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Save the dinos!

Oh the irony! “Jurassic World: Primal Ops” is soon to be extinct. It’s a mobile game and if you want to play it you had better be quick, as it will be discontinued in about a month from now. In the game you travel across North America saving dinosaurs. Having seen several documentaries such as “Jurassic Park” and “Jurassic World“, rescuing dinosaurs does not sound like a sensible idea to me, but what do I know?! I’m no mad scientist.

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Uh oh, Pinocchio

Disney revisits “Pinocchio” with Robert Zemeckis at the helm and Alan Silvestri providing the score. It’s a recipe for greatness; and yet reviews across the board are negative calling the movie soulless, an awkward combination of reality and CGI and, reading between the lines, an unnecessary remake. When mentioned, the music seems to garner some faint praise for being ‘familiar’ and ‘cozy’.

Alan Silvestri got me hooked on filmmusic and I’ve been a massive fan of his for over thirty years. For me, “Pinocchio” was one of the most eagerly anticipated filmscores this year. And boy does it hurt me to say it doesn’t live up to expectations.

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All about beasties

Steven Price’s latest score is for the thriller “Beast“, in which Idris Elba and others have to escape from a beast (spoiler alert: it’s a lion). A quick glance at director Baltasar Kormakur reveals he likes to makes movies about people escaping from all sorts of peril, such as the ocean (“Adrift“), a mountain (“Everest“), another ocean (“The Deep“) and so on. He also seems to favour short titles; as well as working with many different composers from Clinton Shorter to James Newton Howard to Hildur Gotnadottir and Dario Marianelli.

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