12/30/2016

Moonwalker (1988) ***

Movie Matters [Music] Vol. 7 - Guess the Giallo Grooves



With 2016 finally drawing to a close we would like to wish each and every one of our loyal listeners a very Happy New Year! Recorded earlier this year and saved for this celebratory occasion, we invite you to enjoy the return of Movie Matters [Music]: our spin-off series where soaring, bombastic, introspective and timeless film scores reverberate. To begin Volume 7, Lee Howard plays quizmaster and challenges co-hosts Michael Mackenzie and Dan Sardella to a “Guess the Giallo Grooves” game, how many can you answer correctly? The trio then curate a grab bag of tracks chosen by themselves as well as featuring a number of long overdue listener soundtrack requests (many thanks to Phil Walsh, Bryan McGrath, Wilson McLachlan and Tony Black).



Movie Matters [Music] Vol. 7 - Guess the Giallo Grooves

As is our custom, we’ve deliberately omitted the track listing from this post in an attempt to keep the soundtrack choices a surprise. On that note, beware of reading the “links for reference” below if you do not wish to see any potential spoilers. However, for those curious, please refer to our dedicated Movie Matters [Music] Discography list on LetterBoxd. This ongoing list will be updated with the full track and composer information should you wish to seek out and purchase the full scores.
We extend a special thank you to Focus on Film’s Dan Sardella, for composing and creating our all-new new dedicated Movie Matters [Music] Intro and Outro themes as well as editing this episode for us.
Remember, we’d love for you to get in touch – moviematterspodcast@gmail.com – and let us know your thoughts on this episode/the film music we featured. Moreover, why not request a track you’d like to hear on a future Movie Matters [Music] instalment? Please include details of the composer, the track name, the film/soundtrack the piece is from and most importantly why you like it.
So settle in with a beverage and a comfy pair of headphones, count down the demise of 2016 with some fine film music and commentary with your friends at Movie Matters. We raise a glass with you, to 2017 and the films and film scores to come. Happy New Year!
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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.

12/22/2016

Focus On Film: Episode 48 – March 2017 Criterion Titles

Focus On Film Episode 48 is up!

​Rygar returns after a 2-month absence to combat Danman's ennui.
**Spoilers re: the ending of NOCTURNAL ANIMALS begin at 46:00 and end at 49:00**


In this episode:

"Focus On Film Theme" & commercial music: Daniel Sardella


12/15/2016

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) ****

Probably the best battle sequences of any SW film, one of the best Vader moments of any SW film, Mendelsohn was so perfectly cast and so deliciously sinister, Whitaker was unfortunately so very bad (awful acting). Otherwise no truly annoying characters, K-2 was a droid to rival C-3PO, and I was thoroughly entertained throughout.

12/13/2016

Nocturnal Animals (2016) ****1/2

I'm seeing a lot of divisive opinions about this film and that pleases me. Often when this happens (people giving either very low or very high ratings), I tend to really love the film in question, as I did this film. Another example is ONLY GOD FORGIVES. Unlike that film, NOCTURNAL ANIMALS isn't cryptic or hard to follow, but it's masterfully constructed. The scenes that take place in present day with Amy Adams gave me a very De Palma vibe and the scenes representing the book that Jake Gyllenhaal wrote gave me a very Lynch vibe. The 3 leads are all on their game and the ending is perfect. I can't wait to see this again so I can absorb more details.

11/29/2016

On Dangerous Ground (1951) ***

Triple 9 (2016) ***

My thoughts from my first viewing (below) remain the same. Solid film, underdeveloped characters, somewhat wasted cast of heavies, doesn't offer anything that films that have come before did better, plays more like an extended television episode. I actually didn't realize that Atticus Ross was one of the composers (which probably makes more sense for this subject matter than Hillcoat's usual composer duo) but the score isn't memorable.

Well, it seems the reviews were right about this one after all. A solid film but definitely the weakest one by Hillcoat so far. It just feels generic, which is a shame because I really like Hillcoat's other 3 films (especially THE PROPOSITION and LAWLESS is underrated). This is such an impressive cast on paper but no one really impresses. There are some exciting heist and chase sequences but as a whole TRIPLE 9 falls short. It's just another story of corrupt cops and gangsters with nothing setting it apart. The absence of Nick Cave and Warren Ellis in the scoring department is a shame too, as their contributions to Hillcoat's other 3 films was integral.