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...

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...

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...

High-Rise by Clint Mansell

Clint Mansell: High-Rise - film score album cover 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...

Ennio Morricone wins again!

Ennio Morricone Ennio Morricone gets a hat-trick, 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: 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...

Brooklyn by Michael Brook

Michael Brook: Brooklyn - film score album cover 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 U.N.C.L.E. - Pemberton

Daniel Pemberton: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. - film score soundtrack album cover 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...

It Follows by Disasterpeace

Disasterpeace: It Follows, film score soundtrack album cover Having composed music for several Game titles, It Follows was the first film score of Disasterpeace (Richard Vreeland), and he really rose to the challenge! His score pays homage to and reinterprets several masters of the Horror genre, with pulsing synth sounds and effects creating the perfect unnerving atmosphere for this inventive film. 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....

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...

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...

Eddie the Eagle by Matthew Margeson

Matthew Margeson: Eddie the Eagle - film score album cover Eddie the Eagle is a fictionalised account of the unlikely ski-jumper whose determination made him a sporting hero. The score by Matthew Margeson is rooted in the 1980s setting, and evokes the period wonderfully with a fusion of electronic and acoustic sounds. A perfectly balanced retro score for a modern audience. More...

Goosebumps by Danny Elfman

Danny Elfman: Goosebumps - film score album cover 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, Alva Noto & Bryce Dessner: The Revenant - film score album cover 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 - Star Wars: The Force Awakens - film score album cover 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...

Bridge of Spies by Thomas Newman

Thomas Newman: Bridge of Spies - film score soundtrack album cover 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...

Top 10 film scores of 2015

Christophe Beck: Ant-Man - film score soundtrack album cover 2015 has been a great year for film scores, making it a tough task to whittle down the many excellent contenders to a favourite 10. But as 2015 draws to a close here is our Top 10 Film Scores of 2015, features sounds retro and modern from long-established composers and newer composers getting a chance to shine. More...

Spectre by Thomas Newman

Thomas Newman: Spectre - film score soundtrack album cover 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: Robocop - film score soundtrack album cover 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...


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