Nick's Flix


Every Saturday at 5 PM on Classical 94.5 WNED , Nick’s Flix explores music from films and shows you’ve come to love, while playing some new potential favorites. We listen to the greats—John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, Ennio Morricone, James Horner—while creating specified programs that  at the works and people who are often overlooked. This includes episodes that feature the works of woman composers—Lesley Barber (Manchester by the Sea), Rachel Portman (The Cider House Rules), Shirley Walker (Mask of the Phantasm), and more.

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Nick's Flix
Saturday at 5pm


About the Program


What makes the movie going experience so special? For me it has always been the people. Watching the original Star Wars re-releases in the late 90’s with my father. Seeing True Grit with my Aunt who lives in Virginia. Going to see Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone opening night with one of my closest friends. Each trip to the theater is a vicarious journey I can share with people I care about. There’s one element of these films that bring back these memories in vivid detail-- the music.

I remember coming out of the midnight release of James Cameron’s Avatar with a group of friends in the early hours of the morning humming James Horner’s score.  I am not ashamed to say I cried like a baby about ten minutes into Disney Pixar’s Up. Michael Giacchino’s simple yet brilliant and award-winning score made me use all my napkins intended for popcorn butter. It was one of the most emotional moments I’ve had at the movies and it was about a man who traveled in a flying house powered by balloons.

These personal moments were often influenced by composers I knew very little about. That’s why I am so excited about Nick’s Flix. It’s a chance to re-live those memories with loved ones. An opportunity to revisit classics while exploring newer and potential unknown works. We celebrate film music—past, present, and future—the best way possible. Together.
Nick Lippa
Host Nick Lippa

Upcoming Programs

November 11:
     Veterans

November 18:
     Speed (Races)

November 22:
     Lolita Ritmanics

December 2:
     Treasure Hunt

December 9:
     From Stage to the Screen

December 16:
     Music of Star Wars

December 23:
     Christmas

December 30:
     Laura Karpman

January 6:
     Classical Composers Who Write for the Movies

January 13:
     Astronaut


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Some Good 'ol Fashion Western Scores
(premiered November 4, 2017)
There is nothing quite like a good ol fashion western. The atmosphere, the stakes… it keeps all of us on the edge of our seats. There's John Wayne classics, family feuds, and of course, the work of Sergio Leone.

Western main themes are so iconic. It's fitting that on this episode of Nick's Flix, with Nick Lippa, we'll listen to some of Ennio Morricone's greatest works as well as music from The Big Country, High Noon, How The West Was Won, and more.
Nick's Flix: Some Good 'ol Fashion Western Scores
Some Good 'ol Fashion Western Scores
Baseball/The Natural
(premiered October 28, 2017)
America’s pastime has a sense of tranquility. Whether it’s spring, summer, or fall, there’s nothing quite like enjoying a cold beverage, a warm meal, and some quality time with a friend or family. Yes, baseball for many of us, is soaked with nostalgia, and what better way to relive some fond memories than at the movies.

On this episode of Nick's Flix, with Nick Lippa, we'll hear music from Baseball films with a focus on 1984’s The Natural-- which was filmed here in Buffalo, New York and contains one of Randy Newman’s most notable scores to date. We’ll also hear music from The Sandlot, Rookie of The Year, Field of Dreams, and more.
Nick's Flix: Baseball/The Natural
Baseball/The Natural
Shirley Walker 
(premiered October 21, 2017)
We are so lucky to live in a time with such talented composers. John Williams, Howard Shore, Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman… there’s a good chance you have heard of all of those names. But have you heard of Shirley Walker? Much of her work was behind the scenes conducting and orchestrating for someone else. She often collaborated with Elfman, but make no mistake-- she herself is a legend-- a pioneer.

She was one of the first female composers to earn a solo score credit on a major motion picture for John Carpenter’s Memoirs of an Invisible Man and that’s extremely notable because Carpenter usually scored his own films. She influenced a whole wave of women composers. One of them is Laura Karpman, who met Walker in 1987. Walker helped her with her conducting cues and first film music compositions. Karpman is now a 4-time Emmy winner. Sometimes it’s easy to forget how important it is for younger generations to have someone to identify with. For young women who wish to become film composers, there’s more to look up to today because Shirley Walker succeeded in what has mostly been a male dominated field. 

On this episode of Nick's Flix, with Nick Lippa, we’ll hear works from Dick Tracy, Willard, the 90’s live action TV show the Flash, and more… including some of her incredible work from Batman: Mask of the Phantasm.
Shirley Walker
Shirley Walker
Halloween 2017
(premiered October 14, 2017)
Tis' the season for pumpkin carving, costume parties, and all types of scary shenanigans. With Halloween right around the corner, I ask-- what movies do you watch while trick-or-treaters roam the streets for sweets?

