Free movies? No way!!
There’s no such thing as free lunch but there is such thing as free movies!!!
Well, technically it’s not entirely free. Mr V joined the SCL (Society of Composers and Lyricists) where he paid $85 for a student membership fee. But if we do the math, an average movie costs $20 for both of us, so watching 4 movies will cover the initial cost and thereafter, every movie we watch is free. Woohoo.
Why do they have free movies? Well, I don’t really know and I don’t particularly care as long as I get to watch them for free.
But really, the free movies aren’t the best part of the deal. The best part is that for the most part, we get to watch the movies before they are even released or on the same day it is premiered (As in the red carpet event). That means I get to watch them earlier than you unless you join SCL too, then we get to watch them earlier than the rest of you.
Most of these movies are played in theaters where the director, composer and sound editor go and screen the film’s work in progress or make changes to the audio and sound. Among some of the theaters we went were in Fox and Paramount Studios. Not only did we get to sit in theaters where famous film makers sit, we also get to walk on the streets where actors and actresses of some of the best TV series walk. I’ve walked where Hugh Laurie walked.
Wait. Those still aren’t the best part. The best BEST part is at the end of each movie that we watch, there is a Q&A session with the composers, music editors and if we’re lucky, even the directors. Now that’s priceless. I know it’s such a cliché thing to say but it’s so true. Anyone can watch a movie but who gets to pick the brains of the people who were part of creating it right after.
So far between Mr. V and I, we’ve watch:
Transformers: Age of Extinction
The book of life in 3D
The Imitation Game
Unfortunately, we missed plenty movies due to scheduling conflict like Fury, Birdman and Big Hero 6. It’s ok though. More to come.
Steve Jablonsky is the composer of Transformers: Age of Extinction. He composed all four Transformers films. Among plenty other movies, he also composed for Battleship and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Jorge Gutierrez is the director and Gustavo Santaolalla is the composer of The book of Life. I believe this was the director’s first feature, but boy oh boy, the visuals in this movie are stunning. Kuddos to him. Gustavo Santaolalla composed for Babel and Brokeback Mountain (among others) and both won him the Oscars for Best Original Score.
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are the composers for Gone Girl. They both also composed for The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo where they won the Oscars and Grammys for each respectively.
Alexandre Desplat is the composer for The Imitation Game. He has received many Academy Award nominations for movies such as The Queen, The Curious Care of Benjamin Button, Fantastic Fox, The King’s Speech and Argo.
Mr. V and I feel very blessed that we’ve had the opportunity to meet all these talented people and we’re very excited to meet more of them… and to watch free movies. Everything is ahhhsumm. Life is good.