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Column 6: Motion Picture Movie Music

Depending on the average age of buffaBLOG’s readership, it’s probably safe to say that most of us grew up with a few decades of film history behind us. Within those decades are a handful of movies whose music is just as iconic as the film itself. Take The Godfather trilogy, Chariots of Fire, or Jurassic…

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Column 4: Considering Pete and Pete

If you happened to catch last week’s Screened Plays, you’ll know that we discussed the importance of television theme songs and, in particular, how they should be viewed in the context of the audience they reach and the generation in which they existed. Theme songs are great windows to the soul of a television audience,…

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Column 1: Prologue

Sound and motion are inextricably linked. Think about it: every motion has a certain sound associated with it. Everyone knows what clapping hands sound like, and you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who can’t imitate a buzzing bee. Most sounds are universally recognized, and when they are, they become a shared human experience. In fact, sound…

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Column 24: The Oscars, Best Original Song, and Dreams of What Could’ve Been

And so Oscar season officially begins. With the announcement of last Thursday’s nominations, the annual awards campaign has kicked off. While there were notable surprises and snubs in every category, let’s get to the one that matters to readers of this blog though, Best Original Song. Lost Stars – Adam Levine (Begin Again) Grateful – Rita…

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Column 17: How the Music of Guardians of the Galaxy Created Our Most Human of Heroes

With Oscar season now in full-effect, its worth pointing out that there has been a recent absence of popular music in nominated films. Whether it’s the period, tone, or just an effort to pick up additional nominations, Oscar contenders seem to shun the use of pop music. So I thought it might be best to…

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Column 12: Beauty in the Ugly – The Music of Gone Girl

**Warning – This article features mild spoilers for the film Gone Girl** The first memorable musical moment of David Fincher’s recent film, Gone Girl, takes place in a flashback as protagonists Nick (Ben Affleck) and Amy (Rosamund Pike) trade witticisms before embracing in a cloud of sugar in a New York back alley. The scene’s…

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Column 10: Zach Braff Swings for Another Home Run with Wish I Was Here Soundtrack

Do you remember the stir Zach Braff created last April when he launched a Kickstarter campaign to finance his next movie? People were very divided on the issue; some threw their money at their favorite former Scrubs/movie star, while others resented what the perceived to be an A-lister trying to milk laypeople of their hard-earned…

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Column 9: The Sandlot Celebrates the Fourth of July

Every once in a while, a movie comes around and catches you off guard for its surprisingly spectacular use of music. Does it surprise you that The Sandlot is on that list? The 90s favorite is loved for many things, but I’d surmise that its soundtrack ranks low on that list for most people. It’s…

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Column 5: The Best Things in Life Are…Not Bert Cooper’s Goodbye?

I tossed around several ideas for this week’s column, and though it felt predictable, I kept circling back to writing about Mad Men. Maybe it was the fact that this Sunday marked the last new episode for A. Whole. Year. Maybe it’s the fact that I’ve been re-watching the entire series and curating a list…

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Column 2: Let’s Talk About TURN

AMC has an impressive track record of successful television programming. Its standouts, Mad Men and Breaking Bad, quite often are referred to as the best shows in the history of television. Anyone who’s watched them knows this to be true. But for every Jaguar pitch and jaw-dropping desert shootout, there are a handful of mediocre…

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