Film Music Fridays

  • Ep. 45 - John Debney's 'Elf'

    In this episode, Justin talks about two scenes featuring John Debney’s wonderful score to Jon Favreau’s 2003 adventure comedy film, Elf starring Will Ferrell.

  • Ep. 44 - Bruce Broughton's 'Miracle on 34th Street'

    In this episode, Justin talks about two scenes featuring Bruce Broughton’s great score to Les Mayfield’s 1994 remake to the Christmas classic Miracle on 34th Street!

  • Ep. 43 - Harry Manfredini's 'Friday the 13th'

    In this special Halloween episode of Film Music Fridays, Justin breaks down Henry Manfredini's chilling and fun score to the 1980 cult classic Friday the 13th, directed by Sean S. Cunningham.

    Harry Manfredini is an American film composer and jazz soloist, who has scored more than one hundred fil...

  • Ep. 42 - Jerry Goldsmith's 'Total Recall'

    Justin talks about two scenes featuring Jerry Goldsmith’s epic score to Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 sci-fi thriller film, TOTAL RECALL starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    Goldsmith was an American composer and conductor, most known for his work in film and television scoring. He composed scores for five f...

  • Ep. 41 - Brad Fiedel's 'True Lies'

    In this episode, Justin talks about two distinct scenes featuring Brad Fiedel’s explosive and dynamic score to James Cameron’s 1994 action comedy film, True Lies starring the great Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    Film Music Fridays is a bi-weekly video series featuring CineConcerts’ President & Producer ...

  • Ep. 40 - Eric Serra's 'The Fifth Element'

    Today we celebrate one of the best 90's films ever made, 'The Fifth Element' composed by Eric Serra. Within this incredible scene performed by the great Diva Plavalaguna, Serra mixed 'The Diva Dance' with Gaetano Donizetti's original aria 'Il dolce suono' from Act III scene 2 from 'Lucia di Lamme...

  • Ep. 39 - Bruce Broughton's 'Tombstone'

    Justin talks about two incredible scenes featuring Bruce Broughton's epic score to the 1993 western film Tombstone, directed by George Cosmatos starring Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer. One interesting fact is the album begins with the Cinergi logo, composed by Jerry Goldsmith and conducted by Brough...

  • Ep. 38 - Thomas Newman's '1917'

    Justin Freer talks about Thomas Newman’s Academy Award-nominated score to 1917, a British war film directed, co-written, and produced by Sam Mendes.

    Newman has been nominated for fifteen Academy Awards, tying him with fellow composer Alex North for the most nominations without a win. He has als...

  • Ep. 37 - Jerry Goldsmith's 'Chinatown'

    Justin Freer talks about Jerry Goldsmith’s truly unforgettable score to Roman Polanski’s Neo-noir mystery film, Chinatown. In this episode, he dissects two scenes and talks about Goldsmith’s experimental techniques, in addition to a fun story about how he only had 10 days to compose the entire sc...

  • Ep. 36 - John Williams' 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'

    Justin Freer talks about John Williams’ epic and unforgettable score to one of the best films of all time - Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, directed by Steven Spielberg in 1981. Looking at two distinct scenes in the film, Justin dissects some interesting facts about the music, in a...

  • Ep. 35 - Alan Silvestri's 'Father of the Bride'

    Justin Freer talks about Alan Silvestri’s thematic and beautiful score to the 1991 American comedy Father of the Bride, directed by Charles Shyer starring Steve Martin and Diane Keaton. Discussing two scenes, Justin talks about Silvestri’s creative expansion of Felix Mendelssohn's "Wedding March"...

  • Ep. 34 - Howard Shore's 'Lord of the Rings: Return of the King'

    Justin Freer talks about Howard Shore’s third massive, epic, and incredible score to The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, directed by Peter Jackson in 2003, based again on the third volume of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. Justin discusses two scenes in this episode, and draws...

