All posts under Hans Zimmer

When In Rome…


…I do as the Romans do. I recently got back from a trip to Switzerland where I hopefully wrapped up the research for my book on the music of Charlie Chaplin. After a week of furiously plowing through scores and correspondence at the Chaplin Archives in Montreux, I decided to take ten days of much needed R&R in Italy, all of which was underscored by a proper playlist of appropriately chosen film music. Though famous musical Venetians like Vivaldi and Monteverdi helped me navigate their slender, tourist-clogged streets, some film composers also accompanied…

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2014 Oscar Nominations for Music


This is the first year in a long time that I don’t have a favorite film that I’m rooting for going into the Oscars. There were films that I enjoyed (THE IMITATION GAME) and that surprised me in a good way (AMERICAN SNIPER) but then there were the inevitable overrated entries that left me scratching my head (BOYHOOD) or loathing (BIRDMAN). For such a lackluster year, the Academy came up with some surprises (and not) in the Music categories, which, as usual, are the only categories I truly care about….

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9 Most Influential Film Composers

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Every film composer brings his or her talent to a project. They carve out a career path for themselves in which they (hopefully) can make a living through the art and craft of creating music. But some film composers change the face of the art form. In the course of doing their jobs, they leave a lasting impression on the industry that reaches far beyond a fan’s favorite score or film. The list below contains an alphabetized list of what I consider to be the most influential film composers. These…

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Top 10 Film Scores of 2012

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One of the joys of compiling a year-end list is revisiting film scores that I may have forgotten. With so many scores released over the last 12 months, it’s easy for one or more to slip through the cracks. As usual, some scores that I was sure would make my list didn’t. By all rights, Nick Urata’s sweet and charming RUBY SPARKS would be included, as would Dan Romer and Behn Zeitlin’s Cajun-flavored BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD. Danny Elfman had a busy year and his scores for FRANKENWEENIE and HITCHCOCK…

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CD Review: The Dark Knight Rises


Batman sure has changed since the candy-colored days of Bif! Bam! Pow! Gone are the comic book origins and the jazzy swing of Neal Hefti and Nelson Riddle. Gone also are the whimsy and the equally distinctive musical contributions of Danny Elfman and Elliot Goldenthal for their pairs of Batman films. Christopher Nolan’s Batman has always been adrift in a more dangerously realistic, post 9/11 vision of Gotham and his trilogy has explored far deeper issues than even the darkest of the earlier Caped Crusader incarnations could hint at. And with…

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CD Review: Pirates of the Caribbean – On Stranger Tides


There’s very little gray area when it comes to how film music fans feel about the PIRATES OF THE CARIBEEAN music. But to complain about the scores at this stage of the game is superfluous. You either like them or you don’t. As I wrote in my “Avast, Ye Matey!” post, I’ve been on a real POTC kick these past few weeks in preparation for the fourth installment of the popular franchise, ON STRANGER TIDES. So what do you get with P4? More of the same…but less of it. Johnny Depp’s…

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Avast, Ye Matey!

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“‘Avast, ye matey’?!…What the hell does that mean?” —Jerry Seinfeld Maybe it’s the time period, the powdered wigs, or all the repetitive (though usually impressive) sword fighting that turns me off, but I’ve never been a big fan of pirate films. So it should come as no surprise that I had very little, if any, interest in the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN films over the years. Even with all its popularity, I only saw the first film when it came out on DVD. When all was said and done, I couldn’t…

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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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Top 10 Film Scores of 2010


Like many film music fans, I tend to lament the current state of film scoring. And then a year-end Top 10 list helps me refocus and appreciate the work that many composers are contributing to the art form. Sure, there’s still plenty of mediocrity and crap being written, often through no fault of the composer, but I had no trouble at all compiling a list of worthy scores for the year. You know it’s a strong list if I had to regrettably leave off a Rachel Portman score. Once again,…

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The Preacher’s Wife

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For such a bona fide star, Whitney Houston has not had much of a film career. Granted, her choice of projects has been questionable. But the camera loves her and her star power compensates for her lack of acting ability. One of Houston’s stronger films is THE PREACHER’S WIFE, Penny Marshall’s pleasant remake of 1947’s THE BISHOP’S WIFE. Houston stars as the wife of Reverend Henry Biggs (Courtney B. Vance), whose marriage is in trouble and whose church is under threat of being torn down by local-boy-made-good (Gregory Hines). When he asks God for…

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