The Dark Knight

Dan Movie Reviews

Back in 2005, director Christopher Nolan (Memento, Insomnia) brought us a rather unique and dark re-imagining of the “Batman” story. Until his film, most people’s film experiences of Batman had come from Tim Burton and Joel Schumaker’s versions in the 1990s, and the brightly kitsch-filled Adam West feature film based on the 1960s television show. Nolan’s Batman Begins brought us an emotionally scarred Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), his trusting and reliable butler Alfred (Michael Caine), his assistant DA girlfriend Rachel …

Kung Fu Panda

Dan Movie Reviews

An apprentice noodle-maker, Po the Panda (voiced by Jack Black) dreams of being a super Kung Fu warrior, fighting alongside the five masters: Master Monkey (Jackie Chan), Master Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Master Viper (Lucy Liu), Master Mantis (Seth Rogan) and Master Crane (David Cross). But Po’s father (a goose voiced by James Hong – don’t ask, it’s still amusing) believes that Po’s destiny lies in noodle-making. When the evil Tai Lung (Ian McShane) escapes from prison, supreme master Oogway (Randall …

The Changing of the Guard / Hakkasan / Rugby

Dan England (2008)

I popped on the tube and headed to Green Park, then walked over to Buckingham Palace. It wasn’t even 11am, and there was already a huge crowd gathered waiting for the Changing of the Guard. I managed to work my way towards the palace gates, and got some decent pictures as the ceremony unfurled. The Queen’s Guard was the 23 Pioneer Regiment, and the Queen’s Guard Band was the Band of the Scots Guards. Amidst the various songs they played …

The Simpsons Movie

Dan Movie Reviews

It’s been 18 years in the making, but Springfield’s very own Simpsons have finally gotten their own feature film. Unfortunately, The Simpsons Movie is more like a lengthy television episode, begging the question as to why it took so long to deliver something so ho-hum, and after all the hype and build up, is this really the best they could do? The rather simplistic plot involves Homer polluting the lake to the point where the EPA decides to encase Springfield …

Pete Anthony

Dan Websites

It’s been done for a while, but we finally put the finishing touches on it and the official Pete Anthony website has finally launched. Pete, for those who don’t know, is a conductor/orchestrator and has worked on some of Hollywood’s biggest films, and collaborates with many of the top composers working today, including Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, Marc Shaiman, Hans Zimmer and more!

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

Dan Movie Reviews

As a film franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean was really surprising. That is to say, who would have thought that a film based on a ride at Disneyland would do so well? It didn’t work for The Haunted Mansion, which failed to connect with audiences in a way that Jerry Bruckheimer’s action-packed spectacle apparently did. Last year’s sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest was little more than a transitory middle film, designed to introduce us to new characters …

Paaarrrrgghhdcast

Dan Showbiz

Spent many hours today working on the latest SoundtrackNet Podcast, which is a lengthy (33-minutes!) interview with Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer. We talk about his work on Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, so be sure to check it out!

Yo Ho, Yo Ho / Morricone!

Dan Showbiz

Had a long day today, but it involved lunch with a friend in Culver City, a scoring session at Sony, and then I went to the Isituto Italiano di Cultura in Westwood, where the Italian consulate was honoring Ennio Morricone, who will be getting an honorary Academy Award on Sunday. He’s the second composer to ever receive the honorary Oscar (Alex North was the first), and while he might not care that much (he’s on the record as saying he …

Big Z's MySpace

Dan Websites

After a week of R&D, and then a bit of time designing and building, the teaser page and MySpace page for Hans Zimmer is now up!

Finding Kraftland / Big Z

Dan Websites

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted, and I have a good excuse, really! I have been working pretty heavily on the website for Finding Kraftland, which premieres at the Santa Barbara Film Festival next weekend. You can check out the website here. I’ve also been hired as the official webmaster for some guy who’s written some music – so that’ll keep me busy too. Look for the teaser site and MySpace page coming soon!