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Quartet has announced four new soundtrack CD releases -- two brand new scores by Oscar-nominated composers, Mark Isham's score for the dog-reincarnation sequel A DOG'S JOURNEY and George Fenton's music for the period espionage drama RED JOAN; Riz Ortolani's score for the 1970 documentary ANDREA DORIA -74; and Fred Bongusto's score to the 1969 Italian thriller UN DETECTIVE.


The Dennis McCarthy Collection vol. 1: The Television Movies - Dennis McCarthy - Dragon's Domain 
Godzilla, King of the Monsters
 - Bear McCreary - WaterTower
Jaguar Lives!
 - Robert O. Ragland - Dragon's Domain
Outlander: Season 4 
- Bear McCreary - Madison Gate
 - Richard Stone - Notefornote 


Always Be My Maybe - Michael Andrews, Greyboy
Domino - Pino Donaggio
The Fall of the American Empire - Mathieu Lussier, Louis Dufort 
Godzilla: King of the Monsters - Bear McCreary - Score CD on WaterTower
Halston - Stanley Clarke
Loners - Marco Valerio Antonini
Ma - Gregory Tripi
Pasolini - no original score
The Proposal - T. Griffin
Rocketman - Matthew Margeson - Song CD on Interscope
Yomeddine - Omar Fadel


June 7
Being Rose - Brian Ralson - Notefornote 
First to the Moon: The Journey of Apollo 8 - Alexander Bornstein - Notefornote 
 - Elmer Bernstein - Sony
John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum
 - Tyler Bates, Joel J. Richard - Varese Sarabande 
The Ken Russell Soundtracks Vol. 1 - Rick Wakeman - Rraw (import)
My Brilliant Friend
 - Max Richter - Deutsche Grammophon
Prom Night 
- Carl Zittrer, Paul Zaza - Perseverance
June 14
The Dead Don't Die
 - Squrl - Backlot
Dragged Across Concrete 
- Jeff Herriott, S. Craig Zahler - Lakeshore
Men in Black: International - Danny Elfman, Chris Bacon - Sony (import)
Missing Link
 - Carter Burwell - Lakeshore
 - Isaac Hayes - Varese Sarabande
June 21
The Biggest Little Farm
 - Jeff Beal - Lakeshore
Confidential: Secret Market
 - Yasuo Higushi - Cinema-Kan (import)
The Goonies
 - Dave Grusin - Varese Sarabande
Too Old to Die Young 
- Cliff Martinez - Milan (import)
 - Daniel Pemberton, songs - Capitol
June 28
Apollo 11
 - Matt Morton - Milan
Date Unknown
Andrea Doria -74
- Riz Ortolani - Quartet
Anima Persa
- Francis Lai - Digitmovies
Blanche Comme Neige
 - Bruno Coulais - Quartet
A Dog's Journey - Mark Isham - Quartet
E Poi Lo Chiamarono Il Magnifico
- Guido & Maurizio DeAngelis - Digitmovies

Fletch Lives - Harold Faltermeyer - La-La Land 
Le Lunghe Ombre
 - Egisto Macchi - Kronos
Occupation in 26 Pictures
 - Alfi Kabiljo - Kronos
Red Joan
- George Fenton - Quartet
Un Detective
- Fred Bongusto - Quartet
Ursus Y La Ragazza Tartara
 - Angelo Francesco Lavagnino - Kronos


