screenplay at the Indie Spirit Awards (beat out by Vicky Cristina Barcelona). Written and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, ...

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Shutter Island, teaser poster

Brad Brevett at Rope of Silicon has this teaser poster scanned from the Berliner Zeitung newspaper. Looks like Scorsese (or at least the Paramount market department) is playing up the Gothic horror aspects of the story rather than the noir detective mystery, and that’s fine by me. The ghoulish font ...

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In A Dream

Philadelphia muralist Isaiah Zager is the subject of his son Jeremiah’s documentary, In A Dream, whose trailer comes to us via Cinematical. Winner of the audience award at SXSW Film Festival a couple of weeks ago, the film will be screening across the country on a schedule you can find ...

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The Princess and the Frog pushed up 2 weeks

The Prince and the Frog has hopped forward a couple of weeks to a December 11 release date, providing some breathing room before Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakuel opens on Christmas Day. Disney’s 49th feature animation will premiere in limited release on November 25 in New York and L.A. ...

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Sin Nombre

Wall Street Journal: This astonishing debut feature announces the arrival of a lavishly gifted filmmaker, Cary Joji Fukanaga. (He’s California-born, of a Swedish-American mother and a Japanese-American father.) The subject is immigration, the language is Spanish — with good English subtitles — the scope is epic and the achievement, though ...

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Taking Woodstock, trailer

Another terrific cast: Demetri Martin, Eugene Levy, Imelda Staunton, Katherine Waterston, Emile Hirsch, Kelli Garner, Liev Schreiber, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and the ubiquitously obligatory Paul Dano. Details from the book after the cut.  

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Huge Stooge News

The Farrelly brothers have finally found their Stooges. THR says Jim Carrey will join Sean Penn and Benicio Del Toro, teaming up for some slapstick as Curly Joe, Larry and Moe Howard. It’s not a biopic, but a brand new Stooges adventure. (“Sweet and Lowbrow”?) Moe: The treasure! We found ...

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Dennis & Julianne & Bill & Hillary

A probable co-production between HBO & the BBC, the intimacy and immediacy of TV feels to me like a better showcase for Peter Morgan’s talent for factionalizing contemporary re-enactments than the big screen. From The Guardian UK: The Deal (2003) was a duel. The Queen (2006) was a chess match. ...

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