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...
Posted On 31 Mar 2009

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 that got panned by most...
Posted On 31 Mar 2009

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...
Posted On 31 Mar 2009

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...
Posted On 30 Mar 2009

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...
Posted On 30 Mar 2009

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...
Posted On 30 Mar 2009

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...
Posted On 29 Mar 2009

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...
Posted On 29 Mar 2009

Broken Embraces, Spanish trailer

Love the nod to Bernard Herrmann with the trancy whirlpool harp à la Vertigo. And is that a shot quote from Notorious too? How many of our Spanish readers have seen Los Abrazos Rotos?
Posted On 29 Mar 2009

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...
Posted On 28 Mar 2009