Hans Zimmer

9 Most Influential Film Composers

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… More

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Top 10 Film Scores of 2012

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… More

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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… More

Avast, ye matey!

Avast, Ye Matey!

“‘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… More

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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,… More

The Preacher's Wife

The Preacher’s Wife

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… More

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CD Review: Inception

I stayed away from all the hints and hype about INCEPTION. I didn’t read any early reviews of the film or any interviews with Hans Zimmer before I heard the score so that I could approach the movie and the music with fresh eyes and ears. To explain the plot, this blog post would be… More

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Sherlock Holmes: The Music Video

For fans of Hans Zimmer‘s SHERLOCK HOLMES score, here’s a treat. As the last days of Oscar voting wind down (ballots are due March 2), Zimmer has pulled together a music video in a unique attempt to garner votes for his score. (Thanks to the folks at RopeofSilicon.com.) I was alerted to the following music… More