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… More


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…. More


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… More

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… More

Alice In Wonderland

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… More

Edward Scissorhands

9 Favorite Danny Elfman Scores

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… More


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… More


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… More