May 31 - Rene Cloerec born (1911)
May 31 - Akira Ifukube born (1914)
May 31 - Mario Migliardi born (1919)
May 31 - Clint Eastwood born (1930)
May 31 - Jerry Goldsmith records his score for Studs Lonigan (1960)
May 31 - Giovanni Fusco died (1968)
May 31 - Maurice Jarre begins recording his unused score for The River Wild (1994)
June 1 - Werner Janssen born (1899)
June 1 - Frank Cordell born (1918)
June 1 - Nelson Riddle born (1921)
June 1 - Tom Bahler born (1943)
June 1 - Konstantin Wecker born (1947)
June 1 - Barry Adamson born (1958)
June 1 - John Williams begins recording his score for Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
June 1 - Ron Jones records his score for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Emissary" (1989)
June 1 - John Debney begins recording his score for Hocus Pocus (1993)
June 2 - Frederic Devreese born (1929)
June 2 - Marvin Hamlisch born (1944)
June 2 - David Dundas born (1945)
June 2 - Alex North begins recording his score to Les Miserables (1952)
June 2 - Patrick Williams begins recording his replacement score for Used Cars (1980)
June 2 - Bill Conti begins recording his score for Cohen & Tate (1988)
June 2 - Recording sessions begin for Danny Elfman’s score to Big Top Pee-Wee (1988)
June 2 - Dennis McCarthy records his score for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Duet” (1993)
June 3 - Curtis Mayfield born (1942)
June 3 - Shuki Levy born (1947)
June 3 - Gail Kubik begins recording his score for The Desperate Hours (1955)
June 3 - Johnny Mandel begins recording his score for The Americanization of Emily (1964) 
June 3 - Michael Small begins recording his score for Jaws the Revenge (1987)
June 4 - Irwin Bazelon born (1922)
June 4 - Oliver Nelson born (1932)
June 4 - Suzanne Ciani born (1946)
June 4 - Poltergeist released in theaters (1982)
June 4 - Recording sessions begin for Danny Elfman’s score for Planet of the Apes (2001)
June 5 - William Loose born (1910)
June 5 - Laurie Anderson born (1947)
June 5 - Amanda Kravat born (1966)
June 5 - Danny Lux born (1969)
June 5 - Aesop Rock born (1976)
June 5 - Arthur B. Rubinstein begins recording his score to Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981)
June 5 - David Newman begins recording his score for DuckTales The Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp (1990)
June 6 - Aram Khachaturian born (1903)
June 6 - Ed Plumb born (1907) 
June 6 - Edgar Froese born (1944)
June 6 - Herbert Stothart begins recording his score to The Yearling (1946)
June 6 - Miklos Rozsa begins recording his score for The Red Danube (1949)
June 6 - Leigh Harline begins recording his score for The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1961)
June 6 - Michel Legrand begins recording his unused score for The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing (1973)
June 6 - Jay Chattaway records his score for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Broken Link” (1996)
June 6 - Jay Chattaway records his score for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Call to Arms” (1997)


"Some movies are so earnest and ask so little of you that criticizing them feels like kicking a puppy. From now on, we could call such movies 'All These Small Moments.' A Brooklyn-set indie dramedy from a first-time director, told in slight fragments, about that most timeless of domestic struggles -- the slow breakup of a family -- this Tribeca Film Festival selection practically whimpers as it strains to endear itself to you. Or that sound might just be the soft acoustic guitar that plays under every scene. At any rate, as its title indicates, this is clearly a 'small' movie, both in its scope and in the likely size of its audience. Why bother pointing out that it's not any good? Maybe someone out there will enjoy it. Others already have."
Andrew Lapin, NPR 
"Meyers plays Morton Vint, a literary biographer (unnamed in James' book) obsessed with the Romantic poet Jeffery Aspern, who died decades ago but is revered not just as 'one of the greatest poets' but the 'most genial' and 'most handsome' as well. If this glowing recommendation doesn't inspire us to share Vint's longing for the dead man, Landais offers plentiful flashbacks to his love life -- MOS softcore, accompanied by rhapsodic piano music, that are what Skin-emax would have looked like if its execs were virginal Brit-Lit scholars."
John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter 
BACK ROADS - John Hunter
"Harley works at a grocery store where there is a persistent buzz from the overhead fluorescent lights. He seems to be sleepwalking through his life and giving out the bare minimum for personal interaction, and there are reasons for that beyond his desperate situation. Pettyfer hews closely to his shut-down conception of his character, and he allows his cinematographer Jarin Blaschke ('The Witch') to set up some very atmospheric shots of the family home. (These images are aided at key moments by a moody score from John Hunter.)"
Dan Callahan, The Wrap 

