In the coming weeks I’ve decided to sample some of 2013’s
best movie music. Music is an integral component of both the film-making and
viewing processes, so it seems fitting to plug the interim between now and the
year’s end with some choice selections. Each entry will comprise of two tracks
either from the SAME MOVIE or from the SAME COMPOSER. Today I’m going with the
latter, providing Steve Jablonsky’s work on “Ender’s Game” and “Pain & Gain”
with a chance to take centre stage. I was a big fan of “Pain & Gain” and
less enamoured by the flawed “Ender’s Game”, but in both features Jablonsky
moulds the essence of story with his own distinctive, electronically influenced
style. It’s particularly rewarding to see the composer attempt and succeed in
delivering something more traditional with the operatic melodies of “Ender’s
Game”, but the pulpy, pulsing music for “Pain & Gain” also wonderfully
personifies that film’s wobbling moral compass and kinetic aesthetic. Enjoy
some sample tracks below.
"Ender's War" from the soundtrack of "Ender's Game"
"I Got Saved" from the soundtrack of "Pain & Gain"
Daniel is a long-term cinephile, forming this blog back in 2009 as a way to crudely air his views on film and culture.
In the interim period he has written for a ton of great outlets, discovered the joys of radio broadcasting and in 2014 earned a BA in Film & Literature from the University of Warwick.
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