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“Rogue One – A Star Wars Story (Deluxe Edition)” by Michael Giacchino, John Williams

December… it’s that time of the year again. When hundreds of thousands of people cheerfully maintain their religious traditions. And children of all ages desperately wait for that one single night. The whole world is collectively going nuts over the annual celebrations that start to feel just like the years before. In short: It’s Star Wars time. I did not really want to treat Michael Giacchino’s Rogue One here, or for that matter Disney’s entire A Star Wars Story anthology series, mainly because I was afraid that it would make me suffer from Star Wars fatigue pretty soon. And that’s something I…

“Downsizing” by Rolfe Kent

We’ve seen quite a few films in which Matt Damon needed someone else to save his sorry ass. Alexander Payne’s scifi satire Downsizing isn’t one of those for a change. This time around Matt Damon takes fate into his own giant hands and – for the greater overpopulated good – decides to shrink himself and live a tiny live in a tiny community. Only to find out that even at miniature size, problems still can grow pretty big. I haven’t heard Rolfe Kent’s score, but I’m full of hope that it’ll be on par with his earlier Alexander Payne collaboration, Sideways. An…

“In America” by Gavin Friday, Maurice Seezer

Are you in for some good ol’ crying time? Well then let me point you over to one of the most heart-warming, beautiful and adorable little films I’ve ever seen in my life: Jim Sheridan’s semi-autobiographical fairy-tale from across the pond, In America. This highly underrated 2002 gem tells the writer-director’s (partly dramatized, to some extent) life story through the eyes of his own daughters. And I must warn you right away: If you don’t have kids yet, you most definitely will want to have some after this film. The two main actors, real life sisters Sarah and Emma Bolger, carry…

“The Intouchables” by Ludovico Einaudi, Various Artists

There’s a whole subgenre of comedy films that address both humor and sadness. Such as In Bruges, Sideways or even Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, if you like. I think those are the most rewarding “funny” films out there. They retain a certain bitterness at heart, thus making the light-hearted moments even brighter. Real-life inspired fairytale The Intouchables, one of France’s biggest film exports of the past few years, was one of those heart-warming and touching comedies. It successfully treaded the fine line between slapstick humor and unadorned hard reality. And I think one of the main reasons it worked so well as a whole…

“Stranger Things: Season Two” by Kyle Dixon, Michael Stein, Various Artists

If you’re following my facebook channel you may have already seen a lot of these covers. It was at the end of August when Netflix began to put out weekly Stranger Things tribute posters, each one resembling a famous movie from the past. Back then I was working on a new, massive sci-fi project and I felt a little exhausted designing inserts, back covers and disc labels. Any distraction felt like a welcome change. So I began to turn those posters into square album covers, if only to take a little breath. Though I didn’t realize the new heights this…