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February 24, 2018

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WHO AM I ?

Mike Brennan has been a film music critic since the early 2000s, first for Cinemusic.net (2003-2004) and then for SoundtrackNet (2004-2011). He has also been a member of the International Film Music Critics Association since 2008. Mike is also an oceanographer and deep water archaeologist (www.brennanexploration.com) and writer (www.fifthwell.com).

August 14, 2019

The end of an era arrived this summer with the release of Dark Phoenix, the seventh film in Fox’s X-Men saga that began in 2000 with Bryan Singer’s X-Men. Following the original trilogy, Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class attempted a reboot with younger actors, but wh...

April 14, 2019

In early March, I came across a new band while browsing iTunes’ preorders and found the song “The Day the World Stood Still”. The following week upon the album’s release, I quickly I had discovered one of the best metal albums in years. The Raven Age is a British band...

October 11, 2018

In 2015, Ice Nine Kills released an experimental concept album, Every Trick In the Book (read my review here) where each song was based on a work of literature. Following both critical acclaim and a strong reaction by the band’s fan base, Ice Nine Kills recorded a foll...

June 20, 2018

Jurassic Park was the first soundtrack I ever owned. Thinking back to the release of that film 25 years ago, it was practically a classic before it even came out. Not only did Steven Spielberg deliver one of the best genre films of his career, John Williams did the sam...

May 26, 2018

Following up a band's debut album is often challenging, as for the first time, they have to start over and write new music now that the songs they formed the band around have been released. In many cases, sophomore albums differ greatly from what fans loved as styles c...

April 17, 2018

Three years ago, Breaking Benjamin returned from a 5-year hiatus with Dark Before Dawn, bringing in a whole new lineup of musicians behind frontman Ben Burnley. The album was somewhat safe, testing the waters of old fans and a new generation of listeners, and focusing...

March 19, 2018

One of the goals of this blog is to highlight some lesser known artists who I've discovered through iTunes or YouTube, like I did with Citizen Soldier last year. In doing so, I've learned a bit about how the music industry is changing with digital platforms becoming th...

February 24, 2018

Director Ryan Coogler painted a vast, complex, brilliant, and beautiful canvas for which composer Ludwig Göransson could create the soundscape for Black Panther, a visionary film flush with opportunity for an up and coming composer. Göransson surpassed my expectations...

February 24, 2018

INTERNATIONAL FILM MUSIC CRITICS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF 2017 IFMCA AWARDS; “PHANTOM THREAD” TAKES SCORE OF THE YEAR, MULTIPLE WINS FOR MICHAEL GIACCHINO, BENJAMIN WALLFISCH

FEBRUARY 22, 2017 — The International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) announces...

February 9, 2018

INTERNATIONAL FILM MUSIC CRITICS ASSOCIATION AWARD NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED; MULTIPLE NOMINATIONS FOR ALEXANDRE DESPLAT, MICHAEL GIACCHINO, DANIEL PEMBERTON, JOHN WILLIAMS

FEBRUARY 8, 2018. The International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) announces its list of nomi...

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