Nocturnal Animals by Abel Korzeniowki

Abel Korzeniowki: Nocturnal Animals - film score album cover Director Tom Ford's wickedly devious Nocturnal Animals is the ideal canvas on which composer Abel Korzeniowski can paint. His soundtrack conceals sly nuances that embellish the film's narrative, making it one of 2016's most accomplished and successful film scores. Highly recommended! More...

Die Hard by Michael Kamen

Michael Kamen: Die Hard - La-La Land film score album cover Die Hard is the ultimate Christmas Movie which then went on to spawn a franchise. Composer Michael Kamen provides much more than a typical action score for the film, helping to support the characters involved and then effortlessly picking up and rolling with the movie's humour. More...

Fantastic Beasts by James N. Howard

James Newton Howard: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - film score album cover The Harry Potter series has already featured a who's-who of film composers, from John Williams to Patrick Doyle through Nicholas Hooper and Alexandre Desplat. With Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, James Newton Howard honours that legacy but also establishes a charming sense of tonal whimsy and enchantment clad in his own distinct style. More...

The Witch by Mark Korven

Mark Korven: The Witch - film score album cover Indie hit The Witch started out on the Festival circuit before going on to terrify the entire world. Completing the film's transporting and engrossing atmosphere is the truly unsettling score from Canadian instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Mark Korven. Happy Halloween! More...

Magnificent Seven - Horner & Franglen

James Horner and Simon Franglen: The Magnificent Seven - film score album cover While The Magnificent Seven is a fitting testament to the late James Horner, it also highlights the work of Simon Franglen whose beautifully crafted tapestry pays tribute to Horner, honouring his characteristic flourishes whilst simultaneously acknowledging the work of Elmer Bernstein and lending a sense of modern day scoring bravado. More...

The Little Prince by Zimmer & Harvey

Hans Zimmer & Richard Harvey: The Little Prince - film score album cover The Little Prince was a Netflix exclusive in the US, a crying shame given its gorgeous animation and score from Hans Zimmer and Richard Harvey featuring the haunting tones of French vocalist Camille. Although the nature of the composers' collaboration isn't clear, it's a joy to hear Zimmer return to such material after a string of superhero movies. More...

The BFG by John Williams

John Williams: The BFG - film score album cover The BFG is a delightful experience with some of the finest woodwind ensemble work heard in a film score in recent years (courtesy of Heather Clark), the instruments weaving and darting and hovering to conjure a uniquely mischievous sense of Dahl magic. John Williams' artistry and craft put this film score in a completely different league to everything else. More....

Elfman: Alice through the Looking Glass

Danny Elfman: Alice through the Looking Glass - film score album cover Danny Elfman's wonderful Alice Theme makes a welcome return in follow up movie Alice through the Looking Glass, and it is much more choral than before. The composer then proceeds to take it into many unexpected directions proving once more that Elfman is the musical master of weird fantasy. More...

Giovanni Rotondo: Orphans & Kingdoms

Giovanni Rotondo: Orphans & Kingdoms - film score album cover Gritty New Zealand drama Orphans & Kingdoms has done well critically on the festival circuit, and is scored by composer Giovanni Rotondo, a rising star in the international film score scene. Rotondo has crafted a challenging yet compelling score that makes one hopeful for the next generation of film composers ascending the ranks. More...

Abulele by Frank Ilfman

Frank Ilfman: Abulele - film score album cover The Israeli movie Abulele is in many ways a nod to the heartfelt family-fantasy traditions of Steven Spielberg and Joe Dante. The movie's score by composer Frank Ilfman is equally refreshing and pleasurable is its traditional approach - a genuinely charming delight. More...

The Hateful Eight by Ennio Morricone

Ennio Morricone: The Hateful Eight - film score album cover Quentin Tarantino has finally commissioned an original score, and Ennio Morricone's score for The Hateful Eight has already won a Golden Globe. After 60+ years in the business, it's astonishing how fresh the composer's voice remains and this music is brooding, angular and angry. Morricone doesn't just bring the music to the movies he scores: he brings the soul. More...

