Danny Elfman created some of the most iconic superhero soundtracks of all time when he worked with Tim Burton on Batman and Batman Returns, as well as Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man. Now Elfman is back on the superhero beat with the score for the highly-anticipated Justice League, and you can now listen to a full pulse-pounding track from Danny Elfman’s Justice League soundtrack.
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The ethereal new score for director Denis Villeneuve‘s acclaimed sci-fi sequel Blade Runner 2049 has made its way onto Spotify, and it’s ready to wash over you like tears in rain. Hang up your slick leather jackets, holster your PKD blasters, and listen to the playlist below.
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(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)
In this edition, one awesome video maps out the real geography of the opening chase sequence from Baby Driver. Plus, Batman: The Animated Series voice actor Kevin Conroy reads the closing monologue from The Dark Knight, and a video essay takes a closer look at the use of a certain auditory illusion that adds to the suspense and tension in Dunkirk. Read More »
Hans Zimmer is currently living the rock star lifestyle — touring on the road, shredding to his famous scores, and meeting his adoring fans. But he’ll temporarily disembark the tour bus to board the spinners of Blade Runner 2049.
Zimmer is joining the musical team of Blade Runner 2049 to help compose the score to Denis Villeneuve‘s stunning sequel to the sci-fi classic.
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Christopher Nolan‘s highly-anticipated Dunkirk apparently isn’t a war movie, but it shares at least one thing in common with Matt Reeves‘ War For the Planet of the Apes: they both have songs from their soundtracks available to listen to right now.
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“The score is the heartbeat of the film.” So says James Cameron, an Oscar-winning director who has worked with some of the greatest composers in film history, and he couldn’t be more right. A big part of why we remember the most iconic scenes in cinema is because of the score that plays along with the visuals. Some movies are even known without visuals simply because they have a theme that is so unforgettable.
A new film called Score: A Film Music Documentary from director Matt Schrader dives into what makes motion pictures scores so powerful by speaking to the best composers in the business. John Williams, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, Jerry Goldsmith, Howard Shore, Alexandre Desplat and more all talk about motion picture scores, how important they are to the medium, and how much they love the work of their colleagues.
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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 hold our breath until we turn blue, get snatched while trying to get home, try to make something of ourselves, talk movie scores with film’s best and brightest, and get a real lesson in slave labor. Read More »
Though I’m personally more fond of the Batman theme that was composed by Danny Elfman for Tim Burton’s adaptation of DC Comics’ Caped Crusader, there’s no denying Hans Zimmer wrote some incredible music for The Dark Knight trilogy. In fact, the music that Hans Zimmer has composed for all of his collaborations with Christopher Nolan have been rather influential on other film score composers, prompting plenty of imitation.
Fans attending Coachella this year were treated to a special performance by composer Hans Zimmer, complete with a full orchestra and some other choice instruments in an assembly of several medleys from his various soundtracks. We’ve already highlighted his showcase of Inception, and now you can watch and listen to The Dark Knight performance too.
Watch as Hans Zimmer performs The Dark Knight live at Coachella 2017 below. Read More »
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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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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 Line, Inception, Thelma & 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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