Sorry about yesterday

Hey guys, sorry I didn’t post anything yesterday, I woke up feeling miserable with what is either a summer cold or a major allergy/sinus attack, so yesterday I was just miserable. Hopefully I will be able to do a regular blog post sometime today. I just wanted to let you guys know why I disappeared.

Black Panther (2018) trailer

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So I will be the first to admit that I don’t know that much about Black Panther except what I gleaned from the animated series Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. I know that his real name is T’Challa, he’s the ruler of Wakanda, and Wakanda is where vibranium (what Captain America’s shield is made of) comes from. That’s pretty much all I know, so when I saw the first poster and trailer/teaser for the Black Panther film coming out early next year had been released, I decided to check it out.

Black Panther (2018) Teaser

WOW!!

Even though this was only the first teaser, I already love the look of the film. The idea of Wakanda having this hidden advanced technology and the outside world has no idea (well, except for Andy Serkis’s character) sounds super-interesting. I’m excited to learn more about the culture of Wakanda and how exactly this film ties in to the overall story (because there’s going to be a tie-in somewhere, there is ALWAYS a tie in somewhere).

What do you think of this first look at Black Panther? Is it already on your “must-see” list for next year? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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Coming up: two composer interviews

Hey everyone, so as of yesterday I have completed two composer interivews, the first was with Scott Doherty, the composer for Orange is the New Black (an enlightening experience) and the second was with composer/orchestrator/performer Paul Henning, who, among other things, orchestrated The Force Awakens, performed in the orchestra that recorded Moana, Frozen and Rogue One and is currently scoring a documentary about George Foreman.

I learned SO much from these two composers and my appreciation of the film scoring process has risen to an entirely new level. I also learned a lot more about the actual recording process, and for the first time I think I thoroughly understand the scoring process from beginning to end.

Hopefully the first interview will be up early next week, as I will be spending this week transcribing the audio. But for now, here’s a little tid-bit that I learned from Paul Henning that blew my mind: when orchestras record for film scores? They’re completely sight-reading, which means no rehearsals, they’ve never seen this music before.

I can’t wait to share everything I’ve learned with you, until then, have a great Monday!!

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RIP Adam West (1928-2017)

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Just when I think I’ve somehow gotten used to writing these “In Memory of” articles, Heaven summons away one of the very best. Yes, Saturday morning I was completely stunned to learn that Adam West had passed away the night before following a short battle with leukemia. I think most of us are in agreement that for us, Adam West was “our” Batman. Though his run as the Caped Crusader only lasted for a few years in the 1960s, it has never been forgotten, and it has always held a special place in my heart.

Adam West was literally the first Batman I ever knew (I wasn’t allowed to watch Michael Keaton Batman until I was MUCH older, and I hadn’t seen Batman: TAS yet) and I was enraptured from the start. Seeing the adventures of Batman and Robin as they fought Catwoman, The Joker, Penguin (Burgess Meredith’s interpretation of the character is my favorite), Egghead, King Tut (an underrated villain, I loved him!) and more, was an awesome part of my childhood.

While he remained known as Batman for the rest of his life, Adam West also did voice over work in The Fairly OddParents, The Simpsons and Family Guy, and in my favorite example, played a fictional version of himself in Batman: The Animated Series (he played an actor who used to play “The Grey Ghost”, revealed to be part of Bruce Wayne’s inspiration to become Batman following the death of his parents).

The world is a much darker place now that Adam West is no longer in it. Rest in peace, we miss you so much.

I peeked at the plot of The Mummy…WTF??

*warning: I’m spoiling the ending of The Mummy*

As you may recall, some months ago I saw the first trailer for The Mummy and predicted then that this film would NOT do well. Oh boy was I proven right and THEN some. I almost talked myself into going to see the film this weekend, JUST IN CASE I happened to be wrong, but then the early reviews came out and when I saw they were universally bad, I changed my mind, especially after reading the full plot summary.

My reaction to said plot summary? What.The.FRACK?? Of ALL the ways I thought the film would end, the actual ending is NOT what I had in mind. To be fair, I guessed that something not good would be happening to Tom Cruise’s character, but I had always assumed that this would be his character (permanently) dying or having his body taken over by Ahmanet. Well, I was actually closer to the truth than I thought. He DID die (temporarily), and his body WAS taken over, but not by Ahmanet. Instead, Nick Morton commits suicide and is taken over by Set the Egyptian god of Chaos. But somehow (because it’s a shared universe is the likely reason), Nick is able to regain control over his body (even though he died??) and the film ends with him riding off into the desert, sidekick by his side, now in possession of the full powers of an ancient Egyptian god, with the big question being, is he on the side of good or evil? And where is Ahmanet? Oh, she’s dead, Nick killed her with Set’s powers.

