You Freddy, are pinball people. In NY, we find some other cops having a bachelor party. He leaves, but hearing a noise of distress, pulls his gun from the glove box, and checks out the noise. He finds two officers, Frankie Lagonda Arthur J. They assure Murray they're fine, calling him Superboy, and wish him a safe drive home. Murray puts his pistol on the seat and drives off. A car sideswipes him out of the blue, and he pursues them, flashing his badge out the window.
He sees two black men in the car, and the passenger just says "No. Murray pulls away thinking it was a gun. He continues following, but his tire blows out. Rather than let them escape he fires at their car. It spins around facing him and he rams right into it. Jackie finds some crack cocaine in the car and takes it. The paramedic questions the scene as a traffic incident, noting that the guys were shot six times.
Jackie tells them to "shut up and do their fucking jobs. He took a shot at me. I mean Tunney didn't even get the grand jury for shit like this. You're Superboy, huh? You saved, what, six black babies? He describes the scene to Murray, telling him "You fucked up and you wasted a couple of shitbags, who aren't worth the hair on the crack of your ass. Leo nods instructions to Jackie, who plants a gun in the car to replace the Club. Murray walks to the edge of the bridge and mutters about losing his badge. Jackie and the paramedic argue, Jackie pointing a gun at the paramedic, who has taken the gun, and throws it over the bridge.
While the fight escalates, Ray announces, "Oh my God! He jumped! Bill says he told him the Sheriff was chasing a speeder. He tells an officer who claims Murray jumped without having seen it, that he's off the force if he doesn't tell them what they want to know, and telling the policeman's lawyer to shut up. As they drive away, Freddy sees Murray looking out the back window. Figgis: In one ear. Then you have to watch as this girl you saved, this beauty queen, marries this cocksucker. Figgis: It's not my fault that you can't look at him [pointing to picture of Tunney] You sit in this chair, with your back to him.
You want it to go away, but I'm still here. In for a penny, in for a pound. Freddy mildly argues, but Ray shuts the door, telling him to go. Rose writes a note on a napkin and hands it to Murray wrapped around a drink,which Murray doesn't immediately understand. Freddy: Where were you that night, Jack? Jackie: I had nothing to do with it.
That would be retribution, and that I leave to God almighty. I'm Gandhi. Figgis: So, you want to sit around your whole life wishing you were on the force? Or, do you want to bring the fucker in? Let em spill. Freddy: I wouldn't know where to begin. Figgis reminds him of his Diagonal rule, telling him not to confront Ray head on. Freddy: What is this? You came to me, to my town, with all your speeches and you're talking about doing the right thing. What are you doing?
Moe: That was like, two weeks ago. Freddy: Two weeks ago? What about Babitch? Moe: He fell off a building. Don't you read the papers? Listen Sheriff, I'm really sorry to have awoken you from your slumber,but it's over. Hands are tied now. You shut me down. Freddy: No, you're IA. That's why I came to you. You can do whatever you want.
Remember you came to me and said "You want to be a cop? Listen to me you deaf fuck, I offered you a chance when we could have done something. I offered you a chance to be a cop and you blew it. You blew it. Freddy leaves, saying "You people are all the same. Freddy: Everyone's houses are financed by these mob banks. Freddy: Even you said Joey's death was no accident. Liz: Joey fell off a building,Freddy. Now I don't need this opened up. Maybe you do, I don't. All Joey wanted was a place for us to live. Who are you to judge that,until you walked in his shoes?
Maybe that's what you're trying to do with me. Freddy: You even turned your back on Tunney when he needed your help. I'm gonna find Superboy,and I'm gonna bring him in. And, for once,everybody in this town's gonna tell the truth. But tonight, check out the Emmys. Check out this song and the scene in which it unfolds as well as a rockin' Shep Pettibone 12" dance remix [YouTube].
And so concludes our mini-tribute to Prince's film music repertoire. This song can be described as "viral"; if you listen to it, prepare to be infected by its rhythmic, melodic hook. The Beast from 20, Fathoms "Monster Does Manhattan" [sample clip at that link], composed by David Buttolph for the film, is one of the defining and most influential film soundtracks for the whole sub-genre of " Monster Movies ," which feature giant monsters stomping on contemporary cities everything from King-sized giant apes and Atomic Age-reawakened dinosaurs to mutant ants and tarantulas.
After the Beast wreaks havoc in Manhattan, it decides to visit Brooklyn. Still, a little too close for comfort, if you ask this Brooklynite. Jim Farber's recollection gets it right ; this brilliant Quincy Jones -produced album defined a remarkable moment in pop cultural history on so many levels.
Listen here to an audio clip of this classic track, with its scintillating Eddie van Halen electric guitar solo, and watch the video that had a huge impact on pop music. Beautiful Love , the Victor Young romantic ballad lyrics by Egbert Van Alstyne , has been recorded by countless artists. And yet, the version that sticks in my mind is a mysterious instrumental waltz rendering, heard as source music for the Universal Monster Classic, " The Mummy " with Boris Karloff.
Check out the official video and Brown's performance on the VMAs. I can think of no better way to start off than with a song that tells us "It's your life" and to celebrate the love and beauty inside. A happy and healthy to all! Beautiful Sadness , words and music by M. Leikin and L. Holdridge, as performed by Jane Olivor on her album, " Chasing Rainbows. Beggin' features the words and music of Bob Gaudio and Peggy Farina. Listen here to an audio clip of the original and also to a " Jersey Boys " soundtrack rendition.
And as the summer season melts into fall, a Happy Autumnal Equinox to one and all the season officially arrived a little after midnight EDT. Beginnings features the words and music of Robert Lamm of the group Chicago , from its jazz-rock fusion heyday. It's one of my favorite Chicago tracks; listen to an audio clip here. And for an alternative jazzy take on this classic track, listen to the Russ Kassoff arrangement for Catherine Dupuis at this link.
Begin the Beguine , words and music by Cole Porter , was one of the biggest hits in the career of the late, great Artie Shaw listen to an audio clip here. And there are vocal versions of this great song too, sung by artists as varied as Ella Fitzgerald audio clip here and Mario Lanza audio clip here. But this remains a Shaw signature tune.
