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?
For all its moral issues and predictable plot points, The Greatest Showman has such a toe-tapping, uplifting soundtrack that none of the problems matter (click to read more)
Reflect on a great year in film as I recall some of my favourite films of 2017, and look forward to what 2018 has to offer (click to read more)
A film full of moral problems and plot holes, but one that proves theres nothing wrong with going to the cinema for pure escapist fun (click to read more)
A fantastic reboot of this classic monster, sporting beautiful special effects and a brilliant Vietnam soundtrack (click to read more)