  • Ep. 33 - Howard Shore's 'Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers'

    Justin Freer talks about Howard Shore’s second massive, epic, and beautiful score to The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, directed by Peter Jackson in 2002, based again on the second volume of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. Justin discusses two scenes in this episode, one utilizing an ...

  • Ep. 32 - Howard Shore's 'Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring'

    Justin Freer talks about Howard Shore’s massive, epic, and incredible score to The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, directed by Peter Jackson in 2001, based on the first volume of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

    Many consider the film to be one of the most influential films...

  • Ep. 31 - Benjamin Wallfisch's 'Hidden Figures'

    Justin Freer talks about Benjamin Wallfisch’s beautiful and subtle score to the 2016 American biographical drama film Hidden Figures, directed by Theodore Melfi. It was chosen by National Board of Review as one of the top ten films of 2016 and was nominated for numerous awards, including three Os...

  • Ep. 30 - Alfred Newman's 'Airport'

    Justin Freer talks about Alfred Newman’s fun and jazzy score to the 1970 American air disaster-drama film, Airport, directed and written by George Seaton. Alfred Newman, considered to be one of the most prolific composers in movie history, won nine Academy Awards® and was nominated 45 times. He ...

  • Ep. 29 - James Horner's 'Titanic'

    Justin Freer talks about James Horner’s epic Academy Award® winning score to James Cameron’s 1997 film, Titanic. The film also won an additional ten Oscars® including Best Picture, and is one of the highest grossing films of all time. Justin discusses the first time he met Horner at a recording s...

  • Ep. 28 - A.R. Rahman's 'Slumdog Millionaire'

    Justin Freer talks about A.R. Rahman’s incredible work for the widely acclaimed hit, Slumdog Millionaire, directed by Danny Boyle. This was nominated for a stunning ten Academy Awards in 2009 and won eight, including Best Picture. A.R. Rahman won the 2009 Golden Globe for Best Orig. Score and won...

  • Ep. 27 - Bernard Herrmann's 'The Day the Earth Stood Still'

    Justin Freer discusses his favorite Bernard Herrmann score of all-time to the 1951 B&W science fiction film The Day The Earth Stood Still, directed by the great Robert Wise (West Side Story, The Sound of Music, The Andromeda Strain, Star Trek: The Motion Picture). This film has been preserved in ...

  • Ep. 26 - Maurice Jarre's 'Dr. Zhivago'

    Justin Freer discusses Maurice Jarre’s incredible score to the epic 1965 romantic drama film Dr. Zhivago, directed by the great David Lean. In this week’s episode, Justin breaks down two scenes that are linked with one another through a singular emotional thread: loss. In what is considered to be...

  • Ep. 25 - Angelo Badalamenti's 'Christmas Vacation'

    Justin talks about Angelo Badalamenti’s festive, fun, and unforgettable score to the 1989 American Christmas comedy film, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Considered by many to be an iconic and modern Christmas classic, it is also considered to be the most memorable of the Vacation series.

  • Ep. 24 - Carl Zittrer & Paul Zaza's 'A Christmas Story'

    Justin discusses Carl Zittrer & Paul Zaza’s fun, emotional, and timeless score to the 1983 American Christmas comedy cult-hit, A Christmas Story. Directed by Bob Clark, this film is considered by some to be one of the best films of 1983 and maintains its status as a holiday perennial as one of th...

  • Ep. 23 - Patrick Doyle's 'Donnie Brasco'

    Justin discusses Patrick Doyle’s intensely melodic and emotional score to one of the best American crime drama films ever made: Donnie Brasco. Directed by Mike Newell and starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp, Justin talks about two very different scenes and how Doyle’s unique instrumentation unders...

  • Ep. 22 - Ennio Morricone's 'The Untouchables'

    Justin discusses maestro Ennio Morricone’s dynamic, jazzy and complex score to Brian De Palma’s 1987 American gangster film, The Untouchables. Morricone is one of the most prolific film composers alive and has composed over 400 scores for cinema/television, as wall as over 100 classical works. Hi...