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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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.
March 3:Tune in to a special two-hour Nick’s Flix on Saturday March 3rd at 5pm for the presentation of The Korngold Awards—honoring the best in film soundtracks for 2017.
The Korngold Awards
The Korngold Awards will have ten categories with expert lead judges from across the film community. The categories are: Drama; Comedy/Satire/Musical; Romance/Love Story; Animated; Action/Thriller/Adventure; Documentary; TV/Streaming Series; Horror/Slasher; Superhero/Sci-Fi; Best Score from a Female Composer.
Lead judges include longtime Buffalo News arts editor and film critic Jeff Simon, director Fred Keller, “Cinema Bob” Stilson, Ray Barker, manager of the North Park Theatre and Peter Vullo, host of the Thursday Night Terrors at the Amherst Theater).
There is also a special People's Choice Category where you can help decide the Best Soundtrack/Score of 2017.
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(premiered March, 3, 2018)
This special two-hour edition of Nick’s Flix, The Korngold Awards, honors the best in film soundtracks for 2017.
The awards are named the “Korngolds” after Austrian-born composer and conductor Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897 – 1957). A child prodigy, he became one of the most important and influential composers in the history of Hollywood, the first composer of international stature to write film scores.
Host Nick Lippa plays excerpts from the winning soundtracks and discusses them with local film and music experts who serve as judges. The public also voted in a special People's Choice Category to select the Best Soundtrack/Score of 2017.
Classical Composers Who Write for the Movies
(premiered February 3, 2018)
(premiered January 27, 2018)
It’s America’s new favorite pastime. It’s played on the gridiron. It brings rabid fan bases together from Buffalo to Los Angeles. Yes, football is quite the spectacle and it makes for an even bigger one at the movies. Whether its an aspiring tale of immense determination to play for Notre Dame, the behind the scenes work agents do for their players, or maybe just fond childhood memories of playing in your own backyard.
With the Super Bowl a week away it’s the perfect time to listen to some football themed scores. We have a lot to get to including Little Giants, Rudy, Jerry McGuire, The Express, Brian’s Song, and more. It’s all here on this week’s episode of Nick’s Flix with Nick Lippa.
(premiered January 20, 2018)
Whether it was as a child or an adult, at some point you’ve probably looked at dinosaurs with some kind of wonderment. Maybe you get your kicks fossil hunting or watching that national geographic special. I know for myself and probably you too, the movies are a perfect place to view what was. I know what you’re thinking, “Finally this guy is going to play music from Jurassic Park!” Yup.
There’s plenty to listen to including Disney’s Dinosaur, King Kong, a pair of James Horner scored movies, one of which is the land before time, and Jurassic World. All that and more on today’s episode of Nick’s Flix with Nick Lippa.
(premiered January 13, 2018)
Family dynamics can be a tricky subject to navigate. Establishing characters who have had relationships for years or possibly decades in a short period of time can be overwhelming for storytellers. Luckily for film, the music can elevate the weight of said relationships. While scenes at a dinner table or flying a kite are not the the definition of “movie magic”, they can be essential in telling a timeless tale.
That includes nannies with peculiar abilities and accessories, charming bears who love marmalade, and fathers who would go to extreme means if it meant spending just a little more time with his children after a divorce.
On today’s episode of Nick’s Flix, with Nick Lippa, we’ll hear music from Paddington, Mrs. Doubtfire, Inside Out, Big Fish, Mary Poppins, and more