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Horror Highlights: The Dark Crystal 35th Anniversary Vinyl Score, Sightings DVD Contest, Q&A with The Rizen Director Matt Mitchell, A Demon Within

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Jim Henson and Frank Oz's The Dark Crystal recently had its 35th anniversary, and Enjoy the Ride Records is joining the celebration with five deluxe anniversary vinyl versions of Trevor Jones' soaring score for the film. In today's Horror Highlights we also have a DVD giveaway for the new alien film Sightings, a fun Q&A with The Rizen writer/director Matt Mitchell, and the poster and trailer for A Demon Within.

The Dark Crystal 35th Anniversary Vinyl Score: From Enjoy the Ride Records: "In celebration of the 35th Anniversary of The Dark Crystal, the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be available across five deluxe anniversary edition vinyl variants*, courtesy of The Jim Henson Company and Enjoy The Toons Records. This Deluxe 35th Anniversary Edition is pressed on 180-200 gram limited edition colored vinyl, complete with die-cut center labels** and housed in a 400gsm gatefold jacket. This release
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The Dark Crystal 4K Restoration Coming to Theaters in February from Fathom Events, The Jim Henson Company, and Universal Pictures

Presented by Fathom Events, The Jim Henson Company, and Universal Pictures as a two-night event, the recently restored The Dark Crystal (1982) will mesmerize audiences in theaters on February 25th and 28th. Keep reading for more awesome news on the beloved film from the minds of Jim Henson and Frank Oz:

Press Release: Denver – December 12, 2017 – Thirty-five years after it first stunned audiences and critics with its unprecedented visions and mythic storytelling, Jim Henson’s 1982 epic fantasy-adventure “The Dark Crystal,” co-directed by Henson and Frank Oz, will return to big screens nationwide in a special two-night presentation from Fathom Events, The Jim Henson Company and Universal Pictures.

Newly restored in 4K (at select theaters), “The Dark Crystal” is a visually spectacular tale of a young hero who must find a legendary relic in order restore harmony to the universe. A watershed in fantasy filmmaking produced by Gary Kurtz (Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back
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October Horrors 2017 Day 22 – Angel Heart (1987)

Angel Heart, 1987.

Directed by Alan Parker.

Starring Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, Lisa Bonet, and Charlotte Rampling.

Synopsis:

It’s 1955, and New York-based private investigator Harry Angel is hired by the mysterious businessmen Louis Cyphre to track down Johnny Favourite, an elusive lounge singer who owes Cyphre a very large debt. As he investigates, Angel finds himself embroiled in a dark mystery of violence, murder, and mysticism, with the hunt for Favourite leaving many bodies in its wake.

With its dodgy dames, greasy gumshoes, dimly lit alleys, and jazzy booze soaked mysteries, noir is simply one of the coolest and most fascinating genres ever to have existed.

Noir while fascinating on its own is, in my view, at its most engaging and interesting when writers and directors try to mix it with other genres. An easy example to point to would be Ridley Scott’s melding of noir with science
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Horrible Misogyny in the Film World Is Surfacing, But Are We Really Surprised?

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This week has been quite the shitshow in the film community. A lot of ugliness came to the surface via the Alamo Drafthouse and Cinefamily debacles, but how many women in the industry can really say they are surprised? We all know this type of behavior is rampant and typically goes unchecked.

Back in October, Birth.Movies.Death editor-in-chief Devin Faraci was publicly accused of sexual assault. He resigned from the site, which is owned by Drafthouse. While it seemed like this particular entitled dude in the film world, who supposedly supported women and was seen as a feminist ally, actually faced consequences for his actions — which is rare — we weren’t being told the whole story. It turns out his employment continued. Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League kept him on the payroll. He had been quietly working for Drafthouse as a copywriter — until this fact became public knowledge last week. People flipped out, and rightfully so. Now Faraci has resigned once again.

