ZONE OF THE DEAD – Stefano Caprioli


Original Review by Alan Rogers Zone of The Dead is a Serbian zombie film from 2009 that appears to so bad that it was released quickly on DVD in 2010, having undergone a name change to Apocalypse of The Dead. A group of officials are charged with transporting a prisoner cross country to be transferred…

TIRÉ À PART – Jean-Philippe Goude


Original Review by Alan Rogers Tiré à Part is a French/English language film directed by Bernard Rapp and starring Terence Stamp (playing editor, Edward Lamb). Stamp’s character receives a manuscript from an old friend (played by French actor, Daniel Mesguich) which seems to contain details of an event from their past, details that convince Stamp…

My Favourite Scores – 1934


Lieutenant Kijé Sergei Prokofiev Vox Box / 1990 / 20:27 From what I have seen of the film, Lieutenant Kijé is bizarre. Full of extremely exaggerated acting, I had hoped to watch the film in order to see how Prokofiev’s original music fits. But the film is so bizarre and the copy I saw (streaming…

Ten Tracks Today – 27th September 2011


01 – “Tara and Mother” – True Blood – Nathan Barr I like how Barr emphasises the cello in his score for True Blood. This track has a definite hymn-like feel to it – I suppose to highlight the fervent religious streak in Tara’s mother’s character. 02 – “End Credits” – Medal of Honor: Airborne…

BALLAD OF A SOLDIER – Mikhail Ziv


Original Review by Alan Rogers Credit needs to be given at the outset to Jim Lochner and his FilmScore ClickTrack piece “9 On The 9th” from November 2010. On that day he selected nine favourite foreign film scores and at number one of his list was Mikhail Ziv’s score to Ballad of A Soldier. Both…

IL MISTERO DEL LAGO – Alessandro Molinari


Original Review by Alan Rogers RTI/Made In Etaly is a label that regularly releases soundtracks from Italian TV productions. Several of these releases are worthy of reaching as wide an audience as possible (see my recent review of Marco Betta’s score for Maria Montessori: Una Vita Per I Bambini). Il Mistero Del Lago (directed by…

My Favourite Scores – 1933


King Kong Max Steiner Marco Polo/Naxos / 1997 / 72:19 This year was the year of King Kong: with both King Kong and The Son of Kong being released this year, both with scores by Max Steiner. It’s difficult to choose anything other this iconic score; a milestone score of quality. Steiner’s music is great…

IMAGO – Thierry Malet


Original Review by Alan Rogers From what I have seen, Cédric Babouche’s award-winning film Imago (2005) is a beautifully executed animated short. The film tells the simple story of Antoine and how he comes to terms with the death of his father (a pilot) in a plane crash. Dreams and reality merge as the boy…

WHITE LION – Philip Miller


Original Review by Alan Rogers (First uploaded at maintitles.net) White Lion is a film that I first thought was a wildlife documentary that charts the survival and journey to adulthood of a white lion cub cast out from his pride. But, as it turns out, the film is actually a drama. However, the human element…