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Aisle Seat 5-23: Kino Lorber May Mania
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/22/2017 - 9:00 PM
A strange sequel that’s half “Alien” rehash and half “Prometheus” follow-up – albeit with none of the latter’s “bigger questions” actually being addressed – Ridley Scott’s ALIEN: COVENANT (**½, 123 mins., 2017, R) serves up a serviceable but ultimately unsatisfying ride over narrative terrain we’ve covered many times over by now.
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Film Score Friday 5/19/17
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/18/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a three-disc edition of Jerry Goldsmith's 1986 sequel score POLTERGEIST II: THE OTHER SIDE. Disc One features the complete score in the original digital mix prepared for the soundtrack by Goldsmith and mixer Bruce Botnick; Disc Two features the analog mixes of the complete score as heard in the film; and Disc Three features an hour's worth of alternate versions of cues from the film.


The latest CD from Quartet features two previously unreleased scores composed by Frank DeVol for Burt Reynolds films of the mid-1970s directed by Robert Aldrich -- the 1975 romantic noir HUSTLE, pairing Reynolds with Catherine Deneuve, and his brief score for the hit prison football comedy drama THE LONGEST YARD.


Next week Varese Sarabande plans to announce three new releases in their Limited Edition series, including one compilation CD. 

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The "Last" Top Forty Composer Countdown, Part Six: More Composers on the Rise
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/12/2017 - 9:00 PM
ANDREW HEWITT
 
AGE: 41
BIRTHPLACE: England
REPRESENTATION: Allegro Talent Group
BACKGROUND: child singer/pianist, Cambridge University (BA Music), Guildhall School of Music and Drama (post-graduate), choral performer in scores for Shore and Williams
ONGOING FILMMAKER RELATIONSHIPS: Richard Ayoade
 
Andrew Hewitt is yet another rising composer who is amassing an impressive body of scores without scoring any films that have broken the $1,000,000 box-office grosses mark in U.S. theaters. Like David Buckley, Hewitt had past film music experience as a score vocalist, performing as a choir member in Shore’s final two Lord of the Rings scores as well as Williams’ Revenge of the Sith and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkhaban. After scoring the cult-hit British horror spoof series Garth Marenghi’s Dark Place, he teamed up with its writer-director-star Richard Ayoade for Ayoade’s feature filmmaking debut, the offbeat coming-of-age comedy Submarine. The pair reteamed for Ayoade’s Gilliam-esque film of Dostoyevsky’s The Double, with Hewitt’s score proving a key component in the film’s aura of droll unease, while for 2015’s gripping docudrama The Stanford Prison Experiment, he provided a suitably percussive and unsettling accompaniment. He takes a venture into horror with the film version of Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle.

WHAT'S NEXT: A Crooked Somebody, The Good Neighbor, Old Boys, We Have Always Lived in the Castle
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Film Score Friday 5/12/17
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/11/2017 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land's latest release is a 3-disc set of music from the 1970s TV incarnation of WONDER WOMAN, with the memorable theme song by Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel, and episode scores by Fox, Johnny Harris, Artie Kane, Richard LaSalle, Angela Morley, Robert Prince, and Robert O. Ragland. Charles Fox will appear in person this Sunday at Creature Features in Burbank to sign copies of the CD and discuss his music in a Q&A.


Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.


This last Tuesday, May 9th, Jerry Goldsmith received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I don't know what else to say besides "about f****** time." 

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Aisle Seat 5-9: WILLARD & BEN, Together Again
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/8/2017 - 9:00 PM
A box-office smash that succumbed to the ravages of both time and distribution woes, Shout Factory has at last resurrected the rambunctious rodent-revenge thriller WILLARD (95 mins., 1971, PG) as well as its quickly-produced sequel, BEN (94 mins., 1972, PG). The former stars Bruce Davison as a put-upon young man who tilts over the edge after his mother’s (Elsa Lanchester) death, leaving him to cultivate a relationship with a nest of mice who follow his every command – both for friendship and, eventually, revenge. The latter was best known for spawning a hit song that climbed the charts all the way to #1 thanks to none other than a young Michael Jackson.
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Film Score Friday 5/5/17
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/4/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada presents the original LP tracks from the 1963 comedy PALM SPRINGS WEEKEND, starring Troy Donahue, Connie Stevens, Stefanie Powers and Robert Conrad, including songs from the film (with one performed by Conrad himself) as well as score cues composed by Frank Perkins, a 1962 Oscar nominee for his adaptation of Gypsy's score.


The latest release from Kritzerland features the original LP tracks from the 1976 teen romance ODE TO BILLY JOE, based on the classic Bobbie Gentry song. The film, starring Glynnis O'Connor and Robby Benson, reteamed Summer of '42 screenwriter Herman Raucher with its Oscar-winning composer, Michel Legrand, and the Kritzerland CD features Legrand's original score cues plus the title song and source music.

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Aisle Seat 5-2: May Arrival Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/1/2017 - 9:00 PM
William Wyler’s wide-ranging filmography encompasses everything from “Ben-Hur” to “Funny Girl” and “The Big Country.” During the ‘60s he branched out with the downbeat psychological drama “The Collector” before switching gears, again, for the candy-coated romantic comedy caper HOW TO STEAL A MILLION (***, 1966, 123 mins.), which kicks off Twilight Time’s limited-edition Blu-Ray releases for the month of April.
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Film Score Friday 4/28/17
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/27/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from La-La Land is a two-disc set featuring Mark Snow's music for the recent "Event Series" revival of THE X-FILES.
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Aisle Seat 4-25: April Assault Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 4/24/2017 - 9:00 PM
Kicking off this month’s new releases from our friends at Arrow Films is a features-packed Blu-Ray special edition of DONNIE DARKO (**, 132 mins., 2004, R). Some cult movie fans have turned Richard Kelly’s indie fave into a full-blown phenomenon, though my viewing of the “Director’s Cut” of “Donnie Darko” only confirmed my hesitation towards Kelly’s original theatrical version: namely, what’s the deal? This intentionally weird jigsaw puzzle of a film — complete with ‘80s tunes, pop culture references and a giant rabbit — gives you so little to go on that it’s not even up to sub-Lynchian standards, though some critics, and fans, have long proclaimed it a masterpiece so judge for yourself.
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April Issue of FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 4/22/2017 - 2:00 AM
The April edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. In this month’s cover story, JEFF BEAL discusses his spirited score to BOSTON, the Boston Marathon documentary, and its live-to-film premiere. Also this month, BRIAN TYLER kicks off blockbuster season with POWER RANGERS and THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS; an interview with BARNABY TAYLOR about Disneynature’s BORN IN CHINA; reflections on BARRY LYNDON by LEONARD ROSENMAN, which was performed live to film in Brooklyn; JON EKSTRAND and JASON LAROCCA explain the meaning of LIFE; NATHAN BARR goes in-depth on THE AMERICANS; an ALFRED NEWMAN Score Restore for PRINCE OF FOXES; GEORGE KALLIS scores 93 DAYS, ALBION: THE ENCHANTED STALLION and THE BLACK PRINCE; musings on the Nonesuch Celebration concert; more embedded audio clips, and more.


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