Songs from the Screen #1

So, I’m making a radio show?!

Songs from the Screen – the show dedicated to the best scores from films, TV shows, and games hosted by me, Alex Dewing. A perfect listen for film fans, soundtrack geeks, or anyone looking for some fun study tunes!

Well, actually, I’ve already made it. At least the first episode that is. Songs from the Screen is a little passion project of mine that’s I’ve been working on for a while now. If you couldn’t already tell from my Score Spotlight series, I seriously love all things film, TV, and game score related and I wanted to find a way for me to share my love for them. This is what happened.

Episode 1 It’s all about me! is up right now and you can give SftS a follow so you can keep up to date with my later episodes – the next of which will be Halloween themed. Have a listen and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Are you going to give it a listen? What did you think of the episode?
Let me know in the comments! 

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Top Autumnal Film & TV Recommendations

“Aprils have never meant much to me, autumns seem that season of beginning, spring.”
– Breakfast at Tiffany’s

The coziness of Autumn is starting to take hold, with big jumpers making their way out from the back of wardrobes and spooky films having their time to shine. So, here are my top Autumn films to keep you company as the nights draw in. All are to be watched with cups of hot chocolate and blankets to boot!

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What are your favourite Autumnal watches?
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Laura Gets a Cat Review (The Digital Fix)

I recently reviewed the refreshing indie rom-com Laura Gets a Cat directed by Michael Ferrell for The Digital Fix (where you can find more words from me!).
Take a look and click the link for more!

” The gentle sound of lapping waves and the face of a dark-haired woman, alone in the sea, staring down the lens of the camera wistfully, are the first sights and sounds of this charming indie flick. Who is she? Why is she there? What is she doing? That simple image forces these questions into your head, questions that lie at the heart of the film and the mind of the film’s protagonist, Laura  Snow (Dana Brooke). It’s unsurprising then how often Laura finds herself by water or the ocean; it’s as capricious as she is and it’s, therefore, more than a fitting way to open this reflective rom-com… “

Overall: 8 / 10
Like the sound of it? Then keep reading here!



Have you managed to catch Laura Gets A Cat?

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Netflix’s Next Gen | A Missed Opportunity for a Technological Treat

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With a villain flatter than paper, a bizarre dog with R rated barks, and a frustratingly lovable robot voiced by John Krasinski, Joe Ksander and Kevin R. Adams’s animated action-adventure Next Gen is a film that really shouldn’t, and doesn’t, work and yet still manages to pull you in for a warm embrace.

In a futuristic city where everything from Instant Noodles to friendships is technological, pre-teen Mai (Charlyne Yi) rolls her eyes at society’s obsession and seemingly owns her title of ‘outcast’. Playing football alone, her smile is wide as she pelts Continue reading

Score Spotlight | The Best Song from Ant-Man and the Wasp

Welcome to The Score Spotlight, the sporadic series about my favourite songs from soundtracks both old and new.  Want to keep up to date with what I’m listening to? Then check out my Spotify playlist!

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Bringing the fun from Frozen and the action from American Made, Christophe Beck was back to score the sequel to the micro-molecular favourite of the MCU in Ant-Man and The Wasp. As a fan of the first film’s soundtrack, I was excited to see where Beck would take the score; the first focuses in on the heist aspect of the film with strong percussion and classic Marvel orchestral pieces, but the second? I’d say it has a lot more play to it!

But which song has made it’s way to my score spotlight? Well, that’s exactly what I’m going to tell you, so let’s check out my favourite song of the Ant-Man and The Wasp OST 
(And you can find my review for the film here!)

World’s Greatest Grandma – Christophe Beck
(go on, give it a play!)

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Yardie | 1 Minute Review

“When I was a boy my brother would always ask me: which way you gonna’ go? Will you go with the rightous or will you go with the damned?'” 

Idris Elba’s directorial debut is a solid and fitfully entertaining film with some great performances, some weaker ones, and an overall good heart. Yardie toys with a handful of stylish shots and turns of action, but primarily follows a well-worn path of gangster-thrillers. Still worth a watch for any fans of a good gangster thriller.
Click above and check out my full retrospective review of Yardie!

Are you going to check out Elba’s Yardie?
Let me know your thoughts on the film in the comments!


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Director: Idris Elba

Starring: Aml Ameen, Calvin Demba, Shantol Jackson, Stephen Graham

Runtime: 1 hour 41 mins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

72 hours in Edinburgh and A Potter Trail

“Diagon Alley. A cobblestoned shopping area for the wizarding world, where Hogwarts students can purchase necessary supplies.

03 / 09 / 18 – 05 / 09 / 18

Before going back down to busy ol’ London for University and Film Fests I headed all the way to Edinburgh for a short stay in the quaint city. Nothing special, besides some magical and medieval sight-seeing, but a wonderfully chilled time. And not just because of the rainy weather!

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Alien | 1 Minute Retrospective Review

‘You still don’t understand what you’re dealing with, do you? Perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility.’ 

Groundbreaking practical effects, gorgeous visuals, and all-around compelling performances: it’s a classic for a reason! Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror is full of atmosphere that is only broken by the appearance of the formidable Xenomorph, who provides more than just jump scares.
Click above and check out my full retrospective review of Alien!

Have you already taken a trip to space with Alien?
Let me know your thoughts on the classic in the comments!


 

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Director: Ridley Scott

Starring: Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Tom Skerritt

Runtime: 1 hour 57 mins

 


 

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Quickfire Film Reviews| The Vanishing, Fargo, Suite Française

Quickfire film reviews, well it’s in the title, isn’t it?
I’m speedily reviewing old releases, re-watches, and films I didn’t particularly enjoy.

The Vanishing (dir. George Sluizer)
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Starring: Jeff Bridges, Kiefer Sutherland, Nancy Travis

This is my kind of horror film.
Not poltergeists, guts, or gore, just an incredible slow burn that puts you in the place of the protagonist, Jeff: desperate to know what happened to Diane Shaver. Jeff Bridges chills as the eerie villain of the film, gripped by a sort of God-Complex – a big leap from his villainous stint as Marvel’s Obadiah Stane – and matches up to Kiefer Sutherland’s visceral performance. There is a deeply uncomfortable atmosphere running through the film which makes this horror so compelling, and has a very satisfying climax, with the plot taking a chilling turn, in the third act. And simply great to see a kick-ass and sleuth-like female character Continue reading

Score Spotlight: First look at Thom Yorke’s Suspirium for Suspira

From coming-of-age drama to coven-esque horror with sensuality as the only, likely, tie between the two, Luca Guadagnino is proving himself to be one of the most interesting directors as of late. The release of his “cover version” of Dario Argento’s classic Suspira has been edging its way up on my list of most-anticipated releases of 2018, not only because of the gorgeous cinematography teased in its trailer, but also because it has a great soundtrack to live up to. Yesterday the first song, by Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, dropped and I was quick to pick it up.  Yorke has written 25 original compositions, including instrumentals, interludes, and singles, for the film and, despite this being his first film soundtrack, this first single, Suspirium is a very strong start with its muted style.

Suspirium – Thom Yorke
(go on, give it a play!)

Starting out with only a piano in a 3/4 waltz timing, the song feels instantly familiar, 

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