"Beyond the familiar tunes by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, the film includes several originals, the best being a 'Les Mis'-type number for the Beast, in this version the beneficiary of further information that helps explain the hardened heart that got him into this fix. There's something poignant, as well, about the servants being keenly aware of gradually losing their humanity, faced with the prospect of becoming nothing more than candlesticks and clocks."
Brian Lowry, CNN 
"Each of the unforgettable songs by the composer Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman (the brilliant lyricist of Disney’s early-’90s renaissance) is here, plus a few new ones (with lyrics by Tim Rice) that land with a thud alongside them. These added songs are meant to deepen each character’s backstory, much like the occasional flashbacks that are sprinkled in (apparently Belle’s mother suffered from the plague in Paris). But the rest of the film’s attempts to mirror the animated original just make the new scenes feel horribly incongruous."
David Sims, The Atlantic 

"There are a few add-ons -- a couple of dull songs that weren’t in the first version, slight tweaks for 2017 sensibilities-- but this is essentially the same movie. As Buzzfeed has pointed out, the remake at times even reaches the shot-by-shot fidelity of Van Sant’s film ['Psycho'], to the point that you wonder if the filmmakers were watching the old film on set and trying to match the shots up perfectly."
Will Leitch, The New Republic 

"What this 'Beauty' has going for it over its Disney remake predecessors is the best collection of songs to ever grace an animated musical -- for that matter, one of the best collections of songs in any cinematic musical, full stop. 'The Jungle Book' had game celebrity voices sing a few bars of its famous tunes, but Condon’s 'Beauty and the Beast' is a full-on musical, even adding some additional songs to the narrative. The new stuff mostly sounds like mediocre Broadway, but how could it not? Alan Menken and the late lyricist Howard Ashman achieved something close to perfection with the original’s songs and score; if they make songs from 'The Lion King' sound less great by comparison, a batch of Menken-and-company filler songs don’t have much chance. Anyway, the upside is the sheer joy of hearing even covers of tunes like the introductory 'Belle' and the celebratory 'Be Our Guest' (sung by Ewan McGregor, rocking an uncertain French accent as the living candlestick once voiced by Jerry Orbach). And it’s fun to watch Condon attempt to bring them to life."
Jesse Hassenger, Brooklyn Magazine 
"What once played out in a 84-minute whirlwind of song, dance, and color now takes its time a little, crossing the two-hour mark with the help of a couple of unmemorable new tunes that really underline what the late Ashman brought to the table. If you’ve seen the original (or any version of the Leprince De Beaumont fairy tale -- Jean Cocteau’s remains the gold standard), you know this Stockholm syndrome romance by heart. To free her inventor father (Kevin Kline), Belle agrees to take his place in the gothic castle where Dad innocently trespassed -- a fortress of spired towers and spiral staircases, like the Disney logo crossed with the snow-caked 'Edward Scissorhands' manor. Her captor: the Beast ('Downton Abbey''s Dan Stevens), doomed to live out his days as a lonely monstrosity, lest he can get someone to see past his fearsome appearance, fall in love with the soul hidden underneath, and break the spell his vanity and cruelty provoked."
A.A. Dowd, The Onion AV Club 

"Less successful are the action sequences where the Beast and Gaston battle it out 'Hunchback of Notre Dame'-style among rooftop turrets, crumbling buttresses and gargoyles. But most disappointing are the not-so-memorable new songs that pop up in the second half whose melodies are once again written by composer Alan Menken but with lyrics by Tim Rice ('The Lion King'). They just cannot compete with the old favorites that never fail to tickle the ears with their irresistible wordplay supplied by the late great Howard Ashman. But with its racially diverse cast (at one point, I wished that Broadway dynamo Audra MacDonald as the wardrobe Madame Garderobe and the sprightly Stanley Tucci as her harpsichord hubby Maestro Cadenza could have done their own duet) and wink at same-sex flirtation, this 'Beauty' presents a far more inclusive view of the world. One that is awash with a sense of hope and connection that we desperately need right now. If you desire an entertaining escape from reality right about now, be my guest."
Susan Wloszcyzyna, 

"It's to be expected that 2017’s 'Beauty and the Beast' revisits all the well-known songs (while slipping in a few not-so-memorable new ones) and the characters from the first film. But it also recycles the looks, the settings, much of the dialogue, and, eerily, many of the visual beats. It is less an experience in itself as it is an exercise in evoking memory of a whole other movie."
Alison Willmore, Buzzfeed News 

