IT’S A DISASTER: Movie Reviews of The Magnificent Seven and Deepwater Horizon by Howard CasnerPosted: October 4, 2016 | Author: Donald | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Akira Kurosawa, Antoine Fuqua, Battle Beyond The Stars, Byung-hun Lee, Chris Pratt, Colby Parker, Deepwater Horizon, Ethan Hawke, Gabriel Fleming, John Malcovich, Jr., Kurt Russell, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sensmeier, Matthew Michael Carnahan, Matthew Sand, Nic Pizzolatto, Peter Berg, Peter Sarsgaard, Richard Wenk, Steve Jablonsky, The Magnificent Seven, The Seven Samurai, Vincent D’Onofrio, Washington | Leave a comment »
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Two films have opened as of late which have disaster in common. One falls into that genre and one almost is one.
There is one transcendent moment in the most recent version of The Magnificent Seven. It comes at the end as the credits begin by showing each of the characters. At this point, behind them, one can here the incredibly epic score by Elmer Bernstein from the 1960 version. It’s stirring, splendid, glorious, stunning…
Unfortunately, this tiny fraction of the movie only really ended up serving one purpose: it clearly reminded the audience of the earlier version, and not to the benefit of the present one, and only went to show how bland and uninteresting the music is when it comes to James Horner and Simon Franklin’s score for this Western remake of a remake (yes, it apparently took two people to come up with something so dull). Read the rest of this entry »
THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING, THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING: Movie review of The Equalizer by Howard CasnerPosted: October 11, 2014 | Author: Donald | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Antoine Fuqua, Bill Pullman, Chloȅ Grace Moretz, David Harbour, Denzel Washington, Edward Woodward, Marton Czokas, Melissa Leo, Michael Sloan, Richard Lindheim, Richard Wenk, The Equalizer | Leave a comment »
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