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? πŸ˜€

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?

44 thoughts on “Weekend Viewing Plans and Music Break: The King’s Speech Score

  1. Well, let me think…..

    Tonight will probably be a Blu Ray in our Front Room Cinema (see what i did?) possibly Never Let Me Go. Thats if I can stomach Knightly for a whole film.

    Mrs Custard is out in London tomorrow so I have a boys night in. Will probably be Gaming or an old flick….Quite fancy a bit of Fight Club actually.

    Also Sunday Daytime is family film time (my 6 yr old is more of a movie buff than me) This will probably be Megamind….

    Just realised I need to actually get out the house more. All this movie watching on my lovely big screen is turning me into a hermit….

    I hope you enjoy UNKOWN if you get to see it. I think it looks ok. Like an older Bourne or something similar.


    1. Hi Custard… or should I just call you C73? Oh no, now that sounds like C3PO πŸ˜€

      Ah, so it’s you and the boys. You don’t actually watch Fight Club with your 6-year old do you? That’d be too much for the wee lad. He..he.. well it’ll be cold and snowy this weekend so it’ll likely be hibernation time for me, too. I’ll mention Unknown in my weekend roundup post if I do get to see it. Well I hope it’s at least half as good as Bourne.

    1. I take it you like Taken too, Marcello? It was worth a rental for me, not sure about theater admission, but maybe a matinee if we’re up for it.

    1. Wow, quite an eclectic collection there Sam. I haven’t seen any of those. Yes I know, someone’s gonna go ‘you haven’t seen Taxi Driver??!’ There’s a scene in a movie (can’t remember what) where some guy grilled Judy Greer on that.

    2. oooh, I kinda liked THE NANNY DIARIES, even though it’s a bad movie πŸ™‚ and Scarlett is a bit confused in it as usually, but I just have to watch everything with Chris Evans πŸ™‚

      1. My husband WAS a big ScarJo fan, and The Nanny Diaries is a holdover on the Netflix queue. I forgot about Chris Evans! There are worse people to spend a couple of hours looking at … πŸ˜‰

        We haven’t seen Taxi Driver either, but it’s on the AFI list, so here we are. We’re not exactly looking forward to it … not our type of thing, although I’m sure it’s very good.

  2. That’s so funny. I’ve been thinking the same thing about Neeson ever since these trailers hit. Remember when he starred in indie films and thinking person’s cinema? I wish Hollywood would quit trying to tell me that he’s an action star.

    1. Oh, he’s a pretty decent action star, quite bad ass. In fact, I think Taken is so watchable because of Neeson. If it were the same movie with say, Jason Statham, I wouldn’t go near it.

      1. Great article, thanks Rich. ‘When good actor meets a bad movie,’ what an apt title. I was thinking of writing a similar post as even the greatest thespians aren’t immune to bad movies. Even the celebrated Oscar front-runner Firth was in Accidental Husband and Last Legion; and the likes of Ralph Fiennes was in Maid in Manhattan w/ J-Lo!

  3. Ted S.

    Unknown looks like a rental for me, I liked Taken even though he killed a bunch of people and somehow got away with it clean free. Since it’s an action movie I tried not to think too much when it comes to common sense like that. Ha ha.

    I hope you’ll enjoy Empire of the Sun, the 12 year old Bale definitely carried the movie.

    I bought Apocalypse Now on BD, so I’ll probably watch it this weekend. I haven’t seen it in years, it was Coppola’s last great film.

      1. Ted S.

        No I haven’t seen Tetro, was it good? To be honest, the last Coppola’s film I saw was The Rainmaker way back in 1997, starring the then unknown Matt Damon. A decent film based on an okay John Grisham novel.

          1. Oh I heard about Tetro a while ago (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0964185/) Looks pretty good. Somehow I often get Vincent Cassel and Vincent Gallo mixed up even though obviously they’re from different countries.

            I saw a tweet about UNKNOWN that says it’s absurd but watchable, which is my sentiment about TAKEN. Neeson is a good actor so probably that’s why it’s still an enjoyable action flick.

    1. Unknown will cause you to have to think a lot more so than Taken. You may consider checking it out. Not sure entirely what your taste in movies is. But I will have a review up for it tomorrow (Sunday). I liked it more than I thought I would…although it’s def not a blockbuster.

  4. This weekend, I won’t be going to the movie theater because all the movies stink! πŸ˜‰ As far as movies are concerned, I just received Summer Wars and Harsh Times (with Christian Bale!) so that’s probably what I’m going to do.

    1. Hey cool, so we both a Christian Bale movie at home! After such a balmy week, it’ll be cold and snowy again Castor. So I guess Winter is definitely not over yet 😦

    2. Castor! haha, you never seem to like very many movies!! Especially prior to watching them. Whenever you say they stink I can’t help but laugh….2011-2012 looks to be pretty dismal for you then.

    1. I’m an web/interface designer Dezzy, though ironically I haven’t got time to custom design my own blog! I work for Thomson Reuters in the LEGAL side in the in-house creative department. Well, it’s as exciting as you make it to be but I’m sure not nearly as fun as your profession. Now, my turn. Are you an entrepreneur or do you work for a company?

      1. he he he … you wouldn’t believe me how many web designers I know who also have extremely minimalistic or non existing designs of their own sites and blogs πŸ™‚

        Your job does sound cool, do you have to wear a suit? πŸ™‚

        Well, as you know I’m a professor of English lg and literature and a psychologist, but I now work as a book translator (it’s a freelance job although I have a number of publishers for which I regularly work and I mostly translate HARPER COLLINS titles). Beside that I also do interior and fashion design and cooking (which you may see over at my Facebook) πŸ™‚

        1. WOW Dezzy, what a multi-talented guy you are! I had no idea you’re a college professor! I knew you do a lot of translation work but man, I don’t know how you do it all AND still have time to keep up a blog. Seriously I am amazed!

