ARRIVAL: Composer Johan Johannsson learns to speak in alien tongues – Interview

ARRIVAL soundtrack | ©2016 Deutsche Grammophon

Maybe it’s something in the water in Iceland that’s produced an invasion of mournfully beautiful and stylistically innovative musicians, each setting out to revolutionize the word with a tonal language of ear-opening, futuristic art. In much the same way that Bjork has caught the world’s attention with her mind blowing take on pop, Johann Johannson has been terraforming a sometimes typical landscape of film scoring into a thing of haunting beauty. Listening to such works as PRISONERS, McCANICK, FREE THE MIND and his Oscar-nominated THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING and SICARIO are haunting journeys into humanity at its worst, and best. Low, nearly sub-sonic […]Read On »

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THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING composer Johann Johannsson gets scientific – Interview

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING soundtrack | ©2014 +180 Records

One could say it’s the cold, volcanic icescape of the earth’s most forbidding land mass that have often infused Johann Johannsson’s music with a beautifully foreboding presence. Like his innovative countrywoman Bjork, Johannsson received art-music acclaim by merging modern classical and alternative music to haunted and mesmerizing effect, creating a series of conceptual albums like “Englaborn” and “Dis” at the same time he began scoring a myriad of shorts, features and documentaries – usually involving brooding, disaffected characters he could apply a psychologically-minded musical style to (even giving ennui to prairie dogs in the process). With his songs playing a […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview with THE RED ROAD’s Aaron Guzikowski and Bridget Carpenter

Jason Momoa stars in THE RED ROAD | © 2014 Sundance

In Sundance Channel’s new six-episode series THE RED ROAD, premiering Thursday Feb. 27 at 9 PM, a contemporary Native American tribe (fictional, albeit based on the Ramapaugh tribe) in the Ramapo Mountains on the New York/New Jersey border dwell in sometimes touchy but generally peaceful coexistence with the mostly white inhabitants of the town down the road. Détente is threatened by two events – Jean Jensen (played by Julianne Nicholson), wife of sheriff’s deputy Harold Jensen (played by Martin Henderson) is involved in an accident, and their former high-school classmate, the dangerous Phillip Kopus (Jason Momoa) returns to the area […]Read On »

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

ELYSIUM | (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 ELYSIUM – Neill Blomkamp made a huge splash when he directed DISTRICT 9 a few years ago. This is his follow-up – another science fiction epic set in a distant future where the Earth is no longer the habitable place we enjoy today. ELYSIUM is very ambitious. […]Read On »

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CD Review: PRISONERS soundtrack

PRISONERS soundtrack | ©2013 WaterTower Music

It’s particularly cool when Hollywood takes a chance on foreign talent, whether it lies across the cold Canadian border with Quebec director Denis Villeneuve, or in Iceland itself in the hiring of composer Jóhann Jóhannsson. This artistic gamble that yields depressively mesmerizing results as two sets of parents cross the moral, and legal boundaries to find their kidnapped children. The results of PRISONERS are sure to entail plenty of church confessional time for them, hence the “holy minimalism” approach taken by Jóhannsson. His PRISONERS is certainly one of the more interesting scores to appear since Johnny Greenwood’s brilliantly bizarre THERE […]Read On »

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Movie Review: PRISONERS

PRISONERS movie poster | ©2013 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard, Maria Bello, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano Writer: Aaron Guzikowski Director: Denis Villeneuve Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: September 20, 2013 PRISONERS is a two-and-a-half-hour thriller that raises some difficult questions, making them intense and uncomfortable enough for us to ponder even after the film is over. It also boasts strong performances by leads Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, as well as a potent supporting cast headed up by Terrence Howard and Viola Davis. However, director Denis Villeneuve and writer Aaron Guzikowski wind up downplaying a number of central issues […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from PRISONERS Los Angeles Premiere

Hugh Jackman at the premiere of PRISONERS | ©2013 Sue Schneider

Warner Bros. Pictures and Alcon Entertainment held the Los Angeles Premiere of PRISONERS on September 12th at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills. PRISONERS  has an A-list cast, which includes an Oscar Winner, Oscar nominees and a Golden Globe nominee. Walking the carpet were the stars from the film: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano, Dylan Minnette, Zoe Soul, Kyla-Drew Simmons, Aaron Guzikowski (Screenwriter), Producers – Broderick Johnson, Adam Kolbrenner, and Kira Davis. Guests at the event  included: Dennis Haysbert, Emile Hirsch, Carol Connors, Julius Tennon, Alfonso […]Read On »

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