Join Jon and Andy as they explore the world of film music, one score at a time. Each episode is an in-depth discussion of a classic film score: what makes it tick, how it serves the movie, and whether it's, you know, any good. It's a freewheeling, opinionated conversation with an analytical bent, richly illustrated with musical examples. No expertise required.
The series began by tackling “100 Years of Film Scores," the AFI's list of (purportedly) the 25 greatest scores in American cinema history, and now draws from a broad range of distinguished scores old and new.
Jonathan Dinerstein writes music for film and television in Hollywood. Andy is a pianist and music director. They've been chatting together about movie music for 20 years.
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While we’re still ringing in the New Year, let’s ring in this old one again too: join Jon and Andy as they pan across the landscape of 1995 film music. Was it a less complicated time? How did America sound? How many Oscars for score were awarded? How many more movies than Jon did Andy … Continue reading "#43 – 1995 Extravaganza"
Back to the Future
It’s about time! Jon and Andy finally get around to Alan Silvestri’s score for the hit 1985 sci-fi comedy adventure Back to the Future. What does its main theme have in common with some other memorable movie melodies? How does a film’s score have to breathe with its editing? And, where we’re going, do we … Continue reading "#42 – Back to the Future"
North by Northwest
George Kaplan? No, you must be mistaken, I’m an episode about Bernard Herrmann’s score for the 1959 madcap wrong-man adventure North by Northwest. What’s behind Herrmann’s extremely process-derived writing style? Does this movie really make any sense, and what can the music do about it? And, what did this movie inspire Jon to attach to … Continue reading "#41 – North by Northwest"
This time, Jon and Andy go on and on about James Horner’s score for the 1997 epic disaster romance Titanic. What pop artist did director James Cameron originally want to score the movie? What powerful chord change is a keystone of both the score and the movie’s famous song? And, just how many famous paintings … Continue reading "#40 – Titanic"
Let’s cut to the chase – this episode is about Lalo Schifrin’s score to the 1968 detective thriller Bullitt. What does it really mean to be “cool?” Were the late 1960s a “dark age” for film music? And, just how many TV dinners did Steve McQueen eat every week?
The Princess Bride
So you want us to talk about Mark Knopfler’s score for the 1987 fairy tale adventure The Princess Bride? As you wish. How is this score sensitive to the twists and turns of the dire straits in which our heroes find themselves? Can a movie have a good score without having good music? And, when … Continue reading "#38 – The Princess Bride"
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A true Goldilocks pod!
Let’s get this disclaimer out of the way: I rarely notice the score in a film. So why is this podcast so addictive? Jon and Andy find the sweet spot between deep musical knowledge and an accessible approach to discussing it. They always bring great humor to their critiques without being all snarky. And the production values are top-notch. I always gobble each episode as soon as it becomes available. Keep up the great work guys!
My new favorite show!
Can’t wait for the next episode!
This is by by far my absolute favorite podcast! Their knowledge of music, commentary, debate, and addictive senses of humor make their journey through each movie(s) score a wonderful adventure. I get a smile each time a new movie/topic is posted. I only wish that we didn’t have to wait so long between episodes. Thanks gentlemen!