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Abzu

The Giant Squid Studios’ 2016 video game Abzu could be said to be the spiritual successor to the game company’s phenomenally successful 2012 adventure video game Journey that was made all the more special by an immersive and exquisitely crafted score by Austin Wintory, whose work alongside the game itself went on to win all kinds of acclaim, fame and fortune and for very good reasons. So when the art director from Journey, Matt Nava, decided to set up his…

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Chinatown

The movie or the music do not need much introduction, both famous and lauded for their combined and individual merits and there is still a mesmerizing haunting quality to this Roman Polanski directed 1974 film noir. It so well captures the Los Angeles of 1930’s with its light and darkness, the familiar genre trope of a lonely private detective becoming entangled in events that are far bigger than he had initially anticipated handled masterfully by Robert Towne’s layered script. Jerry…

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The Light Between Oceans

The Light Between Oceans directed by Derek Cianfrance and starring Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weisz tells the story of a lighthouse keeper Tom and his wife Isabel in the 1920’s living off the coast of Western Australia, who raise a baby they rescue from an adrift rowboat. Years later, the couple discovers the child’s true parentage and are faced with the moral dilemma of their actions. On top of an impressive cast this film adaptation of Australian author…

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The Ten Commandments

And God spoke all these words: “I am Elmer Bernstein, who brought you great film scores, out of the land of decadence. “You shall have no other gods before me. Okay, I’ll allow Herrmann and Goldsmith. “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything I hath recorded, even if it hath not been released. 5 You shall not bow down to anyone but Intrada Records, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to…

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Don’t Breathe

Don’t Breathe opened just a few days ago and is a horror/thriller movie starring Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto and is written and directed by Fede Alvarez. The premise of house invasion by thieves who then get caught by the owner who turns out to be more than they thought seems like a somewhat over-familiar trope in horror genre but this film currently in theaters is garnering very positive reviews as a suspenseful, well-crafted nail biting experience…

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Khartoum

Frank Cordell’s Khartoum is a huge epic score, and similarly to Twisted Nerve, has had split releases, with the original LP (a re-recording) being reissued by different labels with different Cordell scores, such as Ring Of Bright Water and Mosquito Squadron, but having the original and complete score allows for the scale of the score to really be felt musically. And Cordell executes the score beautifully. From the first moment of ‘Overture’, with those huge bold brass strokes, you know…

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