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August 2008

Cinematic Titanic: The Wasp Woman

According to the reports, it was a rather surreal Comic-con for the members of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 mythos. With almost everyone involved in the


Grindhouse Wannabe More ‘Hell’ than ‘Ride’

There is is a big difference between legitimate cool and faked cool. The real thing is hard to define and rather ephemeral. It exudes off


Pete Seeger: The Power of Song (2007)

It sounds beautifully naïve - the notion that if one man could get everyone in the world to sing together, there’d be a


‘Pineapple Express’ is Some Bad Ass Weed

For some reason, the stoner fails to get the same cinematic respect as other substance abusing characters. The alcoholic and the heroin addict are usually


Surround Sound: Outsiders (Life Before Her Eyes/ Definitely Maybe/ Promotion/ Before the Rains)

Not every composer gets to add the soundtrack to a major motion picture. With so many small movies out there, and so many potential musicians,


Goodbye, Woody

The divorce has been coming for some time now. We’ve been separated for years, but it’s only recently that I’ve even considered


July 2008

The Wackness (2008)

For filmmakers, nostalgia is a double edged sword. Pick the right era, and audiences are with you and your cinematic wistfulness. Dress things up in


Corpse Grinding

It’s never pleasant when something that was lightweight (albeit cheesy) and fun is forced into profit sharing mode. Put another way, when a franchise


Critical Confessions: Part 10 - Noise Annoys

Someone in marketing must have thought it was a good idea. After all, it was a concept that went together with the theme and main


Surround Sound: Pomp and Cinematic Stances (Wanted/Prince Caspian/Wall-E)

As an aural rule of thumb, the bigger the film, the broader the score. Very few epics are accompanied by acoustic guitar or solo piano.


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