HWR MUSIC... THE SAND / SONATA and TETRO ROUGE


THE SAND / SONATA - by Vincent Gillioz... Howlin' Wolf Records proudly presents a premiere double-bill release of Vincent Gillioz's original scores to SONATA (2004) and THE SAND (2015). Gillioz, raised in Geneva, Switzerland, currently lives in Los Angeles and has scored no less than 35 feature films accumulating numerous scholarships and awards throughout his career, including 9 best score awards. This is Howlin' Wolf Records' third project with composer Vincent Gillioz following LAST BREATH and COLLAPSE.


TETRO ROUGE [2CD] - by Pablo Croissier... Howlin' Wolf Records is proud to present a Two-Disc Set for Pablo Crossier's score for TETRO ROUGE. Pablo Croissier is from the Atlantic Canary Islands, Spain, but currently calls Los Angeles home. He is a classically-trained composer who has scored soundtracks for a variety of film styles, ranging from fast-paced action flicks to modernized Westerns. His work has been heard both on the concert stage, with his first symphony performed in the US in 2012, and in worldwide trailers and national commercials for blue chip brands such as Toyota. Recently Croissier was honored with a "Best Song" award by the Society of Composers and Lyricists of America and accepted into the prestigious Los Angeles Mentor Program for the fall 2016 term. He is currently working on his next feature score THE ESPADRILLO FORTUNE.
 
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Howlin' Wolf Records: Six Strings - Season 2 Issue 2 [2017]


 Interview with Composer... Tony Morales "DISNEY'S: ELENA OF AVALOR"
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story by: Michael Giacchino (Review) by: Kaya Savas
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS (What if) STORY! by: Jason Lee Knight
Interview with Composer... Jasha Klebe “PLANET EARTH II” [2017]
Interview with Composer... Jacob Shea “PLANET EARTH II” [2017]
Where is #26? Mammoth’s Best New Horror Goes Hardback By KC Redding-Gonzalez
Listening for Romance in Horror By: Christina Persaud
Interview with Composer... Andre Matthias "On the film “The Drummer”
The Monkey King 2 [2016] [Review] Music by: Christopher Young By James Southall

And all our favorite things; FILMS, MUSIC, BOOKS, ETC.
Giveaways... are everywhere, well you just need to look!!

Six Strings - Season 2 Issue 2: [CLICK HERE]
Past Issues: [CLICK HERE]

"Howlin' Wolf Records" New Releases!


It's a new dawn, a new day and several new "Howlin' Wolf Records" releases and recent releases! Featuring composers; Brian Tyler, Bruno Valenti, Rich Douglas, Wojciech Golczewski, Vincent Gillioz and Pablo Garcia Croissier... 


Okay that is some great news!
Jeremy [Six Strings]

JUST ANNOUNCED: RACE WITH THE DEVIL/MAKING LOVE Composed and Conducted by LEONARD ROSENMAN INTRADA Special Collection 379

 
From the vaults of 20th Century Fox comes a double header featuring two scores by composer Leonard Rosenman. The first is the 1975 thriller Race with the Devil, where two couples accidentally witness a ritual sacrifice when camping in their RV and find their lives threatened by an ever-widening Satanic conspiracy. Although sparingly scored, Rosenman suffuses every scene with supernatural dread. As with other scores from the period, including his two Planet of the Apes entries, Rosenman omits the violin section. However, he makes extensive use of solo electric violin played through a ring modulator, giving the score an otherworldly, diabolical quality, playing off the great tradition of the “fiddling devil.” For years, the elements were damaged and unusable, but advances in technology have allowed Mike Matessino to perform a miraculous restoration of original split-track elements (and the mono music stems for tracks 20–23) and for Intrada to finally present this 70s Leonard Rosenman gem.

In a complete about face, the lyrical score for 1982's Making Love provides a sweeter, more poignant listen. The film centers on one Zack Elliot—a seemingly happily married, successful doctor—who finds himself on a journey of self-discovery, which ends with his coming out. Rosenman responded by fashioning a monothematic score built around a long-lined melody written in rondo form. It underscores the purity of the characters’ emotional drives and Zack’s thought processes and internal uncertainty, as though the theme is figuring itself out simultaneously with the character. After scoring was completed, Rosenman returned to write and record a handful of revised cues, all appearing here in the Extras section.

An odd pairing for sure, this Intrada premiere showcases two very different sides of one very brilliant composer.