This problem is bigger than Faraci, though his actions are particularly odious. Todd Brown, a programmer for Drafthouse-owned Fantastic Fest, succinctly summarized the wider context. He resigned from the fest, and in a post on Facebook, explained, “Anyone who has ever suggested that Fantastic Fest and the Drafthouse is just the geek friendly equivalent of the classic Old Boys Club, you have just been proven correct. There it is, the Club utterly ignoring the victim while it creates a protective ring around the perpetrator.”

In the aftermath of this controversy, League acknowledged in a Facebook post that “a culture of sexual harassment and gender inequality persists in our society and specifically within the film industry, and much work remains to fix this problem.” He continued, “by engaging in dialogue about these issues, and by holding people responsible for their actions, we can begin to bridge the gap between where we are now, and where we need to be. Without question, sexual misconduct is impermissible. The question is whether there is any path to redemption, and if so, what that path looks like.”

This is not what that path looks like. And that can’t even be up for debate. Faraci’s employment was kept secret for a reason. League knew how the news would be received.

“Devin has spent the time since this allegation examining the choices he made that led to it,” League wrote. “He has recognized and acknowledged his struggles with substance abuse; after stepping down, he immediately entered recovery and has been sober ever since. This is an important step in the right direction. His departure from Birth.Movies.Death meant losing his job, his livelihood, his career, and his place in the film community, but Devin has started the work to rebuild himself first with the understanding that all else is secondary. Seeing the work that Devin has been doing to acknowledge his faults, to address his addiction, and to better himself, I thought it was important to contribute to his recovery process by helping him with some means to earn a living. Once it became clear that his efforts were sincere, I offered Devin copywriting work at Alamo Drafthouse and have recently expanded that to include writing blurbs for our Fantastic Fest festival guide. He does not hold any leadership position at Alamo Drafthouse or Fantastic Fest and is not involved with Birth.Movies.Death. in any capacity.”

But what about the recovery process of the women who were impacted by Faraci’s words and actions? Twitter user spacecrone, someone who has personal experience with Faraci, has made her feelings clear. Check out this thread. It’s essential reading. Some highlights:

the film industry won't be "good for women" until y'all make some compassionate boundaries about what kinds of behavior is acceptable

— @spacecrone

i get it. i totally get loving your friend and feeling at a loss that he is freaking out so much that his "career is ruined.

— @spacecrone

But Here'S The Thing: He Hurts People

— @spacecrone

and when you put me, and everyone else, in the position to have to care more about devin's wellbeing than our own or the people he's hurt,

— @spacecrone

You Are Contributing To The Atmosphere That Results In Women Not Coming Forward About These Things

— @spacecrone

When League said that “there’s some discomfort with the idea that Devin is once again employed by the Alamo Drafthouse,” all he really did was minimize the damage. Faraci’s employment sends such a disappointing, disturbing message to the film community. You can treat women this way and get away with it.

The second recent example focuses on the Indie La film venue Cinefamily which made news last month when an anonymous email was sent to many members of the organization as well as other members of the film community. As Variety summarized, the message cited “a 2014 harassment case against Cinefamily co-founder and executive director Hadrian Belove that ended in a settlement, as well as accusing Shadie Elnashai, vice president of the board of directors, of ‘raping multiple women.’” Belove and Elnashai resigned shortly after.

Cinefamily released a statement addressing the situation and revealing that they would “temporarily suspend” all activities to “allow for the investigation and necessary restructure of management and the board.”

“Recently, claims were made alleging improper behavior by one of more members of the organization,” the release read. “The Board of Directors of The Cinefamily has no tolerance for any form of behavior that does not conform to the high standards demanded by our members and staff and that of common human decency.”

Now we have more details about exactly what went down.

Yesterday La Weekly published an all-too-familiar account of what happened at Cinefamily — and how little was done about it. In August of 2016, former employee William Morris “was walking from the theater’s back patio to its front door when he claims to have seen Shadie Elnashai, then vice president of Cinefamily’s board, drunkenly wrap his arms around a female employee who was working the concession stand. Morris says he watched Elnashai ‘putting his hands on this person and then putting his hands off, taking a step back, and then laughing and doing it again’ — even after she told him to stop.”

