Interview with Composers: "Matteo Zingales and Antony Partos" on their recent project "Fahrenheit 451"


Jeremy [Six Strings]: How do you come to work on project "Fahrenheit 451", did you know the history behind it and what were your first reactions?

We had worked with the director Ramin Bahrani on his previous film ‘99 Homes’. Ramin had made the leap of faith to work with us remotely- with him based in New York and us in Australia. We only met in person for the first time when that film screened at The Sydney Film Festival.  Knowing the history of the novel and Truffaut’s adaptation of Fahrenheit 451, we were keen to see how this rendition could capture the spirit of the book, whilst addressing aspects of social media that were not present at the time the book was written. 

Jeremy [Six Strings]: From project to project like "Fahrenheit 451", how do you attack it, musically... and do you find it easier working with a familiar team?

We were keen to create a unique pallet, so we spent a lot of time initially sampling and making sounds both from musical and non musical sources. We were interested in making a homage to Bernard Hermann as the composer of the original film, but only in a stylistic rather than thematic sense.

Matteo and I have collaborated for many years and so have developed a relationship based on a shared musical aesthetic. Building a team you trust is vital, especially working under extremely tight deadlines. We do however try to keep being  inventive by employing different composing techniques and using musicians who can also bring creative ideas to the project.


Jeremy [Six Strings]: How does this differ from other finished projects, did you get "creative freedom" on this or did the people involved give you guidelines?

Ramin gave us free range to explore textures, styles and themes. We started giving him examples to be used as Ramin began cutting. It was from these first drafts that the themes were eventually born.

Despite this, we only started scoring to picture once the film was ‘locked off’. We found that it is important for the film to find its own inherent rhythm and pace. Much of what we created initially were broad moods and a lot of it was not usable, as the final product needed much more sudden gear shifts.


Jeremy [Six Strings]: When preparing for a film, what are some of your techniques or any personal omens/superstitions?

I don’t think we think about omens! We do tend to burn the midnight oil and so it is hard to get a sense of perspective working so intensely and on individual scenes. It is important to view the film as a whole and get a sense of the overall rhythm. Preparing the pallet and template is key to a smooth creative process. It establishes the language. The pallet is always built upon as one progresses through the film, but it is the root of any composition and thematic content. We like to mix up electronic elements with acoustic ones as it broadens the depth of the score. Exploring synthetic sounds or treating acoustic ones not only broadens the scope of the music, it also creates the ability to tackle the psychological depths of the human condition.

Jeremy [Six Strings]: Outside of yourself, who are some of your personal favorite composers current, classic and legends? Have you had the opportunity meet and work with some of them... can you share some "that's cool" moments?

(Matteo Zingales) Growing up in the 80’s and 90’s I was heavily influenced by the films and their music of that era. Influences range from all forms and styles of music. “That’s cool” moments for me was the first time I heard something I’d written for orchestra played live. I can’t single out any composers directly, the list would be far too long, but rather certain films and their scores that have touch me influencing and driving me to become the composer I am.

(Antony Partos) I am drawn to a  wide range of musical influences from Bach to Radio Head. Film Music is becoming more homogenized so it is important to be inspired by a diverse range of multicultural influences as well as styles. I agree with Matteo in so far as the feeling of hearing an orchestra perform your music for the first time is the most exciting thing a composer can experience. The weight of the number of musicians all playing something together that once only existed in your head is very special.  I also will never forget that my journey as a film composer only started when I was 16 when my father and I gave a lift to a stranger whose partner was a film director. They in turn took a chance on me scoring their film, and my career was born!


Jeremy [Six Strings]: THANK YOU, you guys have some great music under your musical belt and this release for “Fahrenheit 451” is just as powerful... best of luck two the both of you.

BIOS:

-Matteo Zingales is a multi award-winning composer who writes evocative original music for film and television.

Matteo has just wrapped on the HBO feature film, Fahrenheit 451 which airs in May this year. Other recent projects include the upcoming ABC drama series Harrow, TV Mini-Series Wake in Fright and Showtime's The Kettering Incident, (both recipients of the AACTA Award for Best Original Music Score in Television), US ABC prime-time TV thriller Secrets and Lies and Foxtel's Australia Day.

Feature films include 99 Homes (ASGC Winner Feature Film Score of the Year) The Lost Aviator, The Hunter and Not Suitable for Children (both of which earned him the AACTA Award for Best Original Music Score).

ASCAP Screen Music Awards honoured Matteo as a top composer in 2016.

In addition to his film work, Matteo worked on the Australian launch of Netflix, Samsung and Tiger Beer campaigns and has also composed music for TV series including Redfern Now, Better Man, DNA Nation, First Contact and Devils Dust.

-Antony Partos is one of Australia’s most awarded film composers. His passion lies in creating scores that blend both acoustic and electronic elements with an eclectic mix of exotic instruments.

His feature film credits include Jasper Jones and 99 Homes (winning the AGSC Award for Best Feature Film Score respectively in both 2016 and 2017), Animal Kingdom (AFI award for Best Feature Score), The Rover, Disgrace, The Home Song Stories and Unfinished Sky (both also winning the AFI Award for Best Feature Score).

Antony’s evocative scores for TV Drama include Wake in Fright (AACTA Award for Best Music Score in Television, Rake (AGSC Award for Best Music in a TV Series), The Slap (AGSC Award for Best TV Theme and Soundtrack), Mabo (AGSC Award for Best Music for a Telemovie) and Redfern Now (AACTA Award for Best Music Score in Television).

Recent projects include the score for the Academy Award® nominated feature Tanna (winning both the AACTA and Film Critics Circle Award for Best Feature Score) and the highly acclaimed BAFTA nominated feature documentary Sherpa (AGSC award for Best Music for a Documentary along with Best Soundtrack Album).

Earlier this year Antony composed the score for the Lucas Films documentary The Director and the Jedi which had its world premiere at SXSW this year. He has also just wrapped on the HBO feature film, Fahrenheit 451 which airs in May this year.

He is a passionate environmentalist and is drawn to projects that are concerned with social issues and human’s impact on the world.

Olive Films: Streets of Vengeance [2017]


A throwback to the gritty action-thrillers of the 80s (Angel, Vice Squad, Ms. 45), Streets of Vengeance stars Delawna McKinney (Cinco De Mayo) as Mila, an ex-porn star whose decision to leave the industry is interrupted when she’s kidnapped by a militant misogynist sect known as The Sword, intent on ridding the world of women who they believe are using their sexual powers to destroy men. The Sword’s plans are thwarted when Mila kills her captor, and with the help of Brian (Anthony To’omata, Cinco De Mayo), a local journalist, escapes.  Emboldened, Mila recruits her friends from the adult film community who form a ragtag militia and set out to destroy the cult of The Sword.


