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CD Review: BEYOND: TWO SOULS SOUNDTRACK

BEYOND: TWO SOULS soundtrack | ©2016 Lakeshore Records

Good, if not excellent things can come to those who wait, which can be especially frustrating when it comes to a world where instant, visual gratification always comes first before music that can be equally as gratifying (if not more so) than the game it’s attached to. Now finally after three years, listeners will finally get to dive into Lorne Balfe’s terrific score for the 2013’s BEYOND: TWO SOULS. Game creator David Cage’s attempt to break down the line between movie and controller by having the player make choices that would creates fateful ripples across the rest of his experience – […]Read On »

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LINK and POWDER soundtracks – CD Reviews

LINK soundtrack | ©2016 La La Land Records

here Jerry Goldsmith was lionized for any number of inventive, mainstream scores like BASIC INSTINCT, TOTAL RECALL and THE WIND AND THE LION, the composer had an equal knack for embodying idiosyncratic characters for movies well below the widely accepted radar like UNDER FIRE, THE SALAMANDER and THE TRAVELING EXECUTIONER. Goldsmith’s creativity flowed with noticeable enthusiasm for these soundtracks where he could show off his devilishly clever humor and emotional resonance, whether accompanying an orangutan manservant or a mystical albino. In his follow up to PSCYHO II for director Richard Franklin, Jerry Goldsmith was given the opportunity to play a not-so obviously lethal killer. Instead, […]Read On »

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THE JUNGLE BOOK soundtrack – CD Review

THE JUNGLE BOOK soundtrack | ©2016 Walt Disney Records

With his father Louis Debney playing his part in the birth of Disney animation, it was only natural that his musically talented son John would get his start at the studio on his way to turning its beloved 1967 toon into an astonishing example of live action flesh and CGI fur. You can certainly hear the love tonight in Debney’s epic valentine to his alma mater, as well as the inimitable tunes of its greatest songsmiths The Sherman Brothers by reading THE JUNGLE BOOK as it scales new heights for the composer. Debney has done an impressive job segueing from Mickey […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR

THE HUNTSMAN WINTERS WAR | © 2016 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Emily Blunt, Charlize Theron, Jessica Chastain, Sheridan Smith, Nick Frost, Rob Brydon, Alexandra Roach Writers: Evan Spiliotopoulis and Craig Mazin, based on characters created by Evan Daugherty Director: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan Distributor: Universal Release Date: April 22, 2016 THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR is being billed as a prequel to 2012’s SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN, but it’s actually a wraparound, beginning before the earlier film, then jumping ahead to seven years later. It’s a decent enough fantasy adventure on its own terms, though despite the title, the real star here isn’t so much Chris Hemsworth, reprising […]Read On »

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CITY OF GOLD: Composer Bobby Johnston hears the good eats of L.A. – Interview

CITY OF GOLD soundtrack | ©2016 Lakeshore Records

Los Angeles has usually been portrayed in decidedly unappetizing fashion by Hollywood, conveying a city full of kill-hungry zombies (THE OMEGA MAN), morally bankrupt magnates (CHINATOWN) gang bangers (COLORS) and corrupt cops (L.A CONFIDENTIAL) – a fictional situation disdainfully summed up by the epic movie documentary LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF. However, it’s a documentary that now reverses courses for those fed up with LA’s fictionalized bad taste. For CITY OF GOLD resets the table in far more optimistic, and melodically fun fashion as it follows Pulitzer-prize winning food writer Jonathan Gold, a self-described “failed cellist” who’s reviews have gone on […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: THE HATEFUL EIGHT

THE HATEFUL EIGHT | © 2016 Anchor Bay Home Entertainment

I love me a good Western. Even those that happen to be filled with more talking than what’s found on the Congressional floor. Of course, that’s what you get with Quentin Tarantino. To say the guy doesn’t like long-winded dialogue is like saying a mouse doesn’t like cheese. But that isn’t a knock against him. That’s his bread and butter and you know it going in. It worked during INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS a film set in World War II and it works here in a Western about a group of nasty individuals that all find themselves trapped during a terrible blizzard […]Read On »

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RAMS: Icelander Atli Örvarsson shepherds the score – Interview

RAMS soundtrack | ©2016 Lakeshore Records

There’s a muscular, solitary spirit that hails from The Great White Nord, as well as a natural eccentricity. Perhaps that might explain the individualistic, off-kilter spirit running through even the most bombastic multiplex movies that Icelander Atli Örvarsson has scored in Hollywood. Drawn to Hans Zimmer’s orbit like so many talented western European composers (if geographically located on a mostly frozen volcanic land mass), Örvarsson rose through such American TV shows as DRAGNET and LAW AND ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT to impress with his surreal film scores for BABYLON A.D. and THE FOURTH KIND. With Viking blood no doubt in his […]Read On »

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THE WITCH: Mark Korven is in a musical thrall – Exclusive Interview

THE WITCH | ©2016 A24 Films

There are horror films and scores that do a good job of scaring you, and then there are others like THE EXORCIST, THE SHINING and A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET that truly hit a nerve by making one feel that they’ve taken part in something unholy – or at least that’s if you believe The Satanic Temple’s big thumbs up that THE WITCH is a “transformative Satanic experience.” Whether one feels encouraged to strip naked in the woods and call upon the powers of darkness remains to be seen after a viewing of THE WITCH But one thing that that […]Read On »

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Interview: Composer Stephen Raynor-Endelman banks on MADOFF

MADOFF | ©2016 ABC

Few English composers have gotten to score the stylistic extremes of America like the creatively and physically pugnacious Stephen Raynor-Endelman, a musician of all emotional trades if there ever was one. A musical prodigy who’d write two operas by the wage of 18, Endelman moved to New York to start fulfilling a movie scoring career with such individualistic, eccentric scores as HOUSEHOLD SAINTS, POSTCARDS FROM AMERICA and IMAGINARY CRIMES. His music depicting rough and tumble lives with humanity to spare before going back to the British and Irish isles with the romantic comedy, and fatherly drama of THE ENGLISHMAN WHO […]Read On »

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Composer George Fenton parks with THE LADY IN THE VAN – Interview

THE LADY IN THE VAN soundtrack | ©2016 Sony Classical Records

If one might have the cliched attitude of old school English composers as adhering rigorously to the classically imperious music of Queen and Country, then they likely haven’t heard much of George Fenton’s prolific work over the last four or so decades, let alone had a crotchety, crazy old lady parked in their driveway for fifteen of them. Not only has Fenton contributed one of his most delightfully attitude-filled scores to represent THE LADY IN THE VAN, but he also has the distinction of having actually met the fearsome Ms. Shepherd, a curmudgeonly homeless woman who became a grudgingly accepted […]Read On »

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