Cue rating - 10/10 10/10 10.0/10 It only took two movies for the new “Planet of the apes” series to become one of my favourite franchises; actually it only took the end of the first movie, with Caesar and the other apes running free into the forest and taking charge and a fantastically dense and […]
These are the scores i gave a 100 cue rating and 100% album excellence. When I listened to them they took me to a place I wanted to stay in and that feeling didn’t go away for the entire duration of the scores. These are my favorite scores from the ones I reviewed.My perfect scores
Cue rating - 10/10 10/10 10.0/10 Hanan Townshend is one of my favourite composers working right now. I feel this is the most appropriate thing to say at the beginning of this review because I am glad any time a new composition of his comes out; my favourite score of all times is “Thin red […]
Cue rating - 10/10 10/10 10.0/10 “Get even” is a psychological thriller video game where Black – an ice-cold mercenary and hired gun – awakes in a mysterious old asylum with no memory of his past. Under the guidance of his anonymous captor, ‘Red’, Black embarks on a form of treatment, facilitated by a unique […]
Cue rating - 10/10 10/10 10.0/10 “Pasaje al amanecer” (“Passage to dawn”) is a 2016 drama. Javier a young photojournalist decides to travel to Fallujah (Iraq) as war correspondent. His flight leaves December 30th at dawn. Before traveling to his destination, he must deal with another conflict: his family. The score was written by Diego […]
Cue rating - 10/10 10/10 10.0/10 “Penny Dreadful” is a British-American horror drama television series created for Showtime and Sky by John Logan, who also acts as executive producer alongside Sam Mendes. The title refers to the penny dreadfuls, a type of 19th-century British fiction publication with lurid and sensational subject matter. The series draws […]
Cue rating - 10/10 10/10 10.0/10 “Brimstone” is a 2016 western thriller film conceived, written and directed by Martin Koolhoven. The film stars Dakota Fanning, Guy Pearce, Kit Harington and Carice van Houten. It is described as a triumphant epic of survival and a tale of powerful womanhood and resistance against the unforgiving cruelty of […]
Cue rating - 10/10 10/10 10.0/10 “Trancers II” is a 1991 American action science fiction film directed by Charles Band. It is the sequel to Trancers starring Tim Thomerson and Helen Hunt. The plot involves once again time travel with the help of drug injections. The two composers Phil Davies and Mark Ryder returned to […]
Cue rating - 10/10 10/10 10.0/10 “Trancers” is a 1984 science fiction film. It was directed by Charles Band and stars Tim Thomerson and Helen Hunt. It is the first film in the Trancers series. This film portrays a method of time travel: People can travel back in time by injecting themselves with a drug […]
Cue rating - 10/10 10/10 10.0/10 “Sully” is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood and written by Todd Komarnicki, based on the autobiography Highest Duty by Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow. The film stars Tom Hanks as Sullenberger, with Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Anna Gunn, Autumn Reeser, […]
Cue rating - 10/10 10/10 10.0/10 “Dark waves” (Bellerofonte) is a 2015 movie from visionary director Domiziano Cristopharo. It stars Nancy de Lucia, Antonella Salvucci, Arian Levanael and Gabriele Guerra and the score I written by Alexander Cimini who left an unforgettable mark for me with “Red Krokodil”. Connecting with this score is as comfortable […]
Cue rating - 10/10 10/10 10.0/10 “Hell or High Water” is a 2016 American heist crime film directed by David Mackenzie and written by Taylor Sheridan, whose script was the winner of the 2012 Black List. The film follows two brothers who plan a bank robbery to save their family farm and stars Chris Pine, […]
Cue rating - 10/10 10/10 10.0/10 “World of Warcraft: Cataclysm” is the third expansion set for the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) World of Warcraft, following Wrath of the Lich King. The central plot of the expansion is the return of the evil dragon aspect Deathwing the Destroyer (originally Neltharion the Earth Warder). Last […]
Either way, rush to get this one. For me, halfway through 2016, it’s the score of the year.
To me Martin Phipps’ “War and peace” is a stunning and unique composition
“The neon demon” is a strange and wonderful musical world filled with nostalgia, neons, lasers and bright colors. It’s a dream from beginning to end
I just wish I had been in the room when this score was recorded.
Count “A hologram for the king” as a fantasy and as one of the most fascinating scores of 2016 so far, one I will surely return to.
“Beyond: two souls” is the kind of score I will never forget.
“Siddharth” is one of the nicest surprises of the year so far; it’s a beautiful and elegant score that will warm you up inside.