And that wasn’t the first time Morris witnessed Elnashai behaving this way. He saw him “touch a young female employee in a way that seemed inappropriate” 10 months prior, in October 2015. He observed “Elnashai drunkenly wrap his arms around an employee, Melanie Ghaffari, during a Cinefamily Halloween party that was open to the public.” “He put his hands on this person’s waist and then they pushed him away,” Morris recalled. “Then he came up again and slid his hands a little bit further up and then [they] pushed him away.”

“Morris is not the only employee to claim that women were treated inappropriately at Cinefamily, but he is one of the few who complained to management in writing,” La Weekly writes. “On Sept. 5, 2016, less than a month after he witnessed the second incident, Morris sent a complaint to Cinefamily’s executive managing director, Trevor Jones, alleging that employees had been inappropriately touched and describing the work environment as a ‘thriving rape culture.’”

Cinefamily’s founder, Belove, likely had more than a little to do with fostering this environment. “According to former volunteer coordinator Jenny Ryan, Belove told her she ‘needed to be hiring cute young girls that he would want to fuck’ and that he ‘would grumble if I hired someone that he found unattractive,’” La Weekly writes. “Former director of operations Nedjelko Spaich says Belove instructed him to fire employees who were not attractive enough. Longtime volunteer Karina Chacham claims to have witnessed Belove receiving oral sex from a Cinefamily volunteer. Former director of development Tina Poppy sued Belove and Cinefamily in 2014 for gender discrimination, sexual harassment, assault, and battery, among other complaints. And two former employees — Hayley Pogue and Mario Muñoz — claim they too were physically assaulted by Belove.”

The Faraci and Cinefamily situations are particularly visible blights on the film community, but they are not the only ones. Sometimes misogyny is super explicit and visible, but oftentimes bro culture is insidious. And some of the men who perpetuate it pretend to be progressive and get away with treating women unacceptably. If you needed a brutal, disheartening reminder of this fact, this week served to do just that. The upside is that there are men like William Morris standing up for women and the clear public outcry is making it impossible for Cinefamily and Alamo Drafthouse to sweep these scandals under the rug. There are many people talking and watching that we won’t be silenced.

Horrible Misogyny in the Film World Is Surfacing, But Are We Really Surprised? was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Exclusive Interview: Oscar-winning composer Steven Price on American Assassin and film soundtracks

Sean Wilson chats to the composer behind the violent new black ops thriller American Assassin starring Dylan O’Brien and Michael Keaton

Based on the bestselling novel by Vince Flynn, American Assassin plunges viewers into the murky world of CIA black ops. The Maze Runner‘s Dylan O’Brien stars as Mitch Rapp, the fledgling government secret weapon sworn to avenge the girlfriend he lost in a brutal terror attack. Meanwhile Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s Michael Keaton is on enjoyably shady form as Rapp’s mentor.

The movie also sees the latest in a series of striking, dynamic scores from British composer Steven Price, responsible for scoring this year’s Edgar Wright smash Baby Driver and who won an Oscar for his musical/sound-design mash-up work on Gravity. We caught up with Steven to discuss his career, the secret to a great film score collaboration and how he nailed the tone
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Hadrian Belove Resigns From Cinefamily After Anonymous Email Alleges Sexual Harassment

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Hadrian Belove has resigned as executive director of Cinefamily, the independent Los Angeles-based theater he co-founded in 2007, after an anonymous email circulated this week detailing sexual harassment allegations against him and the Cinefamily board.

The anonymous email, which went to hundreds of members of the independent film community and the media, said Belove “has been accused of sexual harassment, assault, and abuse by former employees and volunteers. It is a deep seated behavior pattern that many in the community are already aware of.”

The email included excerpts from a 2014 lawsuit filed against Belove and Cinefamily by a former employee that cited sexual harassment as well as work-rule violations. That case was settled out of court.

In addition to Belove, the Cinefamily board accepted the resignation of board vice president Shadie Elnashai, whom the email accused of “raping multiple women, all verbally threatened and scared into silence after the assaults.”

