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Chappie
  • Composed by Hans Zimmer
  • Varèse Sarabande / 2015 / 64m

Set in the near future, Chappie sees the Johannesburg police department deploying robots to help tackle the high crime rate.  Since they couldn’t be called robo-cops due to copyright reasons, one of them – programmed to mimic human emotions – was named instead after a type of dog food.  Pedigree Chum’s a bit of a mouthful (I am sure we can all agree on that, especially our canine friends) they settled on Chappie.  Sentient robots fighting crime – it is hard to imagine anything going awry in that situation, but against all the odds there are indeed one or two glitches.

The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
  • Composed by John Debney
  • Varèse Sarabande / 2015 / 49m

Based on a true story, The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water tells the story of an aquatic sponge and his rival, a copepod, who have to work together in order to retrieve the secret Krabby Patty recipe from a nasty pirate.  

The Missing
  • Composed by Dominik Scherrer
  • MovieScore Media / 2015 / 44m

A BBC drama following a father’s hunt for his son, who went missing several years ago while on holiday in France, The Missing was compulsive viewing, with an outstanding central performance by James Nesbitt as the obsessed father and an unusual narrative structure split across different time periods working very well.  

In a move that has caught seemingly everyone by surprise, Dreamworks announced today that Thomas Newman has been signed to score Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, the first time since 1985 that somebody other than John Williams has scored one of the director’s films.

Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain
  • Composed by Benjamin Wallfisch
  • MovieScore Media / 2015 / 39m

I remember when I first read about the Bhopal industrial disaster, scarcely able to comprehend the scale of the tragedy that befell the Indian city in 1984 when a gas leak from a chemical plant caused environmental disaster, killing thousands of people and leaving up to 150,000 still affected by various defects now, over thirty years later.  Director Ravi Kumar has now made a film of the disaster and its after effects, starring Martin Sheen as the CEO of Union Carbide, the American parent company of the plant’s owners, focusing on the story of one young man who just starts work there when the tragedy unfolds.  

Alexandre Desplat confirmed on French radio today that he will score Star Wars: Rogue One, the 2016 standalone movie being made by Gareth Edwards.  It’s been a few years since I posted a news story… this one felt worth it.

A Far Off Place

Composed by James Horner Intrada / 2015 / 76m Reese Witherspoon must trek across the Kalahari desert with a young man in a desperate quest to reach the protection of Maximillian Schell after her family is brutally murdered by poachers.  No, I am not issuing an instruction (sadly the Movie Wave website has not yet attained those […]

Wolf Hall

Composed by Debbie Wiseman Silva Screen / 2015 / 56m A handsome BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, Mark Rylance gives a stunning performance as Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s chief minister, as it chronicles his part in the king’s split from the Roman church and follows events up to the execution […]

Broadchurch

Composed by Ólafur Arnalds Mercury Classics / 2015 / 53m The first season of Broadchurch was a bit of a phenomenon in Britain when it was broadcast in 2013.  It’s about a community torn apart when a young boy is found dead on the beach, and isn’t a straightforward whodunnit (though that does play a part) but […]

The Island of Secrets

Composed by Panu Aaltio MovieScore Media / 2015 / 44m A Finnish/Greek co-production, The Island of Secrets is a family adventure film released late in 2014 featuring a group of teenagers who end up having more excitement than they bargained for during their summer holiday in Kos.  

Sons of Liberty

Composed by Lorne Balfe A&E Television / 2015 / 50m The latest miniseries from The History Channel whose connection with actual history is dubious at best, Sons of Liberty tells the story of the beginnings of the American Revolution as it’s never been told before.  

The Journey Inside

Composed by David Shire Intrada / 2015 / 37m An extreme oddity of a film, I can’t be alone in never having heard (until this album release) of The Journey Inside, a 40-minute IMAX movie released in 1994 which was intended as both a narrative science fiction story and an extended commercial for Intel, promoting their then-new Pentium processor. […]

Wolf Totem

Composed by James Horner Milan Records / 2015 / 59m Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Wolf Totem is adapted from the excellent autobiographical Chinese novel by Jiang Rong, set in Inner Mongolia during Mao’s cultural revolution and scathing in its allegorical comparison of wolves and sheep with the fiercely passionate ethnic Mongolians being tamed by the migrating Han Chinese farmers, with […]

Fifty Shades of Grey

Composed by Danny Elfman Republic Records / 2015 / 46m E.L. James’s unbelievably successful, critic-proof novel Fifty Shades of Grey was bound to make its way to the big screen before long.  It was bound to get savaged by critics and bound to be tremendously successful.  In fact, lots of things about it were bound.  It was slightly […]

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Composed by Thomas Newman Sony Classical / 2015 / 46m Geriatrics the world over flocked to see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in 2012, making it a surprise smash hit.  It was an endearing film about a bunch of British retirees moving to India, finding the place they were moving to didn’t quite live up to […]