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



I’ve never bothered to watch any of the HANGOVER films. None of those guys seem particularly funny, and Todd Phillips hasn’t made a decent film since ever. But Christophe Beck is a good composer, and made a splash composing for the Buffy TV series. This album is a compilation of themes and cues from the trilogy. Continue reading