Film Music

picWith a heavy and saddened heart the world has lost James Horner, one of the most subtle, stirring and astonishingly prolific Film Music composers. Flying solo in his small plane crashed just north of Santa Barbara on June 22. He was only 61. A kind, gentle and sweet man who made movies come alive through over 100 scores. I highlight a handful of his music most of us will never forget.

"Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan", "a score and a movie that stands as a highpoint in science fiction, bold writing that would blast Horner off to become one of the dominant musical forces in Hollywood." "Apollo 13", easily among the best scores of the 1990's. Horner's "Legends of the Fall" has it all, great themes, intimate romance, epic drama and tragedy. "Casper", Horner unleashes through this pure creative originality and charm. Scoring "Avatar" was Horner's most difficult job to a gamechanging film. Next, few superhero scores of the 2000's and 2010's are allowed to be so expressive and genuinely heartfelt as "The Amazing Spider-Man." "The Rocketeer" reveals how Horner incorporates rich instrumentals in the tiniest crevices. And "Titanic" is one of the defining moments in modern film scoring as the movie was a towering achievement in 1997 and still is today. And More Wed July 1, 3-4pm. My Ultra Lounge show precedes at 2pm.

picAward season is ferociously upon us and amidst all the glamor and glitter in Hollywood is the art of everything that makes movies. 2014 has been a tremendous year for music scores. Listen to the best: Alexandre Desplat is nominated for two Oscars, "The Imitation Game" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" Will he finally win the big trophy? Hans Zimmer's "Intersteller", Johann Johannsson's "The Theory of Everything", Antonio Sanchez's "Birdman" (an all percussion score), Gary Yershon's "Mr. Turner", and uniform praise for Mica Levi's  unsettling, atmospheric score to "Under The Skin" will be played.

Also, "How to Train Your Dragon2" and "The Boxtrolls" nominated for Animated Feature Films; "Whiplash" and "Nightcrawler" have nominated catagories. 

Wed January 28, 3-4pm.

picIt's that thrilling, chilling, time of year to highlight selections from some well deserving film scores for Halloween.
Ramin Djawadi's "Dracula Untold" gripping narrative leads off the set followed by Marco Beltrami's"Carrie". Further in is Christophe Beck's compelling epic "Buffy The Vampire Slayer"; Alexandre Desplat's 'vamp-on-werewolf action' section in "The Twilight Saga-New Moon". Also a couple of Bernard Hermann "Twilight Zone"episodes, "Psycho IV" from Graeme Revell; "The Wolfman" of Danny Elfman; Marco Beltrami's "The Wolverine"; Trevor Jones' score to the very atmospheric visuals in "From Hell"; James Newton Howard's "The Village" and Danny Elfman again with "Hitchcock"Don't Miss All on Wed Oct 29, 3-4pm. 

picCan you believe after 60 years Godzillia's cultural imprint is still around. The king of monsters "has been considered a filmographic metaphor for the United States, as well as an allegory of nuclear weapons in general." And Alexandre Desplat is the last composer I'd have guessed would be chosen for this score.

Known mainly for his romantic comedies or thrillers or several action movies but he put together an orchestra AS BIG as Godzilla and elevates this movie with a score's rave reviews. Perhaps it's his love of old school monster movies. Regardless, "It’s a very cool pairing of a talented, eclectic musician with bombastic, blockbuster material." 

Also selections from Amazing Spider Man2; Mr. Peabody and Sherman; Tim's Vermeer and more will be played.

Tune in Wed May 21st 3-4pm. Don't Miss!

pic2013 was an enormously competitive year for movies and Oscar night on March 2nd will be as exciting as you can imagine.

I'll be playing selections from the nominated Best Original Scores: 'The Book Thief'


(click here for an amazing clip on John Williams scoring.) 'Gravity'; 'Her'; 'Philomena '; and 'Saving Mr. Banks' as well as other nominated catagories: '12 Years A Slave'; 'Captain Phillips'; 'Frozen'; 'All Is Lost'; 'The Hobbit'. Start getting your Oscar Night Party planned as it's gonna be quite a ride. Complete nomination list.

Tune in Wed January 29th, 3-4pm.

picWhat better time than Halloween to listen to chilling, thrilling fabulous horror music old & new. Highlights include Marco Beltrami's newest remake of "Carrie", "whose reputation as one of today's leading movie composers is based on his command of a big range of orchestral effects, enabling him to rise above the usual standard of action and horror soundtracks. picAlso, "The Wolfman"; "Bram Stokers Dracula" by the brilliant Wojciech Kilar; Zombies "World War Z"; "Fright Night"; "Toy Story of Terror!"; "The Howling"; and of course, Halloween heros "Spiderman"; "The Dark Knight" and Much More.

Wed October 30th, 3-4pm.

picThis weeks movie music highlights selection(s) from the highly anticipated "Gravity" film. Composer Steven Price

picsaid, "With no sound in space, the music was integral to underscore the emotional journey."

Also, Dave Porter's intoxicating "Breaking Bad" score to the Emmy winning series; "House of Cards", "The Great Gatsby",  "Now You See Me", "The Lodger" and More. 

That's Wed Oct 2, 3-4PM Listening to the Movies!

pic"Giacchino’s mastery of the orchestra, his cleverpic variations on pre-existing themes, his knack for exhilarating percussive action, and his intelligent application of thematic ideas, makes Star Trek Into Darkness a worthwhile entry into the pantheon of Trek scores, and the first satisfying blockbuster score of summer 2013."

Also, selections from Iron Man 3; Kon-Tiki; World of Warcraft Video Score; David Arnold's Independence Day and a brand new score to Hitchcock's 1929 thriller The Lodger.



Oscar night was quite memorable with winners and formidable nominees. This week I showcase music from winning films in various catagories that include:

Argo; Life of Pi; Lincoln; Anna Karenina; Zero Dark Thirty; Les Miserables; Skyfall; Brave; Frankenweenie; Beasts of the Southern Wild; The Hobbit; and Django Unchained.

Listen in Wednesday Feb 27th 3-4PM on the Only Film Music show on KRUU!



Some of the most beautiful music from films that stirred or broke our hearts.

Romeo & Juliet; Casablanca; Titanic; Edward Scissorhands; Cinema Paradiso; A Walk in the Clouds; E.T. and MORE.

We'll never stop listening or stop going to the movies for our hearts aching to love and be loved and sharing the journey of others.  

Wednesday Feb 13, 3-4PM.