Mr. Cellophane

In a location adjacent to a place in a city of some significance, what comes out of my head is plastered on the walls of this blog.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Hey, remember when the Fine Brothers were about spoiling movies and didn't prop their YouTube channel up with a bunch of ass-tarded 'React' videos? Good times.

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Emperor of the North. Even when using a chicken as a weapon, Lee Marvin is a badass.

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Saturday, April 08, 2017

Gridlock (Arthur B. Rubinstein)



Comical circumstances result in a massive traffic jam on Los Angeles freeways and a number of stranded travelers try to make the best of it. There's a scene where port-a-johns are airlifted onto the roads while "Ride of the Valkyries" plays. If that sounds like comedy gold, you might enjoy this made-for-TV movie loaded with familiar faces. If not...I don't know what to tell you.

Arthur B. Rubinstein's score is highlighted by some rising tritone material reminiscent of WarGames and a neat recurring motif for the scenes of various people on the freeway.

Gridlock
(aka The Great American Traffic Jam)
composed & conducted
by
Arthur B. Rubinstein

1. Main Title 0.29
2. Friendly Wager 0.31
3. Chrissy's Plea 0.41
4. "My baby! It's coming!" 0.39
5. Parking Space 0.49
6. Heeeeeere's the Queen 0.36
7. Whatchu Haulin'? 0.32
8. "A little touchy." 0.33
9. The Jam Begins 0.58
10. Lady with a Baby 0.30
11. Going on Tour 0.33
12. Truckers Ride 0.25
13. Driving Range 1.07
14. "...officially on vacation." 0.24
15. Mass Confusion on Wheels 0.55
16. Scratching Rigs 0.52
17. Running Through Traffic 0.32
18. Truckers' Jam 1.00
19. Leaving Without Daddy 1.12
20. Still Stuck? 1.10
21. A Drink from Snake 1.10
22. T-shirt Type 0.09
23. Trying to Relax 0.32
24. Fingers Do the Walking 0.41
25. Off to the Races 1.09
26. Gaining an Audience 0.54
27. Can't Run Away 0.06
28. All Eyes on Buzz 0.15
29. Buzz in Charge 0.26
30. General's Speech 1.56
31. Airlift Relief (Strauss arr. Rubinstein) 2.02
32. 27 Years 0.34
33. Playing with Clarence 0.23
34. "All we can do is wait." 0.33
35. Creating a New Road 2.18
36. Troops Move Out 0.43
37. It's a Boy! 0.51
38. Meeting the Crew 0.49
39. Family Reunion 1.18
40. Working Things Out 1.16
41. End Credits 0.47

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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

The 'all is lost' moment of Catwoman: Laurel empties her gun into her husband George and tosses Catwoman - who, at the time, is wearing gloves! - the smoking gun to get her prints on it.

This is the quality of writing deemed acceptable by a studio for a multi-million dollar movie. Jesus.

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A published author, at last.

Now, I've been collecting film music for...if we're counting CDs I've bought with my own money, 20 years next March (for CDs gifted to me, 20 years this Christmas). I've noticed film music longer than that and there are a number of scores that have made my most wanted list, a good portion ultimately appearing as premiere releases or expansions of titles with abbreviated initial releases.

If you've read the blog (...), you'll notice that I've done write-ups of various soundtracks or favorite themes. Only recently, I joined the staff of a film music magazine and, only hours ago, I sent in my review of a CD that's a premiere release of a long-awaited title (or an expansion of a promo CD, if you're into semantics).

Seriously, to go from watching a movie and desiring a release of the film's music to writing (and having published) a review of said release.

To quote a famed secret agent, "I must be dreaming.".

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Saturday, April 01, 2017

Works of Art.

One composer I feel doesn't get enough credit is Arthur B. Rubinstein. I've mentioned him before and hope that more of his music can get released. In a dialogue I had with a soundtrack label head honcho, his response to my query about more Rubinstein releases in the near-future was 'Probably'*. Beats the hell out of 'No', that's for damn sure.

Somewhat off-topic, but the papers I used for track listings have disappeared, which is unfortunate, as I really wanted to share posts on John Morris' Fresno and Dominic Frontiere's Don't Go to Sleep. I suppose I'll have to do them over again. It's a good thing that the movies are on YouTube...as are a number of TV movies scored by Arthur B. Rubinstein. As one of the people who cares to see his music released, it will be my pleasure to go through his CV and post the track listings for his scores.

In addition to his TV movie scores, it'd be really nice to see a release of his "Scarecrow and Mrs. King" music. Listen to this suite and try to tell me you wouldn't want the same:


* - He likely meant a re-issue of WarGames or a premiere release of Blue Thunder, but, good as those scores are, this is a mere scratching of the surface.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

My attempt at an Editing Room-style bit about The Santa Clause 3:

"Y'know, not long after Jack Frost was through here, everything started going all wacky."
"And this machinery looks like it's been frozen."
"You think we should tell Santa?"
"..."
"Nah."
"You're right. I'm sure it's probably nothing."

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

In Hide and Seek (spoilers, but, on the other hand, it's Hide and Seek), did Emily know that Charlie was her dad's alternate personality? (Her line "Do you see now, Daddy?" points to this heavily.) If so, what a bitch.

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