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Ten Iconic Hollywood Film Scenes (V)

The fifth in a series of ten iconic Hollywood film scenes among my all-time favorites is the Chest-Burster Scene from director Ridley Scott’s 1979 film, “Alien”. “In space no one can hear you scream” was the tagline, but when I first saw this in a packed Brooklyn theater, the screams were palpable until the scene was over. Then … after a moment of silence, a little nervous laughter ensued.

Song of the Day #1866

Song of the Day: Raiders of the Lost Ark (“Soundtrack Suite”) [YouTube link] was composed by John Williams and is performed here by the London Symphony Orchestra. It’s hard to believe … but on this date—forty years ago—in 1981, “Raiders of the Lost Ark” debuted in theaters. Directed by Steven Spielberg and based on a story by George Lucas and Philip Kaufman, the film starred Harrison Ford, and gave birth to the Indiana Jones film franchise! This action-packed adventure never lost its sense of humor, and won five Oscars in the process (for Art Direction, Film Editing, Sound, Sound Editing, and Visual Effects). It also gave us a memorable Oscar-nominated score by the maestro, who won a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media.

Song of the Day #1865

Song of the Day: My Spanish Heart, composed by Chick Corea, was the title track to his 1976 album. Check out that version here as well as this rendition [YouTube links] by “The Spanish Heart Band” (from the Grammy-winning “Best Latin Jazz Album“, “Antidote“), which includes vocals by Ruben Blades and Gayle Moran. Today, we celebrate the eigthtieth anniversary of Chick‘s birth, who sadly passed away on February 9, 2021. Viva Chick!