REFRACTED GLORY – Bradley Jamrozik & Gabriel Hudelson


Original Review by Alan RogersRefracted Glory

Hummingbirds are amongst the smallest birds in the world and are an ornithological wonder. When hovering in mid-air their wings are beating at typical rates of 50 times per second and one cannot fail to be amazed at seeing how expertly they can control their manoeuvrability, being able to fly backwards as well as upside down. Refracted Glory is a feature-length documentary examining a variety of different aspects of these birds including their biology and the physics of hovered flight. Interviewing a number of scientists, pilots and engineers the documentary’s host, David Rives, examines hummingbirds as being an important example of “intelligent design” rather than evolution. Young composers Bradley Jamrozik and Gabriel Hudelson take on the task of conveying Refracted Glory’s celebration of these small birds. [Read more…]

WISHIN’ AND HOPIN’ – Matthew Llewellyn


Original Review by Alan RogersWishin and Hopin

Based on Wally Lamb’s bestselling novel Wishin’ and Hopin’, Colin Theys’ 2014 film follows Felix (Wyatt Ralff), a 10-year-old boy growing up in small-town Connecticut in the mid-1960s. It’s a nostalgic tale following Felix’s experiences in the lead up to the staging of his school’s Christmas Pageant (an older Felix (Chevy Chase) looks back at events at his Catholic school via narration). However, the arrival of a new substitute, Madame Frechette (played by Molly Ringwald), and a fiery Russian student (Siobhan Cohen) ensure that Felix’s lead up to Christmas will be fraught with problems. For the film’s score, director Theys’ returned to promising young composer Matthew Llewellyn; the director-composer duo had already worked together earlier in 2014 on the horror/thriller Deep In The Darkness. Llewellyn has come to prominence over the last couple of years with the release of two excellent horror scores by Screamworks Records – the aforementioned Deep In The Darkness and another horror effort, Dead Souls (2012, co-composed with Jonathan Bartz). With Wishin’ and Hopin’ Llewellyn moves away from horror and treats the listener to a wonderfully enthusiastic and rich orchestral score, full of warmth, drama and emotion, and peppered with seasonal references as well as some subtle hint of threat. [Read more…]

HAIDER – Vishal Bhardwaj


Original Review by Alan RogersHaider

Indian director Vishal Bhardwaj’s 2014 film, Haider, is an adaptation of the William Shakespeare tragedy, Hamlet. The story’s setting is transferred from the Royal Court of Denmark to the insurgency-hit Kashmir conflicts of the mid-1990s. Upon receiving word that his father has gone missing, poet Haider returns home to find that security forces have detained his father for harbouring militant fighters. The acclaimed film then follows Haider as he seeks revenge on those responsible for his father’s situation whilst, at the same time, becoming reluctantly involved in the politics of the region. In addition to film direction, Vishal Bhardwaj is also a prolific composer who has scored all of his most recent films. As well as penning the music for a number of songs for the film, Bhardwaj has written a tense score for a relatively small musical ensemble featuring piano, strings and rhythmic percussion elements infused with subtle regional instrumentation and ghostly female vocals. Together, the score’s various parts deliver a powerful experience that may concentrate more on the anxiety and unease of the plot than on the action, but which is surprisingly fresh due to the subdued use of the ethnic orchestrations. [Read more…]

THE FURRED MAN – Paul Terry


Original Review by Alan RogersThe Furred Man

The Furred Man (2010) sees Max (play by Daniel Carter-Pope) as a guy who resorts to donning a werewolf costume in order to drum up business for his failing camping site business. But things get out of hand when he finds himself sitting in a police interrogation room, his furry suit caked in dried blood and under suspicion for having carried out a particularly gruesome murder. Writer/director Paul Williams’ award-winning, low-budget short film is a darkly comedic piece that’s carried by Carter-Pope’s playing of Max’s bemusement at his circumstances. And it’s well worth a watch HERE.

