Just want to remind everyone that you can still follow Cinemagic founder Dave Z and his movie musings by checking out The Screening Room Express. His most recent was for Marvel's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. Let him know what you think.

ONE MINUTE REVIEWGuardians of the Galaxy. Not your usual bunch of a-holes!Guardians of the Galaxy“Guardians of the Galaxy”, the second to last film in phase 2 of the “Marvel Cinematic Universe”, is their riskiest venture to date. Albeit, when you’re discussing Marvel, risky is a very broad term as e…

Okay, this really isn't Cinemagic related, but those in the Washington, D.C. area might find it interesting.

It's a Friday evening, and tickets are only $10. Anybody up for it?

All your favorite animated Pixar films on the big screen including Finding Nemo, Up, Toy Story, and Monsters, Inc., paired with memorable scores played by the National Symphony Orchestra

Message from Dave Z!

Hey everyone! First off I want to apologize for the lack of postings over the past few months. Keeping the page running that Allen created several years back has been hard for me since I was let go from SiriusXM back in 2013. I wanted to stay in touch with everyone and keep my proverbial finger in the film/film soundtrack world, but it just didn't feel right as I was no longer the true representative of the channel that I created many years ago. Instead o...

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Hello Everyone!

Allen, here, not Dave. Just wanted to avoid the confusion that always seems to follow me posting as the admin.

This isn't Cinemagic related, but I thought it was of enough interest that it was worth sharing with the masses and not just the few of you who still check in.


I'm not sure how many of you are within driving distance of Cincinnati, Oh, but March 21 to the 23 is HorrorHound Weekend. The reason I bring this up is a featured section of guests called "Composing Horrors: An UnConventional Musical Event."

Guests include:

Christopher Young: Hellraiser, Sinister, The Grudge, The Vagrant
Joseph LoDuca: Evil Dead 1, 2, and 3 (or Army of Darkness, if you like)
Harry Manfredini: Friday the 13th, House
Richard Band: Re-animator, the recently released the Pit and the Pendulum Expended Edition
Don Peake: The Hills Have Eyes (original), The People Under the Stairs
Alan Howarth: Halloween 5, and co-composer of many score that John Carpenter gets all the credit for.

Hope to see some of you guys there.

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The Oscar Nominations are out with American Hustle, Gravity, and 12 Years a Slave being the front runners. What are your thoughts? Who was omitted? Who is the front runner for best picture?

See the list of Oscar nominees for the 2014 Oscars. View trailers, photos and detailed information about the Academy Awards 2014 nominations.

REEL REVIEW (Lone Survivor)----(sorry it's been a while)

"Lone Survivor" is a dramatic retelling of the events that took place during the failed Afghan war mission called Operation Red Wings, in which a four man SEAL team were ordered to locate and take down a high ranking Taliban leader in 2005. The movie is based off of the book from Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, who was in fact the lone survivor of the botched mission. This has been a pet project of director Pete...

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Warsaw, Poland - Wojciech Kilar, a Polish pianist and composer of classical music and scores for many films, including Roman Polanski's Oscar-winning 'The Pianist' and Francis Ford Coppola's 'Bram Stoker's Dracula,' died Sunday. He was 81.

Happy Birthday to our own Daniel Schweiger!

Just wanted to send out holiday well-wishes to everyone. Hope you make the most of them and the new year.

REEL REVIEW (Ender's Game)

"Ender's Game", the long in development adaptation of Orson Scott Card's popular book (and series) finally makes its way to the big screen as one of the most expensive independent films ever made. The story deals with a future society in which the International Military recruits children to seek out a perfect leader who can protect earth from an alien attack. The film is essentially the first half of Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacke...

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With Ender's Game coming out tomorrow (review coming soon), you should check out Daniel's excellent interview with composer Steve Jablonsky for On The Score.

A musical master of wanton alien destruction powerfully shows that war has no easy moves with

If you could only play one horror score during Halloween, what would it be?


With the release of "Carrie", director Kimberly Peirce's reimaging of the cult classic from director Brian De Palma (which in turn was based off of a novel from Stephen King), the age old question needs to be asked - why? If you're a fan of the original, this will be something you'll be asking yourself as you leave the theater. That's not to say "Carrie" is particularly a bad movie as everyone involved seem to be giving it their all. It's ju...

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If you're looking for something to watch tonight on TV...try PBS!…/superheroes-never-ending-ba…/

SUPERHEROES: A NEVER-ENDING BATTLE is the first documentary to examine the dawn of the comic book genre and its powerful legacy, as well as the evolution of the characters who leapt from the pages over the last 75 years and their ongoing worldwide cultural impact. Premieres on PBS on October 15 2013...

Last but not least, he's co-moderating the best gathering of composers you'll ever get a chance to see at the 4th Annual Fans of Film Music. If you have a chance, I highly recommend you check this out if you can make it. It's well worth the trip (and there is an attendant party at composer Christopher Young's house on the Friday night).…/PAGE_1.html

In 2008, Film Score Monthlypresident, Lukas Kendall, invited fans to step away from their computer screens to actually meet one another. That first gathering in ‘08 was small in numbers, and grew dramatically in attending fans for the next gathering in 2009. It was that ’09 gathering that drew Pete...

Daniel also has a brand new edition of On the Score

Film music journalist Daniel Schweiger interviews composer ABEL KORZENIOWSKI on his soaringly symphonic visits to Verona and a seditious Magic Kingdom in ROMEO AND JULIET and ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW

Hey everyone!

Our good friend and score guru Daniel Schweiger has been rather busy as of late. First off, check out his interview with Gravity composer Steven Price, which is excellent by the way.

A composer steps into an unknowable creative void to conjure a powerfully innovative score for the year's most lauded sci-fact movie