Viva Shaw! Brockert , whose stage name was Teena Marie. I've been a bit 'behind the groove' in getting a Notablog entry up for the new year , so here's wishing health and happiness to all my readers in And, yes, I've been watching the fifth season of the talent show.
This song has been played so much that it essentially grew on me. Big time. I now sing along when I hear it on the car radio. Believe , credited to six writers , was performed by Cher , whose recording was Billboard magazine's 1 Hot Single of It was the biggest single of her career, and provided her with her first Grammy Award for " Best Dance Recording ".
It is known also for its use of the vocoder though that particular link adds vocoder effects not on the actual recording. Listen to an audio clip of this well-produced dance track here. Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ "Chariot Race" [YouTube film clip], music by Carl Davis for the restored version , highlights the rousing chariot race from the epic silent version of the famous Lew Wallace novel.
Bushman as Messala; they battle it out in one of the finest silent screen action sequences ever filmed. It is noteworthy that the Oscar champ , with its glorious film score by Miklos Rozsa , has no musical accompaniment for its famed chariot race [YouTube film clip excerpt], which was staged by famed Hollywood stuntman Yakima Canutt. It was a terrific choice, artistically speaking, because the audience is engulfed by the sounds of the arenaits gruesome violence depicted by the clashing chariots, their riders and horses, and thousands of extras, none of it generated by CGI effects.
A silent film, however, had no such luxury; Carl Davis's soundtrack provides the audience with a dramatic motif that augments the action we view on screen. A genuine triumph. One other piece of cinema trivia: In this silent epic, William Wyler was an uncredited Assistant Director, and A. Arnold Gillespie was an uncredited set designer for the art department. Both Wyler and Gillespie would go on to win Oscars for the version , in the categories of Directing and Visual Effects , respectively.
This cue opens with the score's famous three-note motif and serves as the backdrop for the narration [YouTube link], which tells us the story of Rome's occupation of Judea, a prelude to the Nativity scene [YouTube link]. Director William Wyler bookends this "Tale of the Christ" with the birth and crucifixion of Jesus [YouTube link], whose presence is felt throughout the film, without ever seeing his face or hearing his voiceexcept through the expressions and experiences of the other characters.
Known as the first " intimate epic " [pdf], this film remains my all-time favorite with my all-time favorite score , and it's become a tradition of sorts for me to highlight a cue from this soundtrack on this date, my birthday. Unlike the film, however, I'm not yet 60! Not that there's anything wrong with that [YouTube link]. For those who haven't seen the finest film version of the classic Lew Wallace tale , it will be shown as part of TCM's 31 Days of Oscar tomorrow afternoon.
Ben-Hur "Arrius' Party" [YouTube link], composed by the great Miklos Rozsa , is a sedate but celebratory theme, from my all-time favorite film , the epic , " Ben-Hur. I saw the film again last night , as part of TCM 's " 31 Days of Oscar ," and it remains the greatest " intimate epic " of all time, in my view. Happy 53rd birthday to me! Ben-Hur "The Battle" audio clip at that link is one of the most rousing cinematic achievements in the Miklos Rozsa film score canon.
No tribute would be complete without a nod to my all-time favorite film score. Rozsa's music for the naval battle , an action-packed highlight of the William Wyler-directed "Ben-Hur" , remains one of his great Academy-Award winning cinematic moments. And so we conclude our Centennial Celebration of the music of Miklos Rozsa on the occasion, today, of his th birthday.
Tune in to Turner Classic Movies to see a tribute to Rozsa-scored films throughout the day. Ben Hur "The Burning Desert" [YouTube clip at that link], composed by the one and only Miklos Rozsa , is from my all-time favorite film, the epic known for its colossal naval battles and chariot races, but also for its intimacy and intelligence. It's been a tradition around these parts to feature a selection from this grandest of symphonic cinematic scores every February 17th.
This past year, life has sometimes felt like a struggle across a burning desert; just knowing that the sounds of redemption echo on the next horizon, that the cup of human kindness awaits in the hands of my truly blessed family and loyal friends, is enough to inspire the continuing trek across the many burning deserts to come. Happy Easter to my family and to all my Greek and Russian Orthodox friends. And our Rozsa Tribute , which began here , comes to a conclusion. Next year, the tribute will return to mark the Rozsa Centenary!
The tribute also begins on the occasion of my 49th birthday Ben-Hur "Friendship" [audio clip at that link], music by Miklos Rozsa , continues an annual tradition , in which I feature a composition from my all-time favorite soundtrack. I pick this stellar theme today in celebration of my own birthday and in celebration of my friends, those who have given me their love and support over the past year, in good times and in very difficult times too.
Today also begins my annual salute to film music. This year, instead of focusing on selections from my favorite film scores, like today's entry, I will focus on cinematic songs. From tomorrow until the Oscars on March 5, , I will highlight some of my favorite songs from the silver screen, taking a chronological trip down memory lane. Ben-Hur "The Galley" was composed by birthday boy Miklos Rozsa for a classic scene, the rowing of the galley slaves, in this Oscar-winning masterpiece.
The perfect wedding between cinematic scoring and film, this composition takes us from "battle speed" to "attack speed" to "ramming speed" in thrilling fashion. It is Rozsa's music that directs the pace here as much as the great director William Wyler. Ben-Hur "Gratus' Entry To Jerusalem" [YouTube link] is a dark, imperial march composed by Miklos Rozsa that begins immediately after " Salute for Gratus " included here as well on a 5-disc edition of the score to my favorite film of all time: " Ben-Hur ", the Best Picture of , which set a winning record of 11 Oscars that has been tied, but never beaten.
In a sprawling Oscar-winning soundtrack filled with grand and diverse themes, Rozsa provides a wide range of emotions, which capture the "soul" of this remarkable film. It is not without significance that the film has been called the first modern " intimate " epic, one that could stage grand-scale naval battles and real chariot races of widescreen scope without the help or need for CGI , while at the same time exploring the essential depth of its main characters and the intimacy and complexity of their relationships. Rozsa's piece captures the coercive imposition of ancient Roman will on Judea, the oppressive character of imperial occupation on a section of the world that, till this day, remains in turmoil.
