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....

Apocalypto by James Horner

James Horner 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 & 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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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