Dick Tracy

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The Movie: Dick Tracy

Where You Can Stream It: HBO Now/HBO Go

The Pitch: Hard-boiled detective Dick Tracy (Warren Beatty, who also directs), based on the comic strip by Chester Gould, is searching for evidence that proves Alphonse “Big Boy” Caprice (Al Pacino) is the city’s most dangerous crime boss. He may have found the key to unraveling the crimelord’s illegal empire in Breathless Mahoney (Madonna), an enigmatic barroom singer who has witnessed some of Caprice’s crimes firsthand. However, she seems more set on stealing the detective away from his girlfriend, Tess (Glenne Headly), than helping him solve the case of his career.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: Dick Tracy was largely considered a flop when it was released back in 1990. With a production that was significantly over budget, Walt Disney Studios was disappointed to see the film make only $103.7 million domestically and another $59 million internationally. That’s not a bad take for a movie that came out in 1990, but for a movie that reportedly cost over $100 million, it’s less than thrilling, especially when it followed Tim Burton’s massively successful Batman, which grossed $411.5 million worldwide. But I’m here to tell you that not only should this movie not be considered a flop, but it’s one of the best comic book movies of all-time. Read More »

Pee-wee's Big Adventure Tour

This year marks the 35th anniversary of Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, and to celebrate, Paul Reubens is hitting the road.

Paul Reubens isn’t looking for a stolen bike, but he’s accompanying a national tour of Pee-wee’s Big Adventure anniversary screenings that will include a Q&A with the man himself. Each stop will also afford fans the opportunity to meet and snag a photo with Paul Reubens through a few different VIP ticket packages. Get the details on the Pee-wee’s Big Adventure tour below. Read More »

batman vinyl cover

Danny Elfman‘s Batman score, one of the most iconic soundtracks of all time, is getting a fancy new vinyl release from Mondo. The score arrives ahead of next year’s 30th anniversary of the Tim Burton superhero film, and will be available in both a regular and deluxe edition. Get the full details on the Mondo Batman score vinyl below.

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Mission Impossible

You mission, should you choose to accept it…I wonder, did you ever choose not to? Well, when it comes to new vinyl soundtrack releases from Mondo, the answer is no, especially when it comes to Mission: Impossible.

Mondo has announced a vinyl release for the original Mission: Impossible score composed by Danny Elfman for the 1996 adaptation of the classic television series. Complete with cover art that looks like an old school vinyl album from the 1970s, this is the perfect vinyl release for an incredible soundtrack. Read More »

Ratatouille and Batman Returns Vinyl Soundtrack

Justice League hits theaters this weekend, and Pixar’s Coco arrives just before Thanksgiving next week. So the folks at Mondo are celebrating by honoring the movies that came before them with a couple new vinyl soundtrack releases.

Danny Elfman‘s theme for Batman makes a small resurgence on the Justice League soundtrack from the composer, and now his outstanding score for Batman Returns is getting a vinyl release at Mondo. On top of that, Pixar’s delicious Ratatouille soundtrack is also getting a limited edition vinyl soundtrack. Check out both of the outstanding Mondo releases below. Read More »

Justice League soundtrack

Justice League clobbers its way into theaters until next week, but you can get a jump on the epic superhero team-up film by listening to its score right now. Danny Elfman‘s musical return to the superhero genre is now streaming. Check it out the Justice League soundtrack below in all its bombastic glory.

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Justice League soundtrack

Danny Elfman created some of the most iconic superhero soundtracks of all time when he worked with Tim Burton on Batman and Batman Returns, as well as Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man. Now Elfman is back on the superhero beat with the score for the highly-anticipated Justice League, and you can now listen to a full pulse-pounding track from Danny Elfman’s Justice League soundtrack.

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Justice League Score

Danny Elfman, who has composed the scores for superhero movies ranging from Tim Burton’s Batman to Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, was hired to provide the score for Whedon and Zack Snyder’s superhero sequel Justice League a few months ago, and we haven’t heard much about his approach to the material. But today in a new interview, Elfman revealed that he’ll be including John Williams‘ instantly-recognizable and beloved Superman theme in the new film…in a way that we might not expect.
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Elfman returns…to superhero movies.

Danny Elfman, the composer for classic superhero movies like Tim Burton’s Batman and Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2, has signed on to score Justice League. This may throw a wrench in Elfman’s recently announced plans to score smaller films for $1 — I’m pretty sure Warner Bros. will pay him a little bit more than that, at least.

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Score: A Film Music Documentary Trailer

“The score is the heartbeat of the film.” So says James Cameron, an Oscar-winning director who has worked with some of the greatest composers in film history, and he couldn’t be more right. A big part of why we remember the most iconic scenes in cinema is because of the score that plays along with the visuals. Some movies are even known without visuals simply because they have a theme that is so unforgettable.

A new film called Score: A Film Music Documentary from director Matt Schrader dives into what makes motion pictures scores so powerful by speaking to the best composers in the business. John Williams, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, Jerry Goldsmith, Howard Shore, Alexandre Desplat and more all talk about motion picture scores, how important they are to the medium, and how much they love the work of their colleagues.

Watch the Score: A Film Music Documentary trailer below. Read More »