Composer/producer Paul Terry has written for a number of films and has released a series of non-film related albums under the alias, Cellarscape. Terry has also co-authored a number of books including “Fringe: September’s Notebook – The Bishop Paradox” and the official “Lost Encyclopedia”. When writing for short films composers need to be both versatile (because of limited music budgets) and to get straight to the point in terms of establishing any thematic material (due to the film’s short running time). The Furred Man delivers on both counts. [Read more…]

The 2014 IFMCA Award winners are…


IFMCA logoINTERNATIONAL FILM MUSIC CRITICS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF 2014 IFMCA AWARDS; HANS ZIMMER, ALEXANDRE DESPLAT TAKE TOP HONORS

http://filmmusiccritics.org/2015/02/ifmca-award-winners-2014/

FEBRUARY 19, 2014 — The International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) announces its list of winners for excellence in musical scoring in 2014, in the 2014 IFMCA Awards.

The award for Score of the Year goes to composer HANS ZIMMER for his work on the Christopher Nolan-directed epic science fiction odyssey INTERSTELLAR. IFMCA member James Southall called the score “one of the most impressive creations of Zimmer’s career” and felt that the film “inspired him to create something unusually personal and about which he is understandably proud,” while IFMCA member Kaya Savas called Interstellar “one of Hans Zimmer’s finest accomplishments as a composer”. This is the third IFMCA Award of Zimmer’s career, and the first time he has been awarded Score of the Year. [Read more…]

IFMCA RADIO – Best New Music and Soundtrack Releases of 2014


The International Film Music Critics Association is proud to announce the third in its annual IFMCA Radio broadcasts, celebrating the music nominated for the 2014 IFMCA Awards, and featuring selections by several members which represent, in their opinion, some of the best individual film, TV and video game cues from the preceding 12 months.

Please take a listen to the show at the IFMCA website.

IFMCA Radio logoThe selections in this special epic 4-hour programme includes music from THE ABYSS (Alan Silvestri), ASTERIX: THE LAND OF THE GODS (Philippe Rombi), THE BANNER SAGA (Austin Wintory), CANTINFLAS (Roque Baños), CASTLEVANIA: LORDS OF SHADOW 2 (Óscar Araujo), CIVILIZATION: BEYOND EARTH (Geoff Knorr and Grant Kirkhope), EMPIRE OF THE SUN (John Williams), GODZILLA (Alexandre Desplat), THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (Alexandre Desplat), GUNSHI KANBEI (Yūgo Kanno), HIDDEN KINGDOMS (Ben Foster), THE HOMESMAN (Marco Beltrami), HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 (John Powell), THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY, PART I (James Newton Howard), THE IMITATION GAME (Alexandre Desplat), INHERENT VICE (Jonny Greenwood), INTERSTELLAR (Hans Zimmer), ISABEL (Federico Jusid), LAIR (John Debney), THE LEFTOVERS (Max Richter), THE LIBERATOR (Gustavo Dudamel), MALEFICENT (James Newton Howard), THE MONKEY KING (Christopher Young), THE MONUMENTS MEN (Alexandre Desplat), RED KROKODIL (Alexander Cimini), SON OF BATMAN (Frederik Wiedmann), THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING (Jóhann Jóhannsson), UNDER THE SKIN (Mica Levi), THE UNKNOWN KNOWN (Danny Elfman), and WORLD OF WARCRAFT: WARLORDS OF DRAENOR (Russell Brower et al). [Read more…]

ANATOMY OF A LOVE SEEN – Thom Robson


Original Review by Alan RogersAnatomy of a Love Seen

How a relationship, where two people seem to love each other so deeply, can ultimately fail is a question that is explored in Marina Rice Bader’s 2014 film, Anatomy of A Love Seen. Leading actresses Zoe (Sharon Hinnendael) and Mal (Jill Evyn) fall in love while filming a love scene and what follows is a six-month whirlwind love affair. Unfortunately for them both, the relationship comes to a turbulent end when Mal leaves without explanation. However, things are complicated when, soon after the split, the two women must re-shoot the love scene in order to secure a broadcast deal for the movie.

The score is written by UK-based composer Thom Robson, whose resumé includes a number of award-winning short films (Sit In Silence, Carriages), several feature films (including Strings) and the video game, Morphopolis. [Read more…]

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