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  1. Greetings friends!

    Just wanted to share an extended interview (really more of a chat) I did with one of my favorite composers, James Newton Howard.

    It's the first interview I've ever done, not to mention, it's with one of my heroes, so I'm pretty jittery, repetitive and, in every way, shape, and form, NOT the most interesting aspect of this 26 minutes. But alas, as expected, he manages to shine through that and the very standard line of questions I throw at him (this was actually conducted for another project I was doing, hence the generalized questions) and give a very intriguing, illuminating interview!

    One thing: I have to apologize in advance for the sound quality. I've found that cranking up the volume and donning a pair of headphones mostly does the trick, but the software I was using had some trouble and I had to record the whole thing instead with speaker phone and an Olympus LS-100. Not ideal.

    For anyone particular interested in "Maleficent", he mentions it a few times and notes that it's probably his favorite of his own scores, but the main discussion of it happens around 22:09. It's very apparent that this is the first time since the completion of the score that he's gotten the chance to talk about it.

    I hope you guys can glean something of interest from this!

  2. Greetings friends! Just wanted to post two new reviews from MovieMusicMania.com for everyone's perusal.

    The first is for Frank Ilfman's surprisingly good score for Big Bad Wolves, an Israeli thriller (and dark comedy) hailed by Quentin Tarantino as the best film of 2013...

    Read The Review

    The second, somewhat belatedly, is for Olivier Derivere's fantastic videogame score for Remember Me. A stunning blend of orchestra and electronics...

    Read The Review

    Thanks everyone and happy listening!

  3. It's amazing to me just how much interest this lesser-known, ragtag team of MARVEL heroes has sparked, especially in the midst of all the fervor surrounding Thor: The Dark World and Avengers 2: Age of Ultron. Thus, I figure it's only right that the Guardians have their home here on the forum and what better way to start it than a discussion of the recent but foreseeable choice of Tyler Bates to helm the film. Needless to say, I'm not so excited with that choice. If Thor: The Dark World's Alan Taylor's recent comments about MARVEL not letting him get his way with personal pick of composer Carter Burwell is any indicator, though, Bates probably won't last through post-production. Thoughts? Who would you rather see on board? (Hint, hint: Giacchino, Powell, especially Lockington)

  4. That was a knockout response, young man. Very impressive.

    I like your site, and I appreciate your sharing it with us. One early and frequent question you're going to get will concern your views on earlier scores—Golden Age classics, sci-fi pillars, the Williams/Goldsmith/Horner era of the 70s and 80s, the evolution of the industry in the 90s. Do you have any plans to take a look further back, or are you just going to proceed from this (relative) point on?

    - Uni

    In response to your question regarding earlier scores and the “big three", I do have plans to look back since there's so much great stuff to discuss but I haven't quite gotten around to it yet. I also don't know where to start so I'll have to mull that over. I may start with some of my most listened-to scores and pepper them into the new reviews. Also, for October I'm planning to almost exclusively dedicate the site to both classic and modern era horror scores. Really looking forward to that one. Happy listening!

  5. I have seen so many worse rants here on jwfan (also by members posting in this thread). So let me have mine, it just was a bad day and then i saw your ratings... I usually am much nicer than that and should have voiced my criticism in a more constructive manner. :)

    Understood. My rating system can't agree with everyone and I certainly get that. For example, any one of Howard Shore's LOTR scores is miles better in my book than Zimmer's Man of Steel. Those are definitely 5 star scores and if you end up popping by my site, you'll see that I give those out sparingly. Man of Steel, though, is a 4 for me because that was what I arrived at. For FilmMusicMedia it's a 5 and for Filmtracks it's a 1. Who's right? No idea, but I can tell you which one liked it and which one didn't. That's really all my star ratings mean... I liked it because of this or despite that and I think it's a good score. You and many other people are welcomed to and will most likely disagree with my opinion. That's kind of what I've signed up for unfortunately... it's a risk tackling the most controversial score of the year for your first ever review. However, I do sincerely hope your day is going better for you and appreciate you taking the time to visit regardless. As was requested, hug extended and awaiting reply. Happy listening!


  6. Hi all! Just wanted to share my new site with everyone... it's been up for a little over a month and it's dedicated to reviews of the newest film scores, something of a major passion of mine.


    Reviews thus far:

    Turbo - Henry Jackman

    The Wolverine - Marco Beltrami

    The Hunt (Jagten) - Nikolaj Egelund

    Only God Forgives - Cliff Martinez

    Pacific Rim - Ramin Djawadi

    The Lone Ranger - Hans Zimmer

    Much Ado About Nothing - Joss Whedon

    World War Z - Marco Beltrami

    Star Trek Into Darkness - Michael Giacchino

    Man of Steel - Hans Zimmer

    Soon to come:

    Planes - Mark Mancina

    The Conjuring - Joseph Bishara

    Elysium - Ryan Amon



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