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DVD: Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the American Drive-In Movie (2013)

DVD: Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the American Drive-In Movie (2013)

April 9, 2015 | By

April Wright’s feature-length documentary began around 2006 when the writer / director / producer became fascinated by large abandoned fields beholding huge screens or disintegrating neon signs which harkened back to the heyday of a uniquely American invention, the drive-in cinema…

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BR: Bandit Queen (1995)

BR: Bandit Queen (1995)

April 9, 2015 | By

20 years since its release, Shekhar Kapur’s bio-drama on the life of Phoolan Devi (Seema Biswas) is still a gut-wrenching experience, capturing the absolutely horrible life of a young girl sold and married off by her lower caste family at the age of 11…

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Film: India’s Daughter (2014)

Film: India’s Daughter (2014)

April 9, 2015 | By

In the evening of December of 2012, 23 year-old New Delhi medical student Jyoti Singh Pandey went out with a friend to see a movie, but rather than settle for an action flick, she chose Life of Pi (2012), a life-affirming tale about trust, respect, and a healthy fear of that prevents a tiger from devouring a boy in a boat after a ship’s sinking. Within the next roughly 48 hours after boarding a bus to take her and her male friend home, Jyoti would die of injuries from a monstrously sadistic gang rape…

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BR: Flaming Star (1960)

BR: Flaming Star (1960)

April 2, 2015 | By

Reportedly regarded by critics as a dud upon its original release, Flaming Star is a genuine oddity within Elvis Presley’s 21 film C.V., and in the eyes of some fans and critical supporters, it’s matured into a unique western that avoids certain dreary genre clichés and familiar characterizations…

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CD: Last Starfighter, The (1984)

CD: Last Starfighter, The (1984)

March 26, 2015 | By

Intrada’s expanded CD release of The Last Starfighter marks the third time Craig Safan’s landmark score appears on disc, and this time the producers went back to the original 24 track 2” tape master to present the definitive edition of this special work…

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CD: Warning Sign (1985)

CD: Warning Sign (1985)

March 26, 2015 | By

Using sounds performed on a Synclavier, a combination synthesizer that could also record and change sound samples, Craig Safan’s 1985 all-electronic score matches the drama of a biohazard thriller in which sterile cleanliness is threatened by an organic agent that adapts, infects, and alters the health of its host…

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MP3: Chappie (2015)

MP3: Chappie (2015)

March 18, 2015 | By

According to the P.R. material, director Neill Blomkamp encouraged Hans Zimmer to embrace the synth gear of his early years, using an array of decades-old electronic instruments to create a score that’s warm and analogue heavy, yet clearly reflecting Zimmer’s present-day writing style that’s part minimalism, contemporary electronica, and industrial grimness…

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CD: Cinderella (2015)

CD: Cinderella (2015)

March 18, 2015 | By

Patrick Doyle’s score for Disney’s 2015 version of the classic fairy tale is a graceful, buoyant work distinguished by an incredible lightness, due in large part to an orchestral palette emphasizing light woodwinds, gentle string passages, and a rather romantic piano accompaniment…

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MP3: Mad as Hell (2014)

MP3: Mad as Hell (2014)

March 18, 2015 | By

Most of the cues in Ronen Landa’s score are brisk, kinetic pieces that make their strategic mark by capturing the audaciousness of the films’ central figure, Young Turks creator Cenk Uygur, as he navigates from YouTube sensation to MSNBC host, and it’s unsurprising Landa’s instrumentation features an up-tempo electric guitar, a very active electric bass…

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MP3: Rewrite, The (2014)

MP3: Rewrite, The (2014)

March 18, 2015 | By

Clyde Lawrence and newcomer Cody Fitzgerald opt for an easy listening, light jazz-pop approach to Marc Lawrence’s latest romantic drama that has a formerly successful L.A. screenwriter taking a distant teaching job and falling for a mature student…

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