CD Review: DRACULA UNTOLD soundtrack

DRACULA UNTOLD soundtrack | ©2014 +180 Records

Between the sword and sorcery that helps seat the GAME OF THRONES to the tongue-sucking plague brought on by THE STRAIN, Ramin Djawadi has been having a hell of a time giving eerily adventurous production value to genre TV. Now with DRACULA UNTOLD, Djawadi gets to unleash a truly epic supernatural score that bat wings its way to the top of his work. Vlad the Impaler gets his most emotionally vulnerable treatment a la that other not-so villainous revisionist movie MALEFICENT the horror springing from the character’s humanity. Djawadi powerfully responds by giving Dracula a memorably bold, darkly heroic theme […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DRACULA UNTOLD

DRACULA UNTOLD poster | ©2014 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper, Sarah Gadon, Charles Dance, Art Parkinson Writers: Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, based on characters created by Bram Stoker Director: Gary Shore Distributor: Universal Release Date: October 10, 2014 Audiences at this point have a right to be wary of anything with “Dracula” in the title, for the reason that the name at this point conjures less dread of the undead than dread of unoriginality. The master vampire, as villain, tragic hero and/or some combination thereof has been explored pretty thoroughly. As for less familiar versions – Vlad Dracul as young human warlord […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from PACIFIC RIM Los Angeles Premiere

Charlie Hunnam at the Los Angeles Premiere of PACIFIC RIM | ©2013 Sue Schneider

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures presented the Los Angeles premiere of PACIFIC RIM, a Legendary Pictures/DDY Production, and a Guillermo del Toro Film on July 9th at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. The premiere was in the middle of the street with fans lining the street and the carpet went through the Hollywood and Highland Complex and up to the main stairwell, which fans also lined up to get autographs and photos of the stars as they arrived. Walking the black carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Ron […]Read On »

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CD Review: SAFE HOUSE soundtrack

SAFE HOUSE soundtrack | ©2012 Varese Sarabande Records

SAFE HOUSE is risk-free in more ways than one as it follows most of the same story beats of a CIA dude movie on the run, a genre that was made so popular by the BOURNE IDENTITY franchise. Yet that doesn’t mean this espionage suspenser is lacking for propulsive danger, especially given a tensely effective score by Ramin Djawadi. Though set in South Africa, the German / Iranian composer avoids an ethnic sound and gets straight to the heart of the rhtymic action, with a driving, rock-accented talent he’s already impressively displayed in two MEDAL OF HONOR videogames. Here Djawadi […]Read On »

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CD Review: MEDAL OF HONOR: THE SOUNDTRACK COLLECTION (2,000 edition)

MEDAL OF HONOR: The Soundtrack Collection | ©2011 La La Land Records

Having conquered movies and television with his particular brand of Americana, it was only natural for Steven Spielberg to apply his excellent production values to a brave new world of home entertainment. Console fare had certainly evolved beyond the 8-bit by 1999, the year when Spielberg decided to jump into the fray with Electronic Arts for the first MEDAL OF HONOR release on November 11th– a day that shall live in glory for videogame franchises, let alone for marking the real first step of taking their music seriously. For a director whose product was renowned for its production value, Spielberg […]Read On »

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CD Review: CLASH OF THE TITANS soundtrack (3,000 edition)

Clash of the Titans Soundtrack | ©2010 Intrada Records

With no offense to Ramin Djawadi’s rock-fueled percussion that accompanied the more-than-manly, 3-D CGI revamp of this year’s CLASH, it’s likely that Laurence Rosenthal’s symphonically lush, hero-making music of the gods was the stuff that played in Perseus’ ears as he slew Medusa and turned the Kraken to stone. It’s an old school style that will also forever identify CLASH for a certain geek generation, for whom no amount of cool computer effects will ever replace Ray Harryhausen’s home-made brand of stop-motion wonder, for whom Rosenthal’s score provided a more than worthy send-off. Now Intrada pays tribute to the alter […]Read On »

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