Rounding out the cast is a bevy of adult film actresses including Ginger Lynn Allen (Sunset Stripped), Joanna Angel (All Access P.O.V.), Sophie Dee (Out of Control) and Alexis Amore (Bario Bitches). Also featured are Daniel James Moody (Brothers) and Bryan Hurd (Fever Dream). Streets of Vengeance is written and directed by Paul Ragsdale (Cinco De Mayo, Brothers), produced by Angelica De Alba (Cinco De Mayo co-writer), photographed by Dan Zampa and scored by Vestron Vulture.
 
A little bit more racy of a post... it's pretty campy for sure.
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Tor Books: "An Informal History of the Hugos( A Personal Look Back at the Hugo Awards, 1953-2000)" written Jo Walton


The Hugo Awards, named after pioneer science-fiction publisher Hugo Gernsback, and voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Society, have been given out since 1953. They are widely considered the most prestigious awards in science fiction.

Between 2010 and 2013, Jo Walton wrote a series of posts for Tor.com, surveying the Hugo finalists and winners from the award's inception up to the year 2000. Her contention was that each year's full set of finalists generally tells a meaningful story about the state of science fiction at that time.

Walton's cheerfully opinionated and vastly well-informed posts provoked valuable conversation among the field's historians. Now these posts, lightly revised, have been gathered into this book, along with a small selection of the comments posted by SF luminaries such as Rich Horton, Gardner Dozois, and the late David G. Hartwell.

JO WALTON won the James Tiptree Jr. Memorial Award for My Real Children and the Locus Award for What Makes This Book So Great in 2015. Three years prior, her novel Among Others won the Hugo and Nebula Awards. Before that, Tooth and Claw won the World Fantasy Award in 2004. A native of Wales, Walton lives in Montreal.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Varèse Vintage: Pere Ubu’s Classic "Terminal Tower"


Varèse Vintage, a division of Varèse Sarabande Records, is proud to release two LP versions of Pere Ubu’s seminal album Terminal Tower on July 27, 2018.  The label will be releasing a limited edition (500 units) clear vinyl version and a standard black vinyl version.  Terminal Tower was named one of Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 40 punk albums of all time.

Pere Ubu was formed in Cleveland in 1975.  Releasing 16 albums over a 40+ year career and continuously helmed by singer/songwriter, David Thomas, the band has been one of the foundations of Avant Garde and Punk Rock in the U.S. and overseas.  Their most recent new release was 2017’s 20 Years in a Montana Missile Silo.

Originally released in 1985, Terminal Tower is an essential collection of the band’s early singles and B-sides – all released between 1976 and 1980.  The album is long out-of-print on both CD and LP formats, and has never been released digitally.  These LP versions of the recording have been fully remastered. (https://www.varesesarabande.com/)
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Lakeshore Records: "OUR HOUSE" Music by Composer Mark Korven


A machine that can bring back dead loved ones seems like a great idea…until you unleash the wrong spirits. When his parents are killed in a car accident, science wiz Ethan (Thomas Mann) must leave behind college and his girlfriend (Nicola Peltz) to care for his younger brother and sister. By day, he juggles the responsibilities of raising two kids; by night, he tinkers in the garage on an invention he hopes will change the world: a machine that can generate wireless electricity. He gets more than he bargained for, however, when the device awakens the dead souls that haunt the house. As Ethan and his siblings attempt to make contact with their parents, a horrifying realization sets in: not all the spirits in their midst may be friendly. This hair-raising science-fiction ghost story is a nightmare journey into a past that refuses to stay dead and buried.
 
Mark Korven... Toronto based, multi-award winning composer Mark Korven has had his feet firmly planted in both the dramatic and documentary film and television worlds for over 20 years. He has 8 Genie Nominations, 14 Gemini Nominations, a Genie Award, a Gemini Award and recently won and a Canadian Screen Award for his score to “Omar Khadr: Guantanamo’s Child”.

Mark has worked with acclaimed directors Deep Mehta, Patricia Rozema and Vincenzo Natale and his music can be heard on networks and in theatres worldwide. In 2014 & 2015 he collaborated with director Robert Eggers on the smash cult hit THE WITCH. The film premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and went on to receive major distribution.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

ScreamWorks Records: "DOGGED" Music by James Griffths


ScreamWorks Records once again teams up with The Drift composer James Griffths to present his latest finely tuned chiller score on the Screamworks label. Directed by Richard Rowntree based on his 2015 short film, Dogged is a horror that deals with the sins of the past and their effects on the present. When Sam returns home to the tidal island where he grew up to attend a funeral of a young girl, he soon realizes that the community he had once left has changed considerably. He soon uncovers disturbing secrets about his former home and the seedy underbelly of the small community harbors more than just a few secrets.

"My score for Dogged is very much a homage to the sinister detail that the movie itself presents" reveals composer James Griffiths about his contributions to the film. "The Folk Horror genre thrives by its gripping detail, extended plots and unpredictable sub stories. Musically I have scored to continue this detail, and nothing creates so much exposed detail than a string quartet. The tension and grittiness of their performance acts as its own unique character and I wanted to continue that musical character throughout the score. Combining the quartet with electronics, sound design and gut wrenching vocals presents an audio experience I am proud of composing for this wonderful movie."

MovieScore Media has previously released the first feature film score of composer James Griffiths; The Drift was a finalist at the Music and Sound Awards 2016, was nominated for The Siren Award for Best Original Composition in a Feature Film and won Best Surprise at the Soundtrack Geek Awards. The first ever CD release of the score by the label expanded the program with Darkwave Edge of The Storm, a sequel set in the same universe. Since then, James has shown his lyrical side in Marianna Dean’s award-winning short film In the Park and collaborated with Frank Ilfman on Trent Haaga’s insane cult film, 68 Kill.
 
On the link below, you can view a video, featuring a suite from the score: [CLICK HERE]
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Screamworks Records: "RUIN ME" Music by Holly Amber Church


Screamworks Records reunites with composer Holly Amber Church (Worry Dolls, Rites of Spring), releasing her intense horror score for Preston DeFrancis' Ruin Me. The film takes place at Slasher Sleepout, a crossover between escape room, a haunted house and a 36-hour endurance trip. Though she has never even seen a horror film, Alexandra (Marcienne Dwyer) reluctantly tags along with her boyfriend, but as the other campers start to drop like flies, it's up to the horror virgin to unravel who is responsible for the real-life murder and mayhem. Ruin Me  premieres July 19 on AMC's Shudder network.