Cinefamily
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David Bowie and Trevor Jones’ ‘Labyrinth’ Soundtrack Gets Remastered, Reissued on Vinyl!

David Bowie and Trevor Jones’ ‘Labyrinth’ Soundtrack Gets Remastered, Reissued on Vinyl!
Extending the 30th anniversary celebration of the beloved film, Labyrinth, Jim Henson’s mesmerizing and enduring fantasy classic, David Bowie and Trevor Jones’ iconic soundtrack will be remastered and reissued on vinyl on May 12 for the first time since its original 1986 release, Bloody Disgusting learned. Long out of print, the album, which was remastered at Capitol Studios, will be available on high-quality 120gm […]
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‘Angel Heart’: Hell Hath No Fury Like the Devil Scorned

Today, March 6th, Sir Alan Parker‘s Angel Heart turns thirty, thus creating a golden opportunity for yet another appreciation of what was considered by many an over-stylized satanic shock-fest back in the 80s but has since revealed itself to be, in this writer’s humble opinion, one of the best psychological horrors in the history of American cinema. Read our take on it, though a disclaimer should be made for those who have yet to watch Parker’s mercilessly dark and sinister masterpiece: as the film depends to some extent on the gradual reveal of the mystery central to its narrative – the many elements of which shall be discussed in the following piece – the best way to experience it is with as little insight as possible, and only then compare your view with ours. This is due to the fact that Angel Heart boasts one of the great twists of 1980s,
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Runaway Train

Cannon Films knocks one out of the park: Jon Voight and Eric Roberts escape from prison only to end up on a huge, speeding, out of control juggernaut of a freight train plowing through the Alaskan wilderness. It's both an action bruise-fest and an existential statement, and it's still a wild thrill ride. Runaway Train Blu-ray Twilight Time 1985 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 111 min. / Street Date October 11, 2016 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95 Starring Jon Voight, Eric Roberts, Rebecca De Mornay, Kyle T. Heffner, John P. Ryan T.K. Carter, Kenneth McMillan, Edward Bunker, Hank Worden, Danny Trejo, Tommy Lister, Don MacLaughlin, Loren James, Dick Durock, Dennis Franz. Cinematography Alan Hume Original Music Trevor Jones Written by Djordje Milecevic, Paul Zindel, Edward Bunker based on a screenplay by Akira Kurosawa. Produced by Yoram Globus, Menachem Golan Directed by Andrei Konchalovsky

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

When I stumbled into The Cannon Group on
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Brassed Off: a 90s UK film that demands not to be forgotten

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It's funny, it's moving, it's brilliant: we look back at Brassed Off, starring the late, great Pete Postlethwaite...

This article contains spoilers for Brassed Off and The Full Monty.

“If this lot were seals or whales, you'd all be up in bloody arms. But they're not, are they? No, no they're not. They're just ordinary common-or-garden honest, decent human beings. And not one of them with an ounce of bloody hope left”. – Danny, Brassed Off

One of the things that I love about a certain subset of contemporary British comedies is their core of steel. That, hiding underneath some often very hefty belly laughs, there’s a political story, a foundation of social outrage, and a desire to address through cinema issues that often get swept under the carpet. It’s what keeps such films in my mind, long after the latest R-rated comedy screen filler has
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Favourite Video Game Soundtracks – Panzer Dragoon

With the resurgence of vinyl, and many classic game soundtracks seeing a re-release on the format, the Flickering Myth writers look back at some of their favourites; next up is Emma Withington with 1995’s Panzer Dragoon…

Turkey Dinosaur fueled junkie that I was in my early years (with a penchant for rusks), I latched onto the Sega Saturn like a limpet, quickly becoming obsessed with the demo for Panzer Dragoon Zwei at the age of four – playing Episode 3 over and over again. Something about it was hugely engaging and I needed, not wanted, needed more. After obtaining and completing Panzer Dragoon Zwei it wasn’t long before the original Panzer Dragoon entered the building and along with it a soundtrack so powerful it is permanently embedded within my earliest memories.