"This 'Beauty and the Beast' improves once Belle reaches a castle where she is imprisoned by Stevens’s Beast and attended to by a motley group of animated household objects, all of which are voiced by name players like Ian McKellen and Stanley Tucci. Most impressive of these voice actors is Ewan McGregor, who uses his soaring tenor to fine effect on 'Be Our Guest.' This is the one number in Condon’s 'Beauty and the Beast' that feels visually impressive and even spectacular, and it suggests that McGregor would have made a far more apt Gaston himself. The songs here are a mixture of old favorites from the 1991 movie and a few new tunes; none of the latter are particularly memorable."
Dan Callahan, The Wrap 

"A rococo confection featuring fiendishly intricate production values, a bravura, coloratura-rich musical score and whizz-pop state-of-the-art effects, Disney's latest iteration of the fairy tale 'Beauty and the Beast' is more than just eye candy. It's a Michelin-triple-starred master class in patisserie skills that transforms the cinematic equivalent of a sugar rush into a kind of crystal-meth-like narcotic high that lasts about two hours. Only once viewers have come down and digested it all might they feel like the whole experience was actually a little bland, lacking in depth and so effervescent as to be almost instantly forgettable."
Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter 
BETWEEN WORLDS - Jason Solowsky
"'Between Worlds' is also, unfortunately, a weird 'Twin Peaks' homage, complete with industrial band ohGr's not-so-industrial, 'Twin Peaks'-y score and 'Twin Peaks'-like theme during the opening credits sequence (performed by 'Twin Peaks' composer Angelo Badalamenti, no less). Billie's also a Laura-Palmer-type figure, a babe in the woods who also happens to be a femme fatale. Billie also has two dead-end friends who weirdly resemble two key 'Twin Peaks' characters: pothead Rick (Hopper Penn), who sorta looks like Harry 'Andy' Goaz, and biker Mike (Garrett Clayton), who more closely resembles Dana 'Bobby' Ashbrook."
Simon Abrams, 

A DOG'S WAY HOME - Mychael Danna
"Composer Mychael Danna’s score provides bouncy, bubbly buoyancy when needed (as Bella plays and chases squirrels and CG rabbits) and a somber, sweeping symphonic soundscape during the more sentimental moments (as Bella says goodbye to friends she’s made along the way). While the compositions aren’t wildly obtrusive and augment the emotion of the narrative, Smith relies a little too heavily on them in spots where he could trust his talented cast to carry the moment."
Courtney Howard, Variety 

IN LIKE FLYNN - David Hirschfelder
"Mulcahy cleverly employs Old Hollywood visual tropes (wipe-transitions to bridge scenes, animated dots on a map to indicate a journey’s progress, etc.) and the period-appropriate rousing musical score by David Hirschfelder to enhance the 1930s flavor. But the movie’s chief asset is Cocquerel, who evidences more than enough graceful physicality, roguish ladykiller charm and devil-may-care brio to be persuasive as Flynn. He seals the deal with his nimbly raffish delivery of such character-defining dialogue as 'I have a genius for living -- it’s the consequences I’m not so well-versed in.' Cocquerel all but winks at the audience when Flynn tells a friend that their shared adventure 'wouldn’t make a half-bad picture.'"
Joe Leydon, Variety
"With the aid of slick cinematographer Peter Holland, editor Rodrigo Galart and composer David Hirschfelder, Mulcahy now socks over a frenetic, retro-styled yarn (wipe-transitions abound), punctuated with incident, crunchingly cartoonish violence and unbridled derring-do in the classic Boy's Own adventure vein. Cumulatively impactful, it's a hell of a return to form."
Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter 
LIFE - Jon Ekstrand