Best Film Scores of 2016

Clint Mansell: High Rise - album cover 2016 has seen remakes, and sequels and new entries in existing universes, and it has also seen its fair share of some unique adaptations and original screenplays. Musically too we have heard some familiar themes and remixes, and a whole host of original music from pure electronic to orchestral and a full spectrum in between. So here is our review of the Best Film Scores of 2016. More...

Class of '67: Film Music 50 years ago

Lalo Schifrin: Cool Hand Luke - image 1 It's easy to say that film music today is no match for the golden age of cinema, so author John Caps takes an analytic approach. As we near 2017, his article Class of '67: Film Music 50 years ago considers how a new year of film music in 2017 might compare to a selection of film scores from 50 years ago in 1967. More...

The Light Between Oceans - A. Desplat

Alexandre Desplat: The Light Between Oceans - film score album cover The Light Between Oceans is the story of a married couple whose lives are turned upside down by a single, life-changing decision. Alexandre Desplat's score for the film is beautifully nuanced and intelligently constructed, taking the listener on a clearly defined journey from romance through heartbreak and despair to eventual salvation. More...

Doctor Strange by Michael Giacchino

Michael Giacchino: Doctor Strange - film score album cover Doctor Strange is another Marvel origin story featuring a classy cast led by Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton, but composer Michael Giacchino's rich instrumentation has plenty of memorable nuances which play to the quirky on-screen mix of Eastern mysticism and Western psychadelics. More...

Pete's Dragon by Daniel Hart

Daniel Hart: Pete's Dragon - film score album cover With Pete's Dragon, violinist and composer Daniel Hart got his big break and seized the opportunity with both hands. While retaining his own distinctive air of bluegrass and folk, he has also demonstrated a stunning ability to let rip with an orchestra. Pete's Dragon is one of the best scores of 2016 and Hart will surely secure further film projects in future. More...

Laurence Rosenthal 90th birthday toast

Laurence Rosenthal As he approaches his 90th birthday, we celebrate the remarkable career of Laurence Rosenthal. John Caps pays tribute to the composer's multifaceted career in the realms of film, television, theater, and concert music resulting in an ASCAP Life in Music Award, two Oscar nominations, Golden Globe nods and a bunch of Emmy wins. More...

The Neon Demon by Cliff Martinez

Cliff Martinez: The Neon Demon - film score album cover Director Refn's eccentric and surrealistic approach on The Neon Demon offers bountiful opportunity for composer Cliff Martinez to craft a striking and rich soundscape in his music. The result is a unique and beautifully crafted tapestry that makes for one of the most singular soundtrack experiences of 2016. More...

10 Cloverfield Lane by Bear McCreary

Bear McCreary: 10 Cloverfield Lane - film score album cover Almost sequel 10 Cloverfield Lane gives successfull TV composer Bear McCreary the opportunity to score a major big-screen production. And boy does he rise to the occasion! Fusing aggressive textures with a richly thematic approach makes this score one of 2016's greatest surprises. Give this man a blockbuster movie! More...

Apocalypto by James Horner

James Horner: Apocalypto - film score album cover James Horner died tragically just one year ago. We mark that sad event with a review of his score to Mel Gibson's Apocalypto. The movie is uncompromisingly violent, yet Horner constructs a clearly defined narrative with his music which balances his natural lyricism with some striking features with match the full extent of the film's barbaric nature. More...

The Jungle Book by John Debney

John Debney: The Jungle Book - film score album cover Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book is a masterclass in how to re-image a classic movie, and John Debney's music plays an important role. The composer's film score strikes a perfect balance between the jungle setting, the nail-biting realism of the story-telling, Baloo's humorous characterisation and of course the song material from the 1967 Disney animation. More...

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