La Belle Époque, Call Me By Your Name, Little Women, The Two Popes, The Gentlemen, 1917, Jumanji: The Next Level, The Sound of Music, Fargo, Outlander, White Lines
We hope you are having a wonderful Christmas, and that, in spite of everything going on in the world, you've had a good 2020. We look back on an amazing musical year, with many great new releases and reissues. We wish you all the best for 2021 - we are certainly looking forward to it. Stay tuned to our channels to be the first to know about the titles we'll be releasing this upcoming year.
If you're planning on binge watching some series and movies over the next few days, we've got a few suggestions with some great accompanying soundtracks.
Perhaps a modern classic like La Belle Époque or Call Me By Your Name? Or does a period drama like Little Women suit you better? The Two Popes is arguably one of the best Netflix films released in 2020. Fans of action films might like Man of Steel, The Gentlemen or the recent blockbuster 1917. If you're looking for something for the whole family to enjoy, Jumanji: The Next Level or Christmas classic The Sound of Music are great picks.
Man of Steel is the soundtrack to the film of the same name composed by Hans Zimmer. The album rose to #4 on iTunes during the first week of its release and opened at number 9 on the Billboard 200. Hans Zimmer has crafted an entirely new set of themes for Man of Steel, which is grittier and darker than any of its predecessor.
At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (Captain Fantastic's George MacKay) and Blake (Game of Thrones' Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake's own brother among them. The music to the movie is composed by Thomas Newman (The Shawshank Redemption, American Beauty, Road to Perdition).
Fargo is a fantastic dark comedy-crime drama television series created and written by Noah Hawley and inspired by Joel & Ethan Coen's feature of the same title from 1996. Both Coen brothers serve as executive producers on the series. The show stars Martin Freeman (The Hobbit trilogy), Billy Bob Thornton, Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad) and more. The soundtrack features selections from the show's original music composed by Jeff Russo.
The Two Popes is an intimate story of one of the most dramatic transitions of power in 2000 years. Frustrated with the direction of the church, Cardinal Bergoglio (Jonathan Pryce) requests permission to retire in 2012 from Pope Benedict XVI (Anthony Hopkins). Bryce Dessner of The National composed the score to the movie. The OST features a total of 21 arrangements, which also contains contributions by Tinariwen and Mercedes Sosa.
Outlander is a historical drama television series based on the novel series of the same name by Diana Gabaldon. Just like the previous seasons the music is composed by American film and television composer Bear McCreary (The Walking Dead, Cloverfield, Black Sails).
Little Women explores the lives of the March sisters in 1860s New England, in the aftermath of the American Civil War. Alexandre Desplat composed the music for the movie. Music purists have stated that this score is undoubtedly one of the best of the year and is in the run for several awards, including a Golden Globe Award, a Critics' Choice Movie Award and Hollywood Critics Association Award.
Call Me By Your Name, the multiple-award-winning and critically acclaimed film by Luca Guadagnino, is a sensual and transcendent tale of first love, based on the novel by André Aciman. Guadagnino found himself resonating with Sufjan Stevens' lyricism through his work and initially asked Stevens to record an original song. Eventually, Stevens contributed three songs to the soundtrack.
From writer/director Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Sherlock Holmes) comes The Gentlemen, a star-studded sophisticated action-comedy. The score to the movie is composed by Academy Award-winning audio engineer, composer, and music editor Christopher Benstead (Gravity, Aladdin).
The La Belle Epoque soundtrack features the film's original music composed by director Nicolas Bedos (Mr & Mrs Adelman) and Anne-Sophie Versnaeyen (I Still Hide to Smoke, Chambord). It also includes songs by Billie Holiday, Baccara, Player, and many more musicians.
In the thrilling new series from the creator of Money Heist, the body of a legendary Manchester DJ is discovered twenty years after his mysterious disappearance from Ibiza. The soundtrack for White Lines was made by Tom Holkenborg aka Junkie XL (Mad Max: Fury Road, Deadpool, Black Mass, Divergent, Brimstone, The Dark Tower, Tomb Raider).
Since original Jumanji composer James Horner is sadly no longer with us, the honor of writing the music was given to Henry Jackman. Just as on the Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle he created the music for the movie The Next Level.