Saturday, 27 September 2014

Top 10 Soundtracks from 2007

Yet another year with a wonderfully diverse selection of film scores. Here are my favourites!

Pretty Women, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - Johnny Depp & Alan Rickman
Hoist The Colours, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End - Hans Zimmer
10. Main Titles, Michael Clayton - James Newton Howard
9. Laura Tollins, The Number 23 - Harry Gregson-Williams
8. Farewell, Atonement - Dario Marianelli
7. Eastern Promises, Eastern Promises - Howard Shore
6. Assets and Targets, The Bourne Ultimatum - John Powell
5. Flight Of The Order Of The Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Nicholas Hooper
4. Arrival to Earth, Transformers - Steve Jablonsky
3. Coronation, Stardust - Ilan Eshkeri
2. Wong Chia Chi's Theme, Lust, Caution - Alexandre Desplat
1. Up Is Down, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End - Hans Zimmer
Elegy For Dunkirk, Atonement - Dario Marianelli

Yours rousingly,

Friday, 12 September 2014

Review of ABC TV's "The Code" Pilot

Last week I checked out the first episode of ABC's new political thriller series and, in an epihpany worthy of thriller storytelling, I found myself at the heart of a mindbending social media experiment. I realised that the episode had not actually been released, and that only myself and 299 other people were allowed to have an advance-preview. Why? So that they could sucker us into writing a review of what we had seen! They're forcing their viewers to do the dirty selling work for them! Crazy! I love it.

This innovative stunt requires a fair bit of confidence in the product. And I believe the ABC's confidence is not misplaced in The Code. This isn't just another Australian drama for the pile. We all know how the Australian film and television industry can struggle to keep up with the rest of the world, particularly in the drama-series department. The Code is a solid effort to emerge from the mediocrity.

Three paragraphs in. I will actually start reviewing in the next paragraph.
Chelsie Preston Crayford's character only has two names: Sophie Walsh.
I'll start by noting the first thing that struck me about The Code. It's something that I think plays a major role in its so-far success. The show is not overtly Australian. I feel that's a common pitfall of original Australian content - appealing to some kind of Aussie stereotype. As if the only interesting things about our country are the babes, the beer, the barbeques and the bogans. The Code doesn't pursue such cliches, instead diving into storytelling that is set in Australia but not necessarily entirely about Australia. It's reflected in the accents too, which aren't as twangy with the down-under dialect as the common filmic depiction of our big island. Personally I find this refreshing. Maybe sometimes I'm just secretly a bit embarrassed by Australians. Actually, it's not a secret. Put a shirt on.

This accessibility could be a factor in the show's quick sale overseas.
Adam Garcia - that alien translator from Doctor Who - plays a cool Perry Benson.
20 minutes of the episode had passed before I properly engaged with the plot, but that's understandable in a big pilot like this, with many characters. It's clearly also a large story in it's infancy, with a lot of threads to introduce. By the end if this pilot, however, events reach full-stride and, without spoiling anything, it concludes with a satisfying triple-threat cliffhanger involving snatching, sexing and suicide-ing. Careful stepping around my effortless alliteration.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Top 10 Soundtracks from 2006

In ranking my favourite film scores from 2006 I realised this year has a lot of personal favourites. Check out my podcast and/or list below.

You Know My Name - Chris Cornell
10. Fructus Gravis, The Da Vinci Code - Hans Zimmer
9. The Painted Veil, The Painted Veil - Alexandre Desplat
8. The Illusionist, The Illusionist - Phillip Glass
7. Cops or Criminals, The Departed - Howard Shore
6. Blunt Instrument, Casino Royale - David Arnold
5. Rough Flight, Superman Returns - John Ottman
4. The Last Stand, X-Men: The Last Stand - John Powell
3. Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - Hans Zimmer
2. Death Is The Road To Awe, The Fountain - Clint Mansell
1. Eragon, Eragon - Patrick Doyle
The Kraken, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - Hans Zimmer

Yours climatically,

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Top 10 Soundtracks from 2005

There's a lot of musical magic in this list. Also a lot of John Williams. I guess that explains it.

As always, you can experience my list in audio or text form below:

Do The Hippogriff, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Patrick Doyle
Augustus Gloop, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Danny Elfman
10. Going To School, Memoirs Of A Geisha - John Williams
9. The Return To Boston, War Of The Worlds - John Williams
8. Wall Breached, Kingdom of Heaven - Harry Gregson-Williams
7. The River Cruise - Part 2, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Danny Elfman
6. Remembering Munich, Munich - John Williams
5. Evacuating London, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - Harry Gregson-Williams
4. Central Park, King Kong - James Newton Howard
3. Myotis, Batman Begins - Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard
2. Golden Egg, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Patrick Doyle
1. Battle of the Heroes, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith - John Williams
Hogwarts March, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Patrick Doyle

Yours craftily,