          No, I don’t have to wear a suit even though I support the legal community. That’s the nice thing about being in the creative field, we can wear jeans every day if I want to though I do dress up my jeans w/ a nice top/sweater. Fashion is part of my artistic expression πŸ˜€

  5. Its been a while since i’ve been to the theater. if i had money i would go far more often, but unfortunately neither me or my dad have that kind of money right now.

    I don’t have any specific plans(like usual), but i will probably end up watching The stoning of Soraya M. Its been on my dads netflix instant que for a while, and a preview reminded us of it. I also have to see Dog Day Afternoon sometime next week for my screenwriting class.

    1. Yeah I know what you mean, Julian. I tend to go to matinee if it’s a movie I really want to see, or just wait for Netflix.

      Oh that ‘Soraya’ movie does look intense. It’s got Jim Caviezel in it whom I like a lot. Let me know what you think if you end up seeing it.

        1. Oh cool, curious to hear your review on it if you decide to do it.

          Franklyn is still far down the list from Netflix, I’ll let you know when I get to it. Right now I’m actually watching some of the Blu-ray stuff we just bought recently. Too many movies, too little time I guess πŸ™‚

  6. Funk

    Good evening there..
    I plan on staying in this weekend, hunker down and watch good old movies.
    Movies on tap:
    A Year of Living Dangerously
    Lebanon, just got this one in and have been waiting on it to come out for sometime.
    Cleopatra with Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, will finish it up, only got to see an hour of it last weekend but still have a full 3 hours to go.. They just don’t make movies like this anymore, but would like to see a remake of it..

    1. Hi Funk! Oohhh, I’ve been meaning to see ‘Living Dangerously’ as it took place in my home country. Let me know if you’re going to review that.

      What’s Lebanon about? Never heard about that one. WOW, Cleopatra is 4-hours long? As for the remake, I thought I heard they are indeed remaking it soon? I thought I heart of Jolie possibly playing the Queen of the Nile.

      1. Funk

        Man, I can’t believe you haven’t seen ‘Empire of the Sun”, as of yet, you need to see it and somehow I forgot to put it on my top films of the 80s, it is a good one and a moving one at that, Christian Bale and John Malkovich just shine.
        “Lebanon” is a story on Israel’s first invasion of Lebanon in 82, seen through the eyes of Tank crew, that is in support of a Paratroop platoon with orders to clear out a town that has all ready been hit by the Air Force. It is intense, at times claustrophobic look at the tank crew that seem they are raw recruits and must adapt quickly to the war they are put into.
        As far a Cleopatra, I do hope a remake comes to light, but I’d like to see one on H. Rider Haggards novel of “Cleopatra” that he penned in 1889.
        I highly recommend The Year of Living Dangerously and has a most excellent cast, with Linda Hunt receiving an Oscar for best actress in supporting role as her portrayal of Billy Kwan..

  7. I am glad you pay tribute to the soundtrack of The King’s Speech! It’s getting so much attention for other categories (and rightfully so), but not much is being written about the score! Thank you. The piece you shared is beautiful!

    You may be a little bit more surprised with Unknown than you were with Taken. honestly. I just finished seeing it and it is definitely…interesting. (Review will post on Sunday).

    As far as weekend viewing: I watched I Am Number Four (review will post later this evening), Unknown, and I will probably watch Lord of the Rings on Blu-ray!

    Enjoy your holiday!

    1. Hey thanks for noticing, T, you’re the first one who make a mention of the score πŸ˜‰ I love movie music and this is one I don’t mind buying.

      I’m looking forward to your review, T. We actually were thinking of seeing it today but because of the blizzard and travel advisory, we decided to just stay home after church.

      Oh, LOTR on Blu-ray? Sounds wonderful! We’re actually going to watch Unbreakable tonight that Ted lent me. The best of M. Night’s work IMO.

      1. I heard about all the snow that is landing up there in the frozen tundra….stay safe and warm!

        Ended up skipping on LOTR on Blu-ray this wknd…it stayed on my shelf. But I did opt for some mindless/shameless comedy in Three Amigos instead! Always enjoy the cheap silly laughs in that classic! πŸ™‚

        Ooh Unbreakable is very good! Thoughts on M. Night’s teasing us over the past few years about a sequel??

        1. Ha..ha… frozen tundra is right, man it’s all white everywhere all over again though we had a bit of a thaw last week. Oh, haven’t seen Three Amigos but that does look funny.

          I’ve got my Unbreakable mini review up and I offer my thought on the rumored sequel.

  8. I didn’t Bale had been an actor since that small. I have watched Empire of the son long time ago, I have totally forgotten all the details of that movies.

    I so wanted to watch Unknown…but don’t when 😦
    Will have to wait till that battle between the tax department and MPA settle down.

    I finally saw TKS πŸ™‚
    Beautiful movie…I love it. Will write my review when I have some free time. You’re right, the score is as beautiful as the movies.
    I am wondering about the movie, where did they get all the details of King George? the Monarch family or the Logue family?

    1. I read somewhere that, if I’m not mistaken, Geoffrey Rush surprisingly lived a few houses down from a descendent of Logue and was able to come upon some of his journals! A lucky and fortunate find for the film!

        1. Hey sorry I missed your comment, Nov. Man, I seriously hope the Indo gov’t wisen up and reverse that dumb tax policy, aaarrgh!

          Glad you got to see TKS on the big screen and enjoyed it. I think the details of King George is probably more readily available from memoirs and such, but I was curious about how they got the details on Logue. So thanks T for the info, that is awesome that the actor portraying him was the one who came upon his journals. It’s meant to be then.

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