SALTBURN – Anthony Willis
Movie Music UK
by Jon Broxton
2d ago
Original Review by Jonathan Broxton WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS PLOT SPOILERS. IF YOU HAVE NOT YET SEEN THE FILM, YOU MIGHT WANT TO CONSIDER WAITING UNTIL AFTER YOU HAVE DONE SO TO READ IT. Saltburn is an extraordinary, almost unclassifiable film. It’s the sophomore effort of the writer/director/producer/actress Emerald Fennell, who became the first British woman to be nominated for a Best Director Oscar in 2020 for her debut film Promising Young Woman; readers may also know her as the showrunner of the thriller TV series Killing Eve, and for her performance as Camilla Parker-Bowles in The C ..read more
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MADAME CURIE – Herbert Stothart
Movie Music UK
by Jon Broxton
3d ago
GREATEST SCORES OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY Original Review by Craig Lysy In 1938 Universal Pictures sought and bought the film rights to the biography “Madame Curie” by Éve Curie, the subject’s daughter, believing it afforded an excellent story to showcase their premier star, Irene Dunne. However, the project never got off the ground and the film rights were sold in 1940 to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Sidney Franklin was assigned production with a $1.94 million budget and Mervyn LeRoy was tasked with directing. The journey to obtain a script was arduous, with both Aldous Huxley, and F. Scott Fitzgerald ..read more
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THE THREE MUSKETEERS – Michael Kamen
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by Jon Broxton
1w ago
THROWBACK THIRTY Original Review by Jonathan Broxton There have been countless adaptations of Alexandre Dumas’ classic novel The Three Musketeers over the years – some good, some bad. Many people consider the 1948 version starring Gene Kelly and Lana Turner to be the gold standard in terms of English-language versions, although I have always had a soft spot for the 1970s British version starring Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch, Richard Chamberlain, and Michael York, which had a terrific score by Michel Legrand. This version from 1993 was directed by Stephen Herek, and was basically a ‘brat pack’ ver ..read more
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NYAD – Alexandre Desplat
Movie Music UK
by Jon Broxton
1w ago
Original Review by Jonathan Broxton Diana Nyad is an American long-distance swimmer who gained international fame for her remarkable achievements in open-water swimming, particularly for her tenacity and determination in attempting to swim from Cuba to Florida, a feat she eventually accomplished in 2013 at the age of 64. Nyad’s early passion for swimming became evident at a young age, and she quickly rose to prominence as a competitive swimmer in her teenage years. She later turned to long-distance swimming, and in 1975 she swam from the Bahamas to Florida, covering a distance of 102.5 miles ..read more
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ARABIAN NIGHTS – Frank Skinner
Movie Music UK
by Jon Broxton
1w ago
GREATEST SCORES OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY Original Review by Craig Lysy The success of The Thief of Bagdad in 1940 spurred Universal Pictures to enter the exotic adventure film genre, resulting in production of four WWII era films, including Arabian Nights in 1942, White Savage in 1943, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves in 1944, and Cobra Woman also in 1944. The first film, Arabian Nights would be derived from the Islamic classic “One Thousand and One Nights”. Walter Wagner was placed in charge of production with a $904,765 budget, John Rawlins was tasked with directing, and Michael Hogan was hire ..read more
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THE MARVELS – Laura Karpman
Movie Music UK
by Jon Broxton
2w ago
Original Review by Jonathan Broxton The Marvels is the 33rd superhero film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the second to feature Brie Larson as Carol Danvers in the primary role, following on from 2019’s Captain Marvel. It draws together plot strands not only from the first film but also the Marvel TV shows Wandavision, Ms. Marvel, and Secret Invasion, and sees Carol teaming up with Captain Monica Rambeau, the daughter of her old friend Maria, as well as Pakistani-American teenager Kamala Khan, who grew up idolizing Captain Marvel; Monica obtained superhero powers during the events of Wa ..read more
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THE PIANO – Michael Nyman
Movie Music UK
by Jon Broxton
3w ago
THROWBACK THIRTY Original Review by Jonathan Broxton One of the most critically acclaimed films of 1993, The Piano is a period romantic drama directed by Jane Campion. The story is set in the mid-19th century and follows a mute Scottish woman named Ada McGrath (Holly Hunter), who has been sold into an arranged marriage to a New Zealand frontiersman, Alisdair Stewart (Sam Neill), and shipped off to the other side of the world. Ada communicates her feelings and emotions mainly by signing and playing her beloved piano, with her young daughter Flora (Anna Paquin) serving as her sign language inter ..read more
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Under-the-Radar Round Up 2023, Part 4
Movie Music UK
by Jon Broxton
3w ago
I’m pleased to present the latest instalment in my on-going series of articles looking at the best under-the-radar scores from around the world. This article, the fourth of 2023, covers five scores for projects from across the film music globe, and includes a historical epic from China, a Korean sports drama, a German nature documentary, a German fantasy short film, and a Polish drama/thriller.   CREATION OF THE GODS I: KINGDOM OF STORMS – Gordy Haab Creation of the Gods I: Kingdom of Storms is a Chinese action fantasy adventure movie, and is the first part of a planned trilogy films base ..read more
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DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE – Franz Waxman
Movie Music UK
by Jon Broxton
3w ago
GREATEST SCORES OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY Original Review by Craig Lysy Director Victor Fleming wanted to retell the classic 1886 Robert Louis Stevenson tale The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He purchased the film rights from Paramount Pictures, which had made a 1931 film version starring Fredric March and sold his vision to MGM executives. Victor Saville was placed in charge of production with a $1.1 million budget, Fleming would direct, and John Lee Mahin would adapt the 1931 film screenplay by Percy Heath and Samuel Hoffenstein. A stellar cast was assembled, including Spencer Trac ..read more
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THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS – Danny Elfman
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by Jon Broxton
1M ago
THROWBACK THIRTY Original Review by Jonathan Broxton If any film project perfectly encapsulates the professional relationship between director Tim Burton and composer Danny Elfman, it is their 1993 stop-motion animated fantasy musical The Nightmare Before Christmas. It tells the story of Jack Skellington, the ‘Pumpkin King’ of Halloweentown, the fantasy world charged with organizing the annual Halloween holiday. Despite being enormously successful, Jack has grown disillusioned of the same annual routine and wants something new; while wandering in the woods the next morning, he accidentally fin ..read more
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