Thursday, February 22, 2018

Composing Greatness: #4. Oscars 2018 Edition - "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"

Scene from Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Welcome to a very special edition of Composing Greatness. In this limited series, I will be looking at the five scores nominated for this year's Best Original Score category. To avoid favoritism, the list will be done in alphabetical order of composers and feature the same guidelines as the original series. This is meant to explore the music behind the great films of 2017, and provide insight into what makes each of them special and whether or not they deserved to be nominated at all. Join me all week as I listen to the  music, leave some thoughts, and hopefully sway you to check out these wonderful, wonderful scores.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Composing Greatness: #3. Oscars 2018 Edition - "Phantom Thread"

Scene from Phantom Thread
Welcome to a very special edition of Composing Greatness. In this limited series, I will be looking at the five scores nominated for this year's Best Original Score category. To avoid favoritism, the list will be done in alphabetical order of composers and feature the same guidelines as the original series. This is meant to explore the music behind the great films of 2017, and provide insight into what makes each of them special and whether or not they deserved to be nominated at all. Join me all week as I listen to the  music, leave some thoughts, and hopefully sway you to check out these wonderful, wonderful scores.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Composing Greatness: #2. Oscars 2018 Edition - "The Shape of Water"

Scene from The Shape of Water
Welcome to a very special edition of Composing Greatness. In this limited series, I will be looking at the five scores nominated for this year's Best Original Score category. To avoid favoritism, the list will be done in alphabetical order of composers and feature the same guidelines as the original series. This is meant to explore the music behind the great films of 2017, and provide insight into what makes each of them special and whether or not they deserved to be nominated at all. Join me all week as I listen to the  music, leave some thoughts, and hopefully sway you to check out these wonderful, wonderful scores.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Review: "Roman J. Israel, Esq." is a Nuanced Morality Tale That Could Use a Little Something More

Denzel Washington in Roman J. Israel, Esq.
The city of Los Angeles has a certain reputation in cinema. As the documentary Los Angeles Plays Itself has suggested, it's a place where seedy crime goes to flourish nihilistic action films or even apocalyptic narratives. So, for director Dan Gilroy to strip these elements down to human dramas is almost revelatory. In his follow-up to the Oscar-nominated Nightcrawler, he has created a Los Angeles that's full of lawyers conflicted with their own personal drives. At the center is Roman J. Israel, Esq. (Denzel Washington): a man whose reputation is as curious as the name he introduces himself as. It's a hurdle of sorts, and one that holds him back from being the type of leader he wishes to be. In this story, Gilroy creates a west coast mythology of corruption not of the city, but of the self, and it's a slow and calculating journey with plenty of wit and power behind every detail.