I don't know why, but while I generally loathe film remakes, I'm pretty cool with reinterpretations of film scores, at least to a point. Maybe it's because they're being produced from a less cynical standpoint of cashing in on the name (or maybe not - they could be for all I know) but much of the time they look to recreate something lost or damaged, or not recorded with the best equipment. Then again, there are some just done for fun, like BSX Records' Solo Piano Cinema Classics and Film Music For A New Age, two compilations of previously available digital singles.
Picture this: it's 1983. The space shuttle Challenger makes its maiden voyage, the world mourns the passing of Karen Carpenter, and moviegoers everywhere thrill to the climactic chapter of the Star Wars saga, Revenge of the Jedi.
But a Jedi doesn't seek revenge, I hear you shout. But this isn't normal 1983, it's alternate-1983 and there's none of that "Return" bull here. In 1983A, anything can and will happen. Events can be replayed, crimes can be undone. And it's one particular crime that we're going to undo today, a musical crime committed against one of the greatest film scores the world has ever known: the original motion picture soundtrack of Return of the Jedi.
My Neighbour Totoro is an absolute delight. There are many animated classics available to families, yet there really is nothing quite like Hayao Miyazaki's 1988 masterpiece.
For full disclosure, I am reviewing the English-language dub, which features real life sisters Dakota and Elle Fanning as the leads. Every animation buff worth their salt knows to watch the original dubs with subtitles but this is, at heart, a family movie and precious few children will want to read subtitles. With that in mind, I decided to view the dubbed version and see how well it played for all audiences.
John Carter. Since the discovery of the adaptation's existence it has been regarded with apathy, derision, often hatred. Across the planet, debate rages. Is John Carter the next link in the evolutionary chain or simply another Hollywood blockbuster fighting for its share of the box office? Either way it is a historical fact: Being open-minded has never been the internet's defining attribute.
Retired special-ops agent (Jason Statham) must leave his peaceful life and do some more murdering in order to free his mentor (Robert De Niro). Meanwhile, he’s being tracked by former SAS operative (Clive Owen) who works for a shadowy organization known as The Feathermen.
When Chris, a young drug dealer, has his stash stolen by his mother, he is forced to find $6,000 and fast. As a last resort, he and his father hire a dirty cop, called "Killer Joe", who will arrange to have Chris' mother killed to claim on her life insurance policy worth $50,000. Joe demands payment up front, but when they cannot come up with the money until after the job, he offers an alternative means of payment; Using Chris' attractive but emotionally disturbed sister, Dottie, as sexual collateral.