It's a Hit!

Dan Cooking

Brought the pumpkin cake to the Wild Hogs scoring session today. Suffice it to say, they were again a hit. I might have to make another batch Wednesday night, for Thursday’s scoring session. Gotta keep those musicians well fed and happy!

Lemon Bars in La-La Land

Dan Cooking

I brought lemon bars to the Medal of Honor: Airborne scoring session. They were a double batch, so I had enough to keep the booth happy, and then the orchestra could get a bunch of them too. Suffice it to say, they were a hit! The tagline on the SoundtrackNet logo was changed to say “Baking to Keep the Orchestra Playing”.

The Guardian

Dan Movie Reviews

In The Guardian, Kodiak, Alaska-based U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Diver Ben Randall (Kevin Costner) has just lost his whole team after a rescue-gone-bad, and so he heads down to North Carolina to teach the next generation of recruits. One of those recruits, Jake Fischer (Ashton Kutcher), shows the most potential, but a guilty secret he carries with him threatens to affect his performance. Well, something like that. It’s hard to really describe the plot of the movie without giving away …

All the King's Men

Dan Movie Reviews

One drawback to scoring sessions is that I sometimes see the climax and endings of many films, including the big “Oscar contenders”. Such was the case with All the King’s Men, the new adaptation of the 1946 novel by Robert Penn Warren. This new version features Sean Penn as populist politician Willie Stark, and his rise (and fall) through the corrupt landscape of Louisiana politics, as seen through the eyes of ex-reporter Jack Burden (Jude Law). I found the film …

Lady in the Water

Dan Movie Reviews

Went to see Lady in the Water tonight, M. Night Shyamalan’s latest flick. I really dug The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, half of Signs, and probably about 1/4-1/3 of The Village. So you can probably guess that I went into Lady in the Water with some hesitation. I had seen bits of it at the scoring session a few months ago, but had no concept of how it all pulled together. Did it work? Well, if you want a tweaked …

Poseidon Scoring Session

Dan Showbiz

Today I was at the Poseidon scoring session, music composed by Klaus Badelt. The film, by Wolfgang Petersen, is another adaptation of the novel that the 1972 disaster classic, The Poseidon Adventure, was based on. So it’s similar, but different. One of the scenes I saw scored was the big setpiece at the beginning when the tidal wave flips the boat over. It was really impressive, I gotta say – ILM has done an amazing job on this one! I …