"Every other bit of audio is a feast for the ears. In one mesmerizing sequence, fragments of the ship crumble into a tornado of glass and metal as seemingly ever crushed fiber makes an audible crunch. Composer Jon Ekstrand’s score is appropriately manic for a movie that develops its claustrophobia as it moves along. During the chaotic finale, the music shifts into an ironic waltz -- a welcome nod to '2001: A Space Odyssey' -- that plays against the destruction with wonderfully cinematic results. It’s one of several moments that indicate the intentions of a filmmaker desperate to push the material beyond the limitations of a traditional horror movie in space. But no matter how much trickery Espinosa throws into the frame, 'Life' remains tethered to familiar terra firma."
Jonathan Poritsky, IndieWire 
"There’s also the constant, insistent score by Jon Ekstrand, bearing down right from the opening and not doing much for the cause. There are some disquieting bits -- the early scene in which the maturing Calvin grabs on to Hugh’s gloved hand and simply will not let go is a nice burner, for sure. But the movie’s story 'beats' are inescapably commonplace. (There’s even a bit derived from 'The Thing From Another World' in which one ill-advised character contemplates Calvin’s scientific awesomeness.) Either screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick haven’t got the goods, or there really are only so many things you can do with a homicidal space creature and a manned ship."
Glenn Kenny, 

"The sound design of Calvin -- he’s silent, but slithery -- adds to the creepiness, but there’s a mid-story showdown involving an open airlock that gets too noisy and chaotic, with Jon Ekstrand’s classically inspired score suddenly working itself into too much of a froth."
Alonso Duralde, The Wrap 

"And talented Swedish director Daniel Espinosa, coming off the turgid historical thriller 'Child 44' (please, let us never speak of it again), seems to revel in the fact that he’s making a 100-minute matinee movie. (The score by regular Espinosa collaborator Jon Ekstrand is gloriously over-the-top.) There are moments of genuine white-knuckle suspense and set pieces that are elaborately constructed and dutifully executed. Sure, there are a couple of moments that would have benefitted from having more time to breathe (like a sequence where another spaceship comes to aid the station), and there’s the aforementioned issue with the characterization being somewhat unbalanced, but there’s just as much to be said for a movie that goes in, fucks shit up, and gets out as quickly as possible. Movies today are too long and overstuffed; 'Life' is lean, mean, and terrifying. It doesn’t have much to say beyond 'hold up, maybe we shouldn’t poke around uncharted terrain so much,' but with actors this committed, set pieces this exciting, and direction this confident, it doesn’t really matter. It’s a B-movie through and through, and it knows exactly what it is. To quote another movie currently in theaters, choose 'Life.'"
Drew Taylor, The Playlist 
"What does it say that most movies about making contact with an alien species inevitably devolve into a bloodbath? Is that mankind’s fear of the great unknown rearing its ugly head? Or, 'Arrival' aside, is it just more fun (and profitable) when E.T. goes HAM? In the ruthless science-fiction thriller 'Life,' a team of researchers aboard the International Space Station acquire definitive proof that we’re not alone in the universe: a carbon-based organism from Mars, small enough to fit into a petri dish. Unfortunately, and much to their surprise (though not to the audience’s), the little guy turns out to be something of a natural born killer. 'Life' plays coy about this development for a while, going heavy on the oohs and the aahs and the proud video chats back to Earth; when the title arrives, more than a few minutes in, it’s to a swell of hopeful music. But astute viewers will see the truth in the opening shot, with its familiar, unbroken stare into the inky black void of space. The void stares back, menacingly."
A.A. Dowd, The Onion AV Club 
"To celebrate the discovery, horns blare on Jon Ekstrand’s constantly shape-shifting score (one moment, he’s waxing optimistic with low-key strings, the next, he’s amplifying the tension via 'Inception'-style foghorns). Hugh can hardly contain his enthusiasm, though there are other crew members on board to take precautions, most notably Miranda North (Rebecca Ferguson, the most disciplined character in the motley ensemble), representing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- because nobody knows what Calvin is capable of, even after he’s attacked Hugh and face-hugged one of the other crew members."
Peter Debruge, Variety
PLEDGE - Jon Natchez
"Though after a point contained to the (admittedly expansive) house interiors, William Tracy Babcock’s cinematography diversifies its widescreen look with some impressive early drone shots. Other tech/design contributions are also above average on modest means, with Jon Natchez’s original score eschewing too campy a note while tipping hat to the familiar reference point of synthy ’80s horror soundtracks."
Dennis Harvey, Variety
"The score and soundtrack can be classified as inspirational and country, respectively; the film has a decidedly red-state feel, even if politics are never explicitly brought up. (Though Gary Sinise shows up to offer a bit of slut-shaming regarding a regular at the establishment where his character tends bar: 'Then she let the guys get all over her, and that done changed her.') You can’t help but think of 'American Sniper,' Clint Eastwood’s superior movie about the horrors of war and the inability of a vet to truly come home."
Tricia Olszewski, The Wrap


