Weekend Viewing Plans and Music Break: The King’s Speech Score

Hello everybody, happy Friday! My office will be closed for President’s Day on Monday so it’ll be a three-day weekend, YAY!

Young Chris Bale w/ Spielberg on the EOTS set

I haven’t been to the theater for a while. I think the last film I saw at the theater was The Fighter back in January, wow! Well, I don’t know if I’ll make it to the theater this weekend as I have quite a few Blu-ray stuff at home. After a couple of years of pause from buying movies, we’ve slowly been collecting BDs now since we got the Blu-ray player and our new TV. From the past month we’ve got Speed (still fun to watch after all those years! Keanu as his hunkiest), V for Vendetta, L.A. Confidential, Inception and Toy Story 3. And just arriving from Netflix in Empire of the Sun. Can’t believe I haven’t seen that one given my love for Christian Bale and that I usually enjoy Steven Spielberg’s work.

Well, if we make it to the cinema, my hubby and I was actually toying with the idea of seeing UNKNOWN as we both actually like Liam Neeson being all bad-ass in Taken (not to be confused with the 2006 film starring Jim Caviezel as IMDb apparently did). You can practically call Neeson’s new Euro thriller TAKEN 2. Sure the premise is entirely different, we’re not dealing with his kidnapped daughter this time, but just swap Paris with Berlin, we can probably expect the same type of action sequences, car chases, an a set of European baddies. I mean, even the posters are almost identical. If you can’t read any English, you might actually think it’s the exact same movie. Wait, is that even the same gun he’s holding? 😀

No offense to Neeson, I think he’s a great actor but after a series of all this hyper action stuff, he’s kinda starting to typecast himself. Wouldn’t you say?

Anyway, last night I was working on an assignment for the battling guys at Ross vs. Ross that’ll be released this coming Tuesday, and the piece I was writing on was The King’s Speech. One of the many things I love about this Oscar front-runner is the gorgeous soundtrack by Alexandre Desplat. I love this one titled Lionel and Bertie:

The rich and lush but yet understated score adds another layer of depth and poignancy to the story, and it fits the restrained mood of the British monarchy perfectly. I guess he’s no stranger to scoring a film about British monarch as he did the Oscar-nominated The Queen in 2007. Desplat’s other notable works include The Painted Veil, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

So, what are your weekend viewing plans, folks?