“Working with director Preston DeFrancis on the score for Ruin Me was an incredibly fun adventure!“ says Holly Amber Church about the music. “I knew I was in for a treat when Preston shared his vision for the music, including his focus on themes and strong melodic material.  Throughout the film, these themes help tell the story by morphing, melding, twisting and turning - much like the movie does. My hope is that fans of the film will enjoy the experience of the soundtrack album - a different way to go on the thrill ride that is Ruin Me.

Holly Amber Church has scored many films including the viral hit and epic sci-fi short film Archetype created by concept artist, creature designer and director, Aaron Sims. She wrote the gritty score for Padraig Reynolds’ crime thriller/horror feature Rites of Spring, and the orchestral thematic score for his supernatural thriller The Devil's Dolls, both which were released by IFC Midnight with Screamworks Records releasing the official score soundtracks on their label. Holly’s current projects include the inspiring biopic Butterfly in the Typewriter with director David DuBos and the supernatural horror The Toybox with director Tom Nagel - starring Denise Richards and Mischa Barton. Her score for Ruin Me was nominated for Best Original Score at the Women in Horror Film Festival in 2017.

 
On the link below, you can view a video, featuring a suite from the score: [CLICK HERE]
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MovieScore Media: "Alpha Gateway" by Thomas E. Rouch


MovieScore Media ventures Down Under with the soundtrack release of the Australian sci-fi film Alpha Gateway with music by Thomas E Rouch. Co-written and directed by John V. Soto, the film tells the story of Jane Chandler (Jacqueline McKenzie), a particle physicist grieving over the loss of her husband Matt (Myles Pollard) who had died in a car crash. Or had he? When Jane travels to a parallel world, she finds him again, but the initially joyful discovery will have dire consequences for her family….

"While very much a sci-fi film, our central characters journey is driven by a deep emotional desire. It was important to me that the music really united the awe and scale of the science with the personal nature of her quest. To that end I was always seeking to find the balance in every cue, between light and dark, power and emotion, personal and universal."
 
On the link below, you can view a video, featuring a suite from the score: [CLICK HERE]
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MVD Entertainment Group: "What Have They Done To Your Daughters"? [1974]


In 1972, director Massimo Dallamano (Colt 38 Special Squad, The Night Child) broke new ground in the giallo genre with the harrowing What Have You Done to Solange? Two years later, he followed up with an even darker semi-sequel - the chilling What Have They Done to Your Daughters? A teenage girl is found hanging from the rafters of a privately rented attic, pregnant and violated. Hot-headed Inspector Silvestri (Claudio Cassinelli, The Suspcious Death of a Minor) and rookie Assistant District Attorney Vittoria Stori (Giovanna Ralli, Cold Eyes of Fear) are assigned to the case, the scope of which grows substantially when they discover that the dead girl was part of a ring of underage prostitutes whose abusers occupy the highest echelons of Italian society. 

Meanwhile, a cleaver-wielding, motorcycle-riding killer roars through the streets of Brescia, determined to ensure that those involved take their secret to the grave. Also starring Mario Adorf (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage) and Farley Granger (Strangers on the Train) and featuring an insanely catchy score by Stelvio Cipriani (Death Walks on High Heels), What Have They Done to Your Daughters? is a fast-paced, brutal and unforgettable thriller from a director at the peak of his creative powers.
 

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Intrada: "THE MUMMY" 2Cd Music Composed and Conducted by JERRY GOLDSMITH


Intrada's latest release is from Universal Studios' thrilling 1999 adventure The Mummy. Composer Jerry Goldsmith wrote and recorded nearly 100 minutes of music with nods to his beloved action-and-suspense vernacular of the late ’70s and early ’80s, an era he seldom looked back upon by 1999. By the '90s, Goldsmith was usually rooting his rhythmic ideas in heavy doses of electronics. Here, however, Goldsmith revisited a musical language he had largely moved away from, using real percussion and low brass and strings to deliver almost all the rhythms. And to emphasize the Egyptian locale, Goldsmith employed the exotic color of a bouzouki, a mandolin-like, Greek instrument to provide regional color. In the end, The Mummy was one of the biggest box-office successes in Jerry Goldsmith’s career.

At the time of the film's release, Jerry Goldsmith and engineer Bruce Botnick selected 57 minutes of highlights for the album, electing not to use anything from the middle of the film, eschewing all of reels 8, 9, 10 and most of reel 11. As a result, several sensational cues were not included on that Decca album, including some of the most exciting and dramatic sequences in the score. For Intrada’s complete score presentation plus alternates, Botnick has prepared brand-new digital two-track mixes using the 48-track session masters. For the complete Decca album presentation, Intrada used the digital two-track album master. All source material was housed in the vaults of Universal Pictures in pristine condition and has been used in the preparation of this release with their kind permission.

Brendan Fraser, playing French Foreign Legion officer and adventurer Rick O’Connell, headed a large cast that included Rachel Weisz as librarian and budding Egyptologist Evelyn Carnahan; John Hannah as her less-principled brother, who’s into tomb raiding for the money; Arnold Vosloo as Imhotep, an Egyptian high priest doomed to eternal life after Pharaoh Seti I (Aharon Ipalé) discovers the priest’s affair with his wife, Anck Su Namun (Patricia Velasquez); Kevin J. O’Connor as nefarious thief Beni Gabor; and Oded Fehr as Ardeth Bay, leader of a sect sworn to keep the evil of Imhotep from the world. O’Connell, an Indiana Jones-like, adventurer-archaeologist archetype and Carnahan and her ne’er-do-well brother, Jonathan accidentally resurrect the mummified Egyptian high priest Imhotep and unleash all kinds of ancient evil

INTRADA ISC 402
For track listing and sound samples, please visit: [CLICK HERE]

THIS IS AWESOME, REALLY... REALLY AWESOME!
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Intrada: "THE MUMMY RETURNS" 2Cd Music Composed and Conducted by ALAN SILVESTRI


For Universal Studios' sequel to The Mummy, composer Alan Silvestri took the reigns and composed one of the largest epic scores of his career. He describes the score for The Mummy Returns as "Errol Flynn" – a score filled with swashbuckle, honor, adventure, damsels, just like an old pirate movie. The score features a snarling brass idea for the bad guys, a mystery motif on English horn for the Scorpion King, and a general sense of Egyptian mystique and ancient secrecy. Silvestri carries this exoticism into his love theme for Rick and Evy, a romantic melody that suggestively sizzles with the desert adventures and sexual chemistry.  All this performed by a 100-piece orchestra and 60-voice choir.

