All posts tagged: Movie

Frank Skinner’s Magnificent Obsession

Almost 66 years ago, on August 4, Magnificent Obsession was released. A technicolor drama romantic film directed by Douglas Sirk starring Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson. The movie was originally based on the 1929’s novel Magnificent Obsession by Lloyd C. Douglas. It was one of four of his books that were eventually made into blockbuster motion pictures, the other three being The Robe, White Banners, and The Big Fisherman. While Magnificent Obsession had had a pretty successful run at the box office, it’s important to remember Frank Skinner’s magnificent score in the movie as well. The two-part orchestral rendition is sumptuously splendid on its own and is indisputably one of the finest from the composer. Listen. Advertisements

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A Young Director and his only film

I came across a brief write up by one of my acquaintances on Facebook a few days back. “…Asia is the place where cinema is still breathing a fresh whiff of significant cinema – something which current European cinema is visibly lacking!”, it concluded. He listed a bunch of directors from different parts of Asia who are shining with their works today. But what caught my eyes was this line: “Sadly, I couldn’t add Bo Hu’s name.” I asked him if it’s because of the fact Hu Bo is no more. His answer was ‘yes’. “An elephant sitting still” is the first and the last feature film by Chinese director Hu Bo who killed himself during the final editing procedure of the film, in 2017, at 29. The film came out in 2018 and immediately gained attention from the world audience. Hu Bo was a student of Bela Tarr, the Hungarian auteur. The film opens up in a morning with a story about an elephant, narrated in a voice of one of the characters. In a northern Chinese city …

The Peak – Beyoncé – Bigger

It has become quite a trend lately that bigger movies coming along not only with an intangible soundtrack but using even bigger artists to make a confederate album. After the huge success of the Black Panther album, The Lion King had its own path to tag along with. And as an upshot, the audience received The Lion King: The gift from Beyoncé. The album was mostly produced by Beyoncé including an appearance from Jay-Z, Childish Gambino, Pharrell Williams, Kendrick Lamar, Tierra Whack, 070 Shake, Jessie Reyez, Shatta Wale, Wizkid, Burna Boy, Mr Eazi, Tiwa Savage and others. Albeit the movie has not lived up to everyone’s expectation, But The Lion King: The Gift’s warm production and excellent songwriting will make you forget about the remake’s comparative failure right away.

KURO (OST) – Tujiko Noriko

Listening to the soundtrack of 2017’s feature from Joji Koyama and Tujiko Noriko’s is an ornate experience of serene dissemination that breathes on its own. You don’t necessarily have to watch the movie to find out its haunting elegance and understated rumination. Kuro, an arthouse drama, tells the story of a Japanese woman living in Paris with her paraplegic lover. Soon, the mystery unravels. Weaving together personal history, anecdotes and myths, the story takes a dark turn. Thanks to Berlin’s Pan, whose new offshoot and soundtrack series, Entopia, kicked off its inaugural release with Kuro in May 2019. Kuro’s score, written and composed by Tujiko Noriko, who is also the protagonist of the movie, and mixed by Sam Briton and Will Worsley, is a milieu full of doubt and chimerical essence. It’s a stoic and unruffled ambient experience that feeds off incoherent and stretched melody riffs and humming condensed into a small space avoiding all the oscillation. The last time Noriko put out a project, it was hard to know what would come next to that. But …

A Soundtrack Worth Remembering – Le Mariage Collectif

If you type in Le Mariage Collectif or Collective Marriage on Google, it’s definitely unlike most of the search results you would get for a movie. There’s not much out there on the Internet about it that might be of your interest. Mariage Collectif has been anything but remembered by history as an important movie, that’s for sure, a fact even admitted by the press release for its soundtrack. A 1971 French drama based upon a married couple having difficulties in a sexual relationship. Sounds lame, right? Well, not everything about this movie is as lame as you think it might be. Conversely, Mariage Collectif could be taken as a minor classic as well. But what has really been noteworthy and significant about it is the soundtrack from Jean-Pierre Mirouze and the story behind the recovery of the album. Even though, Mariage Collectif’s soundtrack is considered one of the most fascinating soundtrack out there and has influenced many sounds of 21st century, the album was once long forgotten and had been conserved through only a handful …