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Aisle Seat 9-29: Late September Rundown
Posted By Andy Dursin 9/28/2015 - 9:00 PM
Director Wes Anderson’s films are an acquired taste and only a few of them have connected beyond his core group of fans. His 2012 effortMOONRISE KINGDOM (***½, 94 mins., PG-13), though, brought Anderson one of his most successful commercial films that’s also one of his sweetest and more accessible pictures: a visually captivating tale of two young teens (Kara Hayward and Jared Gillman, both making impressive feature debuts here) from a fictional coastal New England community in the ’60s who run away from their environmental confines (the girl from a pair of bickering parents played by Frances McDormand and Bill Murray; the boy from a foster home that’s already said they won’t be taking him back).
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Film Score Friday 9/25/15
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 9/24/2015 - 9:00 PM
Varese Sarabande has announced the four new CDs in their series of limited edition releases of contemporary scores, which will begin shipping next week -- Marco Beltrami's epic symphonic score for this year's elaborate fantasy adventure SEVENTH SON, starring Oscar winners Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore along with Ben Barnes, Kit Harrington, and the ubiquitous Alicia Vikander; Dirk Brosse's score for the romantic adventure THE LOVERS, starring Josh Hartnett and directed by Roland Joffe (The Mission, The Killing Fields); Patrick Jonsson's score for 2014's Oscar-nominated documentary VIRUNGA; and the apocalyptic thriller EXTINCTION, starring Matthew Fox and Jeffrey Donovan, with music by Sergio Moure De Oteyza.

The label is also releasing A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, an 8-disc boxed set of the music for the original eight Freddy Kreuger films, with most of them including previously unreleased cues. It is expected to begin shipping the week of October 16th, and the scores (and their composers -- it's the rare franchise that used a different composer for every film) are:

A Nightmare on Elm Street (Charles Bernstein)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (Christopher Young)
A Nightmare on Elm Street III: Dream Warriors (Angelo Badalamenti)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (Craig Safan)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (Jay Ferguson)
Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (Brian May)
Wes Craven's New Nightmare (J. Peter Robinson)
Freddy vs. Jason (Graeme Revell)

Next week, Intrada will release the first in their new series of soundtrack LPs. 

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Did They Mention the Music 2014
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 9/23/2015 - 9:00 PM
Okay, when I posted this at the end of last year--

Due to the increasing time demands of my day job (yes, I have one, and I'm not giving it up), this year's CD Checklist and my compliation of Did They Mention the Music? highlights will not be posted until January. However, I am working on an expanded, and probably final, edition of my Top 40 Composer Countdown series, which should also begin next month.

--I was not technically lying, since at the time I genuinely did intend to post the 2014 wrap-up of Did They Mention the Music in January, and not in...oh, jeez, it's September already?

And I am firmly intending to post what will almost certainly be the last Top 40 Composer Countdown series, starting in I hope just a few weeks.

Of course, that's what I hoped last December...


AMERICAN SNIPER - "Taya's Theme" by Clint Eastwood, additional music by Joseph DeBeasi

"While Eastwood’s musical compositions have sometimes been hit-or-miss, he’s never written a subtler score than the one here, providing faint, almost imperceptible accompaniment; in a film that encourages us to reflect as well as feel, it’s a choice that speaks volumes."

Justin Chang, Variety

BAD TURN WORSE - Jonathan Keevil

"Gorgeously photographed and featuring a strong and consistently well-pitched score, the Hawkins’ film is a great calling card for securing them future work."

Todd Gilchrist, The Playlist

BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP - Edward Shearmur

"'Before I Go To Sleep' also boasts a superb thriller score from Ed Shearmur, one where loud cymbal crashes mix with creaks in a quiet house, with slashing violins to go with the slashing violence. And the film’s ratio of build-up to finale is also nicely modulated, with Christine’s voyage of self-discovery slowly sailing into uncharted waters before it drops, fast and hard, off the edge of the world she knows."

James Rocchi, The Wrap

BELOVED SISTERS - Sven Rossenbach, Florian Van Volxem

"Pic was shot primarily on real locations, carefully augmented by production designer Claus Jurgen Pfeiffer to achieve historical accuracy. Barbara Grupp’s striking but never unduly lavish costumes, and co-composers Sven Rossenbach and Florian Van Volxem’s vibrato string score, are other standouts of a topnotch tech package."

Scott Foundas, Variety

THE BEST OFFER - Ennio Morricone

"The film’s Old World atmospherics -- decaying mansions, elegantly appointed auction rooms, etc. -- help draw us in, to be sure. But it’s Rush’s performance, pitched at the nervous edge between scared uncertainty and romantic possibility, that keeps things emotionally grounded. (It also helps that the film sports a soundtrack by the great Ennio Morricone, whose versatility is in full force here; his lovely score veers between lush romanticism and creeping dread.)"