Screenings of older films, at the following L.A. movie theaters: AMPASAmerican Cinematheque: AeroAmerican Cinematheque: EgyptianArclightArena CineloungeLACMALaemmleNew Beverly, Nuart, UCLA and Vista.

May 31
THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE AND HER LOVER (Michael Nyman) [Arena Cinelounge]
DANCE, GIRL, DANCE (Edward Ward), THE BRIDE WORE RED (Franz Waxman) [New Beverly]
A HARD DAY'S NIGHT (The Beatles, George Martin) [Nuart]
LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
METROPOLITAN (Mark Suozzo, Tom Judson), BARCELONA (Mark Suozzo), THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO (Mark Suozzo) [Cinematheque: Aero]
PREDATOR (Alan Silvestri) [Vista]

June 1
BRAZIL (Michael Kamen), TIME BANDITS (Mike Moran) [Cinematheque: Aero]
CAT PEOPLE (Giorgio Moroder), TIME AFTER TIME (Miklos Rozsa) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
THE COMPUTER WORE TENNIS SHOES (Robert F. Brunner) [New Beverly]
THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE AND HER LOVER (Michael Nyman) [Arena Cinelounge]
DANCE, GIRL, DANCE (Edward Ward), THE BRIDE WORE RED (Franz Waxman) [New Beverly]
HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE (Joe Hisaishi) [Vista]

IT FOLLOWS (Disasterpeace) [Vista]
OUTRAGEOUS! (Paul Hoffert) [New Beverly]

June 2
THE COMPUTER WORE TENNIS SHOES (Robert F. Brunner) [New Beverly] 
THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE AND HER LOVER (Michael Nyman) [Arena Cinelounge]
THE FLINTSTONES (David Newman) [Cinematheque: Aero]
NINE TO FIVE (Charles Fox) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
STAIRCASE (Dudley Moore), REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE (Toshiro Mayuzumi) [New Beverly]
STRANGER THAN PARADISE (John Lurie), DOWN BY LAW (John Lurie) [Cinematheque: Aero]

June 3
THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE AND HER LOVER (Michael Nyman) [Arena Cinelounge]
INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE (Elliot Goldenthal) [New Beverly]
STAIRCASE (Dudley Moore), REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE (Toshiro Mayuzumi) [New Beverly]

June 4
THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE AND HER LOVER (Michael Nyman) [Arena Cinelounge]
SUPER FLY (Curtis Mayfield) [LACMA]

June 5
THE BIRDS (Remi Gassman, Oskar Sala, Bernard Herrmann) [New Beverly]
THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE AND HER LOVER (Michael Nyman) [Arena Cinelounge]
LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME (Percy Faith, George Stoll), CALAMITY JANE (Ray Heindorf) [Laemmle NoHo]

June 6
THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE AND HER LOVER (Michael Nyman) [Arena Cinelounge]
STRANGER THAN PARADISE (John Lurie) [Laemmle NoHo]

June 7
THE GOONIES (Dave Grusin) [Nuart]
LOLA MONTES (Georges Auric) [LACMA]
PARTING GLANCES, MALA NOCHE (Creighton Lindsay) [New Beverly]

June 8
BARRY LYNDON (Leonard Rosenman) [Vista]
THE BIRDS (Remi Gassman, Oskar Sala, Bernard Herrmann) [Vista]
CAN'T STOP THE MUSIC (Jacques Morali) [New Beverly]
FREAKY FRIDAY (Johnny Mandel) [New Beverly]
FREE SOLO (Marco Beltrami) [Cinematheque: Aero]
PARTING GLANCES, MALA NOCHE (Creighton Lindsay) [New Beverly]