In any event, it is in keeping with my annual practice of featuring something from " Ben-Hur " on the occasion of my birthday , which always coincides with Film Music February. So I've chosen this muscular piece from Rozsa's greatest, most triumphant symphonic film score , perhaps one of the greatest scores in cinema history. Today also happens to be my birthday; as in and , I choose a track from my favorite film score of all time. Ben-Hur "Love Theme" [audio clip at that link], music by Miklos Rozsa , is sensitively stated by a solo violin with orchestra.
It is a central theme from this William Wyler -directed epic , and one of the romantic highlights of the score and the film. Ben-Hur "The Miracle" [audio clip at that link], music by Miklos Rozsa , is a restatement of the central theme from this magnificent soundtrack, with hallelujah chorus bringing the film to a triumphant finale. A Happy Easter to all my Eastern Orthodox friends and family! Christos Anesti! Ben-Hur "The Mother's Love" [YouTube link], composed by Miklos Rozsa , is one of the most melancholy themes from this William Wyler -directed blockbuster , which won a record 11 Oscars , including a well-deserved one for its magnificent score.
Heston has the distinction of appearing in what is considered to be the last of the "classic" costume epics " The Ten Commandments " and this, the first of the modern intimate "thinking man's" epics " Ben-Hur " , noted for providing deep characterization amidst grand spectacle. Ironically, in both films, actress Martha Scott played Charlton Heston's mother and today's theme captures "the mother's love" so poignantly.
It's become a tradition during my annual film music tribute, which started way back in , to pick a cue on this date, my birthday , from my all-time favorite film and film score and I have no intention of changing that tradition anytime soon. How appropriate to highlight this selection especially for "the mother's love" that gave me life and nurtured me as I grew to maturity.
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ET on March 4th. It's the most obvious period at the end of any cinema sentence, since it is still among the most honored films in Oscar history. Ben-Hur "Overture" [YouTube link], composed by Master Maestro Miklos Rozsa , encapsulates all the main thematic content of my favorite soundtrack and film of all time.
It's become a tradition on my birthday to pick a cue from this Academy Award-winning film a total equaled by " Titanic " and the third installment of " Lord of the Rings ," but never surpassed, and neither of those films received Oscars in any of the acting categories. Divine inspiration? All I know is that I turn 55 today; my loving Dad passed away in , three months short of his 56th birthday.
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So I figure if I beat that, I'm good for another Right now, I count my blessings that my eyes open every morning. I count my blessings for the passion of my work and for the love and support of my family and my friends. Cheers to a life worth living. For that reason alone, indeed, I shall " row well, and live.
It acts as a fanfare for a scene rated among the " most thrilling " action sequences ever committed to celluloid , according to the American Film Institute. Ben-Hur "Prelude" [audio clip at that link], music by Miklos Rozsa , announces the main theme from what is probably my favorite film score , composed by one of my favorite composers , for my favorite movie , the film version of the General Lew Wallace novel, starring Oscar-winner Charlton Heston in the title role.
What better way to celebrate my own birthday than with my favorites? It is as if Rozsa captures all the pain of The Passion; it's a classic musical moment in a classic film. Ben-Hur "Roman March" or "Marcia Romana" [YouTube clip at that link], composed by Miklos Rozsa , is one of the master's grandest marches from the grandest of all epics.
Continuing Movie Music Month , this one's for me on my 51st birthday! Ben-Hur "Salute for Gratus" [audio clip at that link] is one of the grandest themes composed by Miklos Rozsa for my favorite film, " Ben-Hur. Ben-Hur "Salute for Messala" [audio clip at that link] is a second cue composed by the legendary Miklos Rozsa , which is heard in the MGM epic upon the arrival of Judah Ben-Hur 's childhood friend , Messala , who has returned to Jerusalem, a tribune of Rome, ready to assume command of the Roman garrison.
To me, despite the flaws and corruptions that have engulfed the soul of the man who becomes Ben-Hur's nemesis, this particular cue, designed to express the requisite regality, also expresses strength of character and certainty of purpose. And it was a cue that never showed up on the umpteen versions of this film's soundtracks that had been released since the film's debut. Since the beginning of Notablog, I've highlighted many cues from this soundtrack. It's my 54th birthday, after all, and it allows me to offer an annual salute to my all-time favorite movie and my all-time favorite score.
From my favorite movie , the version of " Ben-Hur ," these selections can be sampled from the soundtrack album here. This is, to my knowledge, the only suite I have heard that is different from any other pieces I have already highlighted from the soundtrack of my all-time favorite film. But what makes it so very special is that it features the composer himself conducting the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in It is a special treat to see this man so alive with the music of the score that remains his crowning achievement.
It is a true genius that we honor today [pdf link to my Rozsa essay] on the th anniversary of his birth [YouTube documentary on Rozsa]. Tomorrow, we begin a week-long Centenary Tribute to another musical legend from an entirely different genre. Just don't drop your brown and yellow basket because within a week, it'll be filled with the glory of Ella. It's a tradition during Film Music February to pick a cue from my all-time favorite film , on this particular day because it's my birthday!
This ain't birthday party musicno victory parade or parade of the charioteers! But it shows another thematic side of the grandest symphonic film score ever written by one of my all-time favorite composers. It's very effective! On Facebook, I wrote the following preface: Today's entry in my film music series comes from an epic story of struggle and redemption with which I've always identified.
And it's a custom I've developed, every February 17th since , to choose a cue from the glorious Miklos Rozsa score to my all-time favorite film, "Ben-Hur," which made its debut at the Loew's State Theatre in New York City on November 18, , just a day over 3 months before my birth in Perhaps I fell in love with the film before I was even bo rn, since Mom saw it around the Christmas holidays, but one thing is certain: I actually first fell in love with the soundtrack to this film, playing it over and over on the ol' Victrola for a good 5 or 6 years prior to seeing the MGM Oscar champ for the first time on its tenth anniversary re-release , which began its run on June 18, at the Palace Theatre in NYC, the Overture, Intermission, and Entr' Acte still intact.
