The other reason I love going it the cinema, besides the ear shattering volume and giant pictures, is the trailers. On the front of X Men we had a few worth paying attention two.
The first was a trailer which looked like it was going to be for something really cool. It’s actually the second time I’ve seen this one on a big screen and it still suckered me in with its 196o’s space race preamble. I started wondering what this new cool movie with Steven Spielberg’s name on it could be.
Turns out it was Transformers 3. So that sucks.
The next trailer which caught my eye was for Green Lantern. Now, I still haven’t forgiven Ryan Reynolds for defecting to the bad side. Especially when going from Deadpool to Lantern is a massive move down in the world. I can’t decide where I stand on this film. Bits of it look cool, bits of it look incredibly camp (not usually a problem, but I’m not sure this film knows whether it’s taking itself seriously or not). Reynolds has the potential to be really annoying too. Jury’s out on this one, I probably wont see it in the cinema but I might catch it on DVD. I’m still more excited about the upcoming Deadpool movie.
The final trailer I want to talk about just looked fricking awesome. I’ve been hearing good things about Super 8 recently but somehow it’s managed to stay under my radar. Not much to say other than this looks wicked.
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AKA: BBC Radio 5 Live’s Great Film Scores Live
The story so far…
Monday: I write a post calling for people to stop getting so hot under the collar when it comes to the most recent Pirates movie, and have a few words of “constructive criticism” for far more renowned than I’ll ever be critic Mark Kermode
Wednesday: I receive an email from the BBC inviting me to the broadcast of Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode’s 10th Anniversary broadcast of their film review show, coming live from Salford Quays and with the support of the BBC Philharmonic orchestra
Friday: I’m on a train to Manchester
A lot of you were asking me if I would tell Kermode to his face what I said about him on my blog. Turns out I didn’t have to, but more on that story later…
Media City in Salford Quays is the home of some pretty impressive architecture. I didn’t fully appreciate it when I arrived having spent at least an hour lost in some very industrial parts of Salford (my sense of direction is infamous), but it is very pretty.
Once inside the BBC studios I found myself feeling like a very small fish in a very big pond, surrounded by a mixture of proper film critics and internet types as well as some lucky fans who’d got a seat in the small audience. We were given a brief questionnaire to answer about our best and worst film scores and then ushered into a big purple room with a space where an orchestra would soon appear. Camera rigs were dotted about the room, and I’m told by those at home that the whole thing was being streamed live on the internet, with muggins here front and centre for the duration. After watching various BBC types bustle about getting things ready, including a minor altercation about drinks on desks, the show began.
And what a show. The Phil (led by Robert Ziegler) were perfection as expected, but there is something really special about hearing those renowned scores played live right in front of you.
We began with the theme from Star Trek; instantly recognisable even to the non trekkies and a rousing start. Following that we were treated to music from Taxi Driver, with an effortless solo from John Harle leaving this failing saxophonist awestruck, and then one of my favourite pieces of movie music: Gabriel’s Oboe from The Mission. Both focus on a solo instrument, yet are strikingly different. The former conjures up dimly lit rain-sodden streets while the later is green, lush, and far more peaceful.
More iconic movie music came next in the form of the haunting love theme from The Godfather. For a love theme, I’ve always found this piece surprisingly mournful and almost unsettling, which is of course why it works so well in the context of the film. We also heard an abridged theme from Blue Velvet, a film I’m yet to see and so was unfamiliar with the score of. It’s interesting to hear music without the images it was composed to accompany, and I’m intrigued to see how this gentle piece fits into a film which I’ve always understood to cut quite close to the bone. The theme from James Bond brought the pace back up, with that fantastic surf guitar.
Between the music Ziegler and our hosts talked through some of the pieces and gave their views on scores in general. There was an interesting discussion about the success of a film and it’s score being intertwined and whether a good score can climb out from under a bad movie. Pirates was once more offered up as an example of bad film good score (I scowled accordingly) but I think there is a point to be made about good music sometimes being able to save a bad film. Avatar is a film which critics love to hate, but whatever you may think of it, James Horner did some amazing work with the score. When I look back at it, I think the music has a lot to do with why I tend to be on the more lenient side than most reviewers.
