ELISABETH LUTYENS: THE HORROR QUEEN OF FILM COMPOSERS

Female film composers are a rarity but there are some wonderful examples of talented women working behind the scenes who managed to flourish under the tight deadlines imposed by film studios while creating memorable music for the movies. One of my favorite female composers is the late Elisabeth Lutyens who was born on July 9th in 1906. On the occasion of what would have been … Continue reading ELISABETH LUTYENS: THE HORROR QUEEN OF FILM COMPOSERS

The Doors Are Always Open at The Phantom Playhouse

A gentle reminder that The Phantom Playhouse – Cinebeats’ sister site focused on horror cinema – is open for business and the tickets are always free. Its been updated recently and collects articles or links to all of my horror focused writing. If you know me you know that horror is my favorite film genre and I’ve spent a considerable amount of my time researching … Continue reading The Doors Are Always Open at The Phantom Playhouse

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) but afterward, Leone was emotionally as well as financially spent. … Continue reading PLAY IT AGAIN, MORRICONE: FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE (1965)

KEN RUSSELL: IN HIS OWN WORDS

Controversial film director Ken Russell passed away suddenly this week at the age of 84. Russell has long been considered the bad boy of British cinema or the original ‘enfant terrible’ of the empire, but for almost as long as I can remember he’s been one of my favorite filmmakers. I was introduced to his work as a young pre-teen in the late 1970s after … Continue reading KEN RUSSELL: IN HIS OWN WORDS

Spellbinding Songs

During the month of October I’ll be sharing Halloween inspired music mixes that you can stream online at 8tracks. My first offering was called “Frankenstein-A-Go-Go” and this time I’m sharing a 12 song mix called “Spellbinding Songs” featuring songs recorded between 1955-1968 about witches and that old black magic that they weave so well. Enjoy! Track Listing: Eartha Kitt – I’d Rather Be Burned As … Continue reading Spellbinding Songs

Frankenstein-A-Go-Go

I recently joined 8track, which allows members to create their own internet radio or mixed tape so during the month of October I’ll be sharing Halloween inspired music mixes that you can stream online. My first offering is called “Frankenstein-A-Go-Go” featuring 12 songs recorded by a variety of artists between 1958-1973 about the good doctor and his monster. Track Listing: Carlos Casal, Jr. w/The Chipmunks … Continue reading Frankenstein-A-Go-Go

John Barry 1933-2011

Jane Birkin and John Barry (1965) John Barry’s a special figure here at Cinebeats. Now that he’s left this earth I can comfortably refer to him as one of the blog’s many Patron Saints. Remind me to make a list of the others some day… Barry composed some of my favorite soundtracks and I was honored to be asked to contribute a piece on Boom … Continue reading John Barry 1933-2011

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 out my latest post at TCM’s Classic Movie Blog: Vinyl … Continue reading Confessions Of A Soundtrack Collector

The Magnificent Soundtrack

The sexiest group of cowboys ever? Hell yes! Over at the Movie Morlocks Blog I posted a brief piece about one of my favorite westerns, John Sturges’ The Magnificent Seven (1960). It’s one of the earliest movies I can remember watching as a kid and falling in love with. I’m not sure why I was so drawn to The Magnificent Seven but I suspect it … Continue reading The Magnificent Soundtrack