Tag Archive: period

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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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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Dec 22

Matt’s Film Soundtrack of the Week (22nd Dec) – Amadeus

Mozart Facepalm

This week’s FSotW is less of a tribute to a soundtrack than a general tribute to the music of the most acclaimed classical composer in the history of everything; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The 1984 movie based on his life received eight Oscars, and to this day people still quote it’s famous line, “Too many notes”. …

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Sep 10

Matt’s Film Soundtrack of the Week (10th Sep) – The Prestige

Michael Caine et al in The Prestige

Occasionally I come across a score that I really like but that most critics have panned. The Prestige was one of Chris Nolan’s pre-Batman films, but I suppose it marked the turning point in the director’s career where he started to get good funding and steady box office returns in addition to his continuous critical …

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Mar 04

While we’re on the subject…. is Midnight In Paris any good?

Owen Wilson with Corey Stoll as Hemingway and Kathy Bates as Gertrude Stein

I know the past week has somehow become Woody Allen week, but I finally managed to catch his recent Oscar-winning film Midnight In Paris and I thought I’d give a little review of it in the midsts of LMS’ celebration of the septuagenarian director.

Midnight In Paris won Allen his third Best Screenplay (the most of …

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Sep 19

Matt’s Film Score of the Week (19th Sep) – Barry Lyndon

 

Set in the illustrious eighteenth century and detailing the exploits of an Irish peasant who, through gambling, fraud, and murder, works his way up into the English aristocracy, Stanley Kurbick’s 3-hour period drama Barry Lyndon is not a light-hearted film by any means. The score, which is solely compiled from pieces of music …

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