From Team Andromeda, Panzer Dragoon is set in a post apocalyptic world in which humans live in tribal communities and dangerous,
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The 25 most underrated film scores of the 1990s

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The sensational, overlooked film scores from the years 1990 to 1999 that really are well worth digging out...

The movies went through tumultuous and exciting changes in the nineties. Quentin Tarantino exploded onto the scene with Reservoir Dogs, Generation X gave rise to slacker marvels like Clerks, and blockbusters like The Matrix put the awe back into special effects.

However, the 90s was also a sensational decade for film music, gifting us classics including the likes of Jurassic Park, Titanic, Total Recall, Braveheart and countless others. But the sheer quality of these soundtrack treasures shouldn’t overshadow those undervalued hidden gems that demonstrate the extraordinary range and versatility of our finest film composers, ones that may have passed you by. So here’s our selection of those incredible works: ranging from the earworming to the unsettling, the melodic to the chaotic, these are the scores that simply demand your attention.
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25 underrated 1990s movie soundtracks

From Muppet Treasure Island to Speed, we take a look at the 90s soundtracks that deserve another listen...

Ah, the 1990s. The decade that brought us The Lion King. Titanic. Quentin Tarantino. That wordless bathroom scene in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet. Angelo Badalamenti's Twin Peaks. Duel of the Fates from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. In the Mood for Love.

It was a good 10 years for film music, no doubt.

But scratch the surface of 1991 through 1999 and there are tons of good scores ready to spring a surprise on your ears. Some were attached to sorely underrated movies, others were overshadowed by wildly successful ones, and some have simply been forgotten in the passage of time.

Here, in no particular order, are the top 25 underappreciated film soundtracks from the 1990s.

1. Chaplin - John Barry

Okay, let's start with a big one. Richard Attenborough. Robert Downey Jr. John Barry.
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Anniversaries: Johann Sebastian Bach Born 330 Years Ago on March 21, 1685

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) never left Germany but became internationally respected by his peers during his lifetime and a symbol of pure musicianship for future generations. A virtuoso organist, harpsichordist, and violinist/violist who may have also played lute, as a composer his mastery of counterpoint and fugal writing remain unmatched, yet he was also open to the influences of contemporary Italian and French composers.

Born into a highly musical family in Eisenach, Germany, Bach became organist at the Neukirche in Arnstadt in 1703 at the age of 18. His first major appointment was as court organist to Duke Wilhelm Ernst of Weimar, in 1708; six years later the Duke made him Concertmaster. In 1717 Bach became Kapellmeister and music director to the music-loving Prince Leopold of Anhalt in Cöthen, where Bach wrote much of his greatest secular music. Bach's duties switched to writing choral and organ music for use in church services
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Interview – Wamg Talks To The World’S End Composer Steven Price

Bells, wires, computers are all part of the music in Edgar Wright’s The World’S End. As you head off to the theaters this weekend to see the film, have your ears on the lookout, or listenout, for Award winning composer Steven Price’s score.

Reteaming director Edgar Wright with actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, The World’S End reunites five friends who return to their hometown to relive an epic pub crawl from their youth. Along the way, the “five musketeers” uncover an alien invasion and soon learn that they are mankind’s only hope of survival.

Price joins the dynamic comedic team of Wright, Pegg, and Frost following the trio’s success with Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz.

His passion for music began early: a guitarist from the age of five, he went on to achieve a First Class degree in Music from Cambridge University.
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Film Feature: The 10 Best Muppet Movies Ever Made

Chicago – After unleashing the most aggressive and exuberantly playful marketing campaign in recent memory, “The Muppets” is gearing to take over Thanksgiving weekend. Yet since Jim Henson’s brilliant and beloved creations haven’t been given a decent vehicle in nearly two decades, Muppet fans are holding their collective breath that director James Bobin’s musical comedy will be a much-belated return to form. Co-writer/star Jason Segel’s passion for Henson’s original vision is mightily encouraging, though veteran Muppeteer Frank Oz’s negative reaction to the script appears to be a bad omen.