I should add that the re-release ran in 70 mm through November 5, , in preparation for the 70 mm showing of " Goodbye, Mr. The lobby of the Palace was already adorned with Roberto Gari's famous portrait of Judy Garland , in the wake of Garland's death on June 22, Garland having given a series of legendary performances at the theatre. And as is also traditional around here, the Movie Music begins on my birthday I turn 48 today!
This regal composition is one of Rozsa 's best. My favorite version is by Wes Montgomery on his masterpiece album, " Boss Guitar " audio clip at that link. Its groove was so distinctive to its era that, 20 years later, it opened the soundtrack to the film, " Boogie Nights " listen to an audio clip here.
The "Best Picture" showed us some of the horrific, lingering physical and psychological effects of war even so-called "good wars" on those who survive it. The Best Supporting Actor , Harold Russell , also received an honorary award for "bringing hope and courage to his fellow veterans. One philosopher from whose work I have learned much , apparently despised this film and " It's a Wonderful Life " for shame! I could write a few articles about how far she missed the mark like I did for " A Christmas Carol " and " Ben-Hur " , but, suffice it to say, sometimes you can appreciate works of art on many different levels, even if some mixed premises ooze into the script.
This film came out a year after the end of the most horrific war in human history, one that this particular philosopher opposed. But there's a reason the American public responded to the film. The struggles of its survivng veterans were palpable and resonated with its war weary audience. One of the aspects of this film that got well deserved recognition was Friedhofer's soundtrack. And for that, Bravo, Maestro! Johnson and James Torme , son of the late, great jazz singer Mel Torme. Today is young Torme's 42nd birthday , and I'd like to highlight a few tracks from that fine album both today and tomorrow.
Check out this Torme-penned track , with its melodic line and rhythmic feel [YouTube link]. Davis , opened up the coming-of-age television teen drama during its ten-year run on Fox. It was a guilty pleasure, I admit, but I watched all ten seasons, and at least one of its various spin-offs " Melrose Place ".
As in all teen-age soap operas, the series had one brooding young male character, and in ' ', it was Dylan McKay , played by Luke Perry , who died today at the age of 52 , due to complications from a massive stroke. The only person I ever actually visited from that zip code was Nathaniel Branden , back in Today, however, is a date seared into my own memoryfor my own father died on March 4, , at the age of 55 from a massive coronary.
As you get older, it's only natural that you are reminded of your own mortality, but at the age of 59, you tend to think that this happens to folks older than you. At some point, of course, the mathematics tend to outweigh the thoughts. Still, at 52, Perry is another person gone too soon. RIP, Luke. Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered , a great Rodgers and Hart tune from " Pal Joey ," kicks off our mini-tribute in honor of Halloween week okay, so the song has nothing to do with witches and goblins, even if it has "bewitched" in the title While the original mix is classic Blige, nothing compares to the scalding Moto Blanco dance remix audio clips at those links.
In what is one of his best albums, the artistwho turns 76 todaybrings together a host of jazz musicians, including pianist Bill Mays , baritone sax player Gerry Mulligan , drummer Shelly Manne , bassist George Duvivier , and guitarist Mundell Lowe , whose pleasant pickings can be heard at the beginning and end of today's recording. The album is one of Manilow's finest , including the gorgeous " When October Goes ," based partially on an unfinished lyric from the great Johnny Mercer and a melody composed by Manilow.
The album also includes two wonderful duets: one with the Divine One, Sarah Vaughan , and the othertoday's Song of the Daywith Mel Torme , who left us twenty years ago June 5, Check out this Manilow and Mel duet [YouTube link] in honor of today's birthday boy. And if it weren't for the relationship forged between Wyler and Heston in this film, Chuck would never have gone on to Oscar glory in " Ben-Hur. Listen to an audio clip of this classic house track here. It has been played by country and jazz artists alike. Billie Jean , music, lyrics, and performance by Michael Jackson , was one of the biggest hits from one of the biggest selling albums of all time, " Thriller " check out audio clip at that link.
Its video also made a big splash at MTV. Like so many others, I saw Jackson perform this classic song live, with his famous moonwalk , at the 25th anniversary tribute to Motown back on May 16, But not even that compared to his live performance of it at The Garden , where I saw him in on the " Jacksons' Victory Tour ," and, especially, in , on his solo " Bad Tour. And happy birthday to fellow MJ fan, Abe. With clever rapping by McCoy and the smooth vocals of Bruno Mars , I can't think of a more appropriate song to feature on a day when the country is crazy for the Mega Millions Lottery , with the largest jackpot in history now roaring past half-a-billion bucks.
Hey, You Never Know! So while you're waiting for the winning numbers, check out the music video to this cool song , a Danyo Wallem remix Explicit Content Warning! Bim-Bom , written by Joao Gilberto , has been recorded by many artists. Listen to audio clips of various renditions of this lively Brazilian tune: a solo Gilberto , Gilberto with Stan Getz , and Stan Getz in a Big Band setting , and, finally, my favorite version from Brasil Birdland was composed by Joe Zawinul , the keyboardist of the jazz-fusion group Weather Report , which recorded it for their seventh studio album, " Heavy Weather " Named after one of the great 52nd Street jazz clubs in New York City , which took its name from the nickname of be bop pioneer, alto saxophonist Charlie "Bird" Parker , it became a landmark Grammy-nominated jazz-fusion track.
But the Grammy Award went to The Manhattan Transfer a few years later, for their jazz vocalese version of the celebrated track. The lyrics for the track were written by Jon Hendricks of the always-fascinating vocalese group, Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross , though Eddie Jefferson had started writing lyrics for the piece before his untimely death. Check out the original instrumental classic by Weather Report and the equally classic vocalese version by The Manhattan Transfer [YouTube links].
But today is the birthday of Ol' Blue Eyes , who himself was deeply influenced by jazz and the blues. And what better way to celebrate it than with one of Frank Sinatra 's hits it spent five weeks on the Billboard charts. Black Cat , written and performed by Janet Jackson , from her socially conscious " Rhythm Nation " album check out that audio clip. It may not be " Black Dog ," and Janet may not be a bona fide rock singer, but she got a much-deserved Grammy nomination for " Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female.