To present this expanded edition of The Mummy Returns, Intrada accessed all the scoring sessions held in London with the composer conducting the Sinfonia of London Orchestra and Chorus in March 2001, courtesy of Universal Pictures and the Universal Music Group. The finished film featured approximately 110 minutes of music. Silvestri also recorded another half hour of changes—including alternate pickups and revisions for the changing editorial needs of the picture as well as some re-scored bars intended for the album—bringing everything captured at those London sessions to some 140 minutes.  Not a single cue representing the climactic action sequences or finale (about 25 minutes of music) was included on the original Decca release. The album master was due for delivery prior to final mixing; consequently, those cues were not available for that album assembly. All this impressive music premieres on this new edition. Intrada presents the score as intended for the film on CD 1 and the first part of CD 2 (including the vocal), with the alternate takes on the second half of CD 2.

In the film, Evy is experiencing visions of her past life as a princess and sister of a murderous minx (Patricia Velasquez), Imhotep’s lover. The mean priest’s mummy has been revived once again, this time by an Egyptian cult, and he seeks a charmed bracelet in Rick and Evy’s possession to take command of the Scorpion King’s undead army. Former pro wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson made his major film debut as the Scorpion King—a role he would foreground in a 2002 spinoff named for his character.

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For track listing and sound samples, please visit: [CLICK HERE]

BEST THING I HEARD AND WILL BE HEARING SOON!
Jeremy [Six Strings]

It's MEOW... It's SUPER TROOPERS 2 [BLU-RAY]


Several years after the first film, the officers have been fired from the Spurbury Police Department after taking Fred Savage on a ride-along that resulted in his death. Farva (Heffernan) is now a construction supervisor, with Mac (Lemme) and Rabbit (Stolhanske) working for him. Thorny (Chandrasekhar) works in logging, and Foster (Soter) is living with his girlfriend and former coworker, Spurbury Police Chief Ursula Hanson (Coughlan). Mac receives a call from his former boss, Captain O'Hagen (Cox), to gather the group and meet for a fishing trip in Canada.

Once the group arrives, they find that O'Hagen's intention had been for them to have a meeting with Vermont Governor Jessman (Carter). She explains that during a recent land survey, it was discovered that land in Canada was originally designated for the U.S. Canada has agreed to hand over the land, and Gov. Jessman needs to set up a police department to take over from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in the region. She invites the group to become state troopers again, with the promise that they will become full-time officers should they succeed at this task.


At a reception for the police officers, they meet the town mayor, Guy Le Franc (Lowe) and cultural attaché, Genevieve Aubois (Chriqui). The Americans are received poorly by the townspeople, who wish to remain Canadian. The next day, Foster and Mac accompany the Mounties on their patrol to meet the local townspeople, where they are attacked in Le Franc's strip club. Thorny and Rabbit are tasked with replacing metric road signs with their U.S.-equivalent measurements, and Farva is assigned as the dispatcher.
 
Been waiting to see this one, great cast of characters and well will be... funny!
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Universal Studios Home Entertainment: "I FEEL PRETTY"


Renee’s life is changed forever when she accidentally slips and falls in the laugh-out-loud comedy, I Feel Pretty, arriving on Digital on July 3, 2018 and on Blu-rayTM, DVD and On Demand on July 17, 2018 from STXfilms and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Filled with heart and humor from beginning to end, I Feel Pretty on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital comes packed with exciting bonus features including deleted scenes, a gag reel and special featurette that take fans further into the hilarious and moving story. 

Amy Schumer (Trainwreck, Snatched) stars as Renee, a woman who struggles with feelings of insecurity and inadequacy on a daily basis.  After suffering a fall she wakes up believing she is suddenly the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet. With this new found confidence she is empowered to live her life fearlessly and flawlessly, but what will happen when she realizes her appearance never changed?  


Hailed by critics as “fiercely entertaining” (Dustin Putman, The Film File), I Feel Pretty is produced by McG (Charlie’s Angels, Terminator Salvation) and also stars an outstanding cast including Academy-Award® nominee Michelle Williams (Manchester By The Sea, The Greatest Showman), Rory Scovel (The House, “Those Who Can’t”), Busy Philipps (“Cougar Town,” He’s Just Not That Into You), Aidy Bryant (“Saturday Night Live,” “Girls”), Emily Ratajkowski (Gone Girl, We Are Your Friends), Naomi Campbell (Zoolander 2, “Empire”), Tom Hopper (“Game of Thrones,” “Black Sails”), Sasheer Zamata (“Saturday Night Live,” Sleight) and Lauren Hutton (“Nip/Tuck,” Once Bitten).  

Sure, why not... the world is changing.
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Milan Records: "SKYSCRAPER" Music by Steve Jablonsky


Former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Ford now assesses security for skyscrapers. He's on assignment in China when he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he's been framed for it. A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family, which is trapped inside the building, above the fire line.

Steve Jablonsky (born October 9, 1970) is an American composer for film, television and video games, best known for his musical scores in the Transformers film series.  Some of his frequent collaboration partners include film directors Michael Bay and Peter Berg, and fellow composer Hans Zimmer.

Jamie N Commons (born 22 October 1988 in Bristol, England) is a British singer and songwriter, based in New Cross, London.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Milan Records: "BLACK COP" Music by Dillion Baldassero


Black Cop is a Canadian drama film, which premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. The full-length directorial debut of actor Cory Bowles, the film is an expansion of his earlier short film of the same name.  The film stars Ronnie Rowe as a Black Canadian police officer who himself becomes the victim of racial profiling, and takes revenge on his community.  In February 2018, the film was picked up by Samuel Goldwyn Films for distribution in the United States

Dillion Baldassero: At age sixteen, Dillon scored his first short film ("All That You Loved") and instantly fell in love with the powerful combination of music and images to tell a story. Since then, he has composed music for nearly fifty film projects, including several award winning feature films and an original series for the CBC. Two of his most recent feature film projects premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017. His web and advertising work span clients such as Toronto's 'Young Empires', Canon, Scotiabank, MuchMusic, Rickard's and more.  Dillon's style can be described as a combination of acoustic and electronic elements to create an emotional and thematic soundscape that first and foremost, communicate a feeling and a narrative.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Milan Records: "BLACK WATER" Music by Spencer Creaghan


Black Water is an action thriller film directed by Pasha Patriki. It stars Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren in the fifth collaboration between both actors as well as the second time they appear together as on-screen allies. Scott Wheeler (Jean-Claude Van Damme), a deep cover operative awakens along with another prisoner, Marco (Dolph Lundgren), to find himself imprisoned in a CIA Blacksite on board a retrofitted nuclear submarine. Enlisting the help of a rookie agent and another prisoner, he must race against the clock to escape and discover who set him up.

