This Time I’ll Leave It To The Experts

It’s Film Music Friday again, and this time I thought I’d let someone else do the talking.

In all fairness, he’s much more qualified than I am.

To begin with, if you’re not listening to Leonard Maltin‘s podcast, you’re missing out on a pretty fun show.

Think of the biggest cinephile you know. Then imagine getting to spend an hour with that person every week, just sharing films and stories. That’s Maltin on Movies, a weekly conversation between the film historian/critic and actor/comedian Baron Vaughn, where they talk about their favorite movies, their least favorite movies, and some hidden gems. It’s always lively, always enlightening, and always entertaining.

Over the last couple of weeks, Vaughn has been busy filming the second season of Grace and Frankie (which I STILL need to watch), so Jessie Maltin (yes, Leonard’s daughter) has been filling in with her dad. It goes without saying – so of course I’m saying it anyway – that the father/daughter chemistry is pretty strong, and they both have a wonderful sense of humor about themselves (considering what he let Joe Dante do to him in Gremlins 2, that’s not really surprising). So the podcast is as entertaining as always.

Which brings us to this week’s installment, “Music in Film.” Me being me and all, I was pretty excited that the podcast was finally going to devote a full hour to scores and soundtracks. And the Maltins do not disappoint. Favorite composers, favorite musicals (including a shout-out to The Commitments that reminds me that I REALLY need to write about that film one day), and a few great stories about the history of the art – it’s all there, delivered with the Maltin charm.

Check it out below, and consider subscribing to the podcast. It’s really worth your time.

And that’s it for Film Music Friday. Next time I’ll be talking about a particular strain of film music that I’ve always enjoyed, so I hope you’ll tune in to find out what that is.

Until next time…

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