One of their most memorable hits with a classic rock riff.
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Check out audio clip here. From her debut album ; check out the clip at amazon. From the Jacksons' album, " Destiny ," take a YouTube trip down memory lane. And check out Mick Jackson's original version on YouTube as well! She will be truly missed. Listen to this song on YouTube , so reflective of a great era for pop music. He recorded this title song for his forthcoming second album. He provides us with an exercise in human authenticity in a revealing interview for Billboard 's Pride Issue.
Tomorrow, we'll have more to say about the 'prideful' meaning of these dates in late June. This song was a staple of the s swing era, but became an early rock and roll classic when Domino recorded it in Check out the original Domino single [YouTube link]. Blue Bloods "Reagan's Theme" [YouTube link], composed by Rob Simonsen on a show to which composer Mark Snow , of " X-Files " fame also contributes , is a wonderful theme for a show whose passion is not drawn so much from the danger and violence of New York City police life, but from the trials, tribulations, and poignant bonds of love among the individuals of a family working in various areas of law enforcement.
It often moves me emotionally, as does the theme every time I hear it. It stars, among others, a strong Tom Selleck and combustive Donnie Wahlberg. Blue Bossa is a jazz standard composed by jazz trumpeter Kenny Dorham. It's a lilting bossa nova that has been recorded by many artists, including jazz greats Joe Pass and J. Blue Monk , composed by Thelonious Monk , has become a jazz standard. Check out the original Monk recording , and other renditions as well, including one featuring the lyrics of Abbey Lincoln , another vocal version by Carmen McRae and finally, a swinging solo piano recording by McCoy Tyner [YouTube links].
There's a classic Frankie Lane-Michel Legrand rendition of this song but no audio clip. Thielmans first recorded this song whistling in unison with his guitar lines. Thielemans is a consummate musician, and my favorite jazz harmonica player too. But there is music that achieves eternal shelf life just from a cinematic association , as we have seen with "Cinderfella" Jerry Lewis.
Talk about a cross-generational impact. This one's a keeper. Blue Suede Shoes was composed and performed by Carl Perkins audio clip at that link. Today, however, I highlight my favorite version of this song, recorded by The King , birthday boy Elvis Presley. Listen to an audio clip of this early rock and roll classic here. Of instrumental versions, my favorites are the classic Coleman Hawkins tenor saxophone rendition and a superb version by jazz violinist Joe Venuti , recorded for his album "Fiddle on Fire," on the Grand Award Record label.
Body Heat "Main Title" soundtrack album audio clip at that link is a bluesy, jazzy, steamy composition by the great John Barry. Listen to an audio clip of a rendition by the " Jazz at the Movies Band. Yes, he's a tot! With its " Boom, Boom, Clap " beginning, and its anthemic sound, " We Will Rock You " has probably become the most sampled track in history for use at sports-stadium events.
It is also only one of the highlights of this Oscar-nominated Best Picture , one of the most emotionally-wrenching paeans to the tortured soul and artistic genius of Freddie Mercury , played courageously and poignantly by the Oscar-nominated Rami Malek , who has already won Best Actor Awards for his performance from the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild. I confess that the film often left me a slobbering mess, in terms of its emotional impact, which speaks to its powerful cinematic portrait of Mercury.
Check out this remarkable side-by-side comparison of the Live Aid performance and its depiction in the film [YouTube link]. And also check out the original album recording [YouTube link]. The opening and closing bars of this classic dance track are oh-so-jazzy. It remains a dance highlight of the Disco '70s.
Today marks the day that Earth, Wind, and Fire actually made its debut on the Billboard album chart, back in Viva EWF! It was also recorded in , in an updated, revved-up version by Bette Midler , who dubbed all three vocal parts, and took it into the Billboard Top Ten. For Veteran's Day! Check out amazon. That original version was recorded by Mabel Scott [YouTube link]. Have a safe and Merry Christmas Eve! Listen to audio clips of versions by Andy Williams , Matt Monro , and from the original soundtrack. Born to Be Alive , music, lyrics, and performance by Patrick Hernandez , was a huge 1 dance hit in Happy 50th anniversary to Atlas Shrugged , the Ayn Rand novel that celebrates human beings who are Check out this song on YouTube.
Bossa Dorado , composed by French guitarist and violinist Dorado Schmitt , is a fitting exploration of " gypsy jazz ," which owes its origins to the great jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt , whose birthday we celebrated yesterday. It shows the remarkable range of Django's influence on jazz. Accordian player Ludovic Beier delivers a wonderful live take on this Schmitt composition [YouTube link], which fuses gypsy jazz with a Latin feel.
Bo ssa Nova U. Brubeck , who passed away today , was one of the greatest innovators in modern jazz. Listen to this song on YouTube. Boulevard of Broken Dreams , music and lyrics by Green Day , is a song from the album " American Idiot " audio clip at that link. It's an anthem to alienation, with a nice pulse and memorable hook. Matt Damon takes on the role of Jason Bourne in this film , the first film in the Bourne film series.
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Van Helsing. Brandenburg Concerto No. I'm particularly fond of a version played by the great classical violinist Yehudi Menuhin with the Bath Festival Orchestra. Listen to audio clips of versions by Sarah Vaughan and Michel Legrand. It was a huge funky hit for The Commodores audio clip at that link. This movie is the first and the best of the sequels to " Frankenstein. Listen to the classic opening theme here [mp3 link]. Powell provides the vocals, with the Mills Brothers, for this song in the movie [YouTube link]. With the Tony Awards being broadcast on CBS on Sunday night , this is a Broadway weekend, even if this particular song didn't come from a Broadway show!
This is just one of those love stories that tugs at the heart strings, perhaps because in the end [semi-spoiler alert! It's a romantic story about the power of love and the power of home. Fuhgedaboudit [YouTube link to a classic exchange in the film " Donnie Brasco "! Just the greatest borough in the greatest city on earth in this regard, " IMHO " is not part of my acronymic vocabulary!
