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BEST. MOVIE. EVER.
Since my blog is a random mish-mash of stuff that I like, I’ve decided to start a series of film score pieces that you should listen to if you’re a movie and/or classical music fan. I’ll try to limit it to one or two per movie, but a third entry may just sneak in. This first profile is for a film score artist of the yesteryears—Elmer Bernstein!
While you might not know him by name, you’ve probably seen a few movies he’s done. Let’s start the list of amazing music he’s composed.
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (1956)
This score is absolutely epic! I mean, the Bible is regarded by some as THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD™, so the music had better be good. The two tracks I’m selecting here are I Am That I Am, which represents God’s power and magnificence, along with His caring, gentler side. It’s pretty astounding. The other track is The Exodus, which plays as the Jews joyously leave their lives as Egyptian slaves behind. There’s a wonderful joyous sound to it, of happiness and liberation!
(NOTE: Hans Zimmer’s score to The Prince of Egypt, which retells the same story, is also quite good. I’ll probably get to that eventually).
THE MIRACLE (1959)
For an obscure film involving a statue of the Virgin Mary falling from its pedestal in order to tell a young postulant to go and find her true love (maybe there’s a reason this film is obscure…), I’m choosing the Main Title, which is contained in the suite’s first three minutes, although the whole suite is worth a listen. The heavenly beauty in this track is simply radiant.
THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (1960)
Bernstein was a jack of all trades when it came to genres, but he was probably best at western themes. His main themes, often no matter how gritty the real movie was, were full of optimism and high spirits. The most well-remembered one was Main Title and Calvera from The Magnificent Seven, which was later (unfortunately) used as the Marlboro Cigarettes theme music.
BIRDMAN OF ALCATRAZ (1962)
The Theme for this movie is so mysterious…it’s gentle with a sinister side, much like the titular prisoner. Very haunting.
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962)
Bernstein really captured the spirit of this literary classic. The Main Title is a lovely representation of the wistful feeling of losing one’s innocence and Roll in the Tire is some good ol’ Americana.
HOLLYWOOD AND THE STARS (1963)
The Theme Bernstein wrote for the Hollywood and the Stars program really reflects the idea Hollywood, the place of glamour and glitz where dreams come true. There’s a reason why Elmer Bernstein comes to mind in film score fans’ heads when someone mentions classic cinema. At least, he does in mine…
THE GREAT ESCAPE (1963)
Who doesn’t love the March from The Great Escape? It’s quite possibly Elmer Bernstein’s most famous composition, and any list of great Bernstein pieces that doesn’t include this track is sorely lacking. It’s become obligatory to include it, but for a very good reason—it’s catchy!
When hot people actually think you’re attractive
The Addams Family for the NES is an interesting game. It’s not *bad* but it is rather difficult if you don’t know what you’re doing. But this isn’t a game review, it’s an enemy guide. Let’s see what baddies want to out-spook Gomez as he charges into his house to save his family from an evil lawyer or something!
Plants – “Feed me!” They want to feed on you, actually. These piranha plant rejects aren’t up to par with the real deal, though, and you can even jump on them when they’re not snapping. I would question why the Addams have these monsters in their yard, but then I remember that they’re the Addams Family, and it all makes sense.
Owl – This old bird guards her tree and drops eggs on you. What’s up with birds in video games dropping unborn babies on you? It’s creepy. Talk about territorial.
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NOTE: I wrote this for TVTropes a while back, but I thought I’d share it with Tumblr, too.
Where should I begin on The Adventures of Timmy the Tooth? I watched it back when I was a preschooler, and every now and then, I’ll return to the series and re-watch it, mostly for nostalgic purposes. Was it a great series? Nah. But it was very cute. It had nice songs, decent puppetry, and the overall silliness was too good to pass up on.
Now, the series only had ten episodes produced, and I hope to eventually do liveblogs for all of them, but right now, only a few are available online, one actually uploaded by me, which was sent to me be a kind soul out there. That episode happens to be my favorite of the bunch, and the one we are going to recap here: Lost My Brush.
I like this episode, because it had moments that seemed almost, almost dramatic…y’know, for a series aimed at small children. Anyway, enough personal stuff.
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