Regardless, this latest cinematic effort has the power to introduce new generations to Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo the Great, and the entire legacy of Henson’s groundbreaking work. His ingenious fusions of puppetry, marionettes and animatronics had remarkable screen presence that rivaled the charisma and nuances of any human co-star. The
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Expanded ‘Bad Girls’ Score by Jerry Goldsmith announced

La-La Land Records has announced a new soundtrack release for the 1994 western Bad Girls. The album includes the expanded and remastered score fro the film composed by Jerry Goldsmith. The release is limited to 3000 copies and features more than 20 minutes of previously unreleased music. To listen to audio clips and to order the CD, visit La-La Land Records’ online store. Bad Girls is directed by Jonathan Kaplan and stars Madeleine Stowe, Mary Stuart Masterson, Andie MacDowell and Drew Barrymore.

Here’s the track list of the album:

1. The John (2:19)

2. The Hanging (2:06)

3. Which Way?* (:42)

4. The Snake (1:20)

5. The Saw Mill* (1:56)

6. Keep Moving* (:57)

7. Bank Job** (5:16)

8. The Gang/The Posse* (:56)

9. Return to the Fold* (4:06)

10. Don’t Hurt Me* (1:45)

11. Jail Break (3:27)

12. No Money (2:09)

13. The Guests* (:36)

14. Welcome to My Home* (1:20)

15. The Pleasure of Your Company* (:48)

16. Ambush (5:45)

17. What’s Your Name?
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Greatest Comic Book Adaptations (Part 5)

#15- Barbarella

Directed by Roger Vadim

The Comic:

What many people don’t realize is that Barbarella is a French science fiction comic book created by Jean-Claude Forest for serialisation in the French magazine V-Magazine in spring 1962. In 1964 Eric Losfeld later published these strips as a stand-alone book, under the title Barbarella. The stand-alone version caused a scandal and became known as the first “adult” comic-book, despite its eroticism being slight. The original comic book version of Barbarella was modelled on Brigitte Bardot. Interesting enough the actress was once married to the director of the 1968 film, Roger Vadim. Barbarella is also mentioned in Serge Gainsbourg’s song “Qui est In Qui est Out”. Bardot at one point in her life also had a romantic relationship with the French singer.

The Movie:

A kitsch cult classic about a 41st-century female astronaut on a mission to find Duran Duran, a scientist who
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The Best Soundtracks Of The Decade

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By Bruce R. Marshall

It’s that time of year when everyone seems to have a ‘Ten Best Films of the Year’ list.

As this is the last year of the decade, we can also count on being deluged with ‘Best Films of the Decade’ lists (mine will be coming; be patient).

Before I started writing about classic films for Cinema Retro, I primarily wrote about motion picture and television music. So, for a change of pace I humbly offer ....

“Bruce’s Baker’s Dozen of Great Film Music: 2000-2009”.

1. A Scanner DarklyGraham Reynolds

The best score of the decade is a dazzling, haunting work from newcomer Reynolds. The Austin based composer/performer brings all his considerable skills to bear– he performs and composes jazz, rock, and classical music- in this wholly original score. To date this is his only major Hollywood assignment. If it were up to me,
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"Excalibur": Behold The Sword Of Power

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Director Bryan "Superman Returns" Singer is attached to remake director John Boorman's 1981 fantasy feature "Excalibur" retelling the legend of 'King Arthur'.

The original "Excalibur" screenplay was written by Rospo Pallenberg and Boorman, as an adaptation of Malory's "Morte d'Arthur" (1469-70), with 'Arthur' presented as a 'wounded king', whose realm becomes a wasteland, then reborn thanks to the 'Grail'.

"The film has to do with mythical truth, not historical truth," Boorman said. "The coming of Christian man and the disappearance of the old religions which are represented by 'Merlin'. The forces of superstition and magic are swallowed up into the unconscious."

Several new elements were added to the film's story including 'King Uther' wielding the 'sword of power' before the birth of Arthur and and the concept of the world as 'the dragon'.

Music soundtrack is by Trevor Jones, including works from Carl Orff's "O Fortuna" played during battle sequences.
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