My Favourite Scores – 1937


Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs Frank Churchill / Leigh Harline / Paul J. Smith / Larry Morey Walt Disney Records / 2001 / 73:50 I have to admit upfront that 1937 is a bit of lean year for me when it comes to film scores*. But listening to Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs…

THE ASPERN PAPERS – Alexander Lasarenko


Original Review by Alan Rogers A young American publisher heads off to the jungles of Venezuela in search of the manuscripts of poet Jeffery Aspern. He meets an old lover of Aspern’s who he believes holds the dead poet’s papers. Adapted from a novella by Henry James, The Aspern Papers marks the feature film debut…

My Favourite Scores – 1936


Things To Come Sir Arthur Bliss Chandos / 2001 / 32:06 Reading the excellent liner notes of Chandos’ excellent release of the film music of Sir Arthur Bliss it is clear that the music for this film had a tortuous life even at birth. Having been assured by H.G. Wells himself that Bliss’ music would…

CRIMEFIGHTERS – Hayley Hutchinson & Sam Forrest


Original Review by Alan Rogers CrimeFighters is a low budget (apparently the entire budget ran to about £7,000), independent film from 2010 made by a group of individuals with very little feature film experience. Writer/director Miles Watts – probably best known to some as part of the creative force behind the zombie horror/comedy web series…

Ten Tracks Today – 23rd October 2011


01 – “The King’s Highway” – Bubba Ho-Tep – Brian Tyler This is such a catchy tune that it brightens any playlist. I particularly enjoy the way that the guitar goes off and embellishes the melody. A great instrumental track. And quite different from Tyler’s orchestral scoring. 02 – “Neutralizer / Kelvan Theme / More…

DEATH, DECEIT AND DESTINY ABOARD THE ORIENT EXPRESS – Stelvio Cipriani


Original Review by Alan Rogers Stelvio Cipriani’s score for the 2001 Canada/Bulgaria/US co-production Death, Deceit and Destiny Aboard The Orient Express is difficult to praise but it is also difficult to criticise too harshly. Cipriani’s music for this apparent turkey of a film is a “by-the-numbers” effort: it’s functional without being too memorable. The film’s…

THESE AMAZING SHADOWS – Peter Golub


Original Review by Alan Rogers (First uploaded at maintitles.net) Since 1989 the National Film Registry (a part of the United States National Film Preservation Board) has been choosing a number of films every year that it thinks are films of “cultural, historical and aesthetic significance” and making a list. These Amazing Shadows is a documentary…

Ten Tracks Today – 19th October 2011


01 – “The Course of My Life” – Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol – Murray Gold There’s a melancholy (though it is only hinted at) to this track that reflects very concisely a sadness to The Doctor’s recollections of his life (if it is actually the Doctor’s life that the cue title refers!). As this…

ENCOUNTER POINT – Kareem Roustom


Original Review by Alan Rogers Three years before Syrian/American composer Kareem Roustom scored film director Julia Bacha’s documentary Budrus, he composed an award-winning score for her 2006 film Encounter Point. The film is about members of the Bereaved Families Forum, a group of Israelis and Palestinians who have been touched by the violence in the…