The great joy of listening to new music – especially film scores, where similarity is often inherent – is finding something you truly adore from the first bars. JOHN CARTER is perhaps the score where this previously happened the most profoundly, with the gorgeous statement of Carter’s theme along with the otherworldly vocal instantly making me fall in love. You can add Abel Korzeniowski’s ROMEO & JULIET to this. Continue reading




Since the explosive shockwave of The Sixth Sense in 1999 and *that* twist, director M. Night Shyamalan and composer James Newton Howard have had a fruitful relationship, with JNH (as he’s known in the fan circles) scoring all eight films since ’99. The latest is After Earth, a science fiction adventure starring Will and Jaden Smith. Does this match up to the previous efforts in one of the most-celebrated modern director/composer relationships? Continue reading