Summer break


Reel Music will be taking a break for the next few weeks. Thanks for supporting the blog and I look back to posting more reviews towards the end of August.

JENS JENSEN, THE LIVING GREEN – Sam Hulick


Original Review by Alan Rogers Jens Jensen (1860-1951) was a Danish-American landscape architect who set his mind to battle against the advancing industrial expansion of Chicago at the turn of the 20th century, to create green spaces (the “Living Green”) so people could have access to nature. Jensen created and re-designed numerous parks in order…

ELLEN – Gareth Coker


Original Review by Alan Rogers Ellen is a short, suspense thriller directed by Kyle Hausmann-Stokes as his thesis project whilst at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. It centres on an insecure high school girl who is abducted and held prisoner in a non-descript suburban house. The kidnapper is very meticulous about…

BAD KIDS – Jacob Rosati


Original Review by Alan Rogers Co-written and co-directed by Peter Rosati and Dominic Rodriquez, Bad Kids is the story of seven boys who leave home (for unknown reasons) and set off (to an unknown destination) in search of adventure. The short film follows the group for three days as they build campfires, play various games…

HYBRIDS – Sam Hulick


Original Review by Alan Rogers Earth has been occupied by an alien race for almost a year. Hybrids, a Canadian short film written and directed by one-time visual effects artist Patrick Kalyn (King Kong, Avatar, District 9), tells the story of Dakota (Daniella Evangelista) who is seeking revenge on the alien invaders responsible for the…

LIMBO – A. Taylor


Original Review by Alan Rogers American director/editor Eliot Rausch’s short film, Limbo, tells the story of three “undocumented” students who live in East Los Angeles. As part of a “social experiment”, each student were given a hand-held video camera for three months in 2012 and asked document their lives. Rausch then edited the footage down…

TO REST IN PEACE – Leah Curtis


Original Review by Alan Rogers Written and directed by Fawaz Al-Matrouk, To Rest In Peace is a short film that examines the inner strength shown by seemingly ordinary people when they find themselves in severe situations. Inspired by true events, the film is set in Kuwait during the first Gulf War. Day after day, a…

MAKER vs. MARKER – Brian Sadler


Original Review by Alan Rogers Composer and U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet Band trombone player Brian Sadler’s score for the online Flash-based video game Ace Pilot: Infinity Drifter was one of my surprise scores of last year. Exciting and bursting with great thematic material, I have been waiting to hear what his next project would be.…

BROADCHURCH – Ólafur Arnalds


Original Review by Alan Rogers Broadchurch is the critically acclaimed crime drama that hit British TV screens in the spring of 2013. Shown over 8 weeks, it has been compared with quality Scandinavian dramas such as The Killing and The Bridge partly because of Broadchurch’s whole feel and look. One of the reasons the drama…