Michael’s Movie Mentions: James Horner – 1953-2015

On June 22, 2015, renowned film composer James Horner died from a plane crash at age 61. James Horner was one of the most prolific film composers of the modern era, regarded by The Guardian as “one of the most successful and admired composers of film soundtracks in Hollywood.” Among his many scores are those of Avatar, Braveheart, Apollo 13, and Titanic. He was known for combinations of choral and electronic components, and his dramatic, sweeping orchestral compositions; particularly, those of Braveheart, Titanic, and Avatar.

He collaborated with director James Cameron for the films Titanic and Avatar, both of which are currently the two top highest-grossing movies of all time, while his music album for Titanic is one of the best selling albums of all time.Read More »

Characters and Actors: R. I. P. Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee

Five days ago on June 7, 2015 at 8:30 A.M., renowned movie actor Christopher Lee passed away at the ripe old age of 93 years from heart failure. Many of us know him as the villain from the epics Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit, Star Wars, and Dracula, and played in 206 films in his acting career including a couple Sherlock Holmes films, The Three Musketeers, Spielburg’s 1941, 1979’s Captain America II, 2005’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland, and Hugo as well as six of Tim Burton’s films. He set the record for the most films with a swordfight by an actor. He is also the oldest video game voice actor and was a heavy metal vocalist (who would have thought?).Read More »