Five Of The Best Lesser Known Scores By Composer John Barry

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Composer John Barry, who died this Sunday, will be best remembered for his work on the “James Bond” films. I’ve already heard him referred to as the “Bond” composer a dozen times and for good reason. Whether he wrote the original theme song or not, he still scored “Goldfinger,” “From Russia with Love,” and the most titillatingly titled film about a Fabergé egg, “Octopussy.”

Actually, he scored a whopping 12 of the 007 films in all, but Barry composed the scores to some 98 other films as well (110 in all). Many were respected, infamous pictures, like “Out of Africa,” and others like “Howard the Duck,” were just infamous. The following are selections — both from well known and lesser known films — from some of Barry’s other scores, and though IMDB may never list them as what he’s “known for,” a few of them are among the best scores ever written for a film.

5. “The Deep” (1977)

Hands down, the second best film ever to feature a grizzled Robert Shaw barking orders at people on a boat. And a great underwater adventure score.

4. “Somewhere in Time” (1980)

Your Mom cried to the swelling music in this period piece/time travel weepie about star-crossed lovers starring Christopher Reeves and Jane Seymour. It’s all right if you teared up too.

3. “King Kong” (1976)

Still the superior film about a giant gorilla who falls for a blond, even with comically outdated effects. Jeff Bridges, Jessica Lange and Charles Grodin as the big oil a-hole help a lot.

2. “Midnight Cowboy” (1969)

Barry’s score for John Schlesinger’s “Midnight Cowboy” is top notch, worthy of this magnificent film. Taken as a whole with it’s soundtrack and Harry Nilsson’s “Everybody’s Talkin,'” this is one of the best unions of film and music in cinema history.

1. “Dances With Wolves” (1990)

The music in “Dances With Wolves” is vintage John Barry. It may not be as immediately cool or iPod friendly as pieces from “Midnight Cowboy” or his many “Bond” scores, but it is a boundlessly beautiful work that evokes the all romance of the lost American West. It should give you an irresistible urge to play around in the grass with Two Socks too.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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