June 9
BARAKA (Michael Stearns) [Cinematheque: Aero]
FREAKY FRIDAY (Johnny Mandel) [New Beverly]
THE KILLING OF SISTER GEORGE (Gerald Fried), THE SERGEANT (Michel Magne) [New Beverly]


Heard: Four American Quartets (Evans, Glass, Antheil, Herrmann), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (Jablonsky), L'Arche et les Deluges (Yared), L'Istruttoria E'Chiusa: Dimentichi (Morricone), The John Williams-Jurassic Park Collection (Williams), The Sisters Brothers (Desplat), One Little Indian (Goldsmith), Fun with Dick and Jane (Shapiro), Sarah/Desordre (Yared), Distance Between Dreams (Holkenborg), Star Trek: Enterprise Collection vol. 2 (Chattaway, McCarthy, et al), The Cloverfield Paradox (McCreary)

Read: Midway through The Society of the Crossed Keys, by Stefan Zweig

Seen: Avengers: Endgame, Brightburn, The Souvenir, Trial by Fire, Amazing Grace

Watched: The Wire ("Undertow"), Fawlty Towers ("Communication Problems"), The Norliss Tapes, The Avengers ("Mission...Highly Improbable"), Firefly ("Safe"), Battlestar: Galactica ("Six Degrees of Separation"), From the Earth to the Moon ("We Interrupt This Program")

If there's anyone out there who's actually been following my byline for the 17 years I've been writing for this site, you're probably more than aware that I am obsessed with lists. I recently started working on a list -- technically, an Excel spreadsheet -- of every film I have seen in a movie theater. The latest film, the documentary Amazing Grace, takes me up to 8,911 movies. No, I don't have a personal life. Thank you for asking.

Working on this list has inspired me to update two other lists -- my top 100 favorite films (plus a second list, of the next 100) and my top 25 favorite film composers -- and to cross-reference, to see how many favorite films my favorite composers have scored.

Here is my favorite composers list, substantially re-worked from the list I made over a decade ago (I still can't believe I ranked Mancini so low in the original list):

1. Jerry Goldsmith (4 movies in the top 100/10 in the top 200)
2. Bernard Herrmann (7/10)
3. John Williams (8/13)
4. John Barry (5/7)
5. Elmer Bernstein (1/3)
6. Thomas Newman (0/1)
7. Basil Poledouris (1/2)
8. Miklos Rozsa (1/4)
9. David Shire (3/3)
10. Danny Elfman (0)
11. Henry Mancini (1/3)
12. Richard Rodney Bennett (1/2)
13. Jerome Moross (0)
14. Georges Delerue (0)
15. Alexandre Desplat (0)
16. Bruce Broughton (0)
17. Alex North (0)
18. Howard Shore (1/3)
19. Michael Giacchino (0/3)
20. Franz Waxman (1/1)
21. Ennio Morricone (0/4)
22. Christiopher Young (1/1)
23. Jerry Fielding (0/1)
24. Alfred Newman (0/1)
25. James Horner (1/4)

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Whoa. I maintain a spreadsheet of movies I've seen in theaters as well. I always thought my grand total of 858 movies wasn't bad...until now!

I've kept a database and/or spreadsheet for every movie I've seen since June 1984 (first entry: BREAKDANCE aka BREAKIN') and at the end of 2018 it reached 10,000 titles. 3,857 of those were in cinemas, the rest on TV, videotape, DVD/Blu or streaming.

I don't have a Top 100, but I do have a list of Top 5 Movies for every year since 1970:

"Favorite Films" is one thing, but you always needs a separate list of "Best Films" to convince the readers of SIGHT & SOUND that you're more tasteful and intelligent than you are.

To wit:


Scott, I like your composer/film list, and would love to see what favorite films your favorite composers scores, particularly Goldsmith and Barry.

Did you like the Zweig novel? If you haven't read CHESS STORY, that's one I would recommend, New York Review of Books edition (hey, they have a Father's Day sale going on this weekend! ;-)

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Buddy Baker died (2002)
David Raksin begins recording his score for Too Late Blues (1961)
Irving Gertz’s score for The Invaders episode “The Enemy” is recorded (1967)
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Robert Drasnin records his score for the Mission: Impossible episode “Run for the Money” (1971)
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