High-Rise by Clint Mansell

Clint Mansell High-Rise is no ordinary movie, so it is fittingly scored by Clint Mansell who is no ordinary composer. His music shares a sense of the grotesque, with dazzling orchestration and disturbing textures adding further levels of warped character to the movie, to create a beautifully judged score which is darkly satirical yet surprisingly melodic. More...

Hans Zimmer live on tour

Hans Zimmer live on tour Hans Zimmer Live on Tour starts 6th/7th April in London with concerts throughout Europe through April, May and into June. The concerts look to feature tracks from many of Zimmer's well-known film scores with many musicians who have worked with him in the past, such as Lebo M (The Lion King) and Tina Guo (Inception, Rango). More...

The Oscar goes to Ennio Morricone!

Ennio Morricone Ennio Morricone does it again, winning the Oscar for Best Score to add to his recent Golden Globe and BAFTA wins. This is for his music to Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, and already Tarantino has announced that Morricone will be scoring his next film. Other nominees for the oscar included John Williams, Thomas Newman, Carter Burwell and Jóhann Jóhannsson. More...

The Hateful Eight by Ennio Morricone

Ennio Morricone 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...

Bridge of Spies by Thomas Newman

Thomas Newman Thomas Newman's score for Bridge of Spies makes him the first composer in 30 years other than John Williams to work with Steven Spielberg. Newman builds atmosphere throughout the film in his highly individual voice, and this pays off big time in the latter part of the movie. Bridge of Spies caps an outstanding year for Newman and it would be most welcome to see him collaborate with Spielberg again. More...

Spectre by Thomas Newman

Thomas Newman With his score to the latest Bond film Spectre, returning composer Thomas Newman continues the distinctive path he established with his previous Skyfall score. His musical style works well in both the lighter moments and the thrilling action sequences, and his more overt use of Bond Theme elements mirrors the film's return to traditional Bond plotting. More...

Robocop by Basil Poledouris

Basil Poledouris Though the movie was remade in 2014, the score of the original Robocop has been re-released once more. Scored by the late Basil Poledouris the original Robocop film score is every bit as thrilling as you remember. Another masterpiece by a master composer. More...

Ant-Man by Christophe Beck

Christophe Beck Christophe Beck's score for Ant-Man is a stylish and hugely enjoyable blend modelled on the scores of the 1960s espionage masters. Ironically enough, by drawing on this sense of retro nostalgia, Beck has created possibly the most original and memorable score within the MCU to date. The Ant-Man score is highly recommended. More...

Inside Out by Michael Giacchino

Michael Giacchino While Inside Out may lack the immediate appeal of Michael Giacchino's other animation scores, repeat listening ultimately reveals emotional depth and a big heart. The score simulates the experience of consciousness, circulating around a host of ideas that gradually come into focus over the course of the score. More...

Wolf Totem by James Horner

James Horner Wolf Totem is another masterful work from a composer whose death will be lamented for years to come, and a fitting summation of the emotion that coursed through James Horner's remarkable career. When it came to soaringly melodramatic and emotional epics, James Horner had few equals. More...

Abulele by Frank Ilfman

Frank Ilfman 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...

Goosebumps by Danny Elfman

Danny Elfmanr Goosebumps is something of a homecoming for composer Danny Elfman since he first exploded onto the scene with memorably manic, darkly comic works such as Beetlejuice. True to the composer's dramatic skills, this comedy score has the capacity to excite and create a sense of danger whilst falling on exactly the right side of dark. More...

The Revenant - Ryuichi Sakamoto et al.

Ryuichi Sakamoto Excluded from Award consideration by Oscar's bizarre multiple composers rule, The Revenant by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alva Noto and Bryce Dessner is nevertheless a superbly intuitive and compelling piece of work. Befitting such a close collaboration, the score is an intriguing fusion of classical and modern that feels wholly appropriate for the movie. More...

The Force Awakens by John Williams

John Williams The music of Star Wars: The Force Awakens dazzles is in its fabulously complex interplay of familiar themes with forward-looking ideas setting things up for the next 2 films. The end result is a typically vibrant, rich and engrossing piece of soundtrack storytelling, one that further cements John Williams' formidable status as the Beethoven of the 21st century. More...

Brooklyn by Michael Brook

Michael Brook - photo by Giuseppe Asaro Michael Brook's score for Brooklyn is impressive in a number of ways: It perfectly mirrors the emotional journey of the movie's main character, torn between two counties. Like the movie, Brook's music is both intimate and wide in scope, reflecting on a major cultural shift through the emotions of one young woman. More...

The Man from UNCLE - Daniel Pemberton

Daniel Pemberton The film version of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. has been accused of putting style before substance, but the 60s styling provides up-and-coming British composer Daniel Pemberton with a real opportunity to show what he's made of. Dripping in atmosphere, his score is a wonderfully stylish homage to the best of 1960s spy music. More...

Urban Legend by Christopher Young

Christopher Young In our 2nd horror score review for Halloween we look at Christopher Young's music for the slasher film Urban Legend. Few would deny the movie's shortcomings, but Young's wonderfully robust and old-fashioned score delivers some badly-needed tension and sophistication. More...

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

Joe Kraemer Joe Kraemer's score for Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation is beautifully orchestrated with the various components of the orchestra playing off each other superbly, creating a dynamic and engaging soundscape that honours the great Lalo Schifrin. This deserves to catapult Kraemer to the top of the film music A-list. Mission accomplished! More...

Tomorrowland by Michael Giacchino

Michael Giacchino In possibly the finest year so far of Michael Giacchino's professional career, the composer now adds Tomorrowland a 4th collaboration with director Brad Bird. Largely optimistic in tone and full of memorable themes, this is an exuberantly old-fashioned score which holds its own alongside Jupiter Ascending, Jurassic World and Inside Out. More...

Jurassic World by Michael Giacchino

Michael Giacchino The original Jurassic Park casts a long shadow over Jurassic World, not least John Williams' magnificent score. However composer Michael Giacchino has accepted this challenge and fashioned a coherent score that honours the franchise's legacy whilst taking it in new directions. More...

Avengers: Age of Ultron - Tyler/Elfman

Brian Tyler and Danny Elfman It seems a strange move to have 2 composers Brian Tyler and Danny Elfman adapting some of the themes from a 3rd composer Alan Silvestri. However against all the odds, the music for Avengers: Age of Ultron is genuinely entertaining and could help to accompany the franchise into new directions. More...

Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular

Murray Gold The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular concerts are a true celebration of music from the TV series since 2005 all by resident composer Murray Gold. With on-screen highlights from TV episodes, monsters strutting on stage and all introduced by 5th Doctor Peter Davison, this show has everything a fan could ask for. More...

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