Spencer Creaghan is an Award-winning Film & Modern Media Composer and alumni of the Canadian Film Centre’s prestigious Slaight Family Music Lab. He has written music for countless Feature-length and short Films, along with Plays, acclaimed Webseries, Advertisements, Bumper Logos, Video Games, and a children’s Theme Park.    He is most known for his music for the series’ Teenagers and All For One; the thrilling Dark-comedy, Nobody Famous; and the Jean-Claude Van Damme & Dolph Lundgren action thriller Black Water. His music has been heard in festivals around the globe, including the LA Webseries fest, Canada Top 10, Cannes Film Festival, and the Toronto Fringe Festivals. He also provides synth design, production, and programming work as assistant to esteemed Canadian composer Lesley Barber, most recently contributing to the Netflix Romantic Comedy Irreplacable You.

Outside of the film world, Creaghan creates grand orchestral arrangements for many Symphonic Metal acts, world-wide - most known for his work with Cradle of Filth’s keyboardist Lindsay Schoolcraft and Evanescence’s Rocky Gray. When not composing for media, Spencer produces grandiose records fusing many different styles of music, often in unexpected ways.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Milan Records: "The Housemaid" by Jerome Leroy


Vietnam, 1953: Linh (Nhung Kate), a poor, orphaned young woman, finds employment as a housemaid in a crumbling rubber plantation presided over by the emotionally fragile French officer Sebastien Laurent (Jean-Michel Richaud). Soon, a torrid love affair develops between the two – a taboo romance that rouses the ghost of Laurent’s dead wife, who won’t rest until blood flows. [IFC Midnight]

Jerome Leroy: Since then, I have written music for feature films such as THE HOUSEMAID (Golden Lotus for Best Score at the Vietnam Film Festival), KILLERS WITHIN, and A BETTER PLACE, New Line Cinema’s A VERY HAROLD & KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS, TOUCHBACK (starring Kurt Russell), and 50 TO 1, directed by Academy Award winner Jim Wilson. My credits in the film industry also includes Lionsgate’s tentpole movie THE HUNGER GAMES, Universal Pictures’ animated film THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX, and THE LIBERATOR, with music by Gustavo Dudamel (Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic). Over the years, I also collaborated on more than forty films as orchestrator and score producer.

In television, I co-composed the original scores to Hallmark Hall of Fame’s ONE CHRISTMAS EVE, directed by Jay Russell, and Crackle’s THE THROWAWAYS, starring James Caan and Kevin Dillon. My music can be heard on a variety of movies-of-the-week for Hallmark Hall of Fame, Lifetime, and the Hallmark Channel, and I co-produced and wrote music for OWN’s uplifting and groundbreaking docuseries OPERATION CHANGE.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MARVEL MUSIC AND HOLLYWOOD RECORDS PRESENT: "ANT-MAN AND THE WASP" BY COMPOSER CHRISTOPHE BECK


Marvel Music/Hollywood Records are releasing Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and The Wasp digital soundtrack, featuring score by award-winning composer Christophe Beck (“Frozen,” “Trolls,” “Ant-Man”).   Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and The Wasp opens in U.S. theaters today.

Beck’s diversity as a composer is evident in his body of work ranging from comedy (“The Hangover,” “American Pie,” “Hot Tub Time Machine”), documentaries (“Red Army,” “Waiting for Superman,” “We Are Marshall”) to romantic comedies (“American Made,” “The Muppets,” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love”).  Beck scored the Golden Globe®- and Oscar®-winning animated film Disney’s “Frozen” (its soundtrack album has sold over 4 million copies and won a Grammy® for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media). Beck’s breakthrough success came via composing music for the TV series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” for which he earned an Emmy®.

Beck explains that he was excited to create a theme for The Wasp, Ant-Man’s partner-in-crime, as well as incorporate more musical elements than the previous film.  “For example, I had previously created a theme for the Ant-Man in the odd meter of seven which means seven, beats per bar. I created a theme for The Wasp that was in the odd meter of five. Many songs and scores are written in the more traditional 4/4 or 3/4 meters. But, when more beats are added to create a complex meter, it brings a dynamic, rhythmic effect to the music, which fits in with the multifaceted character of these two superheroes.”
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MovieScore Media: "Calibre" by Anne Nikitin


Co-inciding with the Netflix premiere of the film, MovieScore Media prepares another trip into the world of chilling dramatic suspense scoring with Anne Nikitin’s Calibre, a score whose most haunting elements emanate from nature itself. Written and directed by Matt Palmer, Calibre has been described as the Deliverance of the Scottish Highlands, a film about man facing nature in an unforgiving duel. Jack Lowden and Martin McCann star as two friends going on a weekend hunting trip to the Scottish Highlands, but their excursion soon takes an unexpected turn.

"I wanted to immediately capture the dense and remote landscape, and the feeling of an ancient, primal force running through the Highlands” explains Anne Nikitin about her score. “I chose the sound of wind mixed with wailing vocals and solo strings to be my main instruments – to create a cold, oppressive feeling of isolation - with music and nature intertwined. I wanted the score to feel like the omniscient narrator – the music weaving in and out like a commentator who knows the secrets of the past and the present, and which slowly emerges to the forefront as the narrative becomes more oppressive.”

Anne Nikitin is a Canadian composer based in the UK. Her debut into film scoring came when she wrote music for the BAFTA-winning film The Imposter for director Bart Layton, which she followed up with the director's latest heist movie, American Animals. Her other recent credits include Captive, a thrilling 8-part Netflix true crime series and This Beautiful Fantastic, a modern day fairytale which was nominated for a Music+Sound Award for Best Original Composition in a Feature Film, and a Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Independent Film Score.

The soundtrack has a digital release date of  June 29, 2018.On the link below, you can view a video, featuring a suite from the score: [CLICK HERE]
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Lakeshore Records: "IMPULSE: SEASON 1" Music by DERU


Lakeshore Records will digitally release the IMPULSE: SEASON 1 Original Series Soundtrack on July 20th, which will feature the show’s original score by DERU, also known as the Emmy-winning composer, Benjamin Wynn. The 10-episode Sci-Fi series, created by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, The Edge of Tomorrow), is 100% certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and is now available for streaming on YouTube Premium.

