PLAY IT AGAIN, MORRICONE: FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE (1965)

After the troubled release of A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS (1964) director Sergio Leone wasn’t particularly interested in revisiting the western genre again. He had survived a bitter court battle after his film was accused of borrowing heavily from Akira Kurosawa’s YOJIMBO (a claim the director reportedly denied citing that both films were based on Dashiell Hammett’s 1929 crime novel Red Harvest) … Continue reading PLAY IT AGAIN, MORRICONE: FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE (1965)

A Light that Never Went Out: The MTV Legacy of Derek Jarman

One of the most fascinating and overlooked aspects of Derek Jarman’s impressive filmmaking career is his collaborative work with musical artists. These projects materialized as experimental short films as well as music promo videos that regularly aired on MTV throughout the 1980s. Jarman appreciated the money he made directing videos but he wasn’t particularly happy … Continue reading A Light that Never Went Out: The MTV Legacy of Derek Jarman

The Walker Brothers – Deadlier Than the Male

Top: The Walker Brothers - John, Gary & Scott Bottom: Sylva Koscina, Elke Sommer & Nigel Green in Deadlier Than the Male (1967) I was disappointed to learn that John Walker (aka John Maus) of The Walker Brothers died on May 7, 2011 after a long battle with cancer. He was 67 years old. The … Continue reading The Walker Brothers – Deadlier Than the Male

Confessions Of A Soundtrack Collector

A few of my favorite film soundtracks. Regular visitors to Cinebeats are undoubtedly aware of my interest in film soundtracks and scores. Today I decided to share more about my record collecting habits with Movie Morlock readers. If you're curious about what soundtracks I grew up with or just want some record buying tips check … Continue reading Confessions Of A Soundtrack Collector

Blood and Roses: The Soundtrack

I recently learned that portions of Jean Prodromidès' sweeping score for Roger Vadim's Blood & Roses (Et Mourir de Plaisir; 1960) will be released on CD from Disques Cinémusique on March 20th. I've written about my appreciation for this fantastic vampire film at length before in a piece simply called Roger Vadim’s Blood and Roses … Continue reading Blood and Roses: The Soundtrack

Ennio Morricone’s My Dear Killer OST

George Hilton in My Dear Killer aka Mio Caro Assassino (1972) This month Digitmovies is scheduled to release Ennio Morricone's incredible score for the excellent giallo thriller My Dear Killer aka Mio Caro Assassino (1972). This will be the 9th volume from Italy's Digitmovies devoted to the original soundtrack recordings of Ennio Morricone and if … Continue reading Ennio Morricone’s My Dear Killer OST