Category Archive: Film Scoring

Jun 17

Matt’s Film Soundtrack of the Week (17th June) – Misery

Second only to The Shining in the canon of Stephen King film adaptations, Misery tells the story of a writer who is rescued from a car crash by his “number one fan”, a psychotic nurse who then holds him prisoner until he writes a new ending for one of his books. Aside from some ankle and …

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Jun 03

Matt’s Film Soundtrack of the Week (3rd June) – The King’s Speech

"Not bad Lionel.... could do with a bit more bass on the left channel."

The King’s Speech is not nearly as dull a film as its premise might suggest. Aside from being a uniquely-made historical take on the events of George VI’s life, it is also a simple and powerful drama that gets into the skin of its the main character, his highness. The music is very, very well-equipped to …

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May 20

Matt’s Film Soundtrack Of The Week (20th May) – Synecdoche, New York

Synecdoche, New York is made of the stuff that even film bloggers don’t understand (including us). It is a decidedly ‘multiple viewings needed’ film about a playwright, Caden Cotard, injecting his existential fears about death and loneliness into an increasingly large-scale autobiographical play, within which the same character puts on the same play, within which……

This …

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May 06

Matt’s Film Soundtrack Of The Week (6th May) – Goldfinger

With many people claiming that Skyfall is “the best James Bond film since Goldfinger“, I thought I’d revisit the Sean Connery classic this week and examine its musical merits. There are plenty.

With Goldfinger, the third in the series, John Barry, king of the Bond score, gave us not only the best song but the best (and …

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Apr 22

Matt’s Film Soundtrack Of The Week (22nd April) – Doubt

Streep and Hoffman begin their battle

Howard Shore is not my favourite film composer thanks to his occasionally committing the John Williams crime of noodling around in a particularly “pleasant” soundworld and not delivering any substance or development. I know that film music isn’t the same as concert music but, if you’re capable of doing interesting things, whatever the context, you …

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Apr 08

Matt’s Film Soundtrack Of The Week (8th April) – Moonrise Kingdom

The clueless adults

Released last year to modest acclaim, this Wes Anderson gem slipped past mainstream moviegoers without much of a fuss; a shame, since it’s probably the director’s highest achievement so far. The clean, square look of the film, with its bright colour and child-like treatment of the story, works perfectly with its music, composed by Andre …

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Mar 04

Matt’s Film Soundtrack of the Week (4th March) – Schindler’s List

Thanks to Steven Spielberg’s affinity with family and adventure movies, a lot of John Williams’ scores are remembered for their bold, joyous melodies, magical glissandos and fat brassy statements that speak of worlds better than this one. In Schindler’s List, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Of course, not only does the movie deal …

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Feb 25

Matt’s Film Soundtrack of the Week (25th Feb) – Sleeper

Woody Allen’s love of jazz is one of many things that made his seventies comedies so endearing. Sleeper, in particular, makes use of the style of music to get its message across, however silly. How many other films set in 2173 are there that have a score based around ragtime, trad jazz and swing?

None …

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Feb 11

Matt’s Film Soundtrack of the Week (11th Feb) – Memento

In short, I’d say this is an underrated score. Julyan caresses his synthesizers with a soft  touch, yet what oozes out of them is music that sounds truly disturbed by its own lack of detail. It has all the dark fuzziness of our brain damaged friend. And I think that’s a remarkable achievement, especially considering …

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Jan 21

Matt’s Film Soundtrack of the Week (21st Jan) – Das Boot

Known for its extreme subject matter, length and budget, Das Boot was one of the key second world war films to have its narrative told from a German perspective. The epic story of the crew of a large U-boat plunging to uncertain depths in the Atlantic Ocean is accentuated by a chilling, brooding soundtrack of …

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