Hans Zimmer interview

If you want to learn about composing movie music, why not go to one of the masters? The opportunity to take a class from Hans Zimmer is now only a few clicks away. The man behind the scores for The Thin Red LineInceptionThelma & Louse, and other favorites is now available to teach movie fans a thing or two about his job, as he’s now another one of MasterClass’ great teachers.

Zimmer, whose work has excited and moved us throughout his varied career, is often seen in his workspace in the MasterClass, explaining the nuts and bolts of the process, sometimes showing us what isn’t always easy to communicate in words. We recently spoke with the composer about having to explain instinct, taking a closer look at his work, and memories of working with Terrence Malick, Christopher Nolan, and Ridley Scott.

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song to song review

Late in Song to Song, a character strums an old guitar, noting that she could play the same chord for hours straight. Read it as another odd musing in a film filled with them or read it as director Terrence Malick summoning a nugget of self-awareness. Whatever it is, this moment sums up this film (and Malick’s recent output): this is the work of an artist willing to do the same thing over and over and over again, not because it makes a crowd-pleasing song, because it pleases him. These are his chords. His monotonous, frustrating, repetitive and undeniably distinctive chords.

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Song to Song trailer

Over three years ago, Val Kilmer pulled out a chainsaw at Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Music Festival when he was performing on stage with The Black Lips. Kilmer wasn’t a new addition to the band gone mad or anything; he was shooting a scene for Terrence Malick‘s long-awaited upcoming film, Song to Song, previously titled Weightless. While Malick often cuts great actors out of his films, thankfully Kilmer and his chainsaw made the final cut of Malick’s new love story, which stars Ryan GoslingRooney MaraMichael Fassbender, and Natalie Portman.

Below, watch the Song to Song trailer.

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song to song

Here’s the thing about Terrence Malick: he does what he wants and really doesn’t feel the need to follow typical Hollywood norms. He’ll cut major movie stars out of his movies or reduce them to cameos. He’ll chop plot out of his stories to serve a greater emotional or thematic need. He’ll delay one of his movies just long enough that its presence on a most anticipated movies of 2016 list looks far too hopeful. Naturally, the results are always fascinating and thoughtful, if sometimes frustrating. There is no one like Malick.

And now, the next film from the enigmatic director of The Tree of Life has a new title and has released a new photograph showing off stars Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, and Michael Fassbender.

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Voyage of Time Trailer - Terrence Malick

The first trailer for Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey, a new documentary from filmmaker Terrence Malick, debuted back in June ahead of a special 45-minute IMAX release of the film coming this fall. Brad Pitt narrates that version, and it’s the only one confirmed for a US release so far. However, there’s a feature-length, 90-minute cut of the film that is narrated by Cate Blanchett, and a new trailer has just debuted teasing that version of the movie.

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Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we head to a real old-school arcade, catch up with the kids from Klown, swindle some rich folks with faux Merlot, hit back against copyright squatters, try and escape drug life on the rez and see what the fellas who gave us Helvetica and Objectified are up to. Read More »

Voyage of Time trailer

It’s taken over 30 years, but Terrence Malick‘s Voyage of Time is finally heading to theaters. Several weeks ago we learned that IMAX had set the 40-minute edit of his documentary, narrated by Brad Pitt, for a fall release, and today the first trailer has arrived to show us what wonders wait in store for us. Check out the first Voyage of Time trailer below.  Read More »

Voyage of Time

After releasing just four films in four decades, Terrence Malick suddenly became much more prolific starting with 2011’s Tree of LifeTo the Wonder and Knight of Cups followed in quick succession, and Weightless should be coming along in the not-too-distant future.

Even as he’s picked up his pace, though, he’s taken his good sweet time with Voyage of Time, a documentary which aims to the entire story of the universe. And by “taken his good sweet time,” we mean this film has been in the works, off and on, for the past 30 years. But happily, it looks like we’re finally reaching the light at the end of the tunnel. Voyage of Time has officially been set for a fall 2016 IMAX release.  Read More »

Knight of Cups trailer

Between all the post-Oscars discussion and all the superhero movie hype, it can be easy to forget about some of the smaller, quieter films headed our way in the coming weeks. Like Knight of CupsTerrence Malick‘s latest tone poem featuring an all-star cast and tons of great scenery. Only this time, Malick turns his eye away from the country and toward the big city. Oh, and he gets an assist by Diplo, who provides the music for the latest Knight of Cups trailer.

Christian Bale stars as a successful Hollywood screenwriter (Christian Bale) looks at all the glitzy parties and beautiful women in his life and despairs at the meaninglessness of it all. Natalie PortmanCate Blanchett, and Wes Bentley play a few of the key figures who flit in and out of his life. Watch the new Knight of Cups trailer after the jump.  Read More »

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knight of cups pic

Forget Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice! We know which March release you’re all actually excited about: Terrence Malick‘s Knight of Cups. Some of you may not be pumped for the latest Malick joint after To the Wonder and The Tree of Life, but I am, hence Knight of Cups making my most-anticipated list for 2016. The film is finally coming out and an excellent poster has just been released. Check it out below.

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