“Kong: Skull Island” by Henry Jackman

For the most part I was pretty underwhelmed by Kong: Skull Island. Instead of being entertained by an adventurous thrill ride I was irritated by a whole lot of problems. The “plot” is an absolute joke. Pacing is all over the place. The characters are your usual stereotypes… and even the monster fights can’t stand a chance against Peter Jackson’s King Kong from 2005. It seems like there’s not much left to like about this film. Certainly not Henry Jackman’s mediocre score. Okay, maybe the atmospheric cinematography by Larry Fong. And a particularly nice typography during the film’s opening and closing credits. But there’s…

“Ex Machina” by Ben Salisbury, Geoff Barrow

My clean-cut plan to raise visitor stats from last week’s blog post seemed to work. All facts at hand are providing a strong suspicion that at least one of my two additional visitors was redirected here through those cleverly placed hashtags. To calm the crowd I immediately follow up this week with a not-so-popular soundtrack. In fact, I’m pretty sure that the bulk of film music fans couldn’t care less about an electronic score like Ex Machina. But I do. In my book it’s an absolute benchmark when it comes to audio post-production. Alex Garland’s directorial debut is an amazing, downright incredible visual experience, but combined with the musical score from…

“Cloverfield” by Michael Giacchino

There are two kinds of people: Those who leave a movie theater as soon as the credits start rolling and those who hold out until the very end, when the lights finally come back on. If you are part of the second group like me, you probably know of all the rewards you get if only you keep your ass seated as long as possible. Starting from the usual mid- and post-credits scene to animated end credits rolls and occasional outtakes. The most rewarding thing however might be those brief moments of tranquility, when you can just lean back and…

“Patriots Day” by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

America, Fuck Yeah! – My immediate gut reaction when I saw the poster campaign for Peter Berg’s newest tearjearker Patriots Day. The previous films of this small-town Michael Bay haven’t exactly been known for their extraordinary thoughtfulness or depth. And I guess this one makes no difference, regardless of its (especially in this day and age) sensitive background story. I was even more surprised to see Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross attached to this film. Without judging Berg or his body of work, it seemed like an odd collaboration to me. But as stated in a recent interview, breaking new grounds was exactly their reason…

“Before the Flood” by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Gustavo Santaolalla, Mogwai

Think what you like about Leonardo DiCaprio, but his personal commitment when it comes to environmental issues such as global warming deserves respect. Even more so now that he and his producing team decided to release their latest project Before the Flood publicly for free, thus making it available for anybody to see without the need to go to the movies or spend money on it. It’s a bold statement, to encourage people go watch this documentary and raise the awareness, because frankly, it affects us all, whether we like it or not. To help spreading the word, Before the Flood comes backed with a…