But love is universal, so Happy Valentine's Day to all! And speaking of the Brooklyn Bridge , I was there on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade on 24 May to commemorate the structure's th anniversary when the Grucci Family put on one of the most spectacular fireworks displays I've ever seen, with fiery "waterfalls" coming off the span and magnificent, colorful rockets launching from the cathedral-like towers. Listen to a Frank Sinatra au dio clip of this song from the film here. Taking a lick from the military morning trumpet call , the song jumps off and swings to a glorious finish.
James was so much the matinee idol of the jazz trumpet that my mother, a screaming teenager back then, nearly fell out of the balcony of the Brooklyn Paramount , watching him in concert with the Goodman band. You can listen to many of the actual studio recordings of BG during the era, but it was in live performance that the great clarinetist earned his stripes as the King of Swing. Check it out here and also the original Kings rendition , a rendition by Jack Pettis and His Pets in , a Glenn Miller version , and one by the Strings Orchestra. Memorial Day is normally a somber holiday; let's take a cue from the New Orleans spirit that remembered the dead with musical celebration; if the departed were going to Paradise, they'd have soared there with this jazz classic.
I enjoyed dancing to the original 12" vinyl mix , which was less guitar-driven than its album incarnation on the singer's debut release. Listen to audio clips of the album version and that 12" single. Boy does this bring back memories Listen to an audio clip of one of her tender renditions here. But Not For Me is a classic George and Ira Gershwin song introduced in the Broadway production of " Girl Crazy " and performed in both the and film versions too that has been recorded by countless artists from Ella Fitzgerald to Sarah Vaughan to Linda Ronstadt audio clips at those links.
For a change of pace, check out an audio clip of a version by the original " space cadet ," Sun Ra. A happy and a healthy to 1 Herman Blount Sun Ra Expert , my colleague and pal Robert Campbell , who also celebrates his birthday today. On this date, in , Taylor was born. Paul Lynde made a career in the center square of the old game show " Hollywood Squares " for which he won two Daytime Emmy Awards , his answers so typically hilarious , and, of course, he was the warlock Uncle Arthur on the classic TV series, ' Bewitched.
Check out the original Broadway cast recording , the ensemble film version , and a few really swinging renditions by: Chita Rivera who was in the original musical; this one is about 2 minutes into her " Great Performances " concert , Sammy Davis, Jr. So we end our mini-Broadway tribute today; enjoy the Tony Awards tonight! As a baby, I'm tributing three of my favorite songs from that year from this musical, also adapted for the film version.
Bishop and High Inquisitor Mozgus of Berserk is an Obliviously Evil Knight Templar version, who sincerely believes that rounding people up under dubious accusations of heresy and gruesomely torturing them to death to extract confessions and repentance is his divinely sanctioned mission. As a matter of fact there are evil heretics among the refugees in St. Albion who practice cannibalism and demon worship, but his punishment falls equally on those whose only crime was having the temerity to protest against his insane witch hunt.
Father Enrico Maxwell from Hellsing , the leader of the Iscariot Organization, definitely qualifies, being both a self-serving hypocrite and a ruthless Knight Templar. He thankfully never gets contact with regular churchgoers, though. That has to say something. An earlier example in the series is the unnamed vampire priest terrorising the village of Cheddar.
No other character looks or sounds more overtly villainous in the entire series. The Cardinal serves as the mouthpiece for the religion throughout, and plans to kill Nunnally, Charles, and Lelouch to become the Demon King. Witch Hunter Robin first subverts and then defies this trope. First the Inquistioner is more of an official than a minister and less 'sinister' than 'playing bad cop' to find potential new hunters. Second is Father Juliano, Robin's foster father and grandfather , who tried to be this trope, but raising Robin mellowed him out.
She's actually harder on herself than he is on her. Instead of condemning her, he blesses her. Ali Al-Saachez of Mobile Suit Gundam 00 adopts the identity of a Muslim imam in order to trick children into joining his army. Ali himself is an atheist and a mercenary who's doing it for the money. And for fun. Lucas Langeais of Bokura no Kiseki. He's the only priest besides the Bishop whose Reincarnation in the main plotline has yet to be revealed, and yet he's already been set up as a villain.
Teshimano has memories of Lucas attacking Veronica during the Moswickian invasion, and Lucas's reincarnation is the prime suspect for the attack on Kamioka. Not to mention, when he first appears in a flashback, there is something just not right about him. At their best, they are Obstructive Bureaucrats that block military efforts to improve the Walls' defenses. They are also members of the Government Conspiracy , helping to keep the populace in ignorance under the guise of being a religious cult.
Nick turns out to have a good heart beneath it all, and gives what little aid he can to the Survey Corps by revealing Krista's true identity to them. He's tortured and murdered for his betrayal. Patema Inverted : Izamura's reign has religious overtones, as he's the only one in the Agian government to dress in clerical robes and rails against the inverts as being "sinners". He is also so Obviously Evil that it's a wonder how anyone can possibly think his intentions are good ones. The man is batshit insane , high on his own power , and clearly self-serving.
He even ordered the death of Age's father, for having contacted a member of the "inverts" and daring to want to explore the sky. Then had Lagos captured and killed and keeps his dead body preserved in a stasis chamber. Thankfully, he meets a karmic end. While beloved by the children, in reality he would use their "adoptions" to cover up murdering and eating them. When his adopted son discovered the truth, he abandoned the ruse and went on to become an infamous killer of children and Ghoul Investigators before being captured.
As a prisoner in Cochlea, he serves as an informant and offers priestly counsel to Haise about his emotional problems. After his escape, he resumes wearing the robes and even wields a kagune formed from Creepy Cool Crosses. Father Cornello from Fullmetal Alchemist. Using alchemy and a philosopher's stone, he managed to pretend to be a miracle-worker and essentially establish himself as the leader of a theocratic government in the city of Liore.
It was eventually revealed that he was himself being manipulated by the homunculi to create a 'blood seal' by using his influence over the people to kick off a bloody conflict. Comic Books. Bishop Antony Lilliman in V for Vendetta is a child molester, as well as a cheerleader for the fascist regime. Apparently entirely sincere in his beliefs. Most of the Grail personnel who appear are Knight Templars though. While Jesse Custer is used as the page image, he is not, in fact, this trope, and is more of a Badass Preacher. If a clergyman appears in Marvel Comics , it's usually safe to assume he's evil and probably a bigot.
