Watch List Weekly Recap 4/7/23

Featuring a spring thaw, a deep dive into film scoring, and the first great movie of 2023.

Watch List Weekly Recap 4/7/23

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Tuesday was a good day if you’re of the persuasion that this country has some clambering back from the brink to do, and I unburdened myself of some lingering concerns and took a walk in the woods. Warning: No movie content in this one.

Notes on a Change of Season
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One of the best WatchCasts yet: Film composer Mason Daring (“Eight Men Out,” “Music of the Heart,” lots more) and I discuss what makes a good soundtrack great and why James Newton Howard’s music for “Michael Clayton” qualifies. I learned a ton about the art of film scoring here, and so will you.

Classics of the New Millennium: "Michael Clayton" with Mason Daring
Listen now (55 min) | Up to now, this podcast series has featured my fellow movie critics — colleagues in the trenches of the good, the bad, and “Cats” — but I’ve been wanting to get a filmmaker in here, and with Mason Daring, I have my chance. (There will be others, I promise.) Mason is a subscriber to the Watch List and an active participant in the comments sections, and o…

The first bona fide crowd-pleaser of 2023 has arrived (and about time, too).

What to Watch: "Air" Apparent
Normally when a critic urges readers to see a movie in theaters rather than wait for it to come to video on demand, it’s because of the visual scope or special effects – the wow factor. With “Air” (⭐⭐⭐1/2), it’s the performances that are the show, a gallery of talented, charismatic actors at the top of their games, cl…

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