The Popcorn Bag

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Large, Extra Large, or Gigantic? With butter? Salt? The Movies on the Radio "Popcorn Bag" has something for everyone. David Garland presents a few of the movie scoring trends of today, and new releases of great soundtracks from the past.

We hear the stirring but problematic elaboration on Rossini's William Tell Overture from Hans Zimmer's score for the problematic remake of "The Lone Ranger"; investigate the division of labor assigned to composers Joseph Bishara and Mark Isham in their music for the popular fright-fest "The Conjuring"; sample Marco Beltrami's dramatic scores for "World War Z" and "The Wolverine"; and enjoy the sounds of two recently released 1979 soundtracks by Jerry Fielding ("Escape From Alcatraz" and "Beyond The Poseidon Adventure").

Plus we experience the classic 1946 Hollywood sound of Miklos Rozsa's score for "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers."

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Comments [5]

Robert Poda from New York

Enjoyed the program. The Lone Ranger Overture was an interesting rendition. I mostly liked it as an alternative to the so-called original. Being an opera buff of over 50 years, I must say that hearing the opera for the first time and hearing the Lone Ranger theme was a shock when I first heard it. Obviously, I saw & heard the Lone Ranger before the opera.

Thanks for the opportunity!

Aug. 22 2013 01:26 PM
Neil Schnall

Re Rossini/Zimmer: more is less; much more is much less.

Aug. 17 2013 09:39 PM
David Madison from New York City

The bad reviews did not deter me from seeing the movie The Lone Ranger....I'd been looking forward to it for such a long time. And I'm SO glad that I ignored the reviews, because I thought it was so much fun. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Can't wait to see it again on DVD.

And the 10-minute excerpt that you just played: the tempo issue was not a problem for me at all. I LOVED it.

Aug. 17 2013 09:35 PM
LES from WDC

To my ear, the driving beat toward the end of the piece had shades of the theme from the Dark Knight, also scored by Hans Zimmer. I liked that part of it.

Aug. 17 2013 09:33 PM
Janet Smirh from Brooklyn

Agree with David Garland, the William Tell OVerture finale is very poorly done - one tempo, and one volume level....no nuance whatsoever. Never thought I could dislike this piece - it's really one of my favorites, in context of the whole overture. This is played the way my high school band would have...very poor and monotonous. And the derangement....I mean arrangement....does nothing at all for me. Glad I didnt bother with the movie.

Aug. 17 2013 09:25 PM

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