IMPULSE is a genre-bending action-thriller from Universal Cable Productions (UCP) that is now streaming on YouTube Premium. Hypnotic’s Doug Liman (“Bourne Identity,” “Live. Die. Repeat:  Edge of Tomorrow”) executive produced the series. Hypnotic’s David Bartis and Gene Klein, who produce UCP’s hit series “Suits,” served as executive producers. Lauren LeFranc (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”) also served as an executive producer and the series showrunner. IMPULSE features a rebellious 16-year-old girl “Henry” played by Maddie Hasson (“Twisted,” “The Finder”).  Missi Pyle (“Gone Girl,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”) plays “Henry’s” mother “Cleo.” Henry has always felt different from her peers and has longed to escape from her seemingly quaint small town. She soon discovers she has the extraordinary ability to teleport. #ImpulseSeries

DERU: He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music from the California Institute of the Arts, and has released 4 albums under the name “Deru”, as well as scored television, film, and dance. 
Wynn was the co-owner and founder of a music and sound design company in Los Angeles called The Track Team along with Jeremy Zuckerman. Together they worked on numerous projects, including “Avatar: The Last Airbender" and "Legend of Korra” for Nickelodeon. They won an Emmy Award for music editing for “Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness” in 2012, and another Emmy for the same project in 2015.

In 2007, Wynn (as Deru) collaborated with British composer Joby Talbot on the score to Wayne McGregor’s ballet, Genus, based on Charles Darwin’s book, On the Origin of Species, commissioned by the Paris Opera Ballet. The ballet premiered at the Palais Garnier in October 2007 and was commissioned for a second round of performances in November 2009. The ambitious eight-part score combines electronics with a 10-part choir and string instruments. The score is available on Ant-Zen and Dear Oh Dear Records and was featured in the 2009 documentary, La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet.

In addition to his scoring work, Wynn is a founding member and Creative Director of The Echo Society, a Los Angeles based composer collective and non-profit organization that premiers new orchestral works in singular, one-night-only events.  

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Varese Sarabande: "THE SHOCK AND AWE" Music by Jeff Beal


Today Music.Film Recordings and Varèse Sarabande releases the SHOCK AND AWE  – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally and on CD July 13, 2018. The album features original score composed by Emmy Award Winner Jeff Beal (AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER, HOUSE OF CARDS).
 
A five-time EMMY® winner, Beal’s approach is a favorite for more sophisticated works.  His TV credits include HBO’s ROME, CARNIVÀLE and the Netflix series HOUSE OF CARDS. His documentary work includes BLACKFISH, WEINER, THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES, AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER, Oliver Stone’s THE PUTIN INTERVIEWS, and BOSTON the recently released documentary about the history of the Boston Marathon.  Jeff’s upcoming projects include the documentaries THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING (directed by Nathaniel Kahn) and GENERATION WEALTH (directed by Lauren Greenfield), and the upcoming series GRAND HOTEL on ABC.

Recently, Jeff’s performing, conducting, and composing worlds have begun converging.  He conducted The National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in the premiere of HOUSE OF CARDS IN CONCERT (represented by Columbia Artists Management), with further performances in Miami, The Netherlands, and Denmark. He also led the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra for the premiere of BLACKFISH live-to-picture and conducted the Boston Pops Orchestra live for the premiere of BOSTON. In May several of his pieces were performed including “The Salvage Men” by The Apollo Chorus (Chicago), the Brooklyn Youth Chorus premiering his piece “The Fire Brand” at BAM, and Oregon Ballet Theatre premiering the ballet Terra, choreographed by Helen Pickett.


Castle Rock Entertainment, Vertical Entertainment, DirecTV Cinema present SHOCK AND AWE, currently viewable via DirecTV and opening in theaters on July 13, 2018. Music.Film Recordings and Varèse Sarabande are releasing the SHOCK AND AWE  – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally and on CD July 13, 2018.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

VARÈSE SARABANDE RECORDS ANNOUNCES THREE NEW COLLECTABLE LP PACKAGES AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY AT BARNES & NOBLE

ROAD HOUSE
(Various Artists, Featuring Four Tracks Performed By The Jeff Healey Band)
Limited Double Deuce Neon Vinyl (1000 units)

HELLBOY
(Marco Beltrami)
Limited Editions Supernatural Blue/Black Swirl (1000 units)

PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE / BACK TO SCHOOL
(Danny Elfman)
Limited Edition Red Vinyl (1000 units)
 
Varèse Sarabande is releasing three exciting LP packages, exclusive to Barnes & Noble, on July, 13 2018: ROAD HOUSE, released for the first time in three decades, on limited “Double Deuce” Neon Vinyl, a supernatural blue/black swirl vinyl for HELLBOY, and the red vinyl edition of PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE with a bonus second soundtrack of BACK TO SCHOOL. 


The popularity of ROAD HOUSE, the 1989 action film starring Patrick Swayze, has remained consistent for almost 30 years. The music was a centerpiece for the film, with the house band, The Jeff Healey Band, performing new material produced by Jimmy Iovine. In ROAD HOUSE, Dalton (Swayze) is a true gentleman with a degree in philosophy from NYU. He also has a flip side - he's the best bar bouncer in the business. When Dalton's brought in to clean up the Double Deuce, a popular establishment that become particularly rowdy, his calm is put to the test by the town bully.  All four of The Jeff Healey Band songs are on this soundtrack along with cuts from Otis Redding, Little Feat and Bob Seger, plus two tracks performed Patrick Swayze. Many of these songs are exclusive to the soundtrack.


HELLBOY is based on Mike Mignola's acclaimed comic book series about a creature from Hades who joins the battle against evil, arrived on the screen in vivid form in this adaptation directed by distinctive horror filmmaker Guillermo del Toro.  The film features an exciting score by composer Marco Beltrami (LOGAN. A QUIET PLACE). A young demon is summoned from the depth of Hell to be used as the ultimate Axis weapon in the 1940’s. However, the demonic creature is captured by American forces, and put in the care of Professor Broom (John Hurt), the founder of a top-secret organization called the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. Sixty years later, the demon, now known as Hellboy (Ron Perlman), is part of an elite secret defense team alongside Liz Sherman (Selma Blair), a beautiful pyrokinetic, and Abe Sapian (Doug Jones), an aquatic humanoid with the power of telepathy. 


