The Light Between Oceans - A. Desplat

Alexandre Desplat 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...

The Witch by Mark Korven

Mark Korven 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 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....

The Jungle Book by John Debney

John Debney & Richard Sherman: The Jungle Book 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...

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...

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...

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...

Fantastic Beasts by James N. Howard

James Newton Howard 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...

Doctor Strange by Michael Giacchino

Michael Giacchino 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 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 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...

Bear McCreary: 10 Cloverfield Lane

Bear McCreary 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...

Elfman: Alice through the Looking Glass

Danny Elfmanr 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 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 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...

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...

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