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  • Justin 3:33 pm on August 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Crimson Tide, , Gene Hackman, Hans Zimmer, , Steve Zahn, Tony Scott, Viggo Mortenson   

    DVD Rewind | Crimson Tide Review 

    Most likely because of the loss of Tony Scott, I threw in Scott’s Crimson Tide in wonderful HD Sunday afternoon.

    Being only 11 years old when the movie came out, it was really my introduction to Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman. A unknown Viggo Mortenson also has a supporting role in the film (with a even minor role played by James Gandolfini). There is the suspense of the possible nuclear strike in play, which is why Hackman and Washington are partnered together on the USS Alabama, a nuclear submarine sent out to Russia waters to proactively strike if need be…

    The real suspense is of course actually  between Hackman and Washington, which still holds up pretty well. I noticed this time around that I appreciated Hackman’s position a bit more than I used too, echoing the famous court scene at the end, where both are deemed right, and both wrong (with of course Washington being the real winner…). The dialogue between Hackman and Washington are great. Their roles in the movie are actually still my favorites for the actors, which I think is partially due to their chemistry on screen.

    One major strength of the movie is the music; composed by Hans Zimmer, I remember thinking, who is this guy? What else has he done, and I cant wait to hear more from him. It was this movie back in 1995 that really got me paying attention to a movie’s score (a few other movies def did thanks to James Horner). But the score for the movie is so loud, you would have to be deaf not to notice it take over scenes. At times, it is clear the music is not really to supplement whatever you’re watching, but instead is to really take movie watchers through the experience; sometimes taking over and leading the movie with the visual being the support (Dark Knight Rises anyone?). Def a style (along with great scores) that he is known for. The score for Crimson Tide not surprisingly went on to be used for countless movie trailers and tv spots. Zimmer then went on to score some of the biggest movies ever, from Gladiator (one of the best selling scores of all time) to The Dark Knight Rises.


    Note: I find when a movie uses its own score for its trailer (which rarely happens) like Crimson Tide does in the last 40 seconds , the movie ends up being pretty good. E.g. The Dark Knight Trilogy, Terminator 2 etc. Obviously this is one symptom of why a movie is great, but its not a bad indicator of what you’re in for.


  • Justin 2:09 am on August 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Hans Zimmer,   

    Hans Zimmer | The Music and Sounds of The Dark Knight Rises 

    My Batman posts continues. Today a new featurette debuted about the great music concerning The Dark Knight Rises by Hans Zimmer. Its a nine minute piece concerning the music and some of the sound effects of the movie. If you were a fan of the music and want to see Hans Zimmer talk about its creation along with some of the effects of the movie, then check it out. They also talk how the movie was different from the other two yet a continuation, the chant, and how they created the sound effects for the Bat. Enjoy.

  • Justin 3:11 am on July 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Bob Kane, Chris Nolan, , , Dark Knight, , Hans Zimmer, Heath Ledge, Joseph Gordeon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe, , , , , , , ,   

    WB Releases Six Minute Dark Knight Trilogy Trailer 

    And here, we, go.

    Hilarious. WB just released a five minute forty second trailer of the entire trilogy. Its pretty crazy and epic. (Heath Ledger as the Joker still steals the screen).

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