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Musicians In Film: 10 Great Musical Talents We Lost In 2016

I hesitate to draw conclusions before all the facts are in, but let’s face it. 2016 has sucked. And not just in the land of cinema, where precious few gems have risen above the extraordinary wave of mediocrity we have witnessed. As the world at large retreats from communality, decency and fact, we need artists…

By Jonathan Eig
London Road

Down on the Street: London Road and the Music of Fear

It can’t be the easiest way to write. Go out, find people who’ve been through something bad, interview them and then spend months working the material into a script. In the case of London Road, it may have been worth it, as first a hit stage musical and then a movie came out of it.…

By Ed Rowe
musical moments

Raising the Barn: 7 Great Musical Moments

Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly tower over the American musical film. America barely produces musicals anymore – India now dominates that market – but the classic American product, from MGM or Fox, from Lerner and Loewe and Porter, is still what most people think of when they think of the musical. Maybe more than any…

By Jonathan Eig
score

Movie Music Gems: 12 Terrific, Little-Known Movie Scores

Musical scores have become so ingrained in our cinematic culture that we often notice when a film doesn’t have one. And it’s easy to take such tunes for granted; they form part of the fabric of a picture and – at their best – provide definition, as well as texture. In thinking about what makes…

By Simon Hardy Butler