We were taken into the news by The Magnificent Seven. And it was Magnificent. The excitement in the audience was palpable. We were all itching to shout out “Yee HA!”
The orchestra took a break now, which allowed Mayo and Kermode to continue with their usual chat about the weeks film releases. As the news was going out Mayo told us they’d like to talk to a few members of the audience as he flicked through our questionnaires. Much to my surprise my name was read out, and as microphone’s were scrambled a few of us were asked to move down to the front of the audience. As we nervously shuffled through the rows to the aisle I heard a familiar voice ask, “which one is Katie Ferin?”
Turns out Mr Kermode had actually read my choice words and was keen to finish the argument on air. As I hastily tried to remember how to speak in sentences we began to fight our corners before Mayo reminded us to save it until we returned from the news. I may not have exactly changed his mind, but I did at least manage to get my point out, even if we did end up agreeing to disagree. And that’s my 30 seconds of fame out of the way. I will say though, that I agree with him on there being absolutely no point to Pirates being in 3D. Let’s hope this marks the beginning of the end of that tired gimmick
More interviews and then Kermode went through the weeks new releases, most of which he hadn’t seen! (Seems I’m not the only one struggling to get to the cinema at the moment) I’m disappointed to hear that Kung Fu Panda 2 is trying to get deep and meaningful, because that is just never going to work, and I’m hoping that once I see X Men: First Class I’ll be able to argue with Kermode all over again, but I fear he may be right about one too many mutants and an excess of scantily clad women. Hopefully the awesomeness of Fassbender and McAvoy will be enough to counter.
With the return of the orchestra we were treated to Kermode’s harmonica skills and another favourite of mine, John Barry’s Midnight Cowboy. Like the Taxi Driver score, its music that instantly transports you to a time and place forming a symbiotic relationship with the on screen action. There Will Be Blood followed and then an unusual choice from none other than Paloma Faith, who apparently fought tooth and nail to get Shigeru Umebayashi’s score to 2046 onto the shortlist. Another piece I’d never heard before, but I loved the driving force of the cellos and the drama they added to the sweeping strings.
We finished with the listener’s choice. And it was phenomenal. Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Everyone knows that John Williams is beyond genius, but when you hear something as iconic as Raiders played live in a little studio it adds a whole new dimension. I could not stop my feet from tapping to the music, and I’m sitting here now, listening to it again and remembering all the reasons why I love that film so much. It was a perfect ending to a spectacular concert.
So that’s what happens when you get above your station and call people who know better names on the internet. It was a great experience and I’m very grateful to everyone at the BBC for letting me be there. I had a brief chat with Kermode at the end, who was very nice about my poor writing. I look forward to disagreeing with him again in future.
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Yesterday I had a bit of a rant. Part of that rant was aimed at Mark Kermode’s recent comments on Radio 5 Live about Pirates 4.
Today I got an email from the BBC. And then a phone call. And now I’m going to Manchester on Friday to the Kermode and Mayo 10 year anniversary broadcast, where, with the help of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, they will be talking through some of the most famous movie scores of all time.
How the hell did that one happen?
Pure luck from the fact that Kermode’s name was on my blog I reckon, but who am I to turn down a chance to hear the Phil play live? Unfortunately due to some ridiculous train scheduling by Virgin, I have to miss the formal evening concert, but being in the audience for the live broadcast should be a lot of fun.
And for those who are wondering, if I get the chance, I will repeat to his face what I thought of Kermode’s take on Jack Sparrow. (Perhaps in slightly nicer words)
I’ll hopefully be writing up the trip before the end of the weekend. Until then you can read what I’ve had to say in previous posts about movie music.
For my Top 5 Movie Scores
And some general ramblings about Genius Composers
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The legend that is Peter Jackson is blogging via a facebook page, letting those of us who have been eagerly awaiting The Hobbit since before they even said they were making it get some sneak peaks of the upcoming movie.
