CD Review: THE GRANDMASTER soundtrack

THE GRANDMASTER soundtrack | ©2013 Lakeshore Records

If anything, Wong Kar-Wai’s movies are about the lack of movement, an overrated auteur reputation built on languid pacing and dreamily unreadable characters. All of this makes his choice to make a high-kicking Ip Man picture all the more surprising, and for once interesting. As expected, THE GRANDMASTER comes across as the artsiest Hong Kong chopsocky movie ever made, a stunning visual poetry that often beats down the always-spectacular action choreography by MATRIX master Yuen Woo-Ping. That leaves two musical martial artists named Shigeru Umebayashi and Nathaniel Mechaly to really do the heavy lifting when it comes to conveying physical […]Read On »

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CD Review: DAYS OF GRACE

DAYS OF GRACE soundtrack | ©2012 Lakeshore Records

While Mexico City might be a hive of scum and villainy, it’s also a criminally fertile location for multi-character movies like AMORES PERROS, where jumping between time and stories are par for the criminal course. While this kind of fluid structure now almost the norm for morality fables on any side of the border, DAYS OF GRACE (or DIAS de GRACIAS) has the novel idea of having different composers segue between the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cup games, each bringing their own unique tones to the kidnapping, torture and murder within. Up for the first goal kick are Aussie […]Read On »

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