Friday, May 18, 2018

Introducing Legitimate Theater, A Column About Movie-Based Stage Musicals

In an effort to explore areas beyond the Oscars, i have decided to open myself up to the world of theater, in particular stage musicals. I will confess that I know very little about the big names in this world and have decided to choose an angle that I am more familiar with: movies. So, how exactly will I be talking about stage shows AND movies? Why, by exploring musicals adapted from films of course. Over the course of Legitimate Theater, I hope to better understand what makes great musical theater by understanding a film through song. It's going to be a bit of an odd journey, but if 2018 has taught us anything with all of the SpongeBobs, Frozens, and Mean Girlses, there's definitely a supply and demand for them. So please, join me in Legitimate Theater, which I hope will make sense of this very odd trend.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Theory Thursday: "Atomic Blonde" is a Masterpiece

Scene from Atomic Blonde
Welcome to a weekly column called Theory Thursdays, which will be released every Thursday and discuss my "controversial opinion" related to something relative to the week of release. Sometimes it will be birthdays while others is current events or a new film release. Whatever the case may be, this is a personal defense for why I disagree with the general opinion and hope to convince you of the same. While I don't expect you to be on my side, I do hope for a rational argument. After all, film is a subjective medium and this is merely just a theory that can be proven either way. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The First "BlacKkKlansman" Trailer Shows Spike Lee at His Most Urgent

Scene from BlacKkKlansman
There's a lot that's currently going on over at the Cannes Film Festival. Among the most noteworthy is the praise around director Spike Lee's latest BlacKkKlansman. He's a director whose praise has ebbed and flowed over the years, hitting a recent standstill with movies that haven't quite captured the zeitgeist. However, there's a good chance that his latest will in which two police officers go under cover to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). It's a film that promises to capture the heated race relations of modern America and possibly bring out a side of Lee that has made him a cinematic icon for over 30 years. The first trailer definitely helps to suggest that it's got a lot to say, and it's going to do so very angrily. 

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Composing Greatness: #41. John Williams - "Memoirs of a Geisha" (2005)

Scene from Memoirs of a Geisha
Welcome to Composing Greatness: a column dedicated to exploring the work of film composers. This will specifically focus on the films that earned them Oscar nominations while exploring what makes it so special. This will be broken down into a look at the overall style, interesting moments within the composition, and what made the score worth nominating in the first place. This will also include various subcategories where I will rank the themes of each film along with any time that the composer actually wins. This is a column meant to explore a side of film that doesn't get enough credit while hopefully introducing audiences to an enriched view of more prolific composers' work. This will only cover scores/songs that are compiled in an easily accessible format (so no extended scores will be considered). Join me every Sunday as I cover these talents that if you don't know by name, you recognize by sound.