The first ten minute video takes us on a tour around the new set and has some quick chats with the new (and old) cast. Thought it needed sharing so find the link HERE
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Well, the opera is over. It’s been an amazing month and I had loads of friendly faces out in the audience which was lovely.
Post-opera depression is sure to set in with a vengence soon so it’s a good thing I’ve got this blog to keep me going. I consoled myself yesterday with Toy Story 3, which is a good start.
Easter break is revision month, which always sucks so I’ll probably be needing some good movies to cheer me up. The light at the end of the tunnel comes in the form of Captain Jack Sparrow. Pirates 4 is out in May just before my exams. Although the two previous movies have failed to live up to the fantastic original movie, there is always fun to be had here, and I reckon it’ll be just what I need.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 6 so far )
I’ve been a bit absent recently, and I thought I’d better write a quick post to warn you it’s only going to get worse. If you’re one of the eccentric individuals who has been reading this blog since the early days you will have heard me mention The Opera before. Well folks, it’s opera time again, which means I am rehearsing all hours of the day and night while at the same time trying to hold down my degree. Doesn’t leave much time for watching movies or writing random blog posts about who looks better in spandex.
For the tiny minority of you who live near London, I am going to shamelessly plug what is honestly the best show I have ever been in. Set in 60s Spain, it’s a classic farce of mistaken identity and forbidden love. With some nuns and scantily clad pool boys and waitresses thrown in for good measure. One of those three is me.
Anyhoo, unless I get an overwhelming urge to chat to you guys I wont be posting until the end of March. So if you start to miss me, I guess you’ll just have to come and see it!
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I know this blog has got pretty Marvel heavy recently but I couldn’t let this one go by without a post. I’ve already caught it on three different blogs this morning so I’d be letting the side down if I didn’t post it too!
X Men: First Class. I had reservations. Then they cast McAvoy. Now we have a trailer. And it looks gooooooood!
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Did anyone see where 2010 went? I appear to have missed it.
This is the second new year’s post I’ve written, which must mean my blog has somehow made it to two years old. Wow, wasn’t expecting that.
At the start of this year I was anxiously waiting on an interview to find out what I was going to be doing for the rest of my life. I’ve now survived my first term at med school and am only 3 months away from my fourth opera with my much missed music society. Things are going pretty good for the blog too. We made it past 100,000 hits, 150 posts and 800 comments. Not bad going for the poorly typed ramblings of someone who doesn’t really know what they are talking about.
I haven’t made it to the cinema as much as I would like this year (as usual), but highlights have included Iron Man 2, Sherlock Holmes and the almighty Avatar. I am now the proud owner of a DVD of Inception, meaning I can finally catch up with the rest of the universe, and I managed to watch Toy Story 3 over the holidays, which was brilliant as expected. I am also now one of the (probably) hundreds of people who (thanks to the DVD) have seen the full alternate opening to Iron Man 2 and think Favreau totally missed a trick there.
So what’s coming up in 2011? Well, as the last post shows, I’m a little bit excited about Thor making it to our screens at last and in May you will find me camping in Leicester Square waiting for the premiere of Pirates 4. Not to mention the new Sherlock film I’ve got to look forward to. June and July are all about the comic books, with provisional releases dates for X Men: First Class, The Green Lantern and Captain America. It’s gonna be a busy Summer.
Looks like I’m going to have a lot to be writing about. Thanks again to all of you out there in the blogosphere who take the time to read and comment. I’ll do my best to keep it worth the visit.
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My Marvel sense is twitching….
Hope you’re all having a great Christmas (or “holiday season” if you’re one of my friends across the pond). I’m briefly breaking my silence to bring you the trailer for one of the most eagerly anticipated movies of 2011. Thor.
I know slightly less about Thor than I did about Iron Man before I first saw the film. So this has me excited.
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Today (or more likely last night when I was asleep) my blog made it past the 100,000 hit mark
Of course I know that doesn’t mean that I’ve had 100,000 different visitors, but seeing as when I started this blog I wasn’t expecting to get more than 10 it’s pretty exciting. We’re just a couple of months away from the blogs second birthday, so I guess the plan is to see if we can double the number for next year.
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