Monday, 29 July 2013

Movie Matters #21 - Gillian Anderson double bill

In the latest instalment of the Movie Matters podcast, co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie turn their attention to two distinctly different projects featuring the talented and chameleon-like Gillian Anderson: director James Marsh and writer Tom Bradby's 2012 political thriller SHADOW DANCER, starring Andrea Riseborough and Clive Owen, and director Jakub Verbruggen and writer Allan Cubitt's gripping 2013 mini-series THE FALL. Both share an actress and a setting, Northern Ireland, but there the similarities end.

The podcast also provides the co-hosts with an opportunity to catch up on other films they've been watching recently.

Additional links:

SHADOW DANCER

  • Interview with actor Aidan Gillen about socio-political context of Belfast at The Guardian

THE FALL

 

Created by Lee Howard & Michael Mackenzie
Edited by Lee Howard
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Music from SHADOW DANCER by Dickon Hinchliffe and THE FALL by Unloved

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Monday, 15 July 2013

Movie Matters [Music] Vol. 1 - Why Talk About Film Music?

Music is fundamental to our experience of a film, often conveying the themes and atmosphere of a story in a manner just as essential as the images onscreen or the actors' performances. However, the art of composing for motion pictures remains conspicuously absent in most discourse on cinema.

So with this in mind, join Lee as he takes you on a whistle-stop tour of the film music he has been enjoying in this all-new Movie Matters spin-off series where soaring, bombastic, introspective and timeless film scores reverberate.

The track listing is concealed below as I suspect many of you would prefer to be surprised by what composers and pieces of music crop up in this first-ever volume of Movie Matters [Music].

1) John Williams - Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) - 'The Hologram/Binary Sunset (Medley)' - Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) special edition reissue - Sony Classical

2) Carter Burwell - Miller's Crossing (1990) - 'Opening Titles' - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: Miller's Crossing - Varèse Sarabande

3) Composed and conducted by Shoji Yamashiro and recorded by GeinĊ Yamashirogumi - Akira (1988) - 'Kaneda' - AKIRA: Original Soundtrack - Victor Music Industries, Demon Records/JVC Records

4) Cyril Ornadel - Die Screaming Marianne (1971) - 'Opening Titles' - no official release known

5) Stelvio Cipriani - A Bay of Blood (1971) - 'Main Theme' - Mario Bava Anthology Vol. 3: Bay of Blood (1971) / Baron Blood (1972) / Rabid Dogs (1974) - Digitmovies

6) Hans Zimmer - True Romance (1993) - 'You're So Cool' - True Romance (Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Universal

7) Jerry Goldsmith with additional music composed by Alexander Courage - Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) - 'Main Title' - Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Soundtrack) 20th Anniversary Special Edition - Sony Legacy

8) Mike Armstrong The House of the Devil (2009) - 'Opening Titles' - no official release known

9) Jamin Winans - The Grey (2011) - 'The City Surf' - Ink (The Complete Soundtrack) - Jamin Winans Label

10) Clint Mansell featuring Slash - The Wrestler (2008) - 'The Wrestler' - The Wrestler (OST) - Black Records

Interspersed throughout the music and the chat, Lee has sourced some choice audio clips featuring the composers and filmmakers sharing anecdotes about their work. Again, details of these clips as well as additional music used in this episode are hidden in case of spoilers.

Audio extracts used: Alexandre Desplat - The Hollywood Reporter Composer Roundtable, Pete Walker and Jonathan Rigby - Die Screaming Marianne Commentary, Tony Scott - True Romance Commentary, Jerry Goldsmith and Robert Wise - Star Trek: The Motion Picture Interview Featurette, Joe Carnahan, Roger Barton and Jason Hellmann - The Grey Commentary.

Additional music taken from Hanna, Akira and Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Director's Cut.

Also, we want to hear from you, our lovely listeners, so please get in touch and request a track you'd like to hear on a future Movie Matters [Music] instalment: include details of the composer, the track name and the film/soundtrack the piece is from and most importantly why you like it.

Disclaimer: All music used in this podcast is for preview/evaluation purposes and we urge you to purchase the tracks you liked or better still the full motion picture scores.

Created, edited and with music/audio selection by Lee Howard

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Monday, 1 July 2013

Movie Matters #20 - Florinda Bolkan double bill

We're back, doing what we do best, discussing cult Italian murder-mystery cinema. In this much anticipated (well, by us at any rate) return episode co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie 'come home' by taking an in-depth look at the Oscar-winning, satirical crime-drama INVESTIGATION OF A CITIZEN ABOVE SUSPICION (1970) directed by Elio Petri and Lucio Fulci's hallucinatory and erotically charged giallo A LIZARD IN A WOMAN'S SKIN (1971), both of which star Brazilian beauty Florinda Bolkan.

We also take a brief pause to highlight what new releases have caught our attention in the first six months of 2013 as well as casting an eye over a selection of recent BD/DVD purchases.

 


The audio and music sampled in this episode is taken from A CITIZEN ABOVE SUSPICION and A LIZARD IN A WOMAN'S SKIN. Both scored by Ennio Morricone with orchestration by Bruno Nicolai.

The article by Gino Moliterno about INVESTIGATION OF A CITIZEN ABOVE SUSPICION referred to on the show can be accessed here.

The two highly recommended books we reference during our discussions are:

  • Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci by Stephen Thrower and published by FAB Press
  • La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Mikel J. Koven and published by The Scarecrow Press

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