INTRADA Special Collection 379
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Oh, the memories... "Race with the Devil", as a film freaked me out and now I will have the music to relive it... cannot wait, serious... this with "Making Love" will be awesome.
Jeremy [Six Strings]

LISTEN: TWISTER (20th Anniversary Edition) Music by Mark Mancina


La-La Land Records, Warner Music Group, Warner Bros. Pictures and Amblin Entertainment present TWISTER: EXPANDED ARCHIVAL EDITION.

This 20th Anniversary Edition (a tad bit late) has been newly remastered and expanded by Producers Mike Matessino and Dan Goldwasser, fixing all errors from the previous release and making it the best possible listening experience this side of a F-1. Liner notes by Tim Greiving feature new interviews with composer Mark Mancina and director Jan De Bont. Dan Goldwasser helps guide you through his cow flyin' art direction!

http://www.lalalandrecords.com/

One of Bill Paxton's greatest rolls and here the great score to listen too...
Jeremy [Six Strings]

LISTEN: KRONOS RECORDS RELEASES... LIVIDE, BLOUDÍM and SEGUIMI


LIVIDE - 2CD - by RAPHAËL GESQUA - Kronos Records is proud to present the the complete score of 2011 French Horror film LIVIDE by famed directors  Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury. The suggestion that a big treasure is hidden somewhere inside Mrs Jessel's once renowned classical dance academy will become a lure to a deadly trap for Lucie and her friends.  Raphaël Gesqua, who would work again with this duo of directors on Among The Living (also available from Kronos Records) provides an incredibly beautiful score for LIVIDE. 


BLOUDÍM - by EMIL VIKLICKÝ - Kronos Records is proud to present the soundtrack to Martin Müller's BLOUDÍM, a 2010 Czech film starring Silvia Antolová and featuring the really exquisite score by acclaimed Czech composer EMIL VIKLICKÝ, with whome we have the immense pleasure to collaborate with for the first time.


SEGUIMI - by MARCO WERBA - Kronos Records is proud to present the soundtrack to Claudio Sestieri's Drama/Mystery film SEGUIMI (FOLLOW ME), starring Angelique Cavallari, Maya Murofushi, Pier Giorgio Bellocchio,Antonia Liskova and Marina Esteve. A Medieval town surrounded by wild nature, a diver who is still fighting back against her past, a painter who blurs the distinction between life and art, a Japanese model who is used to play with her body. Three lives at stake, passion named after obsession, non-sense turning to reality.   The filming location, Matera (where Iconic directors like Pasolini and Gibson have shot respectively key scenes for their "The Gospel according to St. Matthew" and "The Passion Of The Christ").
 
Worth looking into... for sure!
Jeremy [Six Strings]

SILVA CLASSICS PRESENTS "THE GAME OF THRONES SYMPHONY"


Celebrating composer Ramin Djawadi's timeless fantasy score, over the six series, with all new classical arrangements ushering the full power of an 80 piece symphony orchestra and choir.

Described by AllMusic as a "triumphant score that reflects the care involved in the entire adaptation", Ramin Djawadi's magnificent and eerie soundtrack is the crowning achievement in TV music. Starting in 2011, Djawadi penned much of the Season One score for a small string ensemble, filling it out with synthetic pads and percussion. Over the course of the next six seasons the music budget got bigger and bigger to match the ever-increasing viewing figures the show was enjoying.

Game of Thrones really is a television phenomenon. HBO’s epic small screen adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s series of fantasy tomes continues to draw in record audiences around the world, and shows no signs of slowing down. Indeed some 8.9m people tuned in to the Season Six finale in the US and with repeats, recordings and on-demand viewings taken into consideration, it is estimated that Game of Thrones enjoys an average of 23m viewers per instalment. With a whopping thirty-eight Emmy Awards (and counting), this series remains the darling of prime-time pay TV. With so much music created for the sixty episodes producer Rick Clark had to choose wisely, and the particular cues and themes the album does highlight, lend themselves beautifully to this symphonic re-imagining.

Release date: NOW

Produced by Rick Clark
Score conducted and arranged by Evan Jolly
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Aaron Kwok, Tony Leung & Chow Yun-fat Star in the Action-Packed Sequel to the Hit Police Thriller Debuting on Digital February 7 & On Blu-ray™ & DVD March 7 and a GIVEAWAY!


