Seven Inspirational Sports Movies That Would Be Worthless Without Their Scores

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This post could just as easily be named “Jerry Goldsmith Is THE MAN,” but I’d already mentioned Goldmith’s spectacular efforts on behalf of Hoosiers last week, and I’d hate to be repeating myself so soon. Besides, that would have been a clear violation of Listicle Day. (OK, fine. So that was last week. But I want in anyway, [Read More...]

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SVS: “The Music Never Stopped”

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Today’s Streaming Video Suggestion (SVS) features an incredible performance from the ubiquitous (but rarely-headlining) character actor J.K. Simmons, a ton of great music — music that, unlike the vast majority of soundtracks, plays an essential role in the story — and conflict. Lots and lots of conflict. And it’s not Whiplash. It’s The Music Never [Read More...]

“Every Frame a Painting:” The Art of Cinematic Observation

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Last week, fellow Patheotte Frank “YIMCatholic” Weathers sent me this clip. It is good to have friends who understand one so well. “A masterpiece of visual storytelling,” indeed. And Mifune is so, so good. (That’s not a remotely revolutionary or revelatory claim, I know. But still…gosh.) Also, the takeaway is great. “If you like this exercise, [Read More...]

SVS: “Hoosiers”

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For some (let’s say “inexplicable,” which is significantly gentler than the first “i” word I thought to put there) reason, whenever the rich cinematic world of the Cliché-Riddled Inspirational Sports Movie (C-RISM) is mentioned in my presence, the first film that comes to mind is Hoosiers. Every single time. Without exception. Coincidentally (or not), Hoosiers is currently available from either AMAZON [Read More...]

SVS: “Get Low”

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“I guess for every one like me, there’s one like you, son. I about forgot that.” I recently had the opportunity to gather with a few cinepheliac friends for a re-watch of one of my favorite films from 2009: the Aaron Schneider-helmed, Robert Duvall-showcasing Get Low, which is currently streaming on both NETFLIX INSTANT and YOUTUBE($). And is also available [Read More...]

SVS: “White Christmas”

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PHIL DAVIS: I don’t know what he’s up to, but he’s got that Rodgers and Hammerstein look again. BETTY HAYNES: Is that bad? PHIL DAVIS: Not bad, but always expensive. So, I realize that recommending the following film is sort of like taking candy from a baby… …but I’ve never had a problem with taking [Read More...]

SVS: “The Man From Snowy River”

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Earlier this year, I wrote a post professing my affection for – perhaps, even, my infatuation with – Bruce Rowland’s wonderful work on the soundtrack for The Man From Snowy River. Toward the end of that same May post, I expressed my disappointment over — perhaps, even, my volcanic rage at — the fact that the film itself [Read More...]

SVS: “How to Steal a Million”

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As regular readers of the blog may know by now, I’m a huge fan of the 1966 rom-com How to Steal a Million. (I am not, however, a fan of the term “rom-com.” In fact, I hate it so much, I almost didn’t use it. But then I realized that said hatred is tied very much to [Read More...]

Seeing with the Eyes of Children, Courtesy of Star Wars VII

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Somewhere down in the depths of my soul, there’s a still, small voice telling me that I should not find this Star Wars VII: The Force Finally Wakes Up (Though We’re Still Not Quite Sure Why It Went To Sleep In The First Place) teaser trailer-related tweet as amusing as I do. Don’t worry. I told that [Read More...]

SVS: “Duck Soup”

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RUFUS T. FIREFLY: Not that I care, but where is your husband? MRS. TEASDALE: Why, he’s dead. RUFUS T. FIREFLY: I bet he’s just using that as an excuse. MRS. TEASDALE: I was with him to the very end. RUFUS T. FIREFLY: No wonder he passed away. MRS. TEASDALE: I held him in my arms and kissed him. RUFUS T. FIREFLY: Oh, [Read More...]


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