Interview: EARTH TO ECHO composer Joseph Trapanese phones home

EARTH TO ECHO soundtrack | ©2014 Relativity Music Group

Listen to such pulsing wavelengths as Fall on Your Sword’s ANOTHER EARTH, Nathan Johnson’s LOOPER Nima Fakhara’s THE SIGNAL or Steven Price’s Oscar-winning GRAVITY, and you’ll pick up loud and clear on the burgeoning film scoring genre I prefer to call “alt. sci-fi.” It’s a plane of electro-orchestral existence where traditional symphonic melody (or at least the spirit of it) gets fused with an acoustical rock and roll vibe that can veer from psychedelia to grunge. Organic samples of everything from scraped metal to car engines are warped into new, unearthly entities, joining with electronic percussion and atmospheres that can […]Read On »

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CD Review: The Ten Best Scores of 2013

Anthony Gonzalez, Joseph Trapanese / OBLIVION soundtrack | ©2013 +180 Records

THE BOOK THIEF (John Williams / Sony Classical) The kind of unabashedly thematic, and mostly melodic music that’s made John Williams into the most popular film composer of all time is often the sound of innocence itself, an unabated musical youthfulness that he’s also played to ironic effect when dealing with children confronting the unimaginable. Here it’s a genocide that’s heard, but rarely witnessed within a young German girl’s sheltered life during World War 2. Such is the devastating, gentle power that speaks volumes for THE BOOK THIEF‘s score as it encapsulates the innocence, first loves and ultimate shock of […]Read On »

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OBLIVION Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

OBLIVION | (c) 2013 Universal Home Entertainment

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: OBLIVION – Despite all the lunacy surrounding Tom Cruise off-camera activities involving religion, he’s a great actor and especially his action films are usually right on point. OBLIVION is a pretty awesome movie. It has a lot going for it including loads of originality that hasn’t been […]Read On »

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CD Review: OBLIVION soundtrack

OBLIVION soundtrack | ©2013 +180 Records

Architect-turned-director Joseph Kosinski is promising to become the multiplex answer to Stanley Kubrick after the almost shocking, mind-blowing intelligence he’s brought to TRON LEGACY and his latest, terrific trip into sci-fi dystopia OBLIVION. If there’s a style of music that complements his icily beautiful visual sensibility, then it’s a fusion of strings and electronics, all the better to convey high technology dining on ashes. Kosinki’s cutting edge made him seek out the French band Daft Punk to capture the neon-black groove of TRON. Now he’s brought in that country’s similarly evolutionary (and temporarily one-man band) M83 for OBLIVION to play […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the OBLIVION American Premiere

Tom Cruise At the American Premiere of OBLIVION | ©2013 Sue Schneider

Universal Pictures presented the American Premiere of OBLIVION at the Dolby Theatre, where the Academy Awards are held in Hollywood on April 10th. It was a big setup with Hollywood Blvd. closed from Highland to Orange, fans on both sides of the street and in pens on the black carpet. The press was asked to check-in by 4:30 pm, because Tom Cruise who loves his fans was arriving early to sign autographs and take pictures with as many fans as he could. The spacecraft used in the film also was on display on the carpet. After Tom signed and posed […]Read On »

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Exclusive: The scoop on why OBLIVION was dropped by Disney according to director Joseph Kosinski

OBLIVION graphic novel | ©2010 Radical Books

While speaking with director Joseph Kosinski about the Blu-ray/DVD release (arriving April 5)  of TRON: LEGACY, ASSIGNMENT X asked the helmer about what happened with Disney on his OBLIVION project that Disney recently put into turnaround. This is what he had to say. “It’s a story I wrote five years ago and we developed as a script with Disney,” says Kosinski. “We always knew it was going to be pushing the Disney envelope. Even with TRON we pushed the Disney envelope and with OBLIVION we pushed ourselves right out of the envelope. It was clear it was a square peg […]Read On »

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