Soundtrack Review: LOOPER (Nathan Johnson)


Music composed by Nathan Johnson  Label: La-La Land Records Catalog: LLLCD 1227 Release Date: September 18, 2012 Rating: **** Director Rian Johnson has always been prone to bring something quite original to the screen and afterwards leave an overwhelming impression that makes you go home and think over the matter for at least one excruciating week, and…

Soundtrack Review: PUSHER (Orbital)


Music composed by Orbital  Label: Silva Screen Records Catalog: SILCD1394 Release Date: October 19, 2012 Rating: ****½ Spaniard Luis Prieto summoned the British duo Paul Hartnoll and Phil Hartnoll (Orbital) to tell Pusher story (originally directed by Nicolas Winding Refn) from a British point of view, and the results are quite surprising to say the least. Orbital’s…

Soundtrack Review: BLADE RUNNER – 30th Anniversary Celebration (Vangelis)


Music composed by Vangelis,  Label: BuySoundtrax Records Catalog: BSXCD-8917 Release Date: September 19, 2012 Rating: **** At the time of its release, Vangelis’ Blade Runner Score was filled with mystic romanticness, a sense of longing for home, sadness, unfairness, justice by its own hands and inequality. Deckard’s sense of duty is mainly overshadowed by his own doubts towards…

Soundtrack Review: THE FOG – EXPANDED (John Carpenter)


Music composed by John Carpenter Label: Silva Screen Records Catalog: SILCD 1301 Release Date: October 16, 2012 Rating: **½ John Carpenter is quite unique because he writes, directs, produces and scores his own films, but ticking all the boxes might make the New York-born director sound too repetitive, especially because he tends to make thriller/horror films. If…

Soundtrack Review: LINCOLN (John Williams)


Music composed by John Williams Label: Sony Classical Catalog: SK544685 Release Date: November 6, 2012 Rating: **** As usual John Williams asks you to close your head eyes, open your mind eyes and join him in the journey whilst he paves and paints the way with majestical colours. Taking a look at Daniel Day-Lewis pictures as President…

Soundtrack Review: SKYFALL (Thomas Newman)


Music composed by Thomas Newman Label: Sony Classics Catalog: 88765410402 Release Date: November 6, 2012 Rating: **** Since it was the franchise’s 50th anniversary, Skyfall had a tremendous responsibility to show what the Bond films are made of essentially, and it turned out to be some sort of ode to the British Empire in the end. Allusions…

Soundtrack Review: THE AVENGERS (Alan Silvestri)


Music Composed and Conducted by Alan Silvestri Label: Hollywood/Intrada Catalogue: D001759402 Release Date: 01/05/2012 Rating: **** After years  and having hyped it in all the possible ways through ‘introductory’ stand alone movies, Paramount finally in 2012 hit the screens with its’ The Avengers’ movie.  The movie in itself is as bombastic, flashy and exaggerated as it can be, and that’s…

Soundtrack Review: AFTER EARTH (James Newton Howard)


Music composed by James Newton Howard Label: Sony Masterworks Catalog: 372547 Release Date: June 11, 2013 Rating: **½ The Los Angeles-born James Newton Howard has an incredible CV, he was involved in many big projects such as Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Bourne Legacy.  He has also been collaborating with M. Night Shyamalan since 1999, kicking off…

Soundtrack Review: THE COMPANY YOU KEEP (Cliff Martinez)


Music composed by Cliff Martinez Label: Milan Records Catalog: 36624 Release Date: April 9, 2013 Rating: *** The New York-born Cliff Martinez is a household name related to director Steven Soderbergh (Contagion, Traffic, Side Effects). Their partnership kicked off in 1989 with the cult hit Sex, Lies, and Videotape starring Andie MacDowell, James Spader and Peter Gallagher.…

Soundtrack Review: EMPEROR (Alex Heffes)


Music composed by Alex Heffes Label: Lakeshore Records Catalog:  Digital Download Release Date: March 5, 2013 Rating: **** Buckinghamshire-born Alex Heffes is used to intricate stories and backdrops, he has worked in projects like IB, State of Play, Touching the Void and One Day in September. The story of Emperor deals with the question of whether or not the Japanese Emperor…

Soundtrack Review: SNITCH (Antonio Pinto)


Music composed by Antonio Pinto Label: Lakeshore Records Catalog:  LKS 343202 Release Date: March 5, 2013 Rating: ****½ Brazilian composer Antonio Pinto is not a newcomer to the film score business, he has worked on projects like Lord of War, Perfect Stranger, Love in the Time of Cholera, which was nominated for a Golden Globe in the Best…

Soundtrack Review: ARGO (Alexandre Desplat)


Music composed by Alexandre Desplat Label: WaterTower Music Catalog:  WTM39382 Release Date: October 9, 2012 Rating: **½ Frenchman Alexandre Desplat tends to be the most balanced of the great film composers out there and on Argo he went to the opposite direction, but the effect is not the best cut, as some would say. The complete bulk…

Soundtrack Review: TRON: UPRISING (Joseph Trapanese)


Music composed by Joseph Trapanese Label: Walt Disney Records Catalog: D001405902 Release Date: January 8, 2013 Rating: **** Joseph Trapanese can be called the bloke who makes a tremendous job but does not appear much, that can be said because Mr Trapanese worked on Tron: Legacy from scratch to the final product and arranged the new orchestral…

Soundtrack Review: HITCHCOCK (Danny Elfman)


Music composed by Danny Elfman Label: Sony Masterworks Catalog: 541707 Release Date: November 27, 2012 Rating: ***½ It has been a long time since Danny Elfman big projects showed any signs of greatness and not only mere balls to the wall brass. Elfman is recognised for his flamboyant style but on Hitchcock he had to work more…

Soundtrack Review: LIFE OF PI (Mychael Danna)


Music composed by Mychael Danna Label: Sony Classical Catalog: SK 547725 Release Date: November 19, 2012 Rating: **** Canadian composer Mychael Danna treaded a very exotic path on this score. Danna is already used to allegory, gathered from works like The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and his usual tendency to mix up electronic/orchestral minimalism with…