Featuring some works by Danny Elfman and Bernard Hermann, on this episode of Nick's Flix, with Nick Lippa, we’ll hear music from Beetlejuice, Psycho, Halloween, and more. 
Halloween 2017
Halloween 2017
Film Noir
(premiered October 7, 2017)
It comes in many distinct styles and sounds. By definition it’s marked by a mood of pessimism, fatalism, and menace. Jerry Goldsmith is no stranger to it, especially when Jack Nicholson is on the case in the movie Chinatown. It often conjures memories of a classic Hollywood story-- such as Sunset Boulevard. It can come in science fiction-- like Blade Runner.

On this episode of Nick's Flix, with Nick Lippa, “it” is today’s theme, and that’s film noir. We’ll hear works from The Third Man, L.A. Confidential, Touch of Evil, and more.
Film Noir
Film Noir
Anne Dudley
(premiered September 30, 2017)

She is one of the most well-rounded composers working to date with music in both the classical and popular genres. This can be heard in movies like the quite bizarre Monkeybone, tense American History X… she even won an Oscar for her score from The Full Monty.

She’s worked with worked with Rod Stewart, Tom Jones, and Frankie Goes to Hollywood to name a few.

Every month we’ve taken one episode to explore the music of a great female composer. On this episode of Nick's Flix, with Nick Lippa, we continue that with the music of Anne Dudley. 
Anne Dudley
Anne Dudley
Doctor Can You Help Me?
(premiered September 23, 2017)
You can trust them. They’re doctors. And many of them and their patients have distinct differences in personality. They can be egotistical, comical, and very often romantic. 

On this episode of Nick's Flix, with Nick Lippa, we’ll hear music from Doctor Zhivago, Doctor Strange, Patch Adams, and more, including The Spellbound Concerto by Miklos Rozsa performed by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra led by Kenneth Alwyn. Fun fact about the score to this movie-- it inspired a (at the time of the film’s release)16-year old Jerry Goldsmith to become a film composer.
Doctor can you help me?
Doctor Can You Help Me?
Party Like It's 1962
(premiered September 16, 2017)
For some, you never can really beat that classic movie sound. Whether it’s a Hitchcock masterpiece, a Gregory Peck standout performance, or a tempestuous romance during the civil war and reconstruction period. 

On this episode of Nick's Flix, with Nick Lippa, all of the music will be from films leading up to 1962 and no later. It’s a chance for us to dig in to some of the all-time great movie scores, starting with the black and white swashbuckling pirate film that made a star out of Errol Flynn and established him as a “symbol of unvanquished man” during the depression, Captain Blood. We’ll also hear works from To Kill A Mockingbird, The Alamo, Vertigo, and more.
Party Like It's 1962
Party Like It's 1962
Super Hero Pt. 2 - More Heroes, Less Batman
(premiered September 9, 2017)
We’ve had enough Batman for the moment. There’s plenty of other people with alter egos who fight evil and look really really good while doing it. Tony Stark is the playboy in a metal suit with all kinds of gadgets. Thor consistently fights intergalactic beings with his legendary hammer and the literal body of a god. Then there’s Judge Dredd… who is kind of all about the law… well his law at least. 

On this episode of Nick's Flix, with Nick Lippa, we’ll hear music from Iron Man 3, Megamind, Thor, and several other films that are not Batman.
Nick's Flix: Super Hero Pt. 2
Super Hero Pt.2 - More Heroes, Less Batman
Super Hero Pt. 1 - Batman and Friends!
(premiered September 2, 2017)
A continuing debate among movie goers and comic book lovers is who is the best Batman? Perhaps Michael Keaton, who was once known as Mr. Mom. The more intense Batman is Christian Bale from Christopher Nolan’s movies.  For some, including myself, it doesn’t get much better than the first notable Batman, Adam West. 

On this episode of Nick's Flix, with Nick Lippa, in addition to the caped crusader, we’ll hear music from Superman, Supergirl, Wonder Woman, and more.
Nick's Flix: Super Hero Pt.1
Super Hero Pt. 1 - Batman and Friends!
Yoko Kanno - Cowboy Bebop
(premiered August 26, 2017)
On this episode of Nick's Flix, with Nick Lippa, we continue to look at the work of woman composers with somebody you may not know much about unless you are a fan of anime. Yoko Kanno and here brilliant work on one of the most diverse sounding original soundtracks you will ever hear: The music of the 1998 anime television series Cowboy Bebop.

Blues, Jazz, Classical, rock… we’ll hear music covering a wide spectrum of genres. Kanno is the frontwoman for a group called the Seatbelts who perform many of her compositions. The name, according to the fictional description given by the show, comes from the performers need to wear seatbelts as a precaution while playing hardcore jam sessions.

