Rogue One score homages

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was a grand experiment for Disney and Lucasfilm. The movie was meant to be a standalone adventure that has ties to the main Star Wars narrative without being part of the Skywalker saga. That’s why it has plenty in common aesthetically, as far as the production design and art direction is concerned, but still feels different from the rest of the Star Wars movies.

One of the ways Rogue One stands on its own is with the score composed by Michael Giacchino. He doesn’t use the main Star Wars theme prominently, mostly because the movie doesn’t have the traditional opening title and crawl. He also doesn’t go out of his way to frequently use the recognizable themes that John Williams composed for the original trilogy, which Rogue One most closely emulates. But that doesn’t mean he didn’t subtly use pieces of John Williams’ classc score when the story called for it.

A video essay explains the various Rogue One score homages below. Read More »

Hans Zimmer Coachella

2017’s Coachella music festival is under way in Southern California, and while attendees may have flocked to the desert to seek out shows from Kendrick Lamar and Lady Gaga, one of the festival’s acts that might be of more immediate interest to a film-loving community like /Film’s is composer Hans Zimmer.

Last night, Zimmer took the stage with his orchestra and delivered an impressive rendition of songs from Christopher Nolan’s Inception, and you don’t even have to brave the heat to see it. Check out the Hans Zimmer Coachella video below.
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Junkie XL Studio Time Videos

Though cinema is a visual medium, movies wouldn’t be anywhere near as powerful without the music that pulses from their soundtracks. Often times it’s the composer of a film’s score that makes a scene truly memorable. But how do composers create music that enhances movies so the thousands of notes we hear combine to give the film emotion, excitement, suspense and power?

Junkie XL (aka Tom Holkenborg), who has composed the scores for film’s such as Mad Max: Fury Road, Deadpool and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, has created a web series called Studio Time where he explains how he works in the studio to compose music for major motion pictures. For any aspiring composers out there, it’s a master class in music and how to write it for cinema.

Check out the Junkie XL Studio Time videos after the jump. Read More »

Sandy Wexler Music Video

Next week brings the release of Adam Sandler‘s latest original movie coming exclusively to Netflix. The film is called Sandy Wexler, and it takes place all the way back in 1994, starring Adam Sandler himself as a goober of a talent agent with a roster of peculiar clients who are far from making it big. But Sandy Wexler’s life changes when he stumbles upon a new face, and more importantly, a new voice.

Sandy Wexler also stars Jennifer Hudson as Courtney Clarke, an aspiring singer who the titular agents takes under his wing and somehow ends up having a fledgling career despite having a complete buffoon for representation. The Netflix original movie is really going for the music side of the movie with at least one original song being produced for the film, and an official Sandy Wexler music video introduces us to the catchy tune. Unfortunately, it’s accompanied by footage from the movie too. Read More »

Beauty and the Beast Music Video

You’ve already heard the cover of the iconic theme song from Beauty and the Beast that has been updated with the voices of chart-topping singers Ariana Grande and John Legend. Now see the singers bring the song to life in a new music video featuring appearances by Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast. Plus, you just might some some of the transformed castle residents pop up too.

Watch the Beauty and the Beast music video after the jump. Read More »

Steven Spielberg and John Williams score collection

You’d be hard pressed to find such an iconic pairing of director and composer as Steven Spielberg and John Williams. The two enormous talents have been working together for 42 years now, starting all the way back with The Sugarland Express in 1974 and stretching up through The BFG last year. The only two Spielberg movies that don’t have a score by John Williams are The Color Purple and Bridge of Spies. And now a new collection will assemble some of the greatest music from their long history of collaboration.

Find out about this new ultimate Steven Spielberg and John Williams score collection below. Read More »

Beauty and the Beast Theme Song Remake

You can hear John Legend on the La La Land soundtrack, playing the kind of jazz music that Ryan Gosling’s character actively hated until it provided him with a steady paycheck. So it only seems appropriate that John Legend cashes in himself by taking on a classic Disney theme song with another chart-topping singer.

Beauty and the Beast has one of the most famous theme songs from any animated movie, and it was all over the radio back in 1991 (and even 1992) thanks to Céline Dion and Peabo Bryson. Now John Legend has been tasked with remaking it along with fellow best-selling artist Ariana Grande (who hosted Saturday Night Live nearly a year ago). Does their rendition of the classic theme song shake a stick at the original?

Listen to the Beauty and the Beast theme song remake after the jump to find out. Read More »

The LEGO Batman Movie Theme Song

When the new theme song for last summer’s Ghostbusters reboot by Fall Out Boy arrived online, a lot of people hated it. Therefore, some might be leery to hear that Fall Out Boy lead singer Patrick Stump has a track on The LEGO Batman Movie soundtrack that is essentially a theme song for The Brick Knight. But I’m happy to tell you that this song is hilarious, perfect and just plain awesome.

The LEGO Batman Movie theme song can be found on the official soundtrack, which is currently available to stream on Spotify. Don’t worry if you don’t have Spotify or you’re not willing to shell out the money for the album yet, because the track has been made legally available on YouTube as well. Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 score preview

It seems like every week we get a new look at something or someone in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but today we’ve got a little something to listen to. Director James Gunn has shared the first snippet of the score from his upcoming Marvel sequel, which was once again composed by Tyler Bates. Listen to a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 score preview below.  Read More »

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Beauty and the Beast soundtrack Céline Dion song

Disney’s 1991 Beauty and the Beast famously featured a pop version of the title song, performed by Céline Dion and Peabo Bryson and played over the end credits. In the upcoming live-action remake, that same honor will go to Ariana Grande and John Legend, as we learned last week. But it turns out Dion will have a place on the new soundtrack as well, singing an all-new tune written just for the movie. Read More »