“Far Cry Primal” is an action-adventure video game developed and published by Ubisoft. It was released for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on February 23, 2016, and it was also released for Microsoft Windows on March 1, 2016. The game is set in 10,000 BCE during the beginning of the Mesolithic. It takes place […]
every single second from the score is golden. Do not miss this one. It’s peasant and easy to listen to, floating on an eternal cloud…
Feel good, optimistic, nostalgic and brilliant, “Eddie the Eagle” will be among the best scores of 2016 no matter what happens from now on.
There isn’t a second on this album that doesn’t make me feel something and this is what film music is all about.
“Black spider” is an intimate and misty jazzy score like no other and if you are usually touched by the sound of Italian movies from a few decades ago you will consider this one among your favorites.
This score gives me everything I need; I understand its darkness and I’m not afraid of it.
This is what film music is all about. “The setting sun” is one of the more beautiful and intimate war scores I have ever heard.
“Misconduct” is so good that even if it’s only the beginning of February I don’t see it leaving my top ten of the year
“Legends of the Fall” is a 1994 American epic drama film directed by Edward Zwick and starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Aidan Quinn, Julia Ormond and Henry Thomas. Based on the 1979 novella of the same title by Jim Harrison, the film is about three brothers and their father living in the wilderness and plains […]
“Synchronicity” is a 2015 American science fiction film directed, written, and edited by Jacob Gentry. It stars Chad McKnight, A. J. Bowen, Brianne Davis, Scott Poythress, and Michael Ironside. After he invents a time travel machine, physicist Jim Beale becomes suspicious of the motives of a woman that he meets. He sends himself back in […]
„The Social Network” is a 2010 American drama film directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin. Adapted from Ben Mezrich’s 2009 book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal, the film portrays the founding of social networking website Facebook and the resulting lawsuits. It stars […]
My introduction to the Evil dead franchise came with “Army of darkness”. I remember seeing the movie and being completely blown away by how funny it was. Bruce Campbell became one of my heroes and I looked for him in everything. In the 3rd Evil Dead movie. Ash (Bruce Campbell) finds himself trapped in medieval […]
I am sure when the first Madagascar movie came out nobody thought the movie would be so successful that not only would it get sequels but also secondary characters would go on to spin off in their own shows and movies. After the penguins got the spotlight the Madagascar universe expanded and it’s time for […]
“Turbo Kid” is a 2015 Canadian-New Zealand dystopian action-adventure comedy film and directed by François Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell. The film stars Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf, Michael Ironside, Edwin Wright, Aaron Jeffery and Romano Orzar. The film follows the adventures of The Kid, a teenage boy in the “Wastelands”, an alternate 1997 Earth […]
“ “The Revenant” is a 2015 American epic biographical western revenge film directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu set in 1823 Montana and South Dakota. The screenplay by Mark L. Smith and Iñárritu is based in part on Michael Punke’s 2002 novel of the same name, which was inspired by the life of frontiersman Hugh Glass. […]
“Basic instinct”… do I even need to write an intro for this one? This controversial movie divided and excited audiences and Paul Verhoeven delivered something that’s enjoyable even 25 years later. The film follows a police detective, Nick Curran (Douglas), who is investigating the brutal murder of a wealthy rock star. During the investigation Curran […]
The Big Short is a 2015 American biographical comedy-drama film directed and co-written by Adam McKay. It is based on the 2010 book of the same name by Michael Lewis, about the financial crisis of 2007–2010 by the build-up of the housing and credit bubble. The film stars Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and […]
“Rams” (Icelandic: Hrútar) is a 2015 Icelandic drama film directed by Grímur Hákonarson. In a remote Icelandic farming valley, two brothers who haven’t spoken in 40 years have to come together in order to save what’s dearest to them – their sheep. For me Nordic dramas are almost always a great territory for a haunting […]
“Flashback”, released as Flashback: The Quest for Identity in the United States, is a 1992 science fiction cinematic platform game developed by Delphine Software of France and published by U.S. Gold in United States and Europe, and Sunsoft in Japan. As a cinematic platformer, Flashback features gameplay similar to that of 1989’s Prince of Persia, […]
