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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CD Review: THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES

THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES soundtrack | ©2013 Milan Records

Indy movies, and their scores can smack you upside the head with their high-minded pretentiousness, especially when attempting to grasp the epic with music that screams attention as to how outside the box it is. Yet what often provides pitfalls for those movies proves to be terrific assets in the cases of THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, a decades-spanning American crime saga graced by an impressively big, WTF score by Mike Patton. Here the former Faith No More singer makes an auspicious jump in quality from the mindlessly fun electro-carnage of CRANK: HIGH VOLTAGE using a voice that’s just as […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES

THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES | ©2013 Focus Features

Rating: R Stars: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Rose Byrne, Dane DeHaan, Emory Cohen, Mahershala Ali, Ben Mendelsohn Writers: Derek Cianfrance & Ben Coccio & Darius Marder, story by Derek Cianfrance & Ben Coccio Director: Derek Cianfrance Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: March 29, 2013 There is no lack of ambition in THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, a film that aims for a novelistic sense of scope, drama and resonance. The structure is certainly brave and director Derek Cianfrance, who wrote the screenplay with Ben Coccio and Darius Marder, has a gift for naturalism. Naturalism, however, isn’t the same […]Read On »

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