Unbroken

Fairly or not, each year a handful of pictures are pegged as probable Academy Awards contenders sight-unseen. Angelina Jolie‘s Louis Zamperini biopic Unbroken was one of those for months, but now the picture has come into clearer focus as the first reviews have hit the web.

The general consensus so far is that Unbroken is good but not great. Critics praised the talent involved, including lead actor Jack O’Connell, cinematographer Roger Deakins, and composer Alexandre Desplat, and enjoyed the extraordinary fact-based plotline. However, they were less impressed by Jolie’s dutifully conventional, cripplingly respectful approach.

Whether the good outweighs the bad is something we’ll have to find out for ourselves when the film hits theaters December 25. But in the meantime, get the Unbroken early buzz after the jump.  Read More »

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The composer who worked on two recent Best Picture winners is taking a monstrous leap. Alexandre Desplat, the composer of scores for The King’s Speech and Argo, as well as for Moonrise Kingdom and both Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows among others, will be writing the music for next year’s big budget remake of Godzilla. Read More »

Universal recently revealed that plans to open Joseph Kosinski‘s Oblivion early in IMAX theaters has been scuttled, but other plans for the movie are going forward at full speed. Anthony Gonzalez of the electronic/dance band M83 has been recording the score for the film with Joseph Trapanese, and the first track from that effort is now online. Check it out below, and you’ll find that the feeling conveyed by the track is just as big and sweeping as you’d hope.

In addition, we’ve got news of the composer Michael Giacchino working again with Andy and Lana Wachowski. This time he’ll be scoring their new film, Jupiter Ascending. Read More »

Wes Anderson sits on a short list of filmmakers who, no matter what they put in theaters, we’ll go see it. His latest, Moonrise Kingdom, is only his seventh feature film but with each and every movie, Anderson’s unique vision evolves and focuses telling original, beautiful stories that are wholly his own, even when they’re based on someone else’s work (The Fantastic Mr. Fox for example).

In my opinion Moonrise Kingdom, which is now playing in select cities and will continue to expand throughout June, marks a change for Anderson and speaking with the talented director, I asked him about it. He didn’t quite agree. We also spoke about how his next movie will “not be family friendly,” the genesis of Moonrise’s glorious end credits, if he looks back at his old movies, feels added pressure being so revered and the art galleries that have taken to commemmorateing his work.

Read it all below. Read More »

Of the 265 films eligible for Oscars at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in February, 97 of them have been deemed worthy to be nominated for Best Original Score. Thomas Newman (The Adjustment Bureau, The Debt, The Help, The Iron Lady) and Michael Giacchino (Cars 2, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Monte Carlo, Super 8) lead all eligible composers with four films this year while Alexandre Desplat (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, The Ides of March), Tyler Bates (Conan the Barbarian, The Darkest Hour, The Way), Mark Isham (The Conspirator, Dolphin Tale, Warrior) and Henry Jackman (Puss in Boots, Winnie the Pooh, X-Men First Class) all have three.

Other familiar names are on the list too such as John Williams (The Adventures of Tintin, War Horse), James Newton Howard (Green Lantern, Water for Elephants) and Danny Elfman (Real Steel, Restless) who along with Alberto Iglesias (The Skin I Live In, Tinker Tailor Solider Spy), Patrick Doyle (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Thor), John Powell (Happy Feet Two, Rio) and Brian Tyler (Battle: Los Angeles, Fast Five) each have two eligible films

Read the full list and some analysis after the jump. Read More »

Yup, that’s Michael Giacchino striking the goofy pose in the header image, but don’t let the silliness fool you — he’s one of the hottest film and TV composers working today, and one of the main reasons you should be excited about the rest of this post. After the jump:

  • Listen to ten minutes of Michael Giacchino’s score for John Carter
  • Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained could be getting an unusual take on Frank Sinatra’s “My Way”
  • Wes Anderson reunites with Fantastic Mr. Fox composer Alexandre Desplat for Moonrise Kingdom
  • The Artist ponders a concert tour with live orchestra

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We’ve been highlighting images from Roman Polanski‘s upcoming film Carnage for the past few weeks. The film adapts Yasmina Reza‘s play God of Carnage, with John C. Reilly, Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet and Chrisoph Waltz starring as two NYC couples who meet to discuss the aftermath of an encounter between their kids.

For some, that cast list and Polanski’s name are enough to lock Carnage as a fall highlight. But if you’ve looked at the photos and thought “pass”, have a look at the international trailer below. It’s great stuff. Check out Kate Winslet breaking her staid Oscar-ready image (which she’s done plenty of times before, sure, but possibly not in quite such a pitch-perfect fashion) and Christoph Waltz remaining deliberately and cluelessly composed as her distracted husband.

Oh, the trailer is slightly not safe for work thanks to some harsh language, and possibly because of the laughs that language will elicit. Read More »

Roman Polanski‘s new film Carnage, an adaptation of Yasmina Reza‘s play God of Carnage, will soon premiere at the Venice Film Festival, and then open the New York Film Festival. We know the basics — Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly play two couples who spend an evening… let’s say ‘interacting,’ after their kids get into an altercation at school. That’s the pretty wonderful French poster for the film above on the left, and we’ve got the full-size image along with some new images from the film after the break. Read More »

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