Daylight Savings Time is a crock of shit. You know they have this invention called electricity where you can turn on lights after the sun goes down, right? It’s scientific! Ok, I’m done bitching about it for another year. The good news is after a long hiatus, I’ve got a few screenings lined up this (read…)

Once again the Watercooler Musical Interlude is inspired by a recent Movie Quote of the Day, the theme song from one of my favorite movies when I was a little kid: Where Eagles Dare. So, things have been mighty quiet around here for a while. It’s been a combination of factors, none of them serious. (read…)

One of my favorite John Williams compositions is this week’s Watercooler Musical Interlude. Why? Because I just friggin rewatched Empire Strikes Back, DUH! The Oscars are thankfully over (Yeah Ang Lee!) so lay whatever else you have in mind in the comments section below….

Of all the movies I’ve rewatched lately for Movie Quote of the Day, Ratatouille easily provided the most pleasure so it’s an easy choice for this week’s Watercooler Musical Interlude. Here’s Michael Giacchino’s “La Festin” sung by Camille, a little number that’s as charming as the film. Here’s to movies. Here’s to Paris and here’s (read…)

This week’s Watercooler Musical Interlude is the opening track to Masaru Sato’s score for Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo. I like the mixture of Japanese styles and jazz. Sato studied under Kurosawa composer Fumio Hayasaka. When Hayasaka died of tuberculosis at age 41 while scoring Kurosawa’s 1955 film Record of a Living Being, the studio tapped Sato (read…)

I’m told there’s a football game on today so this seems like an appropriate choice for these week’s Watercooler Musical Interlude. It is of course from John Williams’ score to John Frankenheimer’s 1977 Superbowl terrorist flick Black Sunday. The Goodyear blimp flew over my house low one night when I was a little kid with (read…)

Almost went to bed before putting up the Watercooler! This week’s Watercooler Musical Interlude is Henry Mancini’s sort of melancholy “Tana’s Theme” from Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil. And you now the drill. If you’ve seen anything worth talking about since last week, lay it on me.

Ya, ya. Ya-a, ya-a, ya, ya… There’s sharp Old World vs. New World edge to Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita and Stanley Kubrick’s somewhat compromised adaptation. Nelson Riddle’s inane but catchy “Lolita Ya-Ya” heard throughout the film sort of captures a certain American middle class bubblegum vacuousness at odds with Humbert Humbert’s more cultured and class-centric consciousness. (read…)

I know we’re in the depths of winter, but this week’s Watercooler Musical Interlude was used by Olivier Assayas in Summer Hours, one of my favorites films of the last several years. The tune is “Loser” by Les Plasticines and the girls danced to it at the party Sylvie (Alice de Lencquesaing) threw at her (read…)

This week’s Watercooler Musical Interlude is the theme from Howard Hawks’ El Dorado by The Nelson Riddle Orchestra. Though Hawks denied it, El Dorado is basically the first of two remakes of Hawks’ own Rio Bravo, which itself was a response to Fred Zinnemann’s High Noon. That’s it from me this week. What about you? (read…)

This week’s Watercooler Musical Interlude is the Title Music From A Clockwork Orange, Wendy Carlos’ opening salvo in one of the most distinctive soundtracks of all time. A synthesizer version of the march from Henry Purcell’s Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary written in 1695, this piece sets the dark, futuristic tone for everything (read…)

This week’s Watercooler Musical Interlude is Luis Enríquez Bacalov’s theme song from Sergio Corbucci’s Django, a film which lent its name to Quentin Tarantino’s delightful spaghetti western/blaxploitation mash-up Django Unchained which opens Christmas Day. Not coincidentally, this theme opens Tarantino’s film. That’s it from me, now it’s your turn because you’re what this column is all (read…)

A recent Movie Quote of the Day and a revisit of Episode 9 of Ken Burns’ Jazz miniseries has inspired this week’s Watercooler Musical Interlude taken from the soundtrack to Lewis Gilbert’s Alfie composed and performed by tenor sax titan Sonny Rollins. This bit is from the end credits. That’s literally all from me this (read…)

In honor of its selection as Best Score from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association today, your Watercooler Musical Interlude this week is a selection from the soundtrack of Beasts of the Southern Wild. Tried to get caught up on some of the animated films I missed earlier this year but which are making some (read…)

Rewatching Neil Jordan’s The Crying Game for a recent Movie Quote of the Day put me in the mind of Boy George on account of the singer’s cover of the Dave Berry song which gave the film its title. Boy George in turn set me off on a whole nostalgic early-to-mid-eighties MTV music jag which (read…)

