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From The Vault: Sorcerer (1977)

From the Vault: Sorcerer (1977)

Before I was the Fraker I was John Doe and like everything else in this universe all cinema itself is interconnected on a molecular level. Slowly over time I plan to import many of my older reviews over to this new site under the banner of FROM THE VAULT. The format is simple, anytime I review a film here and it can be thematically linked to a previous critique from the old site I will be sharing. 

Excited! Tonight my local retro-moviehouse is screening the new William Friedkin supervised Blu-Ray restoration of his masterpiece SORCERER. Seeing this film on the bigscreen is one of those bucket-list cinema experiences that only comes around once a decade if that...

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From the Vault: Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

Before I was the Fraker I was John Doe and like everything else in this universe all cinema itself is interconnected on a molecular level. Slowly over time I plan to import many of my older reviews over to this new site under the banner of FROM THE VAULT. The format is simple, anytime I review a film here and it can be thematically linked to a previous critique from the old site I will be sharing. With the release of DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES this weekend and my subsequent review which you can read HERE I figured this would be an ideal time for world’s to collide. Hope you like this trip into my past writerly adventures.

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RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (2011)

Director: Rupert Wyatt

Starring: James Franco, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Andy Serkis, Frieda Pinto, Tom Felton, James Harris,

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (2014)

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Poster

Director: Matt Reeves

Writer:  Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver with Mark Bomback

Starring: Gary Oldman , Jason Clarke, Andy Serkis, Keri Russell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Toby Kebbell, Kirk Acevedo, Judy Greer

Click HERE to read my review of RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

Koba“Caesar loves humans more than apes!”

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES is that fraking rare example of a sequel that climbs to the highest, hard to reach branch exceeding an expectation raising predecessor.

Compelling science fiction masquerading as spectacular popcorn entertainment, the predetermined consequences of the established mythology carry a cinematic gravitas that devastates emotions and stimulates contemplation...

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Favourite Fraking Soundtracks (1995 -2014) – Part 3

Favourite Fraking Soundtracks (1995 -2014)  

Part 3 of 3; Compilation Soundtrack Albums. 

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Part 3 of 3; Vocal Compilation Soundtrack Albums (In alphabetical order)

Last week’s posts focused exclusively on instrumental scoring with Part 1 & Part 2 of my Favourite Fraking Soundtracks from 1995 to the present day. This week it’s time for Part 3, Vocal Compilation Soundtracks.

Unlike non-vocal film scoring, lyrical tracks can use their words to inform audiences of scene intent or foreshadow events to come. Comprised of familiar tracks they can also carry a nostalgic, sentimental weight or musically set a distinct time period...

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Favourite Fraking Soundtracks (1995 -2014) – Part 2

Favourite Fraking Soundtracks (1995 -2014)

Part 2 of 2: Original Film Scores and their Composers (J-Z)

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Continuing the list of favourite fraking soundtracks, here is the letters J-Z to round out all 52 composers. (All feedback welcome)

Part 2 of 2: Original Film Scores and their Composers (J-Z)
(In alphabetical order)
 

Click HERE to read Part 1 of 3: Original Film Scores and their Composers (A-H)

Click HERE to read Part 3 of 3: Part 3 of 3; Vocal Compilation Soundtrack Albums
James Horner: Fraking Favourite –APOCALYPTO

Other Scores worth checking out: THE NEW WORLD, ENEMY At the GATES

James Newton HowardFraking Favourite – UNBREAKABLE

Other Scores worth checking out: MICHAEL CLAYTON, RESTORATION

John Corogliano:  THE RED VIOLIN

John Murphy: Fraking Favourite –...

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Favourite Fraking Soundtracks (1995 -2014) – Part 1

Favourite Fraking Soundtracks (1995 -2014)  

Part 1 of 2: Original Film Scores and their Composers (A-H)

The Heat Soundtrack

The Heat Soundtrack

Part 1 of 2: Original Film Scores and their Composers (A-H)

Thanks to my new fraking cinefiend pal for the inspiring this post. (You know who you are music man.)

The cinematic experience has always been as much about sound as vision. Right from the silent days the Nickelodeon picture house’s musical accompaniment was played live within the venue. Whether elevating emotion, punctuating comedy, heightening tension or rousing spirits, film soundtracks have always been essential to fine tuning audience response to a scenes tone and purpose.

As varied and expressive as the medium itself, ranging from the minimalist scoring that unobtrusively laces nuanced drama to operat...

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Top 13 Fraking Favourite Films of 2013

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I FRAKED UP!: Normally I would be speaking in absolutes, stating a subjective opinion as though it were fact. Confident in the knowledge I had seen all the ‘important’ films of the previous year and possessed an informed overview of the entire cinematic spectrum. This year I have to declare my ignorance. To put it in other words, amongst numerous titles, I haven’t seen GRAVITY, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, WOLF OF WALL STREET, HER, AMERICAN HUSTLE or INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, six films that seem to be atop many people’s list for ‘film of the year.’ So there it is, glaring omissions in screening aside, here are my 13 fraking favourite  films of the 2013. (In Alphabetical order only)

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BLUE CAPRICE is a fraking compelling and observant real life thriller.

Painfully non-judgmental Director Alexandre Mo...

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Prisoners (2013)

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Prisoners (2013)

Director: Denis Villeneuve
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaaul, Paul Dano, Maria Bello, Viola Davis, Terence Howard

“They didn’t cry until I left them.”Alex

PRISONERS’ is a crime thriller that asks tough fraking questions.

A tightly bound domestic nightmare that constricts around its subject with suffocating tension before taking its intense but familiar set up to a bleaker place. PRISONERS thrives on murkier morality than the genre usually dares, even when it  loosens its grip with an uneven final quarter the emotional devastation and raging desperation of earlier scenes resonates.

Prisoners film stillIt’s Thanksgiving Day in an outlying Philadelphia suburb. The Dover and The Birch families are celebrating the holiday...

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From the Vault: The Warriors (1979)

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Hey boppers, I was fortunate enough to catch a midnight screening of an original 35mm print of THE WARRIORS last Saturday Night at the local retro movie house. I’d never seen it with a cinema audience before and their vocal enthusiasm reassured me that cult 70’s cinema will live forever. Obviously, the first thing I wanted to do at 2am as I departed that darkened house of fun was review this face stomping, rumble and strut gem.  But, as the testosterone subsided and clarity returned to the head I remembered there was already a critique of the film that I wrote under the nom de plume of John Doe…and with that the FROM THE VAULT section gets its premiere contribution.

First published in 2007 on an alternate virtual turf, enjoy the first of what will be many flashbacks FROM THE VAULT.

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Fraking Welcome: An Adam Lovett Screenplay

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ONSREEN: “SATURDAY 11.38PM

Outside a quixotically maintained cinema. The kind that boasts midnight screenings of CHARLEY VARRICK, KISS ME DEADLY and NIGHT OF THE HUNTER. ~Features Takeshi Miike and Nicolas Refn-Winding in the coming attractions, still serves beer and is laced with the faint aroma of ganja. ~

The movie house marquee flashes the latest releases, a Saturday matinee and tonight’s after dark double bill LE SAMOURAI & LEON: The PROFESSIONAL.

Under the pulsing neon FRAKER1 and FRAKER2 come into view. FRAKER1 is in his early 30’s. Tall with the look of a young Jeff Goldblum he struts like a scruffy lookin’ herder of some fantastical creature. ~FRAKER2, 41, walks with a slight limp out of habit and reminds of John Cazale.

The film-geek duo purchase tickets and en...

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