We’ve got two great scores for you to check out in full this week. One is a score you’ve probably been excited to hear: Clint Mansell‘s Noah score, marking one more collaboration between the composer and director Darren Aronofsky. The other is Mica Levi‘s great and at times unearthly score for Under the Skin, the Jonathan Glazer film starring Scarlett Johansson. They’re very different pieces, with Mansell’s score going appropriately big at times, but also more complimentary in the end than you might expect. Read More »
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I’ve been a fan of director Darren Aronofsky since I first saw Pi. His film Requiem for a Dream remains one of my favorite movies of all time. Aronofsky has yet to make a movie I have dislike; his last few films were all in my top ten films of those respective years. Over the last decade, Aronofsky has become attached to a bunch of big budget projects including the films that later became Batman Begins, Watchmen, The Wolverine and Robocop. I’ve been itching to see what Aronofsky could accomplish with a larger budget. Noah is that film. Read my Noah review after the jump.
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Clint Mansell‘s scores are often great pieces of work; his music complements films quite well, and many are excellent standalone artifacts. The only film to bear a Mansell score so far in 2013 is Stoker, which premiered at Sundance in January.
But Mansell has also done music for Filth, the Irvine Welsh novel adaptation that stars James McAvoy. You can get a sample of that below, along with info on the film Mansell will score after he finishes Noah for Darren Aronofsky. Read More »
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Oldboy director Park Chan-Wook makes his English-language debut with the thriller Stoker, featuring Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode, and Mia Wasikowska. The Hitchcockian film seems to illustrated a creepy triangle of infatuation and manipulation that develops in the Stoker family when a mother (Kidman) and daughter (Wasikowska) are caught in the thrall of Uncle Charlie (Goode), who arrives in town in the wake of the death of his brother, the Stoker patriarch.
Trailers for the film have looked good, and now we’ve got a full track excerpted from the score. Clint Mansellcreated the music for the film, and you’ll recognize his sound right away. Hear that track after the break, followed by a video of M83 recording a back and forth drum battle that will be part of the score for an action scene in Oblivion.
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You might consider it a given that Clint Mansell would score Noah for Darren Aronofsky, as the two have a long-established working partnership that is beginning to resemble the creative marriage between Joel and Ethan Coen and Carter Burwell. In fact, “marriage” is exactly the word Aronofsky uses to describe his work with both Mansell and frequent cinematographer Matty Libatique.
During a filmmaking master class given at the Marrakech Film Festival, Aronofsky recently talked about his entire career, and confirmed that Mansell will score Noah. In doing so he also talked about the nature of his work with the composer, and the quotes are not the boilerplate “we work well together” stuff we hear from most directors. Read More »
It’s not a proper trailer — in fact, this is one of those irritating footage presentations on Entertainment Tonight where the talking heads yammer over the top of scenes from a film. But it is the first footage from Stoker, which marks the English-language directorial debut from acclaimed South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook, responsible for Oldboy, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, and Thirst.
What we see here sets up the story: Nicole Kidman is mom to Mia Wasikowska, and after the death of Mia’s father, her uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode) comes to visit, and some sexual power games begin. The Hitchcockian overtones are obvious (“Uncle Charlie” being a carryover from one of Hitchcock’s most praised films, Shadow of a Doubt) but the camerawork and style are all Park, and Kidman looks like she’s giving her best work in a while. Read More »
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When you’ve got the director of Oldboy making an intimate vampire film, you know the score will be as important as the lead actors. In the case of Park Chan-wook‘s English-language debut, Stoker, that certainly seems to be the case. He’s recruited Clint Mansell to score the film, which stars Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman and Alice in Wonderland herself, Mia Waskiowska, in the story of a girl and her mother who, after the death of the father, reunite with his mysterious brother, who is rumored to be a vampire. Hence the Bram Stoker-influenced title.
Mansell is best known for his work with Darren Aronofsky on Requiem For A Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler and Black Swan but he’s provided memorable music for films like Moon and Smokin’ Aces too. Read more after the jump. Read More »