Monthly Archives: November 2012

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David Mansfield Performs “Heaven’s Gate Waltz”

Michael Cimino’s 1980 Western Heaven’s Gate, a film that was unfairly tarnished and quickly recut into a less-coherent version after it opened in the U.S., featured a memorable score that was arranged by David Mansfield, who also performed most of … Continue reading

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Soundtrack Update: The Complete ‘Conan the Barbarian’ Score

CONAN THE BARBARIAN Composed and Conducted by BASIL POLEDOURIS INTRADA MAF 7123 3-disc set featuring the complete score and more on sale here. From Intrada Records website: “At last!  Complete soundtrack by Basil Poledouris to John Milius epic with Arnold … Continue reading

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Best Visual Effects Oscar 2012 Shortlist

The shortlist for the Best Visual Effects Oscar was recently announced.  The 10 films in the running are: The Amazing Spider-Man Cloud Atlas The Dark Knight Rises The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey John Carter Life of Pi The Avengers Prometheus … Continue reading

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‘The Hobbit’ IMAX Posters

One of the few remaining highly anticipated films of 2012 for me is Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which opens on December 14th.  The first part of a motion picture trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” (yes, … Continue reading

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Those Oscar Missed Volume 1: Best Costume Design

The original Yards of Grapevine link: Those Oscar Missed: Best Costume Design Costume design is essential to every motion picture.  It can make or break a film; if done correctly it can make the viewer believe in the authenticity of … Continue reading

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‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Nightline Report

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Zero Dark Thirty, which opens in N.Y. and L.A. on December 19th, is the upcoming Kathryn Bigelow film about the decade-long manhunt of Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind of the September 11th attacks of 2001.  It features a cast that … Continue reading

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Official Synopsis for ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’

UPDATE 12/3: Teaser poster now included below! UPDATE 12/6: Teaser trailers now included below! One of the most anticipated films of 2013 for me is the new J.J. Abrams film Star Trek Into Darkness.  As a life-long Star Trek fan, … Continue reading

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Larry David’s new Thanksgiving animated short

Courtesy of Funny or Die comes Larry David’s new animated short called Larry David’s Thanksgiving Special, which was animated and directed by Sascha Ciezata.  Strangely, it feels like a typical, relatable Thanksgiving being depicted.  Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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A Pinewood Dialogue with Ang Lee: A Look Back

Nine-and-a-half years ago, the Museum of the Moving Image held a then-complete Ang Lee retrospective in honor of the upcoming release of his newest film, 2003’s Hulk.  I was unable to see all of the Ang Lee films I had … Continue reading

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Ang Lee: An Appreciation Part Two

(continued from Ang Lee: An Appreciation Part One) 1999’s Ride With the Devil: Based on the novel ‘Woe To Live On” by Daniel Woodrell, the film centers on a Southern militiaman who joins a group of marauders called the Bushwhackers … Continue reading