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BR: Salvador (1986)

BR: Salvador (1986)

November 14, 2014 | By

After taking two unsuccessful pokes at directing with Seizure (1974) and the awful The Hand (1981), Oliver Stone parlayed the success of his script for Scarface (1983) by developing Salvador, based on the writings of photo journalist Richard Boyle…

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Beta: Honorary Consul, The / Beyond the Limit (1983)

Beta: Honorary Consul, The / Beyond the Limit (1983)

November 14, 2014 | By

This film version of Graham Greene’s 1973 novel The Honorary Consul (released in the U.S. as Beyond the Limit) features a high-end cast and crew, but the dourness of the material coupled with a flat screenplay by playwright Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons) make this kidnapping crisis set somewhere in northern Argentina rather dull…

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DVD: Torture Chamber (2013)

DVD: Torture Chamber (2013)

November 8, 2014 | By

Contrary to its title, Dante Tomaselli’s latest film is neither a torture porn endeavor nor period piece, but a surprisingly concise tale of revenge and the supernatural, boasting perhaps the most linear plot in the director’s filmography…

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CD: Scream in the Dark (2014)

CD: Scream in the Dark (2014)

November 8, 2014 | By

Crafted like an old-time spooky LP (Nightmare and Son of Shock! certainly come to mind), this concept album by filmmaker Dante Tomaselli features an hour’s worth of themed tracks which are largely comprised of drifting sound effects, drones, shrieks, twisting leather, grievous knife usage, and the occasional morsel of music…

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BR: Under Fire (1983)

BR: Under Fire (1983)

November 4, 2014 | By

  Film: Near-Perfect Transfer:  Excellent Extras: Excellent Label: Twilight Time Region: All Released:  October 14, 2014 Genre:  War / Drama / Action Synopsis: Three journalists encounter brutality and murder during the Nicaraguan Civil War in 1979. Special Features:  Audio Commentary #1: director Roger Spottiswoode, assistant editor Paul Seydor, photo journalist & film consultant Mathew Naythons, and film historian & producer […]

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DVD: Package, The (1989)

DVD: Package, The (1989)

November 4, 2014 | By

Underrated political thriller set in Cold War Berlin in which Sergeant Gallagher (Gene Hackman) is tasked with bringing a ‘package’ – delinquent soldier Boyette (Tommy Lee Jones) – back to the U.S. for a proper court-martial, only to discover a plot to assassinate the Soviet President…

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Soundtrack Reviews + Interview with Sound Engineer Richard Moore

Soundtrack Reviews + Interview with Sound Engineer Richard Moore

October 31, 2014 | By

Soundtrack reviews of Ceiri Torjussen’s The Canal and Gary Numan’s From Inside (Lakeshore Records) + an Interview with sound engineer Richard Moore on Roy Budd’s Phantom of the Opera score.

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MP3: Canal, The (2014)

MP3: Canal, The (2014)

October 31, 2014 | By

It’s been a while since musique concrete has comprised the bulk of a score, but Ceiri Torjussen’s managed to apply the experimental technique of combining raw sounds with assorted instrument scratching, banging, grinding, and knocking to create a bizarre world where there is virtually no warmth, light, or moment of sanity…

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CD: From Inside (2008)

CD: From Inside (2008)

October 31, 2014 | By

Gary Numan’s second film score so far (after 1991’s The Unborn) is a collaboration with Ade Fenton for John Bergin’s own animated film version of his post-apocalyptic graphic novel. Unsurprisingly, the instrumental palette is comprised of industrial electronica…

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Podcast Interview with Nima Fakhrara + the music of The Signal (2014)

Podcast Interview with Nima Fakhrara + the music of The Signal (2014)

October 27, 2014 | By

Podcast interview with Iranian-born film composer Nima Fakhrara and the music of The Signal (2014) + some updates.

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