Digging for Fire is a 2015 American dramedy directed by Joe Swanberg. It is also co-written by Swanberg and Jake Johnson. It stars Johnson, Rosemarie DeWitt, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick and Mike Birbiglia. The discovery of a bone and a gun send a husband and wife on separate adventures over the […]
“Big Pharma” is a simulation game developed by Twice Circled and published by Positech Games where one builds a drug factory. The game was released on 27 August. In Big Pharma the player takes the role as the manager of a pharmaceutical company, producing prescription drugs from raw materials. Raw materials have intrinsic positive (e.g., […]
“Revelation” is a MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) from the Chinese video game studio NetEase. So far the score for the game has only been released in China and game music fans have been eager to give it a listen. The score is written by Neal Acree, one of my favorite game score composers. […]
Last year’s “Dragon Age: Inquisition” was one of the best games scores I heard. Trevor Morris came out swinging and hit me with powerful themes and epic pieces. That score was long and magnificent from start to finish so any extension to that, even a year later, is more than welcomed. It’s time now to […]
“American Hero” is a 2015 movie about Melvin, a reluctant Superhero, who lives only for crime, women and drugs – until he realises that the only way he will ever get to see his estranged son is to go straight and fulfil his potential as a crime fighter. Reminds me a bit of the plot […]
“Saints & strangers” is a National Geographic mini series about the Voyage of the Mayflower and the first year of The Pilgrims in America. This is a story that goes beyond the familiar historical account of Thanksgiving and the founding of Plymouth Plantation, revealing the trials and tribulations of the settlers at Plymouth: 102 men, […]
“In the heart of the sea” is one of the most awaited movies of the year for me. Ever since I saw the trailer…ever since I saw it’s directed by Ron Howard and it stars Chris Hemsworth, his new favorite actor, I’ve been intrigued. The last movie the two of them did together still is […]
“A Tale of Love and Darkness” is a 2015 drama film directed by Natalie Portman, based on the autobiographical novel of the same name by Israeli author Amos Oz, taking place at Jerusalem in the last years of Mandatory Palestine and the first years of independent Israel. It was screened at the 2015 Cannes Film […]
Felix enjoys his single life to the fullest, but a ferret bites him, sterilizing him in the process. He tries everything in his power to find the soon-to-be mother of his only child, the result of his first and last sperm donation. I am not kidding, this is the plot of the movie “Vaterfreuden”. Why […]
“Room” is ROOM tells the extraordinary story of Jack (Jacob Tremblay), a spirited 5 year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted Ma (Brie Larson). Like any good mother, Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with warmth and love and doing typical things like playing games and telling […]
Slofall is an Android game which claims a little thing like the player being able to control the time. Can we have this in real life too, please? To just be able to hold our finger on a screen and be able to slow some moments down, even freeze them? To allow us to avoid […]
“Pan” is a 2015 British-American fantasy adventure film directed by Joe Wright and written by Jason Fuchs, and a prequel to Scottish author J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan story, first staged in 1904. It stars Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, and Levi Miller as the title character. It is an invented origin story depicting […]
Two volumes of music from “Outlander” in one year? Yes please! The score for the first season of this show about a married World War II nurse in 1945 who finds herself transported back to Scotland in 1743, where she encounters a dashing Highland warrior and becomes embroiled in the Jacobite risings was in such […]
“Black mass” is a biopic about one of the most infamous Irish-American mobster, Whitey Bulger. Following a string of violent acts, he becomes an FBI informant for 30 years in order to take down a Mafia family invading his turf. The film focuses on the period of the late 1970s and early 1980s, as Whitey […]
“A heart that never dies” is the story of six people struggling to survive in corrupt regimes and governments that try to suppress the peaceful exercise of freedom of expression or violate other basic human rights. It’s a 6 part TV series that tries to make us pay attention to this neverending fight. The score […]
“Echoes of war” is a 2015 movie about a Civil War veteran returns home to the quiet countryside, only to find himself embroiled in a conflict between his family and the brutish cattle rancher harassing them. This is a western and I’m always in the mood for a good western score. Hope I get one […]
Highlighting single cues? Pointless. Sure I could say that “We were equals” represents this score for me but it would be unfair to the other 90 minutes of this release.
