Category Archives: SOUNDTRACK REVIEW

Nocturne

Raiomond Mirza’s score for Saul Pincus’ enchanting indie drama NOCTURNE is a classy affair, a heady mix of jazz rhythms and traditional symphonic music, with haunting melodies punctuated by explosive emotions. The relationship between symphonic score and jazz in movies is a lengthy and historic one, from the the scores of Elmer Bernstein to the use of George Gershwin in Woody Allen’s MANHATTAN, and it’s treated beautifully here. Mirza’s score has elements of tension and danger behind it, but pushing…

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Watership Down

Vocalion steps in with a welcome reissue of the long out of print rabbit drama score, along with two other back catalogue releases… By Charlie Brigden A beloved adaptation with an undeserved reputation as a nasty piece of work, 1978’s WATERSHIP DOWN is a tale of a group of rabbits that escape from their warren after believing a great danger is oncoming, and search for a new home. It was bestowed with a wonderful score by the late Angela Morley, with…

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Black Mirror: San Junipero

black-mirror-san-junipero_2400By Charlie Brigden Charlie Brooker’s surrealist Netflix show Black Mirror has come back with a vengeance this year not only with the show but also a list of fine composers, including the great Clint Mansell who has provided music for the unique romance San Junipero. There’s always a clear line of intelligence in Mansell’s work, and San Junipero is no exception, bringing in his own brand of emotional hedonism. Completely performed on synthesiser, the score has the sense of a…

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Ghostbusters

I didn’t quite know what to expect with Ghostbusters. I know Theodore Shapiro is a very capable composer, especially given that scorers of comedy are generally ignored – although two of his most acclaimed scores were decidedly non-comedies – The Invitation and Trumbo. But Ghostbusters is a strange beast, not least given the animosity shown towards it since announcement. One thing for sure: Shapiro’s Ghostbusters is not Elmer Bernstein’s Ghostbusters, in the same way that I imagine Feig’s picture is… Read More Read More

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