The Phantom

Dan Audio Projects, Graphic Design

Once Galaxy Quest was in the can, I was able to turn my producing ears to the next project – also a David Newman score. The La-La Land Records limited edition soundtrack release of The Phantom would ultimately come out after Mommie Dearest and Wings, (released at San Diego Comic Con) but  it was well worth the wait.  It’s probably one of David Newman’s best scores, and easily one of the best orchestral action-adventure scores from the 1990s.  Like Galaxy Quest, we used …

Galaxy Quest

Dan Audio Projects, Graphic Design

When I moved out to Los Angeles nearly fifteen years ago, I came out here to work in the visual effects side of the film industry. I had limited success, but it was a bad time for the ‘biz, with VFX houses shutting down left-and-right, and ultimately I took a full-time job as a 3D animator at a small multimedia company.  One week after I took the job, I was offered the VFX Production Assistant position on Galaxy Quest, and I …

The Cat in the Hat

Dan Movie Reviews

How does one take a beloved classic children’s book, and turn it into a rather colorful pile of steaming poo? Through Imagine Entertainment, apparently. The Cat in the Hat is, while a vibrant and visually intriguing film, not worth the celluloid it was printed on. Sure, the “moral” of the story is there, but even at a paltry 80 minutes, it felt way too long. Even The Grinch was better. I did not like this movie, not one bit. It …

Scooby Doo

Dan Movie Reviews

“Where are you?” Well, that could easily be the question regarding the overall quality of Scooby Doo. Granted, it’s not like the film looked that good to begin with, but still. J—-n and N—a showed up around 10:30am, then we headed over to the Avco Theater where we braved the storm of small children to get our seats. Matthew Lillard does a great job as Shaggy, and there are plenty of funny little throwbacks to the original television show, but …

Death to Smoochy

Dan Movie Reviews

(and Danny DeVito.) Saw Death to Smoochy, which I honestly cannot recommend. While it was amusing at times, the story was pretty bad, and the whole thing just felt way too forced. Oh well. I basically agree with Roger Ebert. Hopefully Robin Williams will be better in “drama” mode in Insomnia, and in One Hour Photo. Also finally caught up a bit on The Amazing Race. I swear, this show is just too much fun and excitment for primetime television!!