Posts Tagged ‘John Frizzell’


August 23, 2022 1 comment

Original Review by Jonathan Broxton

It’s scarcely believable now, but back in 1993 one of the most popular, influential, and controversial shows on TV was Beavis and Butt-Head. It’s a simple idea – two animated idiot teenagers watch a series of rock videos on MTV while snickering and making dumb dick and fart jokes – but it was incredibly successful. Creator Mike Judge was essentially satirizing his own target audience, and went on to have more success doing the same thing with shows like King of the Hill and movies like Office Space and Idiocracy. In 1996 Beavis and Butt-Head was spun off into a movie, Beavis and Butt-Head Do America, which saw the titular doofuses get into all kinds of escapades while on a cross-country road trip, and was surprisingly good; now, almost 25 years later, we have a second film, Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe, in which the pair are transported from 1998 to 2022, encounter parallel-universe versions of themselves in outer space, and are hunted by the US government. Read more…

WHITEOUT – John Frizzell

September 11, 2009 Leave a comment

Original Review by Jonathan Broxton

Contrary to popular belief, Whiteout is not a film about man struggling to come to terms with his addiction to correction fluid, but is in fact a new action thriller directed by Dominic Sena and starring the comely Kate Beckinsale as a US Marshal who follows a murderer to the American-administered part of Antarctica, and must track him down before the sun sets for six months over the frozen wastes. The film also stars Gabriel Macht and Tom Skerritt, and features an original score by John Frizzell, his first mainstream work of this high a profile for quite some time.

I don’t quite know what happened to John Frizzell. When he first burst onto the film music scene in the late 1990s with scores like Dante’s Peak, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer and Alien Resurrection, he looked destined to become one of film music’s major players Read more…

THE REAPING – John Frizzell

April 6, 2007 Leave a comment

Original Review by Jonathan Broxton

Those biblical plagues certainly were a bitch. Boils, locusts, frogs, rivers of blood, death, disease, and pestilence. One thing you can certainly say about Moses and the Old Testament is that they didn’t go for the soft option when dishing out the wrath of God upon their enemies. These biblical plagues feature heavily in the new horror movie The Reaping, starting Hilary Swank and directed by Stephen Hopkins. Swank plays Katherine Winter, a former Christian missionary who specializes in debunking religious phenomena. When her investigations lead her to a small town in Louisiana, she makes a startling discovery: the town seems to be suffering from a new manifestation of the biblical plagues. Worse still is her discovery of the apparent source of the plagues: a ten year old girl named Lauren McConnell (Anna Sophia Robb). The film, which also stars David Morrissey, Stephen Rea and Idris Elba, appropriately opened during the Passover period, but to lukewarm reviews, which derided the film as clichéd and predictable. Read more…

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PRIMEVAL – John Frizzell

January 12, 2007 Leave a comment

Original Review by Jonathan Broxton

Possibly one of the most mis-marketed movie in history, director Michael Katleman’s film Primeval had the tag-line “inspired by the true story of the most prolific serial killer in history” – and actually turned out to be about a giant crocodile in South Africa attacking a news crew who are in town to cover the story. The film which stars Dominic Purcell, Brooke Langton, Orlando Jones and a slumming Jürgen Prochnow, was generally badly received, and did very little business at the international box office.

Composer Frizzell’s score is actually very effective and ominous, considering its tawdry subject matter, blending traditional orchestral and electronic writing with the traditional Burundian musical story-telling technique inanga chochotee Read more…

GODS AND GENERALS – John Frizzell and Randy Edelman

February 21, 2003 Leave a comment

godsandgeneralsOriginal Review by Jonathan Broxton

After the massive success of Randy Edelman’s Gettysburg score in 1993, it was only natural that he should be involved in the music for the sequel. However, whereas most of the music in Gettysburg made surprisingly good use of an anachronistic synthesiser and string amalgam, the music for Gods and Generals is more traditionally orchestral, employing powerful instrumental and choral forces without anything remotely electronic to be heard. The most surprising – and pleasing – thing about it is that it was written by John Frizzell, who is enjoying something of a career renaissance with what is easily his most high-profile and accomplished score since Alien Resurrection. Rather than being an actual sequel to Gettysburg, Gods and Generals actually covers much of the same ground, but from different perspectives and points of view, notably that of the legendary General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson (Stephen Lang) and the events of 1861-1863, leading up to the legendary battle at Gettysburg. Gods and Generals is directed by Robert F. Maxwell, from the book by Jeff Shaara, features a star-studded supporting cast including Jeff Daniels, Mira Sorvino, Kevin Conway, Bill Campbell, and Robert Duvall as General Robert E. Lee, and clocks in at a staggering 3 hours 40 minutes running time. Read more…


August 20, 1999 Leave a comment

teachingmrstingleOriginal Review by Jonathan Broxton

Of the young new composers to emerge during the latter half of the nineties, John Frizzell is the only one to have not yet developed a truly original voice of his own. Contemporaries such as John Ottman and Marco Beltrami have already established an earmarking “sound”, stylistic trademarks and compositional techniques, and while Frizzell has shown an adeptness in a number of genres (horror in Alien Resurrection, comedy in Beavis and Butt-head, action in Dante’s Peak) he is still musically anonymous – his new score for Teaching Mrs. Tingle being a prime example. Read more…