June & July at the Movie Morlocks

I haven't been online much the last few months for a number of reasons. First and foremost, I've been having some medical problems with my left eye and spending lots of time on my computer reading, watching vids and writing can often be problematic. My eyes get easily irritated and I'm prone to headaches, etc. … Continue reading June & July at the Movie Morlocks

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)

Seduced by Pierre Clémenti

Pierre Clémenti in Listen, Let's Make Love (1967) Regular Cinebeats' readers are undoubtedly familiar with my fascination with the French actor and filmmaker Pierre Clémenti. I've written about him enough that he's earned his own blog category so you can imagine my surprise when I came across one of the little seen films that he … Continue reading Seduced by Pierre Clémenti

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

Top 20 Soundtrack Releases of 2007

I'm still working on compiling my list of my Favorite DVDs from 2007, which I plan on sharing here before the end of the month, but in the meantime I thought I'd put together a list of my Top 20 Favorite Soundtrack CDs of 2007. Not surprisingly, Italy's Cinedelic Records, Japan's Hotwax Trax, Sweden's Fin … Continue reading Top 20 Soundtrack Releases of 2007

Good News for Soundtrack Enthusiasts

Cinedelic Records has released a terrific series of Book & CD packages this year called Musical and Visual Tributes, which include collections devoted to the films of Pier Paolo Pasolini and another devoted to the films of Mario Monicelli. On November 20th soundtrack enthusiasts can look forward to two new Musical and Visual Tributes from … Continue reading Good News for Soundtrack Enthusiasts

A Spaghetti Western Top Ten

I love Spaghetti Westerns. The best ones are what I would call "gothic westerns" since they combine some of the best aspects of Italian gothic horror films and literature with classic American westerns and western novels. They are filled with high drama but laced with subtlety. They offer romantic views of the west but they're … Continue reading A Spaghetti Western Top Ten

A Bullet Doesn’t Care Who It Kills

Like the Bandit... Like the Gringo... A bullet doesn't care who it kills! Blue Underground recently re-released the excellent spaghetti western A Bullet for the General (El Chuncho, quien sabe?, 1966) on DVD and I thought I’d take some time to write about the film since it’s one of my favorite westerns. The movie begins … Continue reading A Bullet Doesn’t Care Who It Kills

The Music of Ennio Morricone

On Sunday (Feb. 25th) Ennio Morricone will receiving an Honorary "Lifetime Achievement" Oscar at this years' Academy Awards ceremony to celebrate his contribution to the art of film music. It's unbelievable that it's taken the Academy so long to recognize Morricone's incredible contribution to cinema, but thankfully they're going to try and make up for … Continue reading The Music of Ennio Morricone