Movie composers worth listening to, part 4

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This list continues from part 3. Peter Best Best may have retired, as he hasn’t scored a movie since 2004. His Crocodile Dundee soundtrack is, like the movie, unique and wonderful. Crocodile Dundee Opening Titles Theme from Crocodile Dundee Overture from Crocodile Dundee Mychael Danna When directors want something a little different in their music, […]

Movie composers worth listening to, part 3

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This list continues from part 2. Burt Bacharach Bacharach is mostly focused on his pop music career but he scored a few movies. The James Bond spoof Casino Royale was a ridiculous movie but the music was glorious. Casino Royale (1967) The entire album, especially Casino Royale (Main Title) Angelo Badalamenti Badalamenti has scored movies […]

Movie composers worth listening to, part 2

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This list continues from part 1. Klaus Badelt Badelt’s one soundtrack on the list is one that I love. Upcoming work includes Ballerina and Warrior’s Gate. Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (with Hans Zimmer) The entire album, especially He’s A Pirate Christophe Beck Beck wrote some brilliant music for the TV […]

Movie composers worth listening to, part 1

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Here’s the big list of movie composers. I’ll list their soundtracks, and specifically which tracks are worth listening to — on their own, not within the movie. Some of these soundtracks could be better than I realize — if I listened to them all the way through I might add more track(s) to my list. […]

Planet of the Apes

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The next Planet of the Apes movie isn’t coming out until next year but this list is ready so I’m posting it. I read the original novel by Pierre Boulle years ago and enjoyed it a lot. I read some fairly recent graphic novels by┬áDaryl Gregory and┬áCorinna Bechko and enjoyed them too. Ape fever was […]

Star Trek movies

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I’ve seen the first bunch of Star Trek movies more times than any other movies. The last time I watched them I found that some of the best ones didn’t wow me quite as much as they once did. I would have rated Star Trek II, III, IV, and First Contact 5/5 on previous occasions. […]

Pixar movies

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You might not usually pay attention to which studio produces a movie, but one studio worth paying attention to is Pixar. Without a doubt, they have the best track record of any studio in terms of percentage of brilliant movies. I’ve seen all but one of them. When other producers of movies realize they have […]

X-Men movies

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X-Men is currently the 7th highest-grossing film franchise. I haven’t read any X-Men comics, although I’m certainly tempted to at least read the ones by Joss Whedon. The X-Men and Avengers characters are both part of Marvel but it seems they live in separate universes when it comes to the movies. The 1st X-Men trilogy […]

Actors, part 7: movies to TV shows

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This list continues from part 6. Here are some actors who starred in movies and later in a TV show, and I started watching that TV show because of them. Geena Davis I haven’t seen Davis in that many movies, but she particularly wowed me in A League of Their Own. It was because of […]

Actors worth following, part 6

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This list continues from part 5. Drew Barrymore Barrymore first wowed audiences as a kid in E.T. but has done much more interesting work as an adult. She also directed Whip It. Masterpiece 50 First Dates Great movies Charlie’s Angels Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Ever After Everybody’s Fine The Wedding Singer Whip It Good […]