All posts tagged: Alan Silvestri

The Movie Music Megamix

So, how has the summer of ten been treating you, cinematically? While I was genuinely looking forward to seeing Toy Story 3 and Inception in the theaters, my score card as it currently stands has only one visit to the multiplex – Iron Man 2. It was a good movie, but one you get less and less enthused about once you’ve left the screening room. I’m afraid I’m becoming one of those that prefers their film experiences in the comfort of their home. My love of film music is not so easily diminished. This probably pigeonholes me as the ultimate music geek that I put John Williams and Carter Burwell right in with some of my favorite songwriters. To anyone who would give me grief, I would say, just listen to some of the music from these movies, separated from the visuals. Sure, as Joe Queenan observes (and rightly so) that serious theft of Wagner, Holst and Copeland constantly takes place in the studio when a score’s being recorded, I counter that Bob Dylan’s “To …

Blu-ray Review: “Predator: Ultimate Hunter Edition”

Like wrinkles on a middle-aged man, time has a way of making even the most mundane movie appear distinguished. Maybe you were a kid when you first saw that middlebrow comedy; maybe it’s been awhile since you’ve watched that predictable action flick with the saggy second act. As objects recede into memory, they appear … better, somehow. Take, for instance, 1987’s Predator, a rock-’em, sock-’em action orgy that grew out of a gag about Rocky Balboa fighting an alien and evolved, I guess, into an excuse for Arnold Schwarzenegger and a coterie of machine-gun-totin’ dudes to tromp through the jungle while being hunted by a homicidal extraterrestrial. Perfect popcorn fare, in other words. And thanks to some nifty creature design by Stan Winston — as well as the overlooked talents of Kevin Peter Hall, a gifted actor whose seven-foot physique doomed him to a career in monster suits — Predator was nowhere near as bad as it probably should have been. For something that was inspired by a dumb joke, it’s actually sort of smart; …