Directed by Tom Harper, ‘Wild Rose’ is a musical drama that tells the story of a Scottish ex-con with Nashville country singer aspirations. While it doesn’t add much new to the genre, and does feel like a Scottish reworking of ‘A Star is Born’, it’s still a wonderfully uplifting and enjoyable affair. By a 'country' … Continue reading Jessie Buckley’s star is born (Wild Rose review)
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!
Mary Poppins, made in 1964, is practically perfect in every way. It is the jewel in Disney’s live action crown, and is rightfully regarded as one of the best films ever made. Naturally, in today’s modern saturated movie market, a long overdue sequel was made. While Mary Poppins doesn’t begin to eclipse the original, it gives it a damn good try.
Well, it’s no surprise to hear that Disney’s mega budget CGI fest of a Nutcracker film is utterly dreadful. When it was first announced, it baffled everyone. Why on earth were Disney funding a live-action adaptation of the iconic Russian ballet? The answer, they weren't. They were actually making a dull, predictable story under that banner, so they could use some iconic classical music to hide the death of their originality. And boy does it stink.
Queen are arguable one of the biggest and best loved bands in the world. Lead by front man Freddie Mercury, they created countless classics. Now, telling the story of Freddie and his balancing act between the stage and his personal life, Bohemian Rhapsody takes us on the journey of Queen from their inception to their iconic 1985 Live Aid performance. Despite certain historical discrepancies being taken, and a definite glorification of the characters, this toe-tapping musical drama will absolutely Rock You!
In his directorial debut, Bradley Cooper has created an incredibly powerful, raw and emotional piece. In the most positive way possible, this is 2018’s La La Land…and might even be better than it.
The title of this tells you everything you need to know. Everything they did, they’re doing again. More ABBA, more horrible dialogue and more cheesy hammed-up performances. And you know what, Ol Parker (this instalment's director) has absolutely Nailed It! It’s a rare thing to watch a film that is so utterly naff and yet is so utterly uplifting and enjoyable.
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?