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Goregirl’s Favourite Composers of the 1990s: DANNY ELFMAN

Posted in movies, USA with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 29, 2013 by goregirl

Danny Elfman has had a long career in music. Elfman was formerly a member of the band Oingo Boingo (1976 to 1995) who were no strangers to film music. They scored the 1982 film Forbidden Zone directed by Danny’s brother Richard and their song Weird Science was used in the 1985 John Hughes’ film of the same name. These days Elfman is best known for his collaborations with Tim Burton; he has scored the majority of Burton’s films. The first film Elfman scored for the director was Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985) and he would score two more for Burton before the end of the 80s; Beetlejuice (1988) and Batman (1989). I think Danny Elfman’s music is the perfect accompaniment to Tim Burton’s whimsical films; I would definitely say Elfman shares Burton’s vision. Elfman composed for several popular films through the 80s and 90s not directed by Burton also. I especially dig Night Breed, Freeway, The Frighteners, To Die For and Dolores Claiborne (review pending). Elfman’s best known piece however is his iconic theme for The Simpsons. My two newest YouTube posts are both from Danny Elfman’s Music for a Darkened Theatre. To be honest, this is not a collection I enjoy listening to in its entirety. I tried throwing it on the other day while I was writing a review and felt compelled to fast forward through several tracks. It jumps from light and airy to noisy and abrasive from track to track. Elfman uses similar sounds in his scores and listening to some of these pieces back to back feels redundant. I am not telling you to avoid this collection, it has some great tracks on it, I simply get no joy from listening to it beginning to end. I think Elfman’s scores are the perfect companion for the images they accompany; not to mention tons of fun. Danny Elfman is still going strong and contributed to several commercially successful ventures through the 2000s; Spy Kids, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Chicago, Men in Black II and Terminator Salvation to name a few. Danny Elfman definitely has a uniquely distinct sound that adds a great deal of fantasy, quirkiness and whimsy to the images it compliments. Here is Danny Elfman’s 1990s composer resume…

1990 Nightbreed
1990 Dick Tracy
1990 Darkman
1990 Edward Scissorhands
1992 Article 99
1992 Batman Returns
1992 Batman (TV series)
1993 Sommersby
1993 The Nightmare Before Christmas
1994 Black Beauty
1995 Dolores Claiborne
1995 To Die For
1995 Dead Presidents
1996 Freeway
1996 Mission: Impossible
1996 The Frighteners
1996 Extreme Measures
1996 Mars Attacks!
1997 Men in Black
1997 Flubber
1997 Good Will Hunting
1998 A Simple Plan
1998 A Civil Action
1999 Instinct
1999 Anywhere But Here
1999 Sleepy Hollow

Music and Images from Tim Burton’s 1990 film Edward Scissorhands. Music by Danny Elfman. Edward Scissorhands Main Titles from Elfman’s collection Music For A Darkened Theatre.

Music and images from Tim Burton’s 1993 film The Nightmare Before Christmas. Music by Danny Elfman – Oveture and Christmas Eve Montage from Elfman’s Music for a Darkened Theatre.

This is one of the first slideshows I posted on my YouTube Channel. Music from the 1996 film Freeway Directed by Matthew Bright. Music composed by Danny Elfman. Featuring a slideshow of Juvenile Deliquent flicks.

GOREGIRL-FRIENDLY FILM COUPLES

Posted in movies with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2011 by goregirl

Valentine’s Day is dumb. I have always loathed the idea of picking flowers out of the ground to watch them die in a vase, and while I enjoy chocolate occasionally I’m a salty snack person. Even as a child I thought the selection of cheesy heart covered gifts offered were just lame. But I suppose I’m not your average gal. I avoid romantic comedies and love stories in general. I love the love as much as the next person, but the gaggy, ridiculous and ultimately unrealistic syrupy way they are presented makes me want to vomit. So in honor of this pseudo holiday I don’t get a day off work for, where we are expected to profess our love with over-priced junk and false Hallmark sentiment, I give you a list of film couples who are in love and have great chemistry but don’t make me feel like retching.

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JOE and KATE From PSYCHOS IN LOVE (1987)
Carmine Capobianco & Debi Thibeault
Two serial killers who both passionately hate grapes meet, fall in love and move in together. This low budget horror-comedy is loads of fun and proves there is someone out there for everyone.

