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Film / Soundtrack Review / Eat, Pray, Love

I saw Eat, Pray, Love this past weekend without skimming the soundtrack even once beforehand and I have to say my first impression leading the theatre was not – in the words of Larisa OleynikwhelmedNeil Young somehow seems an obvious choice for a soul-searching 40-something.  M.I.A “Boyz” is a great song, but now three years old.  And the collaboration between Eddie Vedder and Nursat Fateh Ali Khan (“The Long Road”) while lovely is off of ANOTHER soundtrack released in 1996The only original song on the album is “Better Days” by Vedder.

Now that I’ve listened to the soundtrack over and over again a few times – I still hold true to my above criticisms, but at the same time definitely appreciate how good of a job music supervisor P.J. Bloom did choosing music that supports the film.  And the film is really what is whelming.

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Film / Soundtrack Review / Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

As with all highly anticipated soundtracks, I wanted to wait until I actually saw the movie before passing final judgement, and I have to say I’m surprised at the assessment I’m about to make.  The biggest revelation being that while Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is definitely a very music oriented film, its prime motif is video games.  The editing, the music, the production design, the costume design, style, special effects, everything – are all geared to support this.  I know, I know, everyone else knew that but me.  And I did know it.  But now I understand just how important it is for anyone taking a listen to the soundtrack to be aware of that.

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Film / Soundtrack Review / Hot Tub Time Machine

I know most of you scoffed when you heard that a movie titled “Hot Tub Time Machine” was actually coming to a theatre near you.  The only reason I even saw it was because a friend somehow got nine passes to a free screening of the film a few weeks before release.  I thought it was some sort of joke, but still – free is free and everyone went, rolling our eyes the whole way.  Of course, none of us would have been there if it had cost money.  We sat through the entire thing (all 99 minutes of it) and when the lights came up, all turned to each other hesitantly, almost embarrassed:

“Guys, did you think…was that…that was actually really funny

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Video Game / Soundtrack Review / Video Game / Red Dead Redemption

Do you feel lucky?

Over the past couple years at my job I’ve become fairly familiar with music for film and television – so when Paste Magazine posted an article about an exciting new Jose Gonzalez track being featured on the soundtrack for a video game, I knew I had my research cut out for me.

Many reviewers are praising Red Dead Redemption as the best Western video game since…well, ever.  In a word, it’s “epic.”  And the creation of the score is no exception.

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