Twisted Nerve OST – Bernard Herrmann

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It was worth the wait.

Stylotone, The Bernard Herrmann Estate, and Quentin Tarantino teamed up for the Release of ‘Twisted Nerve OST’

And it looks and sounds great!

After Tarantino revived Bernard Herrmann’s iconic whistled theme (used for his 2002 film ‘Kill Bill: Vol. 1’) after taken it from the obscure 60’s Brit Psycho thriller Twisted Nerve, it was exposed to a new audience.

All Herrmann’s sense for chilling and powerful evocation is at work. The score Continue reading

Remember : Rock and Rule – forgotten Masterpiece of a lost future.

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A 77 minutes neo-noir with a derailed future, a rock musical with A-grade performances, an underground cult classic, a box office failure, a Canadian landmark; all of these tags define Rock and Rule, likely the foremost authorial work of Nelvana Studios.

Rock and Rule was  screened recently at  Montreal Animaze International Animation Film Festival where it was introduced by director Clive Smith. The film  is a post-apocalyptic vision where dogs, cats, and rats have inherited humanity’s place after World War III. In this dark future, the legendary rock star and mad scientist Mok tries to invoke a demon by kidnapping Angel, the lead singer of an teenage rock band. Her bandmates, Omar, Dizzy, and Stretch  set on to rescue her and prevent a fourth cataclysm using the power of Rock music.

And music is what Rock and Rule is about. The soundtrack, including Cheap Trick, Lou Reed, Continue reading

10 Film Themes – 10 covers

 

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It is always fascinating how film scores helped shape modern music. Through the years many rock musicians paid tribute to film composers. Here’s a little sample:

 

1) Django – Italian version (L. Bacalov) performed by Joe Preston

Bassist to such cult acts of Doom metal as Sunn O)), The Melvins and Earth, Joe Preston (a decade before Quentin Tarantino)  paid hommage to Luis Bacalov opening song to Sergio Corbucci’s 1966 classic using the Italian version which wasn’t retain in the final cut of the film but made it on releases of the score. Preston (under the name The Thrones) is a one man band, his bass activating the midi equipment surrounding him.

 

2) Cape Fear (B. Herrmann) performed by Fantomas

The Supergroup Fantomas (made of members of Mr Bungle, Slayers and The Melvins) released an album of film music covers titled Director’s Cut. This is their rendition of Bernard Herrmann’s music to British 1960 cult classic Cape Fear as well as Continue reading

3 Films by Arthur Hiller

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Arthur Hiller (November 13, 1923 – August 17, 2016) passed away at the age of 92 years old. Born in Alberta,  Hiller started with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) before moving to NBC and later-on becoming a  pretty successful Hollywood director over a 50-year career. Best-known for Love Story, which was nominated for seven Oscars in 1971, Hiller was always considered a solid Hollywood craftsman. He also served as president of the Directors Guild of America for a few years as well as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1993 to 1997.

 

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The Out-of-Towners (1970)

An Ohio sales executive hopes for a higher position within a company and travels to New York City with his wife for the job interview but things go wrong from the start and lead to many misadventures in Manhattan.

Written for the screen by famous playwright Neil Simon, this is  one enjoyable adventure-comedy that paved the way to a successful formula that Hiller re-used in Continue reading

The Innocents (Les Innocentes – France 2016)

 

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The Innocents (Les Innocentes) is French director Anne Fontaine (Coco Before Chanel) most recent feature. It was part of the official selection at Sundance 2016. It is based on a true story.

Poland, December 1945,  right after the war.  A French Red Cross lady doctor must help a group of cloistered nuns in advanced states of pregnancy, the result of massive rape.

With a heavy subject on her hands Anne  Fontaine slowly deploys her direction with Continue reading