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Just saw There Will Be Blood. Fabulous movie. Daniel Day-Lewis is just unbelievable, as he always is. An amazing actor to watch. Run to your video store or add this to your Netflix queue immediately. It’s that good.

The soundtrack is not at all what you expect, but it fits perfectly with the film. It was created by Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead. But there was also a piece of classical music played during part of the film and during the end credits. It was beautiful and I wanted to know what it was. So, quickly Googling the movie’s title brought me to the IMDB page. And wouldn’t you know the first FAQ about the film is about this piece of music. And the kind soul who answered the question not only identified the piece — third movement of the Violin Concerto in D Major, Opus 77 [1878] by Johannes Brahms — but included a link to the exact recording used in the movie. One PayPayl screen later and now the CD is on its way to me.

I love the Internet.

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RIP, Roy Scheider

Roy Scheider, perhaps best known for his role as Police Chief Martin Brody in Jaws, has died at the age of 75.

Jaws is a huge movie in our family. We’ve all seen it many, many times and we’re constantly quoting lines from it. It’s the first movie to ever gross $100 million and it created the summer blockbuster.

Scheider also had an Oscar-nominating role in The French Connection and played Bob Fosse’s alter ego in All That Jazz. I most recently saw him as a serial killer who may or may not have been Bobby Goren’s father in Law and Order: Criminal Intent.

He will be missed. Check out the original theater trailer for Jaws.

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Not So Magic Kingdom

I watched the third installment of Pirates of the Caribbean on Saturday night. It’s almost three hours long, and that’s at least an hour too much. There was no re-cap from the second movie, so I watched the whole thing really without knowing at all what was going on. I just never got engaged in it, and I was trying to figure out why.

The movie starts with a crackdown on piracy and a long row of pirates climbing up to gallows. They show a couple of groups walk up, you see the noose go around their neck and then a shot of the executioner pulling a lever and feet dropping below the surface (by the way, according to the Internet Movie Database, this style of hanging wasn’t invented until many years after the time period depicted in the movie). Then a group with a young boy walks up. He’s obviously too short to reach the noose, so the hangman pulls over a barrel and you see him set the boy on the barrel. The movie then goes to black as the opening credits roll and you hear the sound of the lever.

I have this feeling poor Walt Disney is rolling over in his grave. Really? A Disney movie that starts with the suggestion that a child is going to be hung? It’s not that all Disney movies need to be sweetness and light (there’s a lot of death in the cartoons — Bambi’s mother, Dumbo’s mother, etc.). But there was no reason within the story of Pirates of the Caribbean for a child to be shown on a gallows. I think it really affected the way I felt about the whole movie; I just had this weird feeling all the way through watching it.

The special effects, however, are stunning. As a purely visual experience, the movie really stands out. If you want to see the latest in special effects, give it a try. But you might want to just fast forward until the opening credits are done.

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Are You Talking to Me?

Film Web site myfilms.com just released a survey with the most popular movie lines to make it into everyday conversation. Two thousand people were asked: “Which famous phrase do you borrow from films to use in everyday conversation?” Not surprisingly, the Terminator’s “I’ll be back” topped the list. Here’s the rundown:

1. “I’ll be back.” from the The Terminator
2. “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” from Gone With The Wind
3. “Beam me up, Scotty.” from Star Trek
4. “May the force be with you.” from Star Wars
5. “Life is like a box of chocolates.” from Forrest Gump
6. “You talking to me?” from Taxi Driver
7. “Show me the money.” from Jerry Maguire
8. “Do you feel lucky, punk?” from Dirty Harry
9. “Here’s looking at you, kid.” from Casablanca
10. “Nobody puts Baby in the corner.” from Dirty Dancing

In my opinion, “You’re going to need a bigger boat” from Jaws is a glaring omission. We quote that one in my family all the time. I’m still working on figuring out how to get this exchange from A Few Good Men into my everyday life.

“The Marines at Guantanamo are fanatics.”
“About what?”
“About being Marines.”

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I Don’t Get It

I saw these two movie reviews today for American Gangster:

USA Today: “…probably the best gangster crime drama of the year.”

Detroit News: “…so derivative of other crime films that it has little life of its own.”

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Indiana Jones 4

Here’s a cool link about a brief interview with director Steven Spielberg about the fourth Indiana Jones movie. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (love that title!) debuts in May of 2008.

Check out the photo of Harrison Ford. The man has aged very well.

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