Pee Wee's Big Adventure follows Pee-wee Herman (Paul Reubens) who lives an idyllic life in his bizarre home, until someone steal his the most important thing in his world: a fire engine-red customized bicycle. Pee-wee starts a epic cross-country search to rescue his lost love. The film featured a quirky original score by Danny Elfman.  As a special bonus, this release is a two-fer, with Elfman’s score for the Rodney Dangerfield film BACK TO SCHOOL, both presented on red vinyl.
 
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Wellgo USA Entertainment: "OPERATION RED SEA" (Blu-Ray/DVD)


Famed action director Dante Lam returns with this explosive follow-up to his 2016 box office smash Operation Mekong when OPERATION RED SEA debuts on digital, Blu-ray™ and DVD July 24 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Set amid militant unrest in a fictional Middle Eastern country, it tells the stories of a ship’s crew and an assault team as they rescue Chinese citizens and foreign refugees, resolving a potential nuclear crisis along the way. A massive box office hit, the film is China’s first modern naval film and a celebration of the 90th Anniversary of the Founding of the Chinese People's Liberation Army and the party's 19th National Congress. OPERATION RED SEA stars Zhang Yi (Goldbuster), Huang Jingyu (Guns and Kidneys), Hai Qing (Finding Mr. Right), Du Jiang (The Wasted Times), Jiang Luxia (Legend of the Naga Pearls), Yin Fang (Fist & Faith), newcomer Wang Yutian and Simon Yam (IP Man).


When a terrorist plot to obtain nuclear materials is hidden under the cover of a violent coup, only the Chinese Navy's elite Jiaolong (Sea Dragon) Assault Team have the deadly skill and precision needed to take on the situation.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MVD Entertainment Group: "The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey" [1988] [BLU-RAY/DVD]


Following the release of his 1984 debut feature Vigil, Vincent Ward returned four years later with The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey, a film that would cement his position as one of the most exciting filmmaking talents to emerge during the eighties. Cumbria, 1348 - the year of the Black Death. Griffin, a young boy, is plagued by apocalyptic visions which he believes could save his village. Encouraging a small band of men to tunnel into the earth, they surface in 1980s New Zealand and a future beyond their comprehension but must complete their quest. Nominated for the Palme d'Or at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey is a bold and often startling fusion of medieval fantasy and time travel science fiction, quite unlike anything you've seen.

-High Definition (Blu-ray) presentation
-Original mono audio (uncompressed LPCM)
-Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
-Brand-new appreciation by film critic Nick Roddick, recorded exclusively for this release
-Kaleidoscope: Vincent Ward – Film Maker, a 1989 documentary profile of the director made for New Zealand television
-Theatrical trailer
-FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Kim Newman and an introduction by Vincent Ward
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Lakeshore Records: "QUEEN OF THE SOUTH" Music by Giorgio Moroder and Raney Shockne


Lakeshore Records will release Queen of the South—Original Series Score composed by the legendary Giorgio Moroder--his return to TV/film scoring after more than three decades--and Raney Shockne (The To Do List, Britney Spears) .  Moroder and Shockne's score is polished electronic brutality that encapsulates vintage synthesizers, classical and Latin elements, and creates a new musical fusion.   Building on Moroder / Shockne's original 'Electro-Noir' style, they have broadened their palette and together built on Giorgio's early aesthetics from such films as Midnight Express, American Gigolo and Cat People.   The sweeping 28-track collection is a riveting chronicle that captures the show's blistering saga of blood and power.  The hit USA Network series which stars Alice Braga, Peter Gadiot and Veronica Falcon returned for its third season on June 21st and airs Thursdays at 9pm/8c.  Lakeshore Records will release Queen of the South—Original Series Soundtrack digitally on July 13th with a vinyl version forthcoming.

Says Showrunner/EP Natalie Chaidez: “If cocaine was music, it would be the driving, adrenaline fueled score written by Raney Shockne and Giorgio Moroder for Queen of the South... The perfect accompaniment to our epic tale of survival, ambition and power in the cartel world… Teresa Mendoza is the female Scarface, with the music to match"

Says Moroder: “Raney said, "Do you think the King of Disco could come and score the Queen of the South with me?".  With Raney Shockne as a collaborator, I thought it was a perfect opportunity to push the possibilities of the electronic music score farther than ever before.”
 
GIORGIO MORODER... Giovanni Giorgio Moroder is an Italian singer, songwriter, DJ and record producer. A three-time Academy Award, four-time Golden Globe and four-time Grammy winner, Moroder is frequently credited with pioneering Italo disco and electronic dance music, and is dubbed the "Father of Disco". His career highlights include contributions to Cat People, Midnight Express, Scarface, Top Gun, Flash Dance, Electric Dreams, The Never Ending Story and most recently his Grammy winning work on Daft Punk's album Random Access Memories.  Moroder has worked with the biggest names in music, including: Barbra Streisand, Elton John, Cher, Roger Daltrey, Janet Jackson, Freddy Mercury, David Bowie, Chaka Khan, Cheap Trick, and Pat Benatar. Among his biggest hit singles are Donna Summer’s “Hot Stuff” and “I Feel Love,” Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone,” David Bowie’s “Putting Out the Fire” and Blondie’s “Call Me.”
 
RANEY SHOCKNE... Raney Shockne is an American music composer and producer based in Los Angeles.   He has written and produced songs for Britney Spears, Foxes, and Matthew Koma.  Two-time BMI Composer Awards Winner, Shockne's scores and songwriting collaborations have appeared in over 30 films and 100 television shows to date.   Shockne's recent credits include: CBS's Kevin Can Wait, FX hit series Anger Management and the film The To Do List.  Additionally, Shockne's video game credits include, Star Wars: Battlefront II, TRON RUN/r, Dragon Age: Inquisition and The Simms.  Raney Shockne is repped by ICM Partners. 

Jeremy [Six Strings]

MVD Entertainment Group: "Woman Is The Future Of Man/Tale Of Cinema: Two Films By Hong Sangsoo" [2004]


This collection brings together Women is the Future of Man and Tale of Cinema, the fifth and sixth films by Hong Sangsoo, the masterful South Korean filmmaker who has been favorably compared to that great French observer of human foibles, Eric Rohmer. Women is the Future of Man tells of two long-time friends, a filmmaker (Kim Taewoo) and a teacher (Yoo Jitae), who have had an affair with the same woman (Sung Hyunah). The friends decide to meet the girl one more time and see what happens... Tale of Cinema uses the trope of a film within a film to tell two stories, that of a depressive young man (Lee Kiwoo) who forms a suicide pact with a friend (Uhm Jiwon); and the tale of a filmmaker (Kim Sangkyung) who sees see a film that he believes was based on his life, and who meets the actress from the film with view to turning their onscreen relationship into reality. 

