All posts under Danny Elfman

9 Purple Cows of Film Music


In his excellent 2002 book, Purple Cow: Transform Your Business By Being Remarkable, Seth Godin tells the story of a trip he took to France with his family. He describes driving around the French countryside, “enchanted by the hundreds of storybook cows grazing on picturesque pastures…For dozens of kilometers, we all gazed out the windows, marveling about how beautiful everything was.” But after the first 20 minutes, he started ignoring the cows. “The new cows were just like the old cows, and what once was amazing was now common. Worse than…

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CD Review: Iris


When his Serenada Schizophrana was performed live at Carnegie Hall in 2005, Danny Elfman seemed to shed the shackles and demands of film, providing some of the freshest music of his career. With IRIS, Cirque du Soleil’s new stage show, Elfman is inspired once again to new heights of inventiveness with one of his most joyful musical creations. The show, which is currently playing at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, explores the history of cinema and its various genres through a combination of dance, acrobatics, live video, filmed sequences and animation. In interviews,…

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9 Favorite Comedy Scores


Because everyone’s sense of humor is different, everyone’s taste in comedy films is also different. (Duh!) I’m not usually a big fan of obvious, slapstick humor. I prefer comedy that has a human element, some darkness to it, and wit and sophistication (he types oh so snobbishly). You likely won’t find me at the latest Kevin James or Adam Sandler yuck fest (with “yuck” being the key word in that phrase). The most successful comedy film scores for me have some heart and drama to them, as well as an…

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Readers Poll – Top 10 Film Scores of 2010


Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote in this year’s readers survey. Over 200 people voted and over 1,600 votes were cast. While I expected certain scores to appear, it was interesting to watch the list form and morph over the voting period. Out of the 201 scores listed, 161 of them received at least one vote. While this list certainly doesn’t match mine (nor should it), there are a couple of overlaps, several scores that didn’t quite make my cut, and a couple that weren’t anywhere close. This…

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Big Fish

Big Fish

While the sold-out Danny Elfman/Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box is set to celebrate one of the most successful composer/director partnerships in film history, not every project has yielded the best in either artist. One such occasion is 2003’s BIG FISH. Albert Finney stars as Edward Bloom, a teller of tall tales, whose colorful life–full of giants and werewolves, Korean Siamese twins/lounge singers, a witch with a glass eye that can see the future, and a big fish that refuses to be caught–charms everyone except his son (Billy Crudup). With Bloom on…

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CD Review: Alice In Wonderland


Tim Burton’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND continues its spectacular (and surprising) box office run, bringing Danny Elfman‘s score, one of the strongest elements of the film, right along with it. As I mentioned in my post of 9 Favorite Danny Elfman Scores, Elfman is the composer du jour. His ALICE score fares better with Burton at the helm than his music for THE WOLFMAN did, but the score as represented on CD isn’t quite what you’ll hear in the theater. “My score was not going to be about the Mad Hatter or the Red Queen,”…

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9 Favorite Danny Elfman Scores

Edward Scissorhands

Danny Elfman is composer du jour at the multiplex with his recent scores for THE WOLFMAN and ALICE IN WONDERLAND. So it seemed the perfect time to add him to the “9 on the 9th” lineup. Though I enjoy Elfman’s music, he is not someone I usually turn to when I just want to listen to film music. So when I initially started writing this post, I thought I’d struggle to find nine scores that I really enjoyed. Oddly enough, I found more enjoyment compiling this list than some other…

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CD Review: 9


Shane Acker’s 9 has had an illustrious beginning. The original 11-minute animated short (you can watch it on YouTube) won a 2005 Student Academy Award and was nominated for a competitive Oscar that same year. Now Acker has expanded the short into an animated feature film (Focus Feature’s second such film following CORALINE earlier this year) set to open tomorrow. If the runner and commercials are any indication, its a slick piece of animated film making with an impressive cast, including Elijah Wood, Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, Crispin Glover, and Jennifer Connelly. In…

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CD Review: Terminator Salvation


Like STAR TREK fans, TERMINATOR fans are a loyal bunch. Mess with their franchise at your own peril. For those who can keep up with the franchise’s time-twisting storyline, more power to you. I got the gist of it, but outside of Sam Worthington’s affecting performance as the new “human” Terminator, I didn’t find much to enjoy in TERMINATOR SALVATION. My blood raced more from the decibel level than from anything actually happening onscreen. Bringing Danny Elfman onboard should have pleased film score fans. But many of the same issues fired at…

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