He and his Corrupt Church believe that mutants are demons from Hell, and has an army of mercenaries to carry out his will. He first appeared in the graphic novel God Loves, Man Kills , and became a recurring villain after the success of the movies, as X2 was loosely based on said graphic novel. Another example is Reverend Craig, a church leader in a small Scottish hamlet who is introduced leading a mob with Torches and Pitchforks after Rahne Sinclair a mutant to "burn the Devil out of her" read: murder her to fulfill God's will.
In a later story, he's pulling the same shit on another mutant girl, prompting a now adult Rahne to confront him. She denounces him as a hypocrite and bully who cares nothing for the outside world because he can rule here with impunity. She then speculates that when he decided to "save" her mother, a woman accused of loose morals and possibly prostitution, that he may have in fact sired Rahne. Some people like to claim that if there's a priest in X-Men who is not Nightcrawler, chances are he's going to be evil.
One aversion in X-Men is a preacher in Denver whose wife became infected with a brood egg but regained her free will. He was always sympathetic to the mutant cause, but we haven't heard from them in awhile. Another aversion is Dagger's uncle, a Catholic priest, who made a guest appearance in New Mutants as a sympathetic character.
In Alias 's "Rebecca, Come Home" arc, Jessica goes out to a small town in upstate New York to track down a missing girl and runs into your average fundie bigot pastor at the local church. Jessica chews him out because the girl reportedly claimed she was a mutant and because, in her view, religion is supposed to be about improving ourselves. He actually has no direct connection to the girl's disappearance, though: she's not a mutant, she's a lesbian and ran away to get away from her crappy right-wing hometown and be with her girlfriend.
DC Comics gets in on the trend a bit too. Deacon Blackfire from the Batman series The Cult. Abducts the homeless, uses torture to brainwash them, practices Human Sacrifice , and came close to psychologically breaking Batman himself. Might also be an immortal who predates the arrival of Christianity on the American continent, it's unclear. Batman also encounters these if he's dealing with the Order of St.
Dumas Azrael himself tends not to count, traditionally being an Anti-Hero. Brother Blood, recurring enemy of the Teen Titans. Originally a priest somewhere in Europe, he murdered a colleague to get Jesus' prayer shawl. Currently trying to spread his bizarre cult worldwide. The Deacon from Astro City is the undisputed boss of all organized crime throughout the city though he's just a mobster who adopted the "deacon" name for color.
This is balanced by his greatest enemy, the Confessor, not only also being religiously themed, but actually being a real priest. In Dead Irons , Devin Irons is the utter personification of this trope. This false priest is so reprehensible that he makes Buffy 's Caleb look like a wannabe sinister minister sissy. Not only did he sell the souls of his own four children, turning them into the vicious unholy beasts they are today, for the power to control men's minds; he planned to create an even larger sacrifice to gain immortality from the Plague Bringer Demon by forcing the death of 99 innocent "willing" victims.
However, he needed his rogue children to complete the pact. So what does he do? He uses the dark arts to resurrect his own wife, now a mockery of life in the guise of a flesh eating ghoul, as a method of pulling the Iron children's heartstrings and luring them back to his cursed town. Did I also mention he was responsible for the death of the hero's father figure, Jonas Keegan, after he came to confront the twisted preacher for tying his son to a statue, bloody and beaten, with the word "sinner" painted onto his chest?
They keep a pet demon in the attic of their convent, and as for what they feed it? Let's just say that the local adoption rate of orphaned babies has been slipping since they showed up. It is not certain whether the Catholic Church is a Corrupt Church in the comic's Verse , but given that one of the founders of the non-evil origins of Evil, Inc. An inmate called "Preacher" in Hard Time: 50 to Life was imprisoned for setting fire to an abortion clinic while there were people inside.
He continues to be a pyromaniac in prison by pouring out the gasoline he occasionally puts in his mop bucket on a kneeling penitent and lighting the poor bastard up. When he tried to make out with his assistant, said assistant stove in his head with a huge crucifix. He is resurrected by an Ax-Crazy catholic schoolgirl who uses him to kill all the young partygoers at Spring Break.
He is later dispatched, but his assistant takes up the cause. One the characters created during the Bloodlines Crisis Crossover event in The DCU was Cardinal Sin; a disillusioned priest who gained superpowers and became a villain after being bitten by an alien space parasite.
He has not reappeared since the original event. Presumably he is not to be confused with the real-life Cardinal Jaime Sin of Manila. He's actually an evil vampire who appeared under a different identity as the villain of a previous arc, and is plotting to blot out the Sun so that he can rule humanity and use them as bloodbags. In "Righteous", a short story from Dark Horse Comics' Tales of the Slayers , a pious Christian girl who, like all the other main characters in this story, is unnamed is called as the Slayer in a medieval village.
After she successfully routs the vampire called Saint Just, the local priest, jealous of her success and popularity, denounces her as a witch and convinces the villagers to burn her at the stake. The main villain of the graphic novel Bikini Cowboy is Father Graves, a priest who wants to kill Whisky Jill because he doesn't approve of her lifestyle.
Ulysses Tiberius, a villain who appears in both Shadowchasers: Torment and Shadowchasers: Ascension , was an Air Force Chaplin before the contradictory nature of his job and the stress related to it drove him to madness, turning him into this Trope before being expelled from the service on a medical discharge. In the present he no longer fits the Trope, being a leader in the Cult of Tharizdun , confident that he Hates Everyone Equally.
Blackfeet of Robb Returns , the septon that incites the Faith Militant's reappearance in the Riverlands. Heavily implied to be the High Sparrow. Natter Bismarck is ambitious as Satan , about twice as ruthless and half as pleasant, but he is a genuinely devout man who believes that what he is doing is best for the Cult of Sigmar, The Empire and the people he is seeking to convert and himself, in a "the-rising-tide-lifts-all-boats" sort of way with no indication yet that he is wrong.
