Saturday, July 23, 2011

Super 8 Movie Suite

Super 8 Suite
Music by Micael Giacchino

We have a recent blockbuster with a catchy main theme that you just can't stop humming.  Add to that the foreboding cues that accompany any mysterious Alien to the screen and we have a movie suite that is newly exciting yet sounds like a throwback to the 80's.  Mr. Giacchino has become one prolific composer in the last couple of years.  With an Oscar nod for his score in Up, to his latest rendition of the Star Trek franchise, he has shown his chops over and over again. Some say he has borrowed ideas from previous composers for the Super 8 score from the likes of John Williams, Grame Revell and others, but that may be jealousy talking because the final product is entertaining, energetic as well as enlightening.  What more could anyone ask of a movie suite?  With a timing of  33:46, it seems much quicker than it is and as always, I hope you enjoy.  -MJ


Friday, July 15, 2011

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Movie Suite, Part 2

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Suite, Part 2
Music by Alexandre Desplat

Here it is!  The final installment for the Harry Potter franchise.  Utilizing some of the familiar motifs and themes from earlier versions with plenty of new cues, we are presented with a relentless movie suite of power and conflict.  Mr. Desplat does not disappoint as he takes us on a journey that eventually brings the conclusion of good versus evil into the listeners ears and head.  I found that after multiple sessions, this really grows on you in so many ways.  Whether or not you are an H.P. fan, you should give this a listen.  With a timing of 32:06, I think you'll enjoy this one.  -MJ

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Pirates Of The Caribbean IV - On Stranger Tides Movie Suite

Pirates of the Caribbean IV - On Stranger Tides
Music by Hans Zimmer

With a nod to the previous versions, this movie suite from the latest Pirates of the Caribbean brings us back to the powerful themes and repetitious action cues that we've learned to expect from Mr. Zimmer.  At this point in his career, the composer still uses synthesizers while adding a complete orchestra as well as a choir of voices to give us a sonic experience unlike most other composers. With many thematic cues written by Rodrigo y Gabriela, there is a distinctively Spanish feel to this music, with the use of Spanish guitars and yet we have elected to keep his participation in the movie suite to a minimum.  With a timing of just 17:54, this fits in nicely with the previous Pirates' movie suites. Until Pirates of the Caribbean number five is released, I hope you enjoy.  -MJ



Thursday, July 7, 2011

A Bridge Too Far Movie Suite

A Bridge Too Far Suite
Music by John Addison

It seems fitting that this movie suite reminds me of John Philip Sousa, with blazing horns, thunderous background percussion and an upbeat attitude that is infectious. This is our first suite by Mr. Addison, and it will be the last War Picture suite for awhile.  Likeable, would be a great description of this movie suite as it smoothly spins toward the fitting conclusion.  With a timing of 20:15 we can only wish it were longer.  At the very least you should enjoy this one.  -MJ