Calvary

By Charlie Brigden

calvaryMany people may not know who Patrick Cassidy is. To be honest – and this is pretty terrible – I’d heard the name but I wasn’t amazingly familiar with his work until I popped onto Google and read that he’s had a working relationship in and out of film with Lisa Gerrard Continue reading

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FROZEN

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Having flown under the radar for most of the year, FROZEN has been released amid a flurry of hype that’s seen it described as Disney’s best animated effort since BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. High praise indeed, but by no means hyperbolic. A sweet, charming and visually-stunning film, FROZEN updates the tropes of the Disney fairy tale without mocking or diminishing them. Following recent successes with TANGLED and WRECK-IT RALPH (a revisionist fairy tale dressed up as 8-bit nostalgia), Frozen’s success on the fairy tale front isn’t entirely surprising. What definitely is though is that it’s also the best, most original musical Hollywood has produced since MOULIN ROUGE. Continue reading

DEEP NOTE: THE FOUNDATIONS OF A GOOD GIALLO SCORE LIBRARY

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Before I begin, I think it’s probably best if you know why this article has come about. When Charlie asked me to write something on European scores for his website last October, I was both flattered and nervous. I love movie scores, of course, they’re one of my main passions in life… but, being as I don’t read music, I never feel that confident about writing about it. Continue reading

2013: THE YEAR IN REVIEW

Well, it’s been a bloody good year. Both Hollywood and indie composers have put out some quite brilliant material, even amidst the usual stupid arguments of orchestral vs. electronic. Reissues have been plentiful as well, maybe even too much as people are still complaining that they can’t afford everything (which is perhaps a discussion worth having). So let’s look back at what turned out to be a pretty spectacular twelve months for the score geeks out there. Continue reading