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5 original songs for 12 Years a Slave composed by Nicholas Britell

5 original songs for 12 Years a Slave composed by Nicholas Britell

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The achievements of a movie as monumental as 12 Years a Slave will take us years to fully appreciate. Over the next few weeks and months we’ll do our best to highlight the most stunning parts of its artistry. We’ll need to go deep to do it justice. I saw it for the first time 2 hours ago. Still in the dumbstruck phase, speechless. But elbowing its way into my…

The Hobbit soundtrack, full preview

The Hobbit soundtrack, full preview

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(Thanks, Brandon!)

Best Song and Score – Is the Academy Not Cool Enough for Reznor and Ross?

Best Song and Score – Is the Academy Not Cool Enough for Reznor and Ross?

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There are a few songs to keep in mind for this year, although this is a very bizarre category, along with Doc Feature and Foreign Film that is almost impossible to guess correctly. Their picks are usually kind of wacky – like snubbing Bruce Springsteen for The Wrestler song…. This list was sent to me by a publicist but I think it’s a pretty good compilation. A couple of things…

A clue to Inception’s music cues?

A clue to Inception’s music cues?

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A tip from Andrew leads us to this musical equation finding the common denominator between Inception’s two most familiar crescendos. Dude, whoa. Just, like, whoa.

Inception: AD reader reactions

Inception: AD reader reactions

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For those who’ve already seen Inception in early screenings, please float by to share your feelings. We don’t often devote a topic to an exclusive open forum, but maybe a movie as thought-provoking as Inception could use a meeting place where readers can congregate for coffeehouse conversation. The comments here are likely to be rife with spoilers, so don’t dive in unless you already know whatever there is to know….

NYT, LAT & WaPo weigh in with final round of Inception reviews

NYT, LAT & WaPo weigh in with final round of Inception reviews

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Inception’s critical scorecard gets a boost from the last wave of reviews. Count The LA Times‘ Kenneth Turan in tight with the ‘blown away’ team: Welcome to the world of “Inception,” written and directed by the masterful Christopher Nolan, a tremendously exciting science-fiction thriller that’s as disturbing as it sounds. This is a popular entertainment with a knockout punch so intense and unnerving it’ll have you worrying if it’s safe…