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February 24, 2018

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).

March 29, 2017

Michael Bay's science fiction action film, The Island, capped off a busy time of the year for composer Steve Jablonsky, who began work on the project after scoring Bay's Amityville Horror remake and finishing the season for the television series Desperate Housewives. L...

March 18, 2017

Ridley Scott's first historical action drama since Gladiator saw a change-up in composers when longtime Scott collaborator Hans Zimmer turned the project over to Harry Gregson-Williams, Tony Scott's frequent collaborator. Should fans expect a rehash of Gladiator? Possi...

March 15, 2017

Panu Aaltio, a native of Finland, is a relative newcomer to the film music industry, but already made an impression with his score to the 2008 drama, Home of Dark Butterflies. This film, about a group of boys in foster care on The Island, is a dark film, both in conten...

March 11, 2017

Upon his return to action scoring with King Arthur, Hans Zimmer has created a fusion of two of his common genres: historical drama and action/adventure. Despite the film's criticism about its historical accuracy and general storyline, at base value (i.e. without expect...

March 10, 2017

TD Garden, Boston MA, March 6, 2017

Large-scale television series can provide a composer the opportunity to create a musical world on a broader canvas and the capability to develop it thematically to a greater extent than more standalone film projects. Ramin Djawadi, gi...

March 6, 2017

Many soundtracks today rely on sheer volume of sound or unrelated  pop songs that it is a fresh experience to hear a score as authentic and grittily real as Harry Gregson-Williams' work for Joel Schumacher and Jerry Bruckheimer's Veronica Guerin starring Cate Blanchett...

March 6, 2017

Starset emerged onto the rock scene in late 2013 with two powerful singles, “My Demons” and “Carnivore” that were followed by their debut album, Transmissions, in the summer of 2014. I had the opportunity to meet the band after a performance at a small venue in Provide...

March 2, 2017

Unlike the beginnings of many Hans Zimmer scores (e.g. Gladiator, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Pearl Harbor) The Last Samurai score does not open with a powerful main theme performed by the French horns. Rather, the first track, "A Way of Life", starts almost inau...

February 28, 2017

In March 2009, I watched the conclusion to one of the best science fiction series ever aired on television: the re-imagining of "Battlestar Galactica". One of the many elements that made this show so spectacular was the music by Bear McCreary. Beginning with Richard Gi...

February 27, 2017

INTERNATIONAL FILM MUSIC CRITICS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF 2016 IFMCA AWARDS; “ARRIVAL” TAKES SCORE OF THE YEAR, JUSTIN HURWITZ AND “LA LA LAND” WINS THREE OTHERS

FEBRUARY 23, 2016 — The International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) announces its list of...

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