13 items from 2015
As Martin Scorsese once said, “Music and cinema fit together naturally. Because there’s a kind of intrinsic musicality to the way moving images work when they’re put together. It’s been said that cinema and music are very close as art forms, and I think that’s true.” Indeed, the right piece of music — whether it’s an original score or a carefully selected song — can do wonders for a sequence, and today we’re looking at the 35 films that best expressed this notion this year.
From seasoned composers (e.g. Ennio Morricone, John Williams, Carter Burwell, and Michael Giacchino) to accomplished musicians (e.g. Jonny Greenwood and Johnny Jewel), as well as a smattering of soundtracks (e.g. Mistress America, Magic Mike Xxl, and Tangerine), each musical example perfectly transported us to the world of the film. (It’s worth noting that we would include Paul Grimstad »
- Jordan Raup
'The Peanuts Movie': 2016 Best Original Score Oscar contender along with 111 other titles. Oscar 2016: Best Original Score contenders range from 'Mad Max: Fury Road' to 'The Peanuts Movie' Earlier this month (Dec. '15), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made public the list of 112 film scores eligible for the 2016 Oscar in the Best Original Score category. As found in the Academy's press release, “a Reminder List of works submitted in the Original Score category will be made available with a nominations ballot to all members of the Music Branch, who shall vote in the order of their preference for not more than five achievements. The five achievements receiving the highest number of votes will become the nominations for final voting for the award.” The release adds that “to be eligible, the original score must be a substantial body of music that serves as original dramatic underscoring, and must »
- Mont. Steve
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences unveiled 112 scores from 2015 films that are in contention for original-score nominations for the 88th Academy Awards.
Among the eligible feature-film titles are the final three scores from the late James Horner: “The 33” (in photo), “Wolf Totem” and “Southpaw.” And the exec committee Ok’d the Ennio Morricone score for “Hateful Eight,” which includes about 30 minutes of new material along with several minutes of old scores written by him. Notable exclusions include “Love & Mercy” (Atticus Ross), “Crimson Peak” (Fernando Velázquez), “The Revenant” (Alva Noto and Ryûichi Sakamoto) and “Youth” (David Lang).
The eligible scores and their composers are listed below, in alphabetical order by film title:
- Tim Gray
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 112 scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2015 are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 88th Academy Awards.
The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below, in alphabetical order by film title:
- Michelle McCue
Even if they might not survive deep into the awards season, a handful of 2015 releases nevertheless feature some of the most accomplished movie maestros delivering scores of the time-tested variety: lush, orchestral and unblinkingly pretty.
In “The Prophet” — the animated translation of Kahlil Gibran’s book of existential poetry — French-Lebanese composer Gabriel Yared was tasked with unifying the film’s collage of eight “chapters” helmed by different animators.
He did so by treating the framing narrative, of a young girl’s interactions with the exiled poet Mustafa, with a playful score for a traditional orchestra seasoned with instrumental colors from the film’s Mediterranean setting. As the story’s gravity increases, so does the music, culminating in a lavish cello elegy performed by Yo-Yo Ma.
Yared, who won an Oscar for “The English Patient,” gave each of the poetry segments a distinctive musical style. (Two of them are accompanied by songs. »
- Tim Greiving
Sitting alongside the 42nd annual Gent Film Festival in Belgium (October 13-24), the 15th edition of the World Soundtrack Awards doled out its musical honours with a coinciding orchestral concert featuring the works of leading composers Alan Silvestri, Patrick Doyle and Daniel Pemberton.
Michael Giacchino was awarded with top honours as Film Composer of the Year for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Inside Out and Jurassic World. He was previously the World Soundtrack Award’s Discovery of the Year in 2005 for his work on The Incredibles.
Antonio Sanchez was also a big winner, beating out Bruno Calais (Song Of The Sea), Alexandre Desplat (The Imitation Game), Hans Zimmer (Interstellar) and Johann Johansson (The Theory Of Everything) for Best Original Film Score of the Year (Birdman).
Sanchez also nabbed the Discovery of the Year Award.
“I remember »
Jazz musician Antonio Sanchez might have been deemed ineligible by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his drum score for “Birdman,” but he’s been picked as one of the five Discovery of the Year nominees by the advisory board of the World Soundtrack Academy, which will name the winner Oct. 24 at the 15th World Soundtrack Awards, the culminating event of Film Fest Gent.
The Academy canceled out Sanchez’s score from Oscar consideration on the grounds that his original work was accompanied by roughly 17 minutes of previously recorded classical music. “Scores diluted by use of tracked themes or other pre-existing music,” according to the Academy music branch, “shall not be eligible.”