Are you freaking KIDDING me?? THAT’S how the film ends?? If you were just going to kill her off, what was the POINT of including Ahmanet at all?? Why not just make Nick the reincarnation of an Egyptian prince or something (I know that would be whitewashing in the extreme but has that stopped Hollywood before??) And why is there even a question about whether Nick is now good or evil? He’s the living embodiment of Chaos now, that can’t POSSIBLY be a good thing in the long run, if there is a long run that is.

I know The Mummy is supposed to *officially* kick off the “Dark Universe” (I HATE that name) since Dracula Untold was disowned by the studio, but so far its reputation is so bad that I can’t see where any other films in this supposed universe ever get made.

I haven’t seen this film, I will NOT see this film and I beg none of you to waste your time or precious money by seeing this travesty either. Hopefully Universal learns a valuable lesson and lets the Dark Universe die a painful (but quick) death (and as long as I’m dreaming, I’d like a million dollars).

If you do go to see The Mummy, I’d love to know what you think about it, especially if it’s as bad (or worse) as the critics say it is. Have a good weekend!!

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The 2nd Annual Remembering James Horner Blogathon begins two weeks from tomorrow!

Hey everyone! It’s almost time for the 2nd Annual Remembering James Horner Blogathon, which will run from June 23rd-25th, in memory of the late film composer who passed away two years ago this month. I’m so excited to see all the entries, there have been so many sign ups for this year! If you’d still like to sign up, it’s not too late, just follow the link to the sign up page and add your information by the end of the day on June 20th and you can join in!

Announcing the 2nd Annual Remembering James Horner Blogathon

A few notes on the blogathon: there is no set order for who posts on which day. When you DO post, please make sure to tag my blog at the top (i.e. this post is part of the Remembering James Horner Blogathon, etc.) and include a link back to my blog so I can tell who has posted so I can include you in each day’s recap.

Also, if you haven’t claimed a title yet, I made it so that each film can only be talked about twice, so as of right now Casper, Willow and The Land Before Time are all completely spoken for.

I should also note that you do not HAVE to talk about the entire soundtdrack, you may simply pick a specific piece of music, or just talk about why you liked this film and score in general, whatever feels right to you.

If you have any questions, please let me know before the blogathon gets started, and I can’t wait to see what everybody has in two weeks!

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Continuing thoughts on Alien: Covenant

I was looking over my post on Alien: Covenant and I don’t feel like I talked enough about the parts of the film that really bothered me. So that’s what I’m going to talk about today.

Having watched Alien, Aliens and Prometheus (along with Alien vs Predator), I thought I had some idea of what to expect from this film. I knew there would be blood and gore, that goes without saying for an Alien film, but I was not prepared for what I saw in the film, not even close to prepared.

Contrary to what some people perceive, I am not scared of seeing blood in and of itself. What gets to me is when it’s a LOT of blood, and especially when it’s right up front, no getting away from it. And when you compare Alien: Covenant to its predecessors, one thing stands out right away: the amount of blood actually visible during the violent sequences. Oh sure, there’s the iconic “chestburster” scene with its violent spurt of blood; the pilot Ferro meets a bloody end in Aliens, but really, most of the deaths happen so fast there isn’t any blood at all. But in Alien: Covenant, it seems like every other death scene is an excuse to let loose a torrent of blood and guts. While the “back-burster” scene was gross, I could (mostly) watch because it was really just a chest-burster in reverse. However, the scene that will always bother me is the “mouth-burster” I alluded to in my review. As soon as I realized what was happening, I had to look away, I could not watch it happen, because I felt physically ill at the thought of it. I know the Alien films are firmly set in the horror genre, but I really feel like that scene took it too far (unless your goal is to make the audience want to throw up).

One detail I’m glad for is that they kept Shaw’s torture and death offscreen, only showing us a few details via David’s drawings. And thankfully, by the time they showed those pictures in detail, my mind was so weirded out that I didn’t really process the images (I didn’t even realize it was Shaw until the last picture) or what they were all about. And speaking of David’s “experiments”, something has been bugging me: in the flashback, the pathogen turned all the Engineers into blackened corpses, right? In that case, where did David get that dissected corpse that was laying on the table? It had an Engineer’s physique, so where did it come from?

These are my excess thoughts on Alien: Covenant; despite the fact that I was royally grossed out and freaked out, I’ll probably be lining up to see the sequel whenever it gets here, if only because now I have to see how this prequel series will line up with the original Alien.

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