A sequel to the Hong Kong box-office smash, COLD WAR 2 continues the 2012 film’s saga of intra-police rivalry when it debuts on digital February 7 and on Blu-ray™ and DVD March 7 from Well Go USA Entertainment.  Picking up some time after the events in the first movie, Sean Lau (Aaron Kwok, The Monkey King franchise) is now the Commissioner of Police. Things turn bad when his wife and daughter are kidnapped and he must seek help from a former rival (Tony Leung, The Taking of Tiger Mountain) to save their lives. Joining Kwok and Leung from the original cast are Charlie Young (Kung Fu Killer), Eddie Peng (Call of Heroes), Aarif Rahman (Young Bruce Lee), Ma Yili (Badge of Fury) and Alex Tsui (Merry-Go-Round). They are joined by new cast members, including legendary martial arts star Chow Yun-fat (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Janice Man (The Midnight After) and Tony Yang (Phantom of the Theatre), in the “superbly acted” (Edmund Lee, South China Morning Post) ensemble drama.


Bonus materials include behind-the-scenes featurettes that draw attention to “A Powerhouse Cast,” as well as “The Story,” the “VFX and Action” sequences and “The Three Powers.”

A suspected criminal mastermind escapes from police custody, throwing the city into turmoil. With the police department now divided, rival police chiefs are forced to take their fight to the streets of Hong Kong—with deadly consequences.
 
Please check out "SIX STRINGS" SEASON 2 ISSUE #2 for the current giveaway...
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Billboard Online features LOCO from "Jethro Tull String Quartets"

 
“Loco (Locomotive Breath),” from the new JETHRO TULL- STRING QUARTETS’ album by Ian Anderson and the Carducci String Quartet, is premiering at billboard.com. “Loco” is a string quartet arrangement of “Locomotive Breath” Jethro Tull’s 1978 hit off the group’s album, BURSTING OUT. Here is the link to read Billboard's new interview with Ian, conducted by renown music journalist Gary Graff: http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/7708994/jethro-tull-string-quartet-locomotive-breath-premiere?utm_source=twitter&utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral

The STRING QUARTETS’ version is an instrumental features violin, viola, cello and bass, and Ian Anderson on flute. It was arranged by Ian’s keyboardist John O’Hara, whose mission was to “delve deeper and offer a new imagining of each piece. An orchestrator’s job is to arrange and compose a new version of an existing work.” O’Hara also felt “a responsibility to the Jethro Tull listeners who cherish this material and may not welcome a radical rendition of a beloved song.”

Guitar Legend Allan Holdsworth 12 CD Box Set Collection and Accompanying Double CD Collection, THE MAN WHO CHANGED GUITAR FOREVER Box Set, EIDOLON-a 2-CD Best Of... Manifesto Records on April 7th.


Los Angeles, CA-based Manifesto Records will release a new, complete 12-CD box set by guitar innovator, jazz, and progressive rock legend Allan Holdsworth titled The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever, along with a 2-CD updated and expanded “best of” collection selected by the artist, titled Eidolon.

Manifesto Records referenced the box set’s seemingly portentous title from the cover story title featuring Holdsworth in Guitar Player magazine’s April 2008 edition. Given his humble nature, Holdsworth is a bit embarrassed by the title and finds the notion that he changed “guitar forever,” somewhat overblown—more befitting of names like Orville Gibson, Leo Fender, or Ned Steinberger.

Holdsworth, born in Bradford England in 1946, embarked on a solo career as composer and bandleader exclusively in 1979. Holdsworth’s career as producer, bandleader, and lead composer is documented in this box set, and with the artist’s 28-track selection of favorites in Eidolon. Both packages include extensive liner notes, and an updated 2016 interview with Holdsworth discussing each release, his history, and approach to the instrument.

From 1982 through 2003, Holdsworth recorded a dozen albums that have been lovingly put together for The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever collection. Featured on the box set are eleven remastered studio albums, starting with the 1982 studio release, Allan Holdsworth, I.O.U., and the archival 2003 live release, Then!, recorded live in Tokyo in 1990. All feature additional bonus tracks added for special editions or the original Japan releases, along with the original artwork and studio credits. Also included are the Grammy-nominated Road Games, (1983), Metal Fatigue (1985), Sand (1987), Secrets (1989), Wardenclyffe Tower (1992), Hard Hat Area (1993), None Too Soon (1996), The Sixteen Men of Tain (2000), and Flat Tire: Music for a Non-Existent Movie (2001).

Graham Reynolds Releases "12 PACK" on Innova Recordings

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Austin premiere of his experimental chamber opera PANCHO VILLA FROM A SAFE DISTANCE at FUSEBOX FESTIVAL, composer / bandleader / improviser GRAHAM REYNOLDS will release a dozen digital only albums on February 17th, 2017 via the prestigious INNOVA RECORDINGS label. Physical copies including a box set will be available for sale at upcoming shows and events.

