Ubeda Film Music Festival, Day 1

Dan Spain (2011)

After getting about 10 hours of much needed sleep, I went down to get breakfast, where I bumped into composer Mark Isham and his wife, as well as publicists Ray Costa and Beth Krakower. ¬†Eventually we made our way up to the Hospital de Santiago, where I met up with some more people, and checked out some of the rehearsals – in particular, Blake Neely and Chris Lennertz practicing the three Michael Kamen songs that would be part of tonight’s …

The Mist

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Frank Darabont has had some success with the works of Stephen King. The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile were critically acclained, but those were dramatic stories. Stephen King’s The Mist has plenty of drama as well, but it’s definitely a horror film. An R-rated, gory, bloody, horror film with creatures. After a fierce storm rushes through the small town of Bridgton, Maine, trees are down, and there is much to clean up. David Drayton (Thomas Jane) is an artist …

Next

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Director Lee Tamahori (best known for his work on Once Were Warriors, Die Another Day and his transvestite arrest in January 2006) has directed Next, which purports to be based on a Philip K. Dick short story, “The Golden Man”, although there seems to be very little in common with the two stories. Next is about Cris Johnson (Nicholas Cage), a two-bit Las Vegas magician who is blessed (or cursed) with the ability to see into the future – but …

Bobby

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When Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated, it was a pretty devastating blow for the country. He was seen as a shining beacon of hope for a nation that was being torn apart over racial segregation, Vietnam, and other things. It was, after all, the Sixties! In Bobby, director/writer/actor Emilio Estevez takes us to the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, on the fateful day during the primaries when Kennedy was shot. We follow a variety of groups of fictional characters over …

A session a day…

Dan Showbiz

… won’t keep the doctor away, but rather will probably put me in the hospital for fatigue! In all seriousness, today marks the beginning of what could be scoring sessions for seven films in a week. Oy! Right now, I will be at: Tuesday:The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (Brian Tyler) Wednesday: The Devil Wears Prada (Teddy Shapiro) Thursday: Nacho Libre (Danny Elfman) Friday: The Lady in the Water Choir Sessions (James Newton Howard) Saturday/Sunday*: Invincible (Mark Isham) Monday/Tuesday*: …

The Cooler

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Went with BigSheb to see The Cooler at the USA Network screening room on Sunset tonight. The theater is right next to the Sunset Plaza, which (as I discovered when I went to the Under the Tuscan Sun Record Release Party a short while ago) has free parking. William H. Macy plays Bernie, a man so down on his luck that his mere presence brings bad luck to those around him. He’s one week away from paying off his debt …