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...

Armstrong: Far from the Madding Crowd

Craig Armstrong The 2015 adaptation of Far from the Madding Crowd, filmed on location in Thomas Hardy's West Country, benefits from a lovely, lyrical score by composer Craig Armstrong whose music is perfectly in tune not just with the landscapes but also the story's undercurrents of hope and heartbreak. More...

James Horner (1953-2015) - an obituary

James Horner The film music world has been rocked by the sudden loss of one of its titans. James Horner, illustrious composer of such sweeping works as Titanic, Braveheart and Avatar, has tragically died at the age of 61. Our James Horner obituary looks at his career highlights. More...

Still Alice by Ilan Eshkeri

Ilan Eshkeri The score of Still Alice matches the central performance by Julianne Moore as a linguistics professor diagnosed with Alzheimer's. The music by composer Ilan Eshkeri is scored intimately for piano and small string ensemble, and captures the story's tragedy while avoiding schmaltz. More...

Paper Planes by Nigel Westlake

Nigel Westlake A box office hit in Australia, Paper Planes marks Babe composer Nigel Westlake's return to the world of film scoring. It's incredibly satisfying to see a composer like Nigel Westlake honouring the richly entertaining sound of beloved family film scores, but at the same time this is clearly no mere pastiche but a personal, deeply felt piece of work. 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...

Cinderella by Patrick Doyle

Patrick Doyle and Kenneth Branagh The enduring partnership of Kenneth Branagh and Patrick Doyle does it again in the Disney live-action version of Cinderella. The partnership's approach is utterly consistent: tell the story simply and directly. The resulting score is enchanting and nostalgic with a perfect touch of modern sparkle. More...

The Duke of Burgundy by Cat's Eyes

Cat's Eyes The Duke of Burgundy is the debut film score of duo Cat's Eyes formed as recently as 2011. Both film and score have been conceived as a knowing pastiche of 70s Euro soft core dramas, and the music forms a skilfully atmospheric, beautiful and emotional score that honours an oft-overlooked era of film music. More...

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Henry Jackman Pastiche scores can be hard to pull off, yet Kingsman is pitched at just the right level, thanks to composers Henry Jackman and Matthew Margeson. Their music gives the film a sense of tongue in cheek fun, yet dramatically robust enough to lend a sense of excitement and tension where necessary. More...

Inherent Vice - by Jonny Greenwood

Jonny Greenwood Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood returns for a third collaboration with director Paul Thomas Anderson. Inherent Vice is his most accessible score to date, being more firmly rooted in melody. However like the best film noir scores it possesses an elusive, haunting quality that lingers in the mind. More...

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