The other Discovery nominees include Alex Ebert for “A Most Violent Year,” Ebert’s second score for the director J.C. Chandor after his soundtrack debut on “All Is Lost” (2013); Dominic Lewis for “Spooks: The Greater Good »
- Steve Chagollan
Now, here’s a great example of counter-programming. As of last Friday, with the return of Marvel’s superstar super-team, the onslaught of the big blockbuster, “check your mind at the door”, movie season officially began. But what about those cultured folks needing an oasis at the multiplex, a quiet escape from the movie mayhem. The colder temps generally welcome those more serious, somber films, often adapted from literary classics. However, a few of these often seep through the Summer season (Lee Daniels’ The Butler, The Help). That’s the case with this literary adaptation, but it’s also a reboot since there was a celebrated film version starring Julie Christie way back in 1967. Now, once again, from the classic tome written by Thomas Hardy (no, not next week’s “Mad Max”), here’s Far From The Madding Crowd.
With the first fade-in, we meet the story’s heroine, Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) on horseback, »
- Jim Batts
Be warned, the interview contains discussion of a few moments in the film which some might consider spoilers…
Kat Kourbeti: How has press and reception of the film been so far?
Thomas Vinterberg: I don’t read reviews, but I hear they’re pretty good. All day yesterday I was speaking to very, very enthusiastic and happy people, so that’s obviously incredibly encouraging.
Kk: It really has all the makings of a modern classic. You’ve taken a very well-loved novel – it’s something that a lot of women picture as the epitome of romance – but you’ve really brought it forward. It’s very relatable despite the fact that we don’t live in Victorian times. »
- Kat Kourbeti
Far from the Madding Crowd, 2015.
Directed by Thomas Vinterberg.
In Victorian England, the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer; Frank Troy, a reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor.
The story is (by now) borderline cliché: free-spirited Bathsheba Everdene scorns women who fall for the first pretty boy to wink at them, and vows to never be like them. Yet as fate would have it, she meets the right kind of pretty boy, and makes the wrong choice (twice) and pays for it, only to realise that the person she’s always loved has been right there all along. Cue sweeping violins, magnificent outdoor shots of Dorset, and a happy ending. If Bathsheba reminds you a bit of Katniss Everdeen of Hunger Games fame, »
- Kat Kourbeti
When Thomas Hardy named his fourth novel “Far From the Madding Crowd” in 1874, he almost certainly meant the title ironically — a riposte to the notion that the rural folk of his beloved English countryside somehow led simpler lives, less tempest-tossed by desire, than their urban counterparts. But you could almost mistake Hardy for a literalist on the basis of Thomas Vinterberg’s calm, stately new film version — the fourth official filming of the novel (which first reached the screen as a 1915 silent), and a perfectly respectable, but never particularly stirring, night at the movies. Probably the Danish Vinterberg’s most accomplished foray into English-language filmmaking (after the gun-control allegory “Dear Wendy” and the futuristic Joaquin Phoenix-Claire Danes romance “It’s All About Love”), this pared-down if generally faithful adaptation benefits from a solid cast and impeccable production values, though the passions that drive Hardy’s characters remain more stated than truly felt. »
- Scott Foundas
After his Academy Award nominated film The Hunt (starring Mads Mikkelsen), Danish director Thomas Vinterberg adapted Thomas Hardy’s classic love story Far From The Madding Crowd for the big screen. Grammy award-winning composer Craig Armstrong was enlisted to compose the score for the film.
In this eagerly awaited drama, Vinterberg has brought together a first class cast, including Academy Award nominee Carey Mulligan (Never Let Me Go, An Education, Drive), Golden Globe nominee Michael Sheen (Kingdom of Heaven, Midnight in Paris, Frost/Nixon), Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone, Bullhead) and Tom Sturridge (On The Road).
The film will be in theaters on May 1, 2015.
Far From The Madding Crowd tells the story of independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, »
- Michelle McCue
This summer you'll have all kinds of explosions to choose from, but very few of the emotional kind. That's where "Far From The Madding Crowd" steps in. A starry cast and an acclaimed arthouse director team up to take on a literary classic, and the results look to be expectedly sumptuous. And today some new looks at the movie have arrived. The most substantial is a featurette titled "Bathsheeba," which says it all. It's a thorough look at the character, played by Carey Mulligan, who finds herself the object of affection of three very different men, and, of course, lots of drama ensues. After that you can preview the score by Craig Armstrong, which arrives in stores on April 28th, check out a handful of new pics from the Thomas Vinterberg-directed movie, and look at an autumnal poster. Also starring Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge, Michael Sheen, Juno Temple, and more, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
13 items from 2015
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