With these critically-acclaimed films, presented here in High Definition for the first time with a wealth of extras, Hong Sangsoo employs his idiosyncratic, measured style to create two compelling and truthful tapestries of human emotion and behavior.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MVD Entertainment Group: "The Case Of The Scorpion's Tail" [1971]


One of the major consequences of Western Europe's post-war Economic Miracle was the proliferation of international travel. Eager to tap into audiences' desire to experience the glamor of the jet set lifestyle, the popular filmmakers of the day rushed to make the most of the exotic locales at their disposal. Arguably no other giallo captured this trend as vividly as The Case of the Scorpion's Tail. The film begins in London, where Lisa Baumer (Evelyn Stewart, The Psychic) learns that her husband has died in a freak plane accident. Summoned to Athens to collect his generous life insurance policy, she soon discovers that others besides herself are keen to get their hands on the money - and are willing to kill for it. 

Meanwhile, private detective Peter Lynch (George Hilton, The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh) arrives to investigate irregularities in the insurance claim. Teaming up with a beautiful reporter, Cléo Dupont (Anita Strindberg, Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key), Lynch resolves to unearth the truth... before he too ends up on the wrong end of the murderer's straight razor. The second giallo by genre master Sergio Martino (Torso, The Suspicious Death of a Minor), The Case of the Scorpion's Tail combines stunning views of Athens and the Greek coastline with brutal bursts of violence, a typically tangled script by Ernesto Gastaldi (Death Walks on High Heels), and a cast overflowing with Euro cult talent, including Alberto de Mendoza (A Lizard in a Woman's Skin), Janine Reynaud (Jess Franco's Succubus) and Luigi Pistilli (A Bay of Blood).
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MVD Entertainment Group: "Detective Bureau 2-3: Go To Hell Bastards!" [1963]


Starring original Diamond Guy, Jo Shishido, Seijun Suzuki's Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards! is a hard hitting, rapid-fire yakuza film that redefined the Japanese crime drama. Detective Tajima (Shishido) is tasked with tracking down a consignment of stolen firearms, as the investigation progresses things take an anarchic, blood-drenched grudge match. Rapidly paced, darkly funny, and extremely stylish, Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards! is unlike anything seen before and rightly deserves its cult status. Suzuki's send up of post-war greed would go on to cement his domestic and international status as one of the leading directors to come out of Japan.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Kino Lorber: "The Return" and "The Banishment", Two Films by Award-Winning Russian Filmmaker Andrey Zvyagintsev



Upon its release in 2003, Andrey Zvyagintsev's debut feature film The Return won five awards at the Venice Film Festival including the Golden Lion, Best First Film Award, Luigi De Laurentiis Award, SIGNIS Award, and Sergio Trasatti Award. It also won the European Film Award for European Discovery, and was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. Kenneth Turan in the Los Angeles Times called it "Total Cinema! Luminous...stunning...devastating!", and Dave Kehr in the New York Times called it "Stunning. Announces the arrival of a major new talent."

A nominee for the Palme d'Or at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, The Banishment is Zvyagintsev's second feature. Mary Corliss in Time called it "A visual rhapsody", and the London Evening Standard said, "The Banishment is so obviously the work of an exceptional film-maker that you can't deny its power, ambition and ability to keep you watching." 


The Return (2003) is the stunning debut feature of Russian master Andrey Zvyagintsev (Leviathan, Loveless), which won the Golden Lion for Best Picture, as well as the Best First Film award, at the Venice Film Festival. Young brothers Andrei (Vladimir Garin) and Ivan (Ivan Dobronravov) have grown close in a household their father (Konstantin Lavronenko) abandoned. But when they least expect it, the man the boys have never known returns. Eager and bewildered, Andrei and Ivan join this mysterious stranger for a week-long fishing trip. As they travel deeper into the Russian wilderness, their journey devolves from vacation to boot camp, turning into a violent test of wills. Disturbing, tender and transcendent, The Return's skillful marriage of psychological complexity and mythic imagery effortlessly evokes the watershed films of Andrei Tarkovsky. 


The Banishment (2007) Andrey Zvyagintsev (Loveless, Leviathan) proffers an ambitious exploration of the human condition in his second feature, The Banishment (2007). Much like his critically acclaimed debut The Return (2003), the film investigates the bonds of family, this time tackling the relationship between a husband and wife. A trip to the pastoral countryside reveals a dark, sinister reality for a family from the city. Eschewing easy answers and tackling a wide array of themes, The Banishment poetically renders the persistent human state of exile from our surroundings. Based on the novel The Laughing Matter by William Saroyan.


Jeremy [Six Strings]

Universal Studios Home Entertainment: "BLOCKERS" [Blu-Ray/DVD]


Hysterical and over-the-top parental trio John Cena (Trainwreck, Sisters), Leslie Mann (The Other Woman, This Is 40) and Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors, Suicide Squad) will do anything to foil their daughters’ prom night sex pact in BLOCKERS, the uproarious hit coming to Digital and the all-new digital movie app MOVIES ANYWHERE on June 19, 2018, and Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on July 3, 2018 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Hailed as the “perfect comedy for the current era” by Vanity Fair, BLOCKERS is a gender-swapped spin on the classic teen sex comedy, filled with outrageous antics from the parents as their daughters take control of their epic prom night. The Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital feature unrated bonus content with even more wild shenanigans including deleted scenes, gag reel, line-o-rama and more! 


Making her directorial debut, Kay Cannon (writer of the Pitch Perfect series), along with the producers of Neighbors and This Is the End, bring laugh-out-loud moments in the outrageous comedy BLOCKERS. When three parents (Cena, Mann and Barinholtz) stumble upon their daughters’ pact to lose their virginity at prom, they launch a covert one-night operation to stop the teens from sealing the deal. BLOCKERS also features teenage newcomers led by rising actress, Kathryn Newton (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Big Little Lies), Geraldine Viswanathan (EMO The Muscial), Gideon Adlon (“American Crime,” “Girl Meets World”), Graham Phillips (“Riverdale,” “The Good Wife”), Miles Robbins (“Mozart in the Jungle”) and Jimmy Bellinger (“The Middle”). Also joining in on the fun are comedic supporting cast members Gary Cole (“Veep,” Office Space), Gina Gershon (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), Hannibal Buress (“Broad City,” Neighbors 2), Colton Dunn (“Key and Peele,” “Superstore”) and June Diane Raphael (“Grace and Frankie,” “New Girl”).
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]