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TIFFANY and CHUCKY From BRIDE OF CHUCKY (1998)
Jennifer Tilly & Brad Dourif
He’s a serial killer whose soul has resided in a Chucky doll since 1988. Finally Chucky gets lucky when the voluptuous Tiffany also gets transformed inside a doll. Dolls or not, these two were clearly meant to be. This film is silly as hell but I love it and Tiffany and Chucky have better chemistry than most real actors!

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HARRY and KATE From ANGEL BABY (1995)
John Lynch & Jacqueline McKenzie
Two schizophrenics meet, fall in love, get pregnant, and go off their meds. This Australian film is equal parts sweet, funny, hopeful and emotionally exhausting and depressing. Angel Baby is not typical Goregirl fare but thanks to its excellent leads who really bare all it was a pleasant and bittersweet surprise.

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MICHELE AND SNAKE From H (1990)
Pascale Montpetit & Martin Neufeld
In attempt to kick heroin for good Snake barricades himself and girlfriend Michele in their apartment to “dry out”. This Canadian film is a very claustrophic, intense look at addiction. Theirs is a relationship based on co-dependence that connects them in a unique way as we watch them bare their souls. Pascale Montpetit outshines Martin Neufeld’s performance but regardless the couple is well-matched and believable.

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MICKEY and MALLORY KNOX From NATURAL BORN KILLERS (1994)
Woody Harrelson & Juliette Lewis
Mickey saves Mallory from her abusive father and together they travel across America killing randomly for kicks. This bloody film is on too many lists, but dammit, I love Mickey and Mallory. Juliette Lewis and Woody Harrelson are perfectly cast here. I love the films biting commentary and its parade of sleazy characters, but it is the criminally likable duo that makes it all work.

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LIONEL COSGROVE and PAQUITA MARIA SANCHEZ From DEAD ALIVE (1992)
Timothy Balme & Diana Peñalver
Mama’s boy Lionel meets the lovely Paquita and takes her on a date to the zoo. Unfortunately his crazy mom is spying on them and gets bit by a Sumatran Rat Monkey. Mom turns into a zombie and causes all manner of chaos but in the end, Lionel grows some balls and gets the girl. Not much time is spent on the love story between Lionel and Paquita, but they are both awkwardly adorable and it is their story that actually motivates the action.

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JACK SKELLINGTON and SALLY From THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (1993)
Chris Sarandon & Catherine O’Hara
One of my favourite animated films of all time! I love its dark gothic presentation and how it manages so well to balance sweetness and darkness. With the great Chris Sarandon and Catherine O’Hara voicing the adorable couple how could they not be endearing?

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CHERRY DARLING and WRAY From PLANET TERROR (2007)
Rose McGowan & Freddy Rodríguez
Cherry just quit her stripping gig and meets up with ex-boyfriend Wray at a little roadside eatery. A zombie outbreak forces them to work together which inevitably revives the relationship. Wray handles fire arms like a pro and Cherry has a gun for a leg. I think these two are just so darn-diddley adorable and that cheesy ending for their storyline is a little hokey, but it worked.

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LULA FORTUNE and SAILOR RIPLEY From WILD AT HEART (1990)
Laura Dern & Nicolas Cage
No one does a love story quite like David Lynch! Lula and Sailor are passionately in love, but Lula’s wicked mama Marietta isn’t having any of it. Fresh out of jail, Sailor skips out on probation to take his girl to California for some fun. Strange characters and violence threaten to break their bond forever. Laura Dern and Nicolas Cage are positively electric together as Lula and Sailor. One of my favourite films of all time!

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SETH BRUNDLE and VERONICA QUAIFE From THE FLY (1986)
Jeff Goldblum & Geena Davis
Eccentric scientist Seth Brundle convinces Journalist Veronica Quaife to document his latest experiment. Brundle has created a machine that can successfully transport matter from one pod to another. Whilst documenting Veronica develops an intimate relationship with Seth, which is hindered by the fact that he is turning into a fly. Cronenberg’s remake of The Fly has amazing effects and a great mood but a big part of what makes it work is its two leads. Their relationship feels genuine and natural and I always thought that was a big part of what made this film work.

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