The collection includes re-mastered versions of Golden Arm Trio classics including the very early DEMO TAPE, the self-titled THE GOLDEN ARM TRIO, plus WHY THE SEA IS SALT and THE TICK-TOCK CLUB; soundtracks for the films SHEPARD & DARK, 5 TIME CHAMPION and INCENDIARY; scores for collaborations with Ballet Austin including BELLE REDUX, THOUGH THE EARTH GIVES WAY, CULT OF COLOR, and TWO BALLETS, plus the experimental onslaught of FUN WITH SOUNDS & PATTERNS. Bonus material and additional delights are scattered throughout the series that explores the broad and diverse palette of his career.

The infamous and clandestine DJ BUZZY BEAR has created a MIX-TAPE RETROSPECTIVE of the 12-Pack.

Dubbed “the quintessential modern composer” by the London Independent, Reynolds creates, performs, and records music for film, theater, dance, rock clubs and concert halls, and has collaborated with esteemed director Richard Linklater on the majority of his films over the last ten plus years. He recently scored HBO’s “The Diplomat”, “Before Midnight” with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, “Bernie” featuring Jack Black, the Rooster Teeth TV series “Day 5”, amongst many others. His score to the Robert Downey, Jr. feature "A Scanner Darkly" was named ‘Best Soundtrack of the Decade’ by Cinema Retro magazine, and he recently received the prestigious Creative Capital Award for his chamber opera, “Pancho Villa from a Safe Distance”.

http://www.grahamreynolds.com/

Jeremy [Six Strings]

SUMTHING ELSE MUSIC WORKS AND CAPCOM RELEASE RESIDENT EVIL® 7 BIOHAZARD ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK

 
Sumthing Else Music Works, the premier record label dedicated to releasing video game soundtracks, today announced that the official soundtrack for Resident Evil® 7 biohazard is now available digitally from Amazon, iTunes, Sumthing.com, and other music services. The Resident Evil 7 biohazard Original Soundtrack features two and a half hours of original music from the latest major entry in the renowned Resident Evil® series.

Set in modern day rural America and taking place after the dramatic events of Resident Evil® 6, players experience the terror directly from the first person perspective. Resident Evil 7 embodies the series' signature gameplay elements of exploration and tense atmosphere that first coined "survival horror" some twenty years ago.

Featuring haunting acoustic explorations and dark aleatoric soundscapes, the Resident Evil® 7 score was created by Capcom composers Akiyuki Morimoto, Miwako Chinone and Satoshi Hori as well as music from US composers Cris Velasco, Brian D'Oliviera and Michael A. Levine. Music samples are available at Sumthing.com.

Resident Evil 7 sets a new course for the Resident Evil series as it leverages its roots and opens the door to a truly terrifying horror experience. A dramatic new shift for the series to first person view in a photorealistic style powered by Capcom's new RE Engine, Resident Evil 7 delivers an unprecedented level of immersion that brings the thrilling horror up close and personal.

For more information on Resident Evil 7 biohazard, visit www.capcom-unity.com.

For more information on Sumthing Else Music Works and its complete catalog of video game soundtracks, visit www.sumthing.com, like us at Facebook.com/SumthingElseMusicWorks and follow us on Twitter @SumthingDigital.

Jeremy [Six Strings]

SUMTHING ELSE MUSIC WORKS RELEASES HALO WARS 2 ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK

 
Sumthing Else Music Works, the premier record label dedicated to licensing and distributing video game soundtracks, today released the official soundtrack for "Halo Wars 2" on CD. The album will be available for digital download and via streaming services including Amazon, iTunes and Sumthing.com on February 21.

"Halo Wars 2" is an action-packed RTS for everyone on the biggest Halo battlefield ever, and is the long-awaited sequel to the best-selling console real-time strategy (RTS) of all time, "Halo Wars." In "Halo Wars 2," players will lead armies of Spartans and other Halo fighting forces like Warthogs, Scorpions, and exciting new units in a brutal war against a terrifying new enemy, The Banished.

The soundtrack features more than two hours of original music by composing team Gordy Haab, Brian Trifon and Brian Lee White, and builds on the legendary legacy of Halo music by Martin O'Donnell, Michael Salvatori and other great composers. The score was recorded at the iconic 20th Century Fox Studios.

Music samples and track listing available at https://www.sumthing.com/p/halo-wars-2/.

For more information on "Halo Wars 2," visit http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/halo-wars-2.

