Soundtrack pick: The Knick

The Knick is the best TV show you’re not watching right now. FACT. Directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Clive Owen, it is quite possibly my favourite thing to watch on TV at the moment.

But, I’ll wax lyrical about the actual TV show another time. Right now, I want to introduce you to the soundtrack. The Knick is scored by Cliff Martinez of Drive, Contagion, Traffic and Solaris fame. And he brings exactly what you would expect to The Knick: Continue Reading

Film score pick of the mo: How to Train Your Dragon 2

Took a little bit longer than I had anticipated, but finally got around to seeing How to Train Your Dragon 2, and it was everything I could have wanted out of a sequel to one of my favourite animated films of recent years.

Even better, the film score from John Powell delivered yet again. Though, a couple of times it felt like it was trying to slip into Brave’s score, especially the track For the Dancing and the Dreaming.

What I was incredibly glad for was having Jónsi back with a track on the album. The whole reason I got into Jónsi in the first place was all down to How to Train Your Dragon! Continue Reading

Film score pick of the mo: X-Men: Days of Future Past

Completely and utterly enjoyed X-Men: Days of Future Past. I might still be trying to reconcile the ramifications of the film on past X-Men films. But I’m dealing with that.

For the ‘revamped’ X-Men films’ second outing, John Ottman has taken the reigns on the scoring duties. Personally, I really, really enjoyed Henry Jackman’s score for First Class. Which is probably a big reason why I’ve chosen the track I have as my favourite pick of the bunch. Continue Reading

Film score pick of the mo: Godzilla

Alexandre Desplat’s score for Godzilla is excellent. It’s loud, roar-y and everything it should be for the new Godzilla film. However, I couldn’t pick one of the album’s tracks as a favourite. Sure, The Power Plant is a stand out track. But my favourite film score moment has to be the music accompanying the HALO jump sequence:

The track is by György Ligeti, titled Requiem. Famously used in 2001: A Space Odyssey. This track sends chills down my spine listening to it as a stand alone piece. It was a perfect match to the sequence in the film. And I think my favourite scene from the entire film.

Film Score Pick of the mo: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Summer film blockbuster season is well and truly upon us. We’ve already had two comic book films thrust upon us. While I enjoyed, but wasn’t too fussed over Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 struck a bit more of an emotional chord, and had a pretty awesome score.

Thanks to Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, The Magnificent Six and *breathe* Johnny Marr, there’s finally a new film score I’ve fallen for. It has been a while since that has happened. The theme for Electro in particular is what I really enjoyed.

Brilliant combination of sounds and music. Built the atmosphere up perfectly in the cinema.

While I merely enjoyed The Amazing Spider-Man 2, I fell for the soundtrack.