• Composer Series,  Interviews,  Movies/Entertainment

    Interview…Benjamin Wallfisch on the Strength of ‘Hidden Figures’, and the DNA of His Scores

    Editor’s Note: This interview was originally published in March of this year. We have posted it again to coincide with the digital/Blu-Ray release of Gore Verbinski’s A Cure For Wellness on June 6. Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Benjamin Wallfisch is recognized as one of the leading film composers of his generation, with a career spanning over a decade and 60 feature films. He has composed music for such legendary film makers as Steven Spielberg, Rupert Wyatt, Gore Verbinksi and Lars von Trier, and has worked on scores that have been recognized with awards and nominations at the Academy Awards, BAFTAs and World Soundtrack Awards. Wallfisch fit us into his extremely…

  • Movies/Entertainment,  Reviews

    G-S-T Review…The Lone Ranger

    Poor, poor Gore Verbinski. The man who made waves with Pirates of the Caribbean a decade ago, an unexpected hit in its time, will forever be chasing that lightning in a bottle. Sure the sequel Dead Man’s Chest was a step up but At World’s End was a bloated mess. Sadly The Lone Ranger shares much in common and suffers the same fate as the third Pirates outing that finds the story lumbering under the weight of the plot. It can’t get out of its own way and that keeps what should be a really fun time just out of reach. It’s a fun Western, something for kids and adults,…

  • Movies/Entertainment

    Ohhh, Look…First Shot of Disney's 'Lone Ranger'

    Today we get our first glimpse at Gore Verbinski’s Lone Ranger starring Armie Hammer as the titular hero and Johnny Depp as Tonto. After so many production delays/budget problems it looks like the Lone Ranger will finally get to ride. Hi Ho Silver! Have a look at the first shot of Hammer and Depp from Jerry Bruckheimer’s Twitter account. Since this has stopped and started so many times you might have forgotten what this is all about. If so, here’s the official synopsis: The Lone Ranger is a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny…

  • Movies/Entertainment,  Off the Shelf

    Off the Shelf…'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest'

    Picking up realtively right after the high of the The Curse of the Black Pearl film, Dead Man’s Chest is everything you’d expect in a sequel. But what Dead Man’s Chest does very well is provide interesting back story and character development. Specifically we find out more about how Jack became Captain as well as the story behind old Bootstrap Bill and Davy Jones’ Locker. Expanding on the wild elements of the first film The Curse of the Black Pearl, namely the Aztec curse, and as Barbossa was one tough act to follow we get not one but three new heavies. It’s yo ho all the way through this epic…

  • Movies/Entertainment,  Off the Shelf

    Off the Shelf…’Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest’

    Picking up realtively right after the high of the The Curse of the Black Pearl film, Dead Man’s Chest is everything you’d expect in a sequel. But what Dead Man’s Chest does very well is provide interesting back story and character development. Specifically we find out more about how Jack became Captain as well as the story behind old Bootstrap Bill and Davy Jones’ Locker. Expanding on the wild elements of the first film The Curse of the Black Pearl, namely the Aztec curse, and as Barbossa was one tough act to follow we get not one but three new heavies. It’s yo ho all the way through this epic…

  • Movies/Entertainment,  Off the Shelf

    Off the Shelf…'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl'

    Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides comes out this Friday, May 20th so to get ready I revisited the previous three films this past weekend. Huzzah, man was that a good time (except for the last one which is kind of crappy). Disney re-released their trilogy on Blu Ray back in March and I can honestly say that adventures on the high seas have never looked this good which made it all the more enjoyable! So who would have seriously thought than a static amusement park ride would serve as inspiration for such a thrilling and fun-filled film? Well this is Disney we’re talking about and they have the…

  • Movies/Entertainment,  Off the Shelf

    Off the Shelf…’Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl’

    Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides comes out this Friday, May 20th so to get ready I revisited the previous three films this past weekend. Huzzah, man was that a good time (except for the last one which is kind of crappy). Disney re-released their trilogy on Blu Ray back in March and I can honestly say that adventures on the high seas have never looked this good which made it all the more enjoyable! So who would have seriously thought than a static amusement park ride would serve as inspiration for such a thrilling and fun-filled film? Well this is Disney we’re talking about and they have the…

  • Movies/Entertainment,  Reviews

    G-S-T Review…Rango

    After the success of the previous Pirates installments, Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp bring us another spectacular flick, this time in another equally believed dead genre. Rango is a gruff but gorgeous adventure replete with all the grandeur of the earlier Depp/Verbinski collaborations and delivers the fun we’ve come to expect from the pair. This time though their efforts yeild an epic tale that takes us on a great ride via a different medium. Enticing, creative and off the wall, this very funny tale gives a fresh yet vintage spin on the old and gritty spagetti westerns.

  • Movies/Entertainment,  Trailers

    Sweet Trailer…'Rango'

    I know this came out on Tuesday but reworking G-S-T had me pretty occupied the past few days. Anyway, I think I’ve caught up on the things I’ve missed and this looks much more appealing than that teaser from a few weeks ago. It will certainly keep me laughing til the weekend! If you haven’t seen it, take a look… From our friends at First Showing we get the following information on this amazing and gorgeous looking film: Rango is being directed by filmmaker Gore Verbinski, of The Mexican, The Ring, The Weather Man, and all three Pirates of the Caribbean movies. The script was written by John Logan (Gladiator, The Last Samurai, The Aviator, Sweeney Todd) based on a story…

  • Movies/Entertainment,  Trailers

    Sweet Trailer…’Rango’

    I know this came out on Tuesday but reworking G-S-T had me pretty occupied the past few days. Anyway, I think I’ve caught up on the things I’ve missed and this looks much more appealing than that teaser from a few weeks ago. It will certainly keep me laughing til the weekend! If you haven’t seen it, take a look… From our friends at First Showing we get the following information on this amazing and gorgeous looking film: Rango is being directed by filmmaker Gore Verbinski, of The Mexican, The Ring, The Weather Man, and all three Pirates of the Caribbean movies. The script was written by John Logan (Gladiator, The Last Samurai, The Aviator, Sweeney Todd) based on a story…