The Lone Ranger movie hits our screens on August 9th and in the run up to the release. John Reid stars at The Lone Ranger and Johnny Depp is his spirit warrior companion Tonto. The film has been produced by Jerry Brockheimer and directed by Gore Verbinski who together brought us Pirates of the Caribbean.
Earlier, Depp told BBC breakfast that he may quit acting. I’d love to see Depp step away from the big blockbusters and do a couple of indie films so we can see more than the caricature of himself that he has become thanks to the blockbusters, oh and Tim Burton. You can have a look at a featurette for The Lone Ranger below.
Anyway, William Tell Overture has been remixed by Future Cut, the UK production team who have been working with Stooshe and Paper Crows. It’s available for FREE DOWNLOAD from Soundcloud below or here if you’re on a mobile device.
The full soundtrack will be available on Walt Disney Records.
Populaire is in cinemas today, I’m not sure I’m going to get a chance to see it this weekend but I hope I will over the next week. Going on the trailer it looks like a good couple of hours.
It’s set in 1958 and is directed by Régis Roinsard, as far as I know this is his first feature length film and stars Romain Duris, who starred with Juliette Binoche in 2008’s Paris and also Bérénice Bejo who was in The Artist.
This week sees the release of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby on our shores. I haven’t read any reviews of the film, I’ll see it for myself thanks and I actually read F Scott Fitzgerald’s book yesterday. Going on what I read, I can see how music could be incorporated into the film at Gatsby’s lavish parties.
I love Baz Luhrmann and have written some articles about different Luhrmann projects in the pages of this blog. I’ll write a full post on the movie when I see it this week but Luhrmann’s use of music in his films has always intrigued me. From John Paul Young in Strictly Ballroom to the echoey refrain of Garbage’s #1 Crush in Romeo and Juliet and the use of ‘love’ songs in Moulin Rouge. I’m looking forward to seeing how much of a character music plays in The Great Gatsby.
Just as I was about to post this Lana Del Ray’s new video ‘Young and Beautiful’, which is taken from the soundtrack was unveiled. Here is it:
Dead Man Down is Niels Arden Oplev‘s first shot at directing a Hollywood movie. He’s best known for his work in the original ‘The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo’. It’s not surprising then, when Noomi Rapace, who played Lisbeth Salander in the trilogy turns up as the female lead here. In Dead Man Down, she plays Beatrice, a scarred car crash survivor, who lives in the apartment block opposite Victor (Colin Farrell).
Victor is part of a gang, a modern day mob and along with Darcy (Dominic Cooper) goes investigating into who or why a gang member ended up in the boss’ Alphonse’s freezer. Beatrice sees something she shouldn’t have through Victor’s window and it all kicks off.
From the trailers released for this film, you get the impression that it’s a more high speed ‘Blow em up’ movie, but there was a lot more depth to it than that. It’s a spiraling maze of planning, plotting and revenge which brings out the best in Colin Farrell’s acting skills as he reveals the depth of his character, Victor. This isn’t Die Hard, even if Noomi Rapace’s character ‘Beatrice’, is at times, a tad too much of whinging damsel in distress.
Overall, it’s an enjoyable two hours which keeps the viewer engaged, decent story, well shot and a great car chase. Standout was Colin Farrell, it’s a long way from Ballykissangel, but he really deserves to be getting the roles Brad Pitt and George Clooney just saunter into, immense talent.
The Naked and Famous have been one of my favourite bands over the past few years. They announced in June last year that they had finished touring their album ‘Passive Me, Agressive You’. Hopefully that means that they’re hard at work on some new material.
Dave Grohl has been a hero to many music fans for over twenty years, drummer in Nirvana, sometime member of Queens of the Stone Age and rock god in Foo Fighters, he now has turned his hand to film directing. In this case, it’s the documentary, ‘Sound City’, which follows the life on the infamous Sound City studios in Los Angeles and more importantly the Neve sound desk which helped capture some of music’s iconic sounds. It also shows Grohl to have great vision in the film making process.
The story of Sound City is told through staff and musicians who recorded there, including Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood and Rick Springfield to name a few. It also charts the struggle many studios encountered, not only Sound City, as the switch to digital recording took hold. Putting it nicely, Sound City looked like a shithole but the energy and chemistry in the place lead to the birth of musical gems there.
When Sound City closed, Dave Grohl bought the Neve console and took it to his studio. He then got some of the musicians who had previously recorded through the board to come to his studio and put something new down, including a hero of Grohl’s, Sir Paul McCartney.
Here’s the nerdy bit.. as a music lover and an all out audiophile, I loved this documentary. I loved the historical element, recognizing many of the albums that were recorded at Sound City. As someone who has been lucky enough to record on 2inch analogue tape, knowing the recording process and hearing what Dave Grohl said about getting the chemistry back into the music, I adored it. Neve consoles are world famous, they have a fantastic reputation and rightly so. This console was the centre of Sound City. When it was installed, business boomed, but as with many things in the digital age, recording onto tape was no longer financially viable.
The documentary isn’t just about analogue vs digital. Yes, it broaches the subject of the authenticity of digital editing and musical manipulation. Later in the film it cleverly shows how Trent Reznor uses digital music manipulation as a tool rather than a crutch. What ‘Sound City’ captures beautifully are the ‘had to be there moments’. Through good vibes in a studio space, chemistry within a band and with a producer, whether in the original ‘Sound City’ or later in Grohl’s studio when the ‘Sound City Players’ record. It brings us back to why we originally fell in love with music.
This is an interesting and informative documentary and for me has reignited my love of recording. Now I want to go to Dave Grohl’s house and play with his toys.