Thursday, 28 August 2014

Top 10 Soundtracks from 2004

One decade after the fact, here are my picks for the best film scores of 2004. As always, presented in both audio and textual formats:

Mr. Blue Sky, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind - Electronic Light Orchestra
Tell Me Now (What You See), King Arthur - Moya Brennan
10. The Temple of Poseidon, Troy - James Horner
9. Main Title, Hellboy - Marco Beltrami
8. Regarding The Incredibly Deadly Viper, Lemony Snicket's: A Series of Unfortunate Events - Thomas Newman
7. He's Back!, Spider-Man 2 - Danny Elfman
6. National Treasure Suite, National Treasure - Trevor Rabin
5. To The Roof, The Bourne Supremacy - John Powell
4. Those We Don't Speak Of, The Village - James Newton Howard
3. Hold The Ice, King Arthur - Hans Zimmer
2. The Glory Days, The Incredibles - Michael Giacchino
1. A Window to the Past, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - John Williams
Mischief Managed!, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - John Williams

Yours unendingly,

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Top 10 Soundtracks from 2003

I'm back with my list of favourite film soundtracks from the year 2003, the top 5 of which I particularly adore.

You can listen to a recording of Scores of Scores here, where I introduce and play a snippet of each score, or if you prefer there is a complete tracklist below.

All You Need Is Love, Love Actually - Lynden David Hall
Wayfaring Stranger, Cold Mountain - Jack White
10. Matchstick Men, Matchstick Men - Hans Zimmer
9. Flying Jolly Roger, Peter Pan - James Newton Howard
8. End Credits, Hulk - Danny Elfman
7. First Day, Finding Nemo - Thomas Newman
6. Sandra's Theme, Big Fish - Danny Elfman
5. Let The Games Begin, Sinbad - Harry Gregson Williams
4. Suite from X2, X-Men 2 - John Ottman
3. Safe Passage, The Last Samurai - Hans Zimmer
2. Barbossa is Hungry, Pirates of the Caribbean - Klaus Badelt
1. The White Tree, Lord of the Rings: Return of the King - Howard Shore
Into The West (feat. Annie Lennox), Lord of the Rings: Return of the King - Howard Shore

Yours profusely,

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Review of "Paper Planes" (2014)

This week I got a chance to see this new Australian film directed by Robert Connolly at the Melbourne International Film Festival. It's called Paper Planes, and although it appears to be marketed as a film for kids, I'd argue this move has something for all audiences. But then, now that I consider it, all great children's entertainment can be enjoyed by everyone.
Paper planes are serious business.
For myself, and I daresay most others, the expectation when seeing an Australian film is somewhat lower and more cautious than when seeing a film from any other part of the world. Australian cinema has simply lacked imagination for most of its existence, excluding a brief run of comedy (The Castle, The Dish) and a foray into a dark depiction of suburbia (Animal Kingdom, Snowtown) - a fetish from which we are only just emerging.

So it is with this caution that I sat down to see Paper Planes, but to my delight I found myself totally immersed in this incredibly cheerful film. It was a fantastic experience, no doubt heightened by the fact that each audience member was given a sheet of paper upon entering the cinema, with which to create a plane to toss across the theatre at will. This resulted in a very realistic 3D experience - without the need for big black spectacles - as an assortment of newly-constructed paper aircraft dove above our heads throughout the film (often jabbing an unsuspecting elderly gentleman in the face), making me regret the fact that I deliberately butchered my sheet of paper into a flightless creative mess. Sometimes I worry I'm becoming the kid who jumps on sandcastles.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Top 10 Soundtracks from 2002

Last week I started a brand new show on Swinburne's student radio station. Predictably, it's all about film soundtracks. Each week I'll be ranking my ten favourite film scores from each year, starting with the year 2002 and eventually reaching 2014.

As explained at the start of this episode, I had some audio issues and this recording doesn't sound as great as it will in future weeks.

Every piece of music I played throughout this episode is available in full on this Google Music playlist. You can also see a list of each track after the bump:

Friday, 8 August 2014

Two New Original Teaser Trailers

I have a few fairly wacky short films in postproduction right now, and my casts have bullied me into making trailers for them since I'm taking so long to finish the edit. Here are the results.

Case: Fluff is a spoof on the murder mystery, drawing inspiration from AMC's The Killing and HBO's True Detective.

Then there's Marco, a fairly straight suspense horror.

Both should turn out pretty interestingly. The final cuts will be online by the end of the year.

Yours darkly,