GOOD WILL HUNTING
Danny Elfman, 2014, Music Box Records
27 tracks, 44:38
Some seventeen years after Danny Elfman received his first Oscar-nomination for “Good Will Hunting”, a full score album has finally been released. Has it been worth the wait?
COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY (VOL. 1)
Alan Silvestri, 2014, Cosmos Studios Music
13 tracks, 43:28
After scoring “Contact” Alan Silvestri seems a logical choice for the new “Cosmos” series, seeing as both were originally penned by Carl Sagan. Can the composer once again bring something magical to the screen?
Angelo Badalamenti, 2013, MovieScore Media
18 tracks, 52:41
It is unfortunate, but war has inspired some of the best films and soundtracks. The sweeping score for “Stalingrad” by Angelo Badalamenti being an excellent example.
Steven Price’s “Gravity” took home the Academy Award for Best Original score. He beat John Williams’s “The Book Thief“, Thomas Newman’s “Saving Mr Banks“, Alexandre Desplat’s “Philomena” and Arcade Fire’s “Her” to the race. Price was seen shaking Williams’ and Newman’s hand, before humbling accepting the award. Earlier this year Price also won Best Action/Adventure/Sci Fi score in the, much less coveted, Synchrotones’ Soundtrack Awards. So, needless to say I’m happy to see him come out on top at the Oscars. The Oscar for Best Original Song went to “Frozen’s” “Let It Go”, by Robert Lopez and Kristin Anderson-Lopez.
You can read Synchrotones’ review of “Gravity” here.
JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT
Patrick Doyle, 2014, Varese Sarabande
24 tracks, 73:12
Patrick Doyle has been very successful at adapting his music to current filmscoring trends, but how will he fare on the all-out modern thriller “Jack Ryan”?