Slowly and constantly Rob Simonsen has become one of my top five composers to get excited about. Top 5 means whatever he puts out is a top priority for me to listen to. I trust him. I know how he makes me feel and I know his music will never let me down. There is […]
2015 is truly the year of minimalism in film music. 2014 started this trend but this year it’s something else. This makes the fact that almost 8 months in my favorite score of the year is still the loudest and most explosive one (Tom Holkenborg’s Mad Max- Fury Road) all the more remarkable. But if […]
The year of Lorne Balfe continues with the next installment, his score for “Gloria”. I know it’s just August and I know that Michael Giacchino has had a marvelous year as well but 2015 will be remembered as the year of Lorne Balfe because his volume and quality of work has been just wonderful. I […]
I’m still on a high from having heard Joe Kraemers’s exciting “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” score when another 60s spy inspired movie remake is making its way to us with a score to match. Daniel Pemberton already convinced me he can write for this genre with his excellent score for “The game” earlier this […]
“Maggie” sounds like an intriguing and compelling movie. It’s on my list of must see and I am very curious to watch what people are saying it’s Arnold Schwarzenegger’s most demanding and rewarding role so far. It’s the story of a dad and his little girl (and this hits very close to home since I […]
“Old beginnings” is a short film by Binu Basheer which was an official selection at Cannes 2012. The score was written by Joseph de la Hoyde. The opening cue gives me a wonderful vision of a summer sunset on top of a ridge, overlooking the glimmering sea. I could just stay there forever. The sun […]
I am not a fan of club or rave music. I mean I could listen to it for a little while before it becomes too much. But every once in a while a score comes along that lures me into its world with that kind of sound and I get hooked. I am though a […]
In a future where the human race has self-destructed, the survival of the race depends on an android named RS-1281 who must evaluate Duedan as a human. It’s sort of a reversed “Bicentennial man”. This short film is very though provoking and I enjoyed it. A short score was released and it was written by […]
“Maria di Nazaret” is a television movie from 2012, directed by Giacomo Campiotti. The two part movie was a huge success in Italy as it recounts the story of Jesus’ mother Maria and accompanies her throughout the life of the son of God until his death on the cross. The music was written by Guy […]
“Trans-Siberian Adventure” is a 3-part series which follows British actress Joanna Lumley (of Absolutely Fabulous fame) on a trip from Hong Kong to Moscow through China, Mongolia and Russia. During her trip, Joanna revisits her childhood home where her father was stationed, then she travels thousands of miles, visits the obligatory tourist sites (such as […]
“Riflessi di luce” (“Reflections of light” in English) is the story of a musician who, after a car accident kills his wife, remains paralytic and retreats to a villa. Incidentally together with him in the villa there are also a bisexual, a lesbian and a vicious kid. The lascivious atmosphere drives all the protagonists into […]
“L’astragale” (French word meaning “anklebone”) is a 2015 french movie based on a famous novel from 1957. It’s the story of a girl who escapes from prison and breaks her anklebone while scaling the prison wall and who is found there by a gangster who was just passing by. A strange relationship develops. The score […]
Freddie Wiedman is one of my favorite composers. For me every new release of his is a reason to get excited and to anticipate a wonderful listening experience. I’ve spoken to him and I know his favorite writing style is booming action so I couldn’t wait to hear how he would approach the sensitive subject […]
Like his former Nine Inch Nails band members Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Charlie Clouser decided to take his craft over to the film music world. While Reznor is the most successful of the three, Charlie Clouser has the largest output and has been around films longer. His scores for the Saw franchise are still […]
“The lost weekend” is the oldest movie score I have listened to so far. The movie came out in 1945 and it was big. Somehow through the archives of Paramount they found the original tapes of Miklos Rozsa’s score and we get the opportunity to hear this complete version 70 years later. This is mind […]
“I am big bird” is a documentary that chronicles the story of Caroll Spinney, the man who has voiced Big Bird from Sesame Street for 40 years. I haven’t watched that show so the movie might not have that much an impact on me but this man’s story sounds heartwarming. The score was written by […]
20 years later this score is just as fresh and piercing as the first time I was mesmerized by its themes
Almost 25 years later “Last of the Mohicans” has become a legendary score
Shigeru Umebayashi is one of the composers I get most excited about. There’s something about his deep and sorrowful sound that always gets to me. He’s also one of the composers I can distinguish very clearly. I have no trouble identifying his music or his scores. This time, Caldera Records presents us his composition for […]
I didn’t know who David Sandberg was but I he is the coolest guy ever. I am sure we grew up in the same period because he just revived the childhood of my entire generation. All of us who grew up in the 80s and fed on the martial arts and police action films of […]
“Le vents des regret” is a 2014 French independent film. Kronos Records released the score for this movie, written by Ivan Palomares. It’s always exciting to get to know a new composer to me and even if the actual score is only 13 minutes long, the rest of the release plays as greatest hits from […]
Finally! I’ve been waiting for this score for months. This score and this movie have been on my most anticipated list of 2015 and the kicker is there’s no way they could disappoint. I’ve rarely been this excited about a score. This is one of the rare cases when I know for sure what I […]
“The D-train” is a Jack Black comedy where he tries to get the most popular guy from high school to come with him to the class reunion. He lies and invents stuff to get him there but doesn’t know that this will all turn against him when the other guy takes over his house, life […]
“The Age of Adaline” is about a girl who miraculously remains 29 years old for almost 80 years. Naturally she lives a solitary existence for fear that anyone she would get close to might reveal her secret. At one moment thought she meets a guy who reignites her passion. Sounds like an intriguing story. Blake […]
Who doesn’t know or like “Dances with wolves”…? Kevin Costner’s brightest moment and one of the most beautiful and emotional westerns of the past 25 years is still a pleasant viewing experience to this day. I love the story, I love how Costner wrote and directed the movie and it has aged very well. The […]