All posts under Marco Beltrami

Top 10 Film Scores of 2011


Film Score Click Track readers have had their say, now it’s my turn. I wonder if I’ll look back ten years from now and see 2011 as a turning point in my film music development. This past year, I found myself listening in different ways, with my attention captured by details and intricacies beyond the surface effect of the music. And perhaps I was far more open and receptive to more composers and musical styles than in years past, or maybe it there were other reasons. Of course, the year…

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CD Review: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

It’s a pretty sad state of affairs when Hollywood has to tap into 40-year-old, long-forgotten TV movies for new product. (SYBIL with Lindsay Lohan, anyone? How about Halle Berry in  THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MISS JANE PITTMAN? Or a Pixar animated version of DUEL?) I don’t remember if I ever saw the 1973 TV movie DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK. At nine, I would have been the perfect age to appreciate the horror elements, but I doubt my parents let me watch it. So I had no particular interest (or…

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CD Review: Soul Surfer


SOUL SURFER, the true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton’s recovery from a shark attack, seems tailor-made for the movies. But not for this viewer. I can only see one loss-o’-limb film (127 HOURS) in any 12-month period. Thankfully, Marco Beltrami doesn’t suffer from my weak constitution, composing an exciting and moving score that rides the waves with musical agility. The lovely main titles weave together some haunting Hawaiian chanting before the piano plays the memorable main surfing theme. With its flowing melody, the theme seems to float on the…

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CD Review: The Hurt Locker


On the eve of its surprising win from the Producers Guild, THE HURT LOCKER continues its astonishing run of awards kudos. The film about a bomb squad in Iraq opened in June to stellar critical praise and brought in a paltry $12.6 million at the box office. But the film has rallied at the end of the year and has 15 Best Picture wins from critic groups across the country. (UP IN THE AIR is second with 13 wins.) I waited to review the CD until I finally saw the…

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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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