Black Rain

Dan Audio Projects, Graphic Design

This week, La-La Land Records released a limited expanded edition of the soundtrack to Black Rain.  The 1989 film was directed by Ridley Scott, and marked Hans’ first action score.  As such, it was a thrill to work on it – but the project didn’t just land in our laps.  There are a few projects that require composer approval to explore releasing, and Black Rain was one of them. Thankfully, my years working in the film music industry (as well as the …

Body of Lies

Dan Movie Reviews

At 75 years old, director Ridley Scott has had a rather formidable and notable career.  From such groundbreaking and visionary films like Alien and Blade Runner, to his “comeback” with Gladiator and Black Hawk Down, he’s always tried to present an interesting story from a unique viewpoint, even if the film didn’t quite work.  Lately he seems to be plowing through films faster than one should be at his age, and the result hasn’t been the best.  Some of that is a …

American Gangster

Dan Movie Reviews

Ridley Scott’s latest film, American Gangster takes a look at the rise and fall of 1970’s drug kingpin Frank Lucas, portrayed by Denzel Washington. After the death of his mentor, Lucas starts to take control of his Harlem neighborhood, through force and intimidation. Using his cousin stationed in the army in Vietnam, he manages to get pure heroin smuggled into the country through the military, and his empire grows. Meanwhile, detective Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe) – who unlike many of …

Alien: The Director's Cut

Dan Movie Reviews

Note to self: when a press screening is held at the studio, or a private screening room, you don’t need to get there until about 15-20 minutes beforehand. Not knowing that “rule”, Matt and I found ourselves hanging out at Fox for about 45 minutes before the screening of Alien – the Director’s Cut. Anyone who knows me knows that Aliens is certainly one of my favorite films. The first film was always a “good film” to me, even if …

Matchstick Men

Dan Movie Reviews

Headed over to The Grove with Matt to see Ridley Scott‘s latest flick, Matchstick Men. Quite the departure from his recent films (Black Hawk Down, Hannibal, Gladiator), Matchstick Men is a bit of an off-beat comedy/drama. The comedy comes from the characters more than anything else. Nicholas Cage is Roy, an obsessive-compulsive con artist who is planning on pulling the big score with his partner Frank (Sam Rockwell) against Frechette (played by everyone’s favorite Stacey Keach lookalike, Bruce McGill). Only …