Monday, April 11, 2005

Episode III Soundtrack

I'm currently listening to the John Williams score to Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith. Yeah, that's right, the one that doesn't release until May 3rd. The one that my friend here in the Copyright department illegally downloaded and saved to our network so that we could listen to it here at work, in the copyright department of a Gospel Music Company. :P

First of all, Wow. It's really good. Williams has done it again.

Secondly, don't worry, I'm going to buy it when it comes out. Furthermore, you should, too. The music is great, BUT WAIT - THERE'S MORE!! A second disc will be included that will have 70 minutes of Star Wars music videos featuring music, dialogue, and images from all six films in the saga. This DVD, featuring 5.1 surround audio would be worth the purchase price alone, but is included in every copy of the Episode III soundtrack CD.
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Films Recently Watched:

Artificial Intelligence: AI (2000) dir. by Stephen Spielberg
A heartbreaking modernization of the classic Pinocchio. A mecha (robot) is made to be capable of love, but wants to complete his transformation by becoming "a real boy."

Matchstick Men (2003) dir. by Ridley Scott
A really fun con-artist film. This is what you get when Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, Blade Runner, Alien) makes a film about an elaborate con. Starring a phobic/OCD Nick Cage and a wiley Sam Rockwell. Also in this film is (then) 24-year-old Alison Lohman who does a most-convincing job of playing a character 10 years younger than she really was. She really nails the mannerisms of a 14-year-old.

Citizen Kane (1941) dir. by Orson Welles
I finally watched "the best film ever made." The best film ever made it may be, but you won't be seeing it on any list of "favorite" films from me anytime soon. I hope to watch it again before it's due back at the library and listen to the Roger Ebert commentary. I've heard that the commentary is well done and helps one to appreciate this film.

Love Actually (2003) dir. by Richard Curtis
Too many stories to tell. I think they could have picked two or three of the eight (seriously) couples' and told these stories well in 30-minutes less time and everybody would have been happier (except for the actors who's characters got cut, I suppose).

De-Lovely (2004) dir. by Irwin Winkler
After Christy and I watched an older Cole Porter biopic, Night and Day, recently, we were interested in seeing this recent Cole Porter film. This film seems to have "agenda" written all over it:
  • Agenda #1: Create an opportunity to overtly deal with the issue of Porter's homosexuality, something that, not surprisingly, wasn't even mentioned in the 1946 version.
  • Agenda #2: Create an opportunity to feature performances by current jazz and pop stars (Diana Krall, Natalie Cole, Alanis Morissette, Elvis Costello, etc.)
  • Agenda #3: Create an opportunity for Kevin Kline to win his coveted Oscar for best actor in a leading role (Kline won for best supporting actor in 1989 for A Fish Called Wanda).

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