Bilge Ebiri, Vulture 

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Aisle Seat 9-22: Autumn Arrival Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 9/21/2015 - 9:00 PM
The 1970s were marked by great films and the corresponding rise of fresh filmmaking voices, as profiled in countless books and documentaries on the landmark pictures the decade produced. It was also a time for veteran filmmakers to augment their already legendary careers, with Robert Aldrich’s EMPEROR OF THE NORTH and John Huston’s FAT CITY – both newly available on Blu-Ray this month from Twilight Time – providing evidence that neither director was past their prime.
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September Issue of FSMO Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 9/21/2015 - 2:00 AM
The September edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. This month's cover story is an examination of the latest rage in movie music concerts: live-to-screen productions of entire scores played to their respective feature-length films. DAVID NEWMAN, MICHAEL GIACCHINO and others discuss where they see the trend going. Also this issue, DARIO MARIANELLI reaches for new heights with his score to EVEREST; violinist ANNE AKIKO MEYERS talks about her new release, Serenade: The Love Album; Kyle Renick's in-depth look at the scores from 1965 comes to a close; SEAN CALLERY chats about his work on HOMELAND, JESSICA JONES and MINORITY REPORT; KEVIN KLIESCH discusses the Disney Junior princess program SOFIA THE FIRST; the truly weird THE CREEPING TERROR is unmasked by documentarians PETE and JOHN SCHUERMANN; Soundtrack Obscurities dusts off some HANS ZIMMER gems; Score Restore compares the two scores of K2, by ZIMMER and CHAZ JANKEL; Gold Rush’s look at MAX STEINER reaches its end; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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Film Score Friday 9/18/15
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 9/17/2015 - 9:00 PM
This week's one new CD from Intrada is the first ever release of the soundtrack to Disney's 1977 comedy mystery CANDLESHOE, starring past Oscar winners David Niven and Helen Hayes, future Oscar winner Jodie Foster, and the great Leo McKern. The score was composed by Ron Goodwin (Where Eagles Dare, Frenzy, Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines).

On October 6, La-La Land will release LOST IN SPACE: 50TH ANNIVERSARY SOUNDTRACK COLLECTION, a twelve-disc set featuring music composed by John Williams, Hans J. Salter, Herman Stein, Richard LaSalle, Frank Comstock, Fred Steiner, Jeff Alexander, Warren Barker, Leith Stevens, Alexander Courage, Robert Drasnin, Cyril J. Mockridge, Gerald Fried, Pete Rugolo and Joseph Mullendore.

This month's release in Varese Sarabande's LP to CD subscription series is BLIND DATE (not to be confused with the Blake Edwards comedy), a 1984 thriller starring Joseph Bottoms, Kirstie Alley and Keir Dullea (and, according to IMDB, Marina Sirtis as "Hooker"), with score by Stanley Myers (The Deer Hunter, Prick Up Your Ears, The Witches) and songs by John Kongos.

Next week the label will release four new CDs in their limited edition series of contemporary scores.

The TV Academy has announced this year's winners for their Creative Arts categories, including the Music winners -- Rachel Portman for BESSIE; Jeff Beal for HOUSE OF CARDS: Chapter 32 (the Moscow episode); Dustin O'Halloran for the theme to TRANSPARENT; and Kyle Dunnigan and Jim Roach for the song "Girl You Don't Need Makeup" from INSIDE AMY SCHUMER.

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Film Score Friday 9/11/15
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 9/10/2015 - 9:00 PM
Quartet has announced their currently planned slate of September soundtrack releases. This week they are releasing two scores for new European films by Oscar nominated composers -- the Spanish drama MA MA, scored by Alberto Iglesias (The Constant Gardener, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and actor Louis Garrel's directorial debut, LES DEUX AMIS, scored by Philippe Sarde (Tess). In two weeks, they will release expanded, two-disc editions of Lalo Schifrin's Oscar-nominated score for the original THE AMITYVILLE HORROR, and Mark Isham's popular score for director Ralph Bakshi's 1992 animation-live action hybrid COOL WORLD, starring Gabriel Byrne, Kim Basinger and Brad Pitt.

At the end of this month, Prometheus is releasing a new, two-disc re-recording of Miklos Rozsa's complete score for director Robert Aldrich's Biblical epic SODOM AND GOMORRAH (James Bond fans take note -- it's almost certainly the only Biblical epic with production design by Ken Adam and titles by Maurice Binder).

Intrada plans to release one new CD next week. 

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Aisle Seat 9-8: 18th Anniversary Edition!
Posted By Andy Dursin 9/7/2015 - 9:00 PM
Bombastic, blaring and bursting with action, George Miller’s long-gestating MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (***, 120 mins., 2015, R; Warner) is the very definition of a “hardware movie”: a spectacularly assembled collection of set-pieces that, ultimately, comprise one long, sensational chase through a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
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Film Score Friday 9/4/15
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 9/3/2015 - 9:00 PM
The latest CD release from Intrada pairs the LP tracks from two soundtracks released on the Mainstream label in the 1960s -- director Anthony Mann's 1965 WWII adventure THE HEROES OF TELEMARK, with a River Kwai-ish score by Oscar winner Malcolm Arnold, and the LP re-recording of Jerry Goldsmith's score for the 1966 remake of the Western classic STAGECOACH (the actual score tracks from the film have been previously released by both Film Score Monthly and La-La Land).

Music Box has announced two new releases -- a CD pairing two Gabriel Yared scores, for the 1983 drama SARAH and Olivier Assayas' 1986 directorial debut, DESORDRE; and two scores by Claude Bolling, L'ORDINATEUR DES POMPES (1976) and DIS-MOI QUE TU MAIMES (1974).

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Aisle Seat 9-1: Back to School Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 8/31/2015 - 9:00 PM
We all know that the Cannon Group was never known for making intelligent, thought-provoking movies; Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus would have rather turned out “American Ninja 5″ than “Rashomon.” Still, every once in a while some quality shined through the exploitation — or sometimes along with it — and that happy combination occurred in 1982 with the release of “Lemon Popsicle” auteur Boaz Davidson’s THE LAST AMERICAN VIRGIN (***, 93 mins., R), making its U.S. Blu-Ray debut this month from Olive.
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