The diversity of music provided by Kanno heightens every emotional moment. While tracks like Tank! are a pure boost of energy, pieces like Adieu slow everything down and paint an entirely different picture. It may just be the best soundtrack you’ve never heard. 
Nick's Flix: Yakko Kano
Yoko Kanno - Cowboy Bebop
Wilderness
(premiered August 19, 2017)
Nature is one of man’s oldest foes. Sometimes too cold, sometimes too hot, rarely just right. Additional factors give us intriguing conflict. You could be stranded alone in the woods or on an island. We’ve even seen board games come to life releasing a safari on a New Hampshire town.

On this episode of Nick's Flix, with Nick Lippa, we'll listen to music from the films Cast Away, Jumangi, Predator, and more.
Nick's Flix: Wilderness
Wilderness
Men of Mystery
(premiered August 12, 2017)
What or who is a Man of Mystery? They can be someone we know little about… enigmatic or secretive… or in the case of Austin Powers, just really really bad at blackjack. 

With the Bond movie Goldfinger, John Barry created the Man of Mystery sound that paved the way for future composers. Lots of brass, a little dissonance, and a whole lot of energy.

On this episode of Nick's Flix, with Nick Lippa, we'll listen to music from the films The Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Incredibles, The Man From UNCLE, and more… including James Bond of course. 
Men of Mystery
Men of Mystery
Time Travel
(premiered August 5, 2017)
Traveling through time isn’t so hard when you’re at the movies. It’s usually the problems that come afterwards you have to worry about. Tense moments made by the likes of friends, lovers, robots, and… mad scientists…

On this episode of Nick's Flix, with Nick Lippa, we'll listen to music from Back to the Future, Looper, Terminator 2, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, and more.
Time Travel
Time Travel
Rachel Portman
(premiered July 29, 2017)
It’s no secret. In the world of television and film, women are vastly under represented. Women made up just 7 percent of all directors on the top 250 grossing films in 2016. Of those 250 films, only 3 percent were female composers.

The Academy Awards has recognized great works of music for 82 years now, yet 
only five women have been nominated in scoring categories.  Anne DudleyMarilyn BergmanAngela Morley, Mica Levi, and the focus for this week’s show: Rachel Portman—who attended both an all-boys’ school and a college that was 90-percent male; to that she said, “I guess it felt natural to be a woman in a male dominated world.”

On this episode of Nick's Flix, with Nick Lippa, we'll listen to music from One Day, Cider House Rules, Chocolat, Never Let Me Go, and more. 
Rachel Portman
Rachel Portman
On the Run
(premiered July 22, 2017)
Sometimes the most suspenseful and exciting moments at the movies are perpetuated by a chase. Moments involving flying bicycles, fraudulent checks, men on a mission from god... they keep us on the edge of our seats. On this episode of Nick's Flix, with Nick Lippa, we'll listen to music from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, Catch Me If You Can, Mad Max: Road Fury, and more.
Sometimes the most suspenseful and exciting moments at the movies are perpetuated by a chase. Moments involving flying bicycles, fraudulent checks, men on a mission from god... they keep us on the edge of our seats. On this episode of Nick's Flix, with Nick Lippa, we'll listen to music from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, Catch Me If You Can, Mad Max: Road Fury, and more.
Nick's Flix: On the Run
On the Run
Swashbuckler
(premiered July 8, 2017)
Upholding ideals drenched in chivalry. Fighting antagonists  with superior sword fighting skills.

This week on Nick's Flix, with Nick Lippa, we listen to those heroic archetypes who almost always trounce their evil opposition. This includes works from Pirates of the Caribbean, The Mask of Zorro, Rob Roy, Hook, and more on this episode of Nick's Flix. 


 
Nick's Flix: Swashbuckler
Swashbuckler
Together
(premiered July 1, 2017)
Every couple has their song. Every memory has a tune. This episode of Nick's Flix, with Nick Lippa, we listen to music highlighting loving relationships. This includes works from Casablanca, Up, West Side Story, Star Wars, and more on this episode of Nick's Flix. Every couple has their song. Every memory has a tune. 

This week on Nick's Flix, with Nick Lippa, we listen to music highlighting loving relationships. This includes works from Casablanca, Up, West Side Story, Star Wars, and more on this episode of Nick's Flix. 
Nick's Flix: Together
Together
Movies of Woody Harrelson
(premiered July, 15, 2017)
Two-Time Academy Award nominee and Emmy award winner Woody Harrelson has played diverse roles across film and television for over 30 years. Several very memorable. With roles ranging from comedic to cool and collected to psychopathic, Harrelson has inspired an interesting catalog of music throughout his career.

On this episode of Nick's Flix, with Nick Lippa, we'll listen to music from Now You See Me, Hunger Games, the Planet of the Apes movies, and more.
Nick's Flix: The Movies of Woody Harrelson
Movies of Woody Harrelson