Films — Animation. Deliberately averted in The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
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The Good Dinosaur has a rough prehistoric equivalent in Thunderclap, a vicious and deranged pterodactyl who leads an obsessive cult that deifies the storms. He speaks very much like a corrupt religious leader. Films — Live-Action. He and John both get exiled in the end by King Richard. Harry Powell from The Night of the Hunter claims to be a preacher and has long talks with God, but is actually a roaming Serial Killer and Con Man , who's preferred MO is marrying wealthy widows, then killing them and stealing their possessions.
In The Lawnmower Man , the priest who regularly beats Job with a rod. His brother confronts him, calling him a "pious asshole". The villainous Bishop of Aquila from the film Ladyhawke , who put a demonic curse upon Etienne and Isabeau because he wanted the latter for himself and was denied. The Bishop of Hereford from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves , who accused Robin's father of being a devil worshipper and is actually either a devil worshipper himself or someone who knows that the Sheriff of Nottingham is a devil worshiper and looks the other way.
Worth mentioning here because Harry Dean Stanton's wonderfully creepy portrayal of the character comes across as more villainous than in the book. Played mildly in Oh, God! Willie Williams. The priest in Goodnight God Bless. He begins his killing spree by knifing a woman and shooting a group of young children, all in broad daylight. Jeremiah Ketchum and kill 'em from The Amityville Horror He tortured to death Native Americans on the land where the house stands, apparently just For the Evulz , and his monstrous spirit along with those of his victims continues to haunt the area.
Preacherman, a member of the Carnival of Killers from Slashers. Zachary Malius from Happy Hell Night , though inadvertently as he is a corpse possessed by a demon. Drayton turns out to be a minister in his day job. He's even got a congregation! Cardinal Roark in Sin City harbors a cannibalistic serial killer and admits that he sometimes gets in on the action.
Future Force features a crimelord priest. He proves the lesser of two evils compared to the Dirty Cop Big Bad , and saves the hero's life at one point. Preacher Jacob from Blood Lake convinced his followers to commit mass suicide, claiming he could resurrect them as a new, perfect race enlightened by their deaths.
It didn't go as planned, and during the events of the film, his homicidal spirit is unintentionally summoned. Kingdom of Heaven takes it to the extreme. Nearly every member of the Catholic Hierarchy is a villain but the particular two examples that stand out and represent this trope are the Jerkass Priest who antagonizes Balian in the beginning of the film and the Bishop of Jerusalem who is shown to be a Dirty Coward willing to leave people of Jerusalem to die, or convert to Islam. Also, when Guy de Lusignan and the Templar Knights march on the battle of Hattin, some Catholic priests are seen giving them blessings, while going with them.
Anaconda : The human villain Paul Sarone mentions that he was a priest before he decided to become an Evil Poacher. He claims he wasn't even bad at his job, he just wanted to "explore the world" Bishop : "Christ our Lord said, 'Think not that I come to bring peace on earth. I come not to bring peace, but a sword. Well, my brethren, the sword of the Lord is in your hands.
You are the very defenders of civilization itself. The forces of good against the forces of evil. For this war is indeed a crusade! A holy war to save the freedom of the world. In truth I tell you: the Germans do not act like us, neither do they think like us, for they are not, like us, children of God. Are those who shell cities populated only by civilians the children of God? Are those who advanced armed hiding behind women and children the children of God? With God's help, you must kill the Germans, good or bad, young or old. Kill every one of them so that it won't have to be done again.
The Lord be with you. Bishop : "May God Almighty bless you. The Father, the Son, the Holy Ghost. He is a Jesuit priest and the secretary of Father D'Aigrigny, who has charged him to get hold of the Rennepont Heritage, which is actually the Wandering Jew's treasure. During the course of the book, Rodin puts various obstacles in the way of the Wandering Jew's true heirs, in order to claim the treasure for the Jesuit Order. While he cultivates the appearance of a God-fearing and, whenever his superior is around, subservient old man, Rodin is actually a Machiavellian mastermind who manipulates everyone around him , including D'Aigrigny.
Being highly ambitious, Rodin's goal is nothing less than to become the new Pope. In addition to his deviousness, another one of Rodin's assets is his ability to quickly adapt to any situation and take advantage of it. The title character from The Monk. Ambrosio's Start of Darkness was to break his vow of chastity with a woman who disguised herself as a monk.
Reverend Wringhim Senior from The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner , who drills into his son Robert's head that Robert has been guaranteed his salvation no matter what he does, and also uses his influence to clear Robert's name whenever he is faced with harassment and assault complaints from other people, including Robert's brother George. He is, however, less evil than just lustful, confused and militant. Later, it turns out that he's actually working for an ancient, evil god, too. King's The Dark Tower series also features a rare female example: Sylvia Pittston, a large woman who establishes a Christian-like cult to the Crimson King in the town of Tull.
She is even pregnant with the Crimson King's child via the Man in Black, though Roland destroys this hellspawn by forcing his gun up her vaginal tract , which drives her mad. Sylvia's influence over the town is so great that she's able to successfully convince the whole populace to attempt Roland. No one, including her, survives. The Cardinal in The Three Musketeers , though he's an antagonist because he is the prime minister of France. The religious aspect of his position is irrelevant to his character and the plot. The Reverend Dr Syn , a "mild mannered clergyman from Kent", also known as the vicious criminal "the Scarecrow", and the feared pirate Captain Clegg.
To put this simply, Dante despised such people, and the punishment he portrayed them as suffering was horrid, to say the least. There's even a section of Hell for corrupt clergy, where they are placed upside down in holes resembling baptismal fonts and have their feet burnt in a parody of baptism.
Dante's Arch-Enemy Boniface VIII, a notoriously power-hungry Pope who was largely responsible for Dante's exile, is mentioned to be destined for this area of Hell even though the poem is set before his death. Vorbis from the Discworld book Small Gods. Unlike some examples, though, Vorbis believes with absolute certainty that all the bad things he does to advance the church and himself are necessary according to his twisted conception of the religion. A character in the book mentions this trope, expecting that Vorbis maintains his austere image just to hide a life of luxury and indulgence, but he doesn't.