DIVISION CELL – The Audio Grill


Original Review by Alan Rogers Division Cell is a minimalist puzzle game for iOS and Android platforms from new Finnish game studio Hyperspace Yard. The basic idea of the game is to transform asymmetric polygons into symmetrical shapes. In order to do this, the player must tap designated shape borders causing the shapes to change,…

AMERICAN TINTYPE – Hanan Townshend


Original Review by Alan Rogers American Tintype is a short, 5-minute documentary film from 2012. Directed by filmmaker Matt Morris, the film focuses on the work of photographer Harry Taylor who discovered a passion for tintype photography after the loss of a close family member. Taylor is engaging film subject and over the course of…

NONAMES – Takeshi Furukawa


Original Review by Alan Rogers NONAMES, a 2010 film written, directed and co-produced by American-born Kathy Lindboe, stars James Badge Dale as Kevin, a young man who, when his mother dies, decides to remain in his hometown rather than move to the big city with his father. Unfortunately, the Wisconsin mill town offers no opportunities…

My Favourite Scores – 1944


Double Indemnity Miklós Rózsa Koch Records / 1997 / 26:26 This is Rózsa at his film noir best – probably. James Sedares & the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’s accomplished suite starts off with the well-known title theme that, from the outset of the score, tells the vigilant audience that no-one is going to emerge from…

FAAN SE TREIN – Nik Sakellarides


Original Review by Alan Rogers In Faan se Trein (Faan’s Train), Wille Esterhuizen plays Faan, a burly simpleton with a love of trains. He is the focus of differing opinions with the townsfolk of a close-knit community in the Karoo region of South Africa where Faan lives. His simple-mindedness and his child-like episodes of anger…

My Favourite Scores – 1943


For Whom The Bell Tolls Victor Young Classic Soundtrack Collector / 2013 / 58:49 I first came across Young’s Oscar-nominated score for For Whom The Bell Tolls as an 8-minute suite which was featured on the excellent Koch International Classics CD, “Shane: A Tribute To Victor Young” (New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Richard Kaufman).…

2013 Reel Music Awards – The Nominees


2013 Reel Music Awards Can there be too many awards given out for soundtracks? I hope not! In what is the first Reel Music Awards I aim to shine a light on the scores released in 2013 and which I have found particularly noteworthy. Whether it is music composed for film, TV of video games…