This week’s Watercooler Musical Interlude is Roy Budd’s moody/minimalist jazz theme from Mike Hodges’ Get Carter. There’s a lot going on moviewise both in theaters and behind the scenes in critics’ screenings. For the former, I caught up with Ang Lee’s wonderful Life of Pi which I pretty much loved. Still putting my thoughts together (read…)

This week’s Watercooler Musical Interlude is a suite drawn from John Williams’ score for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln because… because Lincoln, bitches! There’s a certain loudmouth movie blogger who is on a mission to “take down” Lincoln in favor of Silver Linings Playbook because he likes Jennifer Lawrence’s tits and ass better than he likes Spielberg. (read…)

The Watercooler Musical Interlude celebrates Veteran’s Day with Maurice Jarre’s theme from The Longest Day. This is Jarre’s second appearance in the Watercooler following Lawrence of Arabia back in June. As a WWII nerd when I was a kid, The Longest Day was always one of my favorite movies. In retrospect, it’s pretty bloated and (read…)

This week’s Watercooler Musical Interlude is the third track from Bob Dylan’s soundtrack to Sam Peckinpah’s Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. I’m not sure why.I just felt like mixing it up a little this week. With the election bearing down on us on Tuesday, it’s hard to stay focused on movies. In fact, if (read…)

This week’s Watercooler Musical Interlude is from the late lamented Cloud Atlas which landed in theaters on Friday with mostly a collectively shrug from critics and utter disinterest from audiences. Is it really any wonder that Hollywood keeps cranking out sequels and remakes and comic book movies? Why take a chance on something bold and (read…)

Another Watercooler, another slice of Bond for the Watercooler Musical Interlude. The first movie called Casino Royale (1967) is excluded from the purist’s James Bond canon, but this is a great theme anyway if you’re into the whole Herb Alpert/Burt Bacharach sound… and I am. Producer Charles K. Feldman scored the film rights to the (read…)

Yes, I know this is the third John Barry/James Bond tune in a row I’ve picked for the Watercooler Musical Interlude, but I’m still in a James Bond 50th Anniversary state of mind and I’ve been watching them all for the ongoing Movie Quote of the Day feature. Though Norman/Barry’s iconic “James Bond Theme” is (read…)

Last week I celebrated the pending 50h Anniversary of Dr. No by featuring the original James Bond theme as the Watercooler Musical Interlude. I’m still on a James Bond kick so let’s go ahead and run my all time favorite Bond opening theme: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service by John Barry. Off the top of (read…)

Dr. No, the film that launched the ongoing James Bond franchise premiered in London 50 years ago this Friday, October 5 so this week’s Watercooler Musical Interlude is the opening title sequence from that very film. You’ll recognize the James Bond Theme credited to Monty Norman, arranged by John Barry and played by the John (read…)

This week’s Watercooler Musical Interlude is a song especially written for the 1972 movie version of Cabaret and was so popular, it has been added into subsequent stage productions. That’s all from me this week. Now it’s your turn. Has anyone seen anything lately worth talking about? Lay it on me.

Earlier this afternoon I had the pleasure of sitting down to a chat with Richard Gere to talk about his new film Arbitrage for Awards Daily. That explains this morning’s Primal Fear quote and it explains this week’s Watercooler Musical Interlude. Here is John Barry’s interpretation of three great Duke Ellington tunes – The Mooche, (read…)

Fans of John Williams’ work with Steven Spielberg and George Lucas might not instantly recognize his work on Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye. With lyrics by legendary songwriter Johnny Mercer, Williams theme is memorable for being repeated throughout the film in styles ranging from jazz vocal, jazz instrumental, muzak, tango, mariachi, sitar, love theme with (read…)

. Hal David died yesterday so he’s the subject of today’s Watercooler whether you know his name or not. Thing is, Burt Bacharach is probably more well known for his music, but without David’s lyrics… well it’s just not the same. Here they both are with the theme song to What’s New Pussycat? Funny thing (read…)

The recent release of Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer has put me in the mind of his 1989 masterpiece (yes, I just used the M word) Do the Right Thing and the percussive assault of Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power,” this week’s Watercooler Musical Interlude. Reductivist bloggers looking for easy headline clicks pegged Red Hook (read…)

I’ve been doing these Watercooler Musical Interludes since March and I’m shocked, SHOCKED, to realize I still haven’t done Bernard Herrmann. The question is, which one to pick? One of the Hitchcock’s would’ve been an obvious choice or maybe his final score for Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, but I think I’ll go with the original (read…)





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