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.