Archive for February, 2002


February 22, 2002 Leave a comment

monsoonweddingOriginal Review by Jonathan Broxton

Bollywood. Even today, in this enlightened age, the term conjures up hackneyed images of bad acting, bad dubbing, cheesy dance routines, and actors and actresses bursting into song at inappropriate moments, accompanied by a cast of thousands in tracksuits. In reality, the Indian film industry is the strongest and most successful on the planet, with the city of Bombay releasing more motion pictures in a year than anything from a Hollywood studio. But as well as the singing and dancing, India has real pedigree in “proper” drama, with films like Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen and Santosh Sivan’s recent Asoka proof of the sub-continent’s increasing aptitude for epics on a grand scale. Director Mira Nair, while not exactly a household name, has nevertheless become India’s top female director, with Salaam Bombay, Mississippi Masala, The Perez Family and Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love to her name. Her current film, Monsoon Wedding, is possibly her crowning glory to date. Read more…

DRAGONFLY – John Debney

February 22, 2002 Leave a comment

dragonflyOriginal Review by Jonathan Broxton

I’m going let you into a personal anecdote about the score for Dragonfly. The first time I ever listened to this CD was in May 2002, while I was on holiday in Los Angeles. I was heading back from John Debney’s studio in Burbank to the hotel where I was staying in Culver City, having just been for lunch with him. John kindly gave me a copy of the score, and I eagerly played it as soon as I got back to the car. I took the scenic route home, driving over Mulholland Drive and down Laurel Canyon Boulevard to where it intersects with Sunset near the Bel Air gates. Half way down the hill on Laurel Canyon, the final track of the CD, ‘Emily’s Message Revealed’, kicked in. Seven minutes later, I almost had to stop the car because I couldn’t see for the tears. I had just heard one of the most beautiful and majestic cues in years. I realize that this story may not really mean very much to people, but for a cue to make me cry like that upon a first listen is rare indeed, and gives you an idea of the power inherent in this gorgeous score. Read more…

Academy Award Nominations 2001

February 12, 2002 Leave a comment

oscarstatuette The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) have announced the nominations for the 74th Academy Awards, honoring the best in film in 2001.

In the Best Original Score category, the nominees are:

  • JAMES HORNER for A Beautiful Mind
  • RANDY NEWMAN for Monsters, Inc.
  • HOWARD SHORE for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • JOHN WILLIAMS for A.I. Artificial Intelligence
  • JOHN WILLIAMS for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

This is the first Oscar nomination for Shore, the 6th nomination for Horner, the 8th nomination for Newman, and the 35th and 36th nominations for Williams, Horner previously won for Titanic in 1997. Williams previously won for Fiddler on the Roof in 1971, Jaws in 1975, Star Wars in 1977, E.T. the Extra Terrestrial in 1982, and Schindler’s List in 1993.

In the Best Original Song category, the nominees are:

  • ENYA BRENNAN, NICKY RYAN, and ROMA RYAN for “May It Be” from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • PAUL McCARTNEY for “Vanilla Sky” from Vanilla Sky
  • RANDY NEWMAN for “If I Didn’t Have You” from Monsters, Inc.
  • GORDON SUMNER (STING) for “Until” from Kate & Leopold
  • DIANE WARREN for “There You’ll Be” from Pearl Harbor

The winners of the 74th Academy Awards will be announced on March 24, 2002.

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