For more information on Sumthing Else Music Works and its complete catalog of video game soundtracks, visit www.sumthing.com, like us at Facebook.com/SumthingElseMusicWorks and follow us on Twitter @SumthingDigital.

Jeremy [Six Strings]

SUMTHING ELSE MUSIC WORKS RELEASES STEEP™ ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK

 
Sumthing Else Music Works, the premier record label dedicated to licensing and distributing video game soundtracks, announces the CD release of the original soundtrack to Ubisoft's open world extreme sports game, Steep™. Featuring the game's post-rock instrumental score composed by Zikali, a European collective of music composition and sound design artists, the STEEP Original Soundtrack will be released on CD in stores and available for digital download from http://www.sumthing.com on February 17.
 
"The musical artistic direction consists of the encounter between a post-rock formation (drums, bass, guitars, synths), to which is added an orchestral dimension (strings, brass) and a set of original instruments (hang drum, duduk) that define the sound identity of the project. The energy of the rider is represented by a modern and electric sound associated with the action; And the orchestra characterizes the different places (summits, narrow corridor or wide spaces) by the variety of its modes of play, bringing a strong emotional dimension."
-Zikali

In Steep, players drop in to the Alps and ski, snowboard, wingsuit and paraglide through the game's massive open world playground, filled with exhilarating challenges and breathtaking views. Developed by Ubisoft Annecy, Steep is designed for a culture that's all about sharing experiences with the world. Steep features seamless multiplayer, populating the world with players as they naturally explore the Alps. Players and friends across the globe can take on challenges together or compete with each other to snag the top spot on the leaderboards. In addition to the Alps, Alaska will be available as a free game update on February 24th.
 
Steep is currently available worldwide for current gen consoles and Windows PC. For more information on the game visit www.steepgame.com and follow us on http://www.facebook.com/steepgame or http://www.twitter.com/Steep_Game.

For more information on Sumthing Else Music Works and its complete catalog of video game soundtracks, visit www.sumthing.com, like us at Facebook.com/SumthingElseMusicWorks and follow us on Twitter
@SumthingDigital.

Jeremy [Six Strings]

SUMTHING ELSE MUSIC WORKS RELEASES TOM CLANCY'S SIEGE® ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK


Sumthing Else Music Works, the premier record label dedicated to licensing and distributing video game soundtracks, proudly presents the CD release of the official soundtrack for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, the latest installment in Ubisoft's tactical first-person shooter franchise. Featuring the game's original score composed by Ben Frost and Paul Haslinger, the Siege soundtrack will be released on CD in stores and available for digital download from http://www.sumthing.com on February 17.

Developed by Ubisoft Montreal, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege is inspired by real world counter-terrorist organizations, and puts players in the middle of lethal close-quarters confrontations. For the first time in a Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six® game, players engage in sieges, a new style of assault where enemies have the means to transform their environments into modern strongholds while Rainbow Six teams lead the assault to breach the enemy's position. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege gives players unprecedented control over their ability to fortify their position - by reinforcing walls and floors, using barbed wire, deployable shields and mines, and more - or breach the enemies using observation drones, sheet charges, rappelling, and more. The fast pace, lethality and uniqueness of each siege sets a new bar for intense firefights, strategic gameplay and competitive gaming.

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege is currently available worldwide for consoles and Windows PC. More information about Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege is available on www.rainbow6.com.

For more information on Sumthing Else Music Works and its complete catalog of video game soundtracks, visit www.sumthing.com, like us at Facebook.com/SumthingElseMusicWorks and follow us on Twitter
@SumthingDigital.

Jeremy [Six Strings]

TRAIN TO BUSAN is a thrill ride you need to catch!

The zombie genre is a funny thing.  The concept of the dead coming to life to feast on the living has been done to redundancy.  Every possible idea has been thoroughly explored on the big and small screen.  Ever since the first RESIDENT EVIL movie came out back in the olden days of 2002 there has been a nonstop wave of zombie films of all ranges of quality.  Some good.  Most bad.  Just when you think the genre is being laid to rest, another clever, well made movie or show comes out and inspires a whole new generation of movie makers to go out and make their own cheap knock-off.  SHAUN OF THE DEAD or THE WALKING DEAD are great examples of this phenomenon.  Now the WALKING DEAD's ratings are slipping. All the newly made zombie films are not getting bought up in film markets.  If they are lucky they might end up on Chiller T.V. or the SYFY Channel.  Yet just when you think the movement is over, here comes TRAIN TO BUSAN to reanimate the whole genre once again.  I don't care.  I like zombie movies and I really liked TRAIN TO BUSAN.  Even though I am a die hard fan of zombie movies, I think even the most casual fan of horror or movies in general will like this movie.  It is a bit unique.

