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Tomorrowland
  • Composed by Michael Giacchino
  • Walt Disney Records / 2015 / 74m

George Clooney plays a once wide-eyed boy full of hope, now died-in-the-wool cynic in Tomorrowland, Disney’s science fiction movie apparently intended to evoke the old Walt Disney optimism from the era of his utopian dreams of the perfect tomorrow, the 1964 New York City World’s Fair, his original Epcot ideas, etc.  It’s directed by Brad Bird, one of those rare filmmakers who appeared unable to put a foot wrong in the eyes of many; unfortunately early reviews of this have not been so kind, with many critical of the film’s inability to resolve the various mysteries it presents (two words: Damon Lindelof) at the same time as praising its visual scope.

Texas Rising
  • Composed by John Debney and Bruce Broughton
  • MCA Nashville / 2015 / 75m

An eight-part miniseries on the History Channel, Texas Rising stars Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser and Ray Liotta amongst many others and covers the events of the Texas Revolution of the 1830s which saw the people of the Mexican province rise against their government and ultimately create the Texas Republic (which was a few years later annexed by the United States).  It’s directed by Roland Joffé whose visual flair should at least ensure it’s great to look at.

Poltergeist
  • Composed by Marc Streitenfeld
  • Sony Classical / 2015 / 44m

Another week, another horror remake, this time of Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg’s 1982 Poltergeist which scared me rigid when I sneakily watched it when I was a few years old, and made me laugh when I watched it a couple of decades later.  The remake is directed by Gil Kenan and stars Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt.  It’s billed as a “reimagining” of the original, and such was the level of imagination that went into it, there isn’t even a character called Carol-Anne.

Supernova Vol. 1: Through the Portal
  • Composed by Olivier Derivière
  • Primal Games / 2015 / 25m

A MOBA (“multiplayer online battle arena” in case you didn’t know – but I’m sure you did), Supernova is a game that sees players battling wits against each other, controlling waves of humans or aliens and battling to ensure their race isn’t wiped out.  Publisher Bandai Namco has been pushing the game as a return to the roots of the genre (which is only just over a decade old, so I don’t know how far it can have strayed) and it has certainly garnered positive early notices from the press, and will be fully released to the public shortly.

Old Boyfriends
  • Composed by David Shire
  • Intrada / 2015 / 32m

A romantic drama from 1979, Old Boyfriends followed a woman (Talia Shire) trying to make sense of her life by revisiting her past relationships (with Richard Jordan, Keith Carradine and John Belushi, making his debut in a dramatic role).  The film was the directorial debut of Joan Tewkesbury but was not a success and the rest of her career has been spent in television.  It wasn’t entirely without praise from critics (especially for Shire, in her first big role since Rocky) but is long forgotten by most today.

Mad Max: Fury Road

Composed by Tom Holkenborg WaterTower Music / 2015 / 125m After years stuck in development hell, George Miller’s fourth Mad Max movie has finally arrived.  It’s been knocking around for so long, Mel Gibson was originally going to be in it (it was pre-meltdown), but when production finally got underway it was with a new (and possibly […]

San Andreas

Composed by Andrew Lockington WaterTower Music / 2015 / 72m A disaster movie that looks like it should be directed by Roland Emmerich but isn’t, San Andreas stars Dwayne Johnson and Carla Gugino and is actually directed by Journey 2: The Mysterious Island‘s Brad Peyton.  An earthquake hits Los Angeles and lots of buildings are destroyed; the […]

Queenie

Composed by Georges Delerue Intrada / 2014 / 79m A 1987 miniseries, Queenie was based on the fictionalised novel by Michael Korda written about his aunt Merle Oberon, one of the most famous actresses in the world in the 1930s, 40s and 50s and married to the legendary Alexander Korda.  The miniseries follows her from her early life […]

To Kill a Priest

Composed by Georges Delerue Music Box Records / 2014 / 48m Agnieszka Holland’s highly politically-charged 1988 thriller To Kill a Priest was based on the life and death of a priest at the heart of Poland’s Solidarity movement, Jerzy Popieluszko, who was killed by the security services.  

La Révolution française

Composed by Georges Delerue Music Box Records / 2014 / 127m A monumental undertaking, 1989’s La Révolution française was a six-hour pair of movies released to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution.  It was all pulled together by producer Alexandre Mnouchkine, born in Russia but based in France for most of his career, and filmed in both […]

Good Kill

Composed by Christophe Beck Lakeshore Records / 2015 / 40m A gritty drama directed by Andrew Niccol, Good Kill is a topical film looking at the morality of the current US policy of drone attacks and in particular the effect on one of the “pilots”, who questions whether what he is doing is right.  

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Composed by Brian Tyler and Danny Elfman Hollywood Records / 2015 / 78m The eleventh film in the “Marvel Cinematic Universe”, Avengers: Age of Ultron brings all the heroes together again as they face a technological foe, Ultron, hell-bent on destroying humanity.  Needless to say, lots of tall buildings are destroyed amongst witty quips.  Joss Whedon’s film […]

Far From the Madding Crowd

Composed by Craig Armstrong Sony Classical / 2015 / 54m Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd about a farm owner who attracts a trio of very different suitors hasn’t been short of cinematic adaptations over the years; the first recorded was a hundred years ago in 1915.  The most famous is probably John Schlesinger’s 1967 version with Julie […]

Furious 7

Composed by Brian Tyler Back Lot Music / 2015 / 77m Apparently the most financially successful franchise in the history of Universal Studios (yes… really…) these Fast & Furious movies are likely to keep on coming with no sign of any diminishing enthusiasm from worldwide audiences.  There’s a different director this time (James Wan took over from […]

Legends of Chima volume 2

Composed by Anthony Lledo MovieScore Media / 2015 / 32m A cartoon series based on the Lego range for youngsters, Legends of Chima is set in a mystical land populated by anthropomorphic animals and follows their adventures.  Each season is a self-contained story arc and it has been very popular with its target audience and I daresay many […]