Mission: Impossible has one of the most recognisable themes in film. Used in the original 1966 TV series, the reboot 1980 series and all 6 feature films, the evolving style of the theme tune has helped define a franchise. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to read along as I explore how the theme tune and the music of the franchise has been adapted over time, and see how those changes reflect each of the films.
2018’s Movie Music scene has been fantastic, with all sorts of genres being covered. Whether you want an original musical, a classical piece or a mix of electronics and bongo’s, 2018 has it. It’s broken new ground with percussion work, as well as releasing the first score album with a parental advisory warning. In this post, I’ll be recounting some of the best pieces of movie music from the last year, and I’ve even collated a playlist so you can listen along with my picks. You lucky devils!
Danny Elfman has defined the sound of Tim Burton’s films for over 30 years. His quirky scores for all but three of Burton’s films have helped him create a distinctly unique style. An accomplished singer-songwriter and composer for many other films, Danny Elfman is one of the most prolific composers in Hollywood. Danny Elfman grew … Continue reading What’s the score with Danny Elfman?
In the last ten years, Henry Jackman has gone from a small composer to one that has scored for some of the biggest blockbusters of recent years. Known for his work with Matthew Vaughn and several Marvel films, this Hans Zimmer prodigy has developed his own style to create great blockbuster scores with a unique … Continue reading What’s the score with Henry Jackman?
Michael Giacchino is an American film composer known for his lighthearted, fun style and has composed for a huge range of blockbuster films. His collaborations with Brad Bird and Pixar have given us some of the best loved scores of the 21st Century. With several major blockbusters being scored by him (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom … Continue reading What’s the score with Michael Giacchino?
Alexandre Desplat is a French-born composer who has scored for more than 150 films. His work has a very wide range, that mixes beautifully romantic scores for films like The Kings Speech and The Imitation Game, with his more quirky, humorous scores in collaboration with Wes Anderson. Born in Paris in 1961, Desplat began playing … Continue reading What’s the score with Alexandre Desplat?
It hardly seems useful to introduce John Williams and his work. He is arguably the most recognized film composer to have lived, with blockbuster scores securing his spot at the top of the list. His work on Star Wars, Harry Potter, and all but three of Spielberg’s films have meant that his discography is huge … Continue reading What’s the score with John Williams?
Thomas Newman is a film composer best known for his work with Disney and Sam Mendes. His film scores utilise many rare and ethnic instruments, often not heard in mainstream film scores, and his style is incredibly unique. Despite being nominated for 14 Academy Awards, he has never won one, making him one of the … Continue reading What’s the score with Thomas Newman?
Hans Zimmer is arguably one of the best renowned and well-respected film composers of all time. Known for his music for Gladiator, Pirates of the Caribbean and many Christopher Nolan films, his style has been endlessly imitated, but his own talents lie much deeper than his ability to make a lot of dramatic noise. Zimmer … Continue reading What’s the score with Hans Zimmer?