The movie is about a father who is taking his daughter to visit his mother via the train to Busan.  He is a man consumed with work which has resulted in a failed marriage and a daughter who can't stand to be with him.  After getting on the train, however. zombies happen and now he is fighting along with the other passengers to survive and make it to Busan, possibly the only city on the route that is safe.  CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST.....

Jason

Howlin' Wolf Records: Six Strings - Season 2 Issue 1 [2017]


It's a highlight of the best soundtrack/score music
and some of those we lost.
Goodbye 2016, Hello... 2017

And all our favorite things; FILMS, MUSIC, BOOKS, ETC.
Giveaways... are everywhere!!  


Jeremy [Six Strings]

Six Strings - Season 2 Issue 1:  [CLICK HERE]  
Past Issues: [CLICK HERE]

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (2016) When is a remake not a remake?

Well they did it, didn't they?  They finally did it.  The Hollywood Remake machine has finally claimed another American classic.  Never in my wildest dreams would I have believed they would have the tenacity to attempt to redo a nearly perfect classic film.  How much more taboo can you be?  The film that I am talking about of course is WORLD GONE WILD.  The post apocalyptic action western starring Bruce Dern is about a hippie from the sixties living in a world ravaged by nuclear warfare.  He lives in a small settlement of peaceful pioneers in the desert who find themselves under threat of Adam Ant and his cult of followers.  Out gunned Bruce Dern goes out and recruits about five other tough guys who manage to fight back and save the town from the weirdo attackers.  Of course the most memorable moment in the film is when Bruce Dern kills a bad guy by flipping a hub cap into his throat with the flick of a stick.  Oscar worthy and totally possible in real life I am sure.

Of course I am being silly.  Yes, WORLD GONE WILD is a remake (or homage) of the classic western, THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, which was a remake of the classic samurai film, THE SEVEN SAMURAI, directed by Akira Kurosawa.  But we are here to review the new Denzel Washington film directed by Antoine Fuqua.  I bring up WORLD GONE WILD to make a point.  WGW has the spirit of the original as well as some lines of dialogue and some visual cues as well.  THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN 2016 only has a few lines of dialogue from the original.  The spirit of the original is completely absent from the new film.  The new MAGNIFICENT SEVEN barely even qualifies as a remake.  I would argue that it is not a remake at all, but just another "Men on a Mission" movie.  However, the idea that this is not a remake does not make the new movie better.  There is no fresh or new approach to the material.  CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST!

Jason

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS (What If) STORY

Just like THE EWOK ADVENTURE and EWOKS: THE BATTLE FOR ENDOR, ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY is a stand alone film that takes place in the STAR WARS universe only without Ewoks.  The film is about Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) being recruited by the Rebellion to locate her father who was taken from her when she was a child to work on weaponizing the Death Star.  Eventually this quest leads her and some new allies on the path to steal the plans for the Death Star and get them to the Rebellion.  The story is serviced by a forgettable music score, some breath-taking visuals and horrible horrible fan service.  If you like STAR WARS for it's explosions, lazers and spaceships then ROGUE ONE is the greatest movie of them all.  If you like STAR WARS for its endearing timeless story and memorable characters then you will be disappointed.

When I first saw the trailer for ROGUE ONE I was immediately impressed by the character of Jyn Erso.  The trailer portrays her as a Snake Plissken type character.  My favorite line from the trailer is when she says "This is a rebellion, isn't it? I rebel."  That's a great line.  Unfortunately that line was cut out as well as any other possible scene or moment that would make her a strong or even memorable character.  Instead she comes across as a scared little girl forced into a situation she never would have put herself in.  Yeah, the film makes it a point to show her beat up a bunch of storm troopers but that doesn't make her a strong character.  She is just an action figure.  Jyn has no good moments.  She gives a couple of speeches that come across as out of step with her character.  Jyn is a non-character in her own story.  She has not earned the right to be the biggest character on the movie poster.  She never really seems to be a part of the Rebellion even though she has experienced personal loss at the hands of the Empire.  You would think she would have been in the Rebellion from day one.  I'm not even sure what she was doing before being rescued/captured by the Rebellion and setting her on the mission to find her father.  CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST!!!

Jason

INTERVIEW WITH LUKE GOSS [ACTOR]