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Film Score Friday 8/16/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/15/2019 - 9:00 PM
I am currently on vacation, so if any breaking film music news has broken in the last few days, you'll have to read about it on the Message Board or elsewhere on the Internet, which I am told is a series of tubes. (Forgive me if I have made this reference before. Obviously, it never fails to amuse me.)


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

The Angry Birds Movie 2 - Heitor Pereira - Sony [CD-R]
Evil Toons
 - Chuck Cirino - Dragon's Domain
The Informer
 - Brooke Blair, Will Blair - Varese Sarabande*
Intolerance 
- Carl Davis - Carl Davis Collection 
Secrets of the Titanic
 - Craig Safan - Dragon's Domain

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Aisle Seat 8-13: August Assault Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 8/12/2019 - 9:00 PM
Now the biggest global hit of all-time (not counting inflation), AVENGERS: ENDGAME (181 mins., 2019, PG-13; Disney) wraps up Marvel’s two-film behemoth and also puts a lid on over a decade of some 21 prior movies featuring the comic book company-turned-Disney brand’s super-heroes. It’s not particularly witty or artfully executed, but as far as fan-service films go, this overlong but entertaining picture gets the job done, and wisely focuses on the original core of Avengers members for much of its running time instead of the “Marvel All-Star Rally” featured in its exhausting predecessor.
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Film Score Friday 8/9/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/8/2019 - 9:00 PM
Quartet has announced two new soundtrack CDs, both featuring expanded editions of scores from composer Philippe Sarde -- GHOST STORY, the 1981 adaptation of Peter Straub's supernatural bestseller, starring Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and John Houseman, remastered and featuring nearly 20 minutes of music not included in the earlier MCA LP/Varese Sarabande CD; and Sarde's first score for director-star Roman Polanski, the 1976 psychological thriller THE TENANT, featuring cues not included in the previous Universal France CD release of the score (which paired it with the Sarde/Polanski Tess).


Composer Barrington Pheloung died in his native Australia on Wednesday, July 31 at the age of 65. Pheloung began his musical training on the guitar at the age of five, and in his late teens moved to London to study at the Royal College of Music. His entree into the world of film and television music came through future Oscar winner Anthony Minghella, who saw one of the ballets Pheloung had composed. Not only did Minghella hire the composer to wrote incidental music for some of his plays, he introduced Pheloung to TV producer Kenny McBain, who hired him for the job that would prove to be the most popular of his entire scoring career -- the long-running mystery series Inspector Morse. Pheloung's scores for the series actually interpolated morse code clues into his themes, and his music was so popular that it spawned multiple soundtrack releases, and he returned for the show's sequel series Lewis and its prequel Endeavor, about Morse's early years.

Minghella later brought Pheloung along for his feature directing debut, the 1990 ghost romance Truly Madly Deeply, and over the next few decades Pheloung would score an impressive variety of features, including the historical drama Nostradamus, the Stephen King adaptation The Mangler, and even Paul W.S. Anderson's first feature, Shopping, starring a 22-year-old Jude Law. 

One of Pheloung's most dependable collaborators was producer-director Anand Taylor, who worked with the composer on several projects for the small screen as well as such features as the Oscar-nominated music biopic Hilary & Jackie, the Steve Martin adaptation Shopgirl, And When Did You Last See Your Father (with Colin Firth, Jim Broadbent and Matthew Beard), and the final chapter of the critically acclaimed Red Riding trilogy.

The composer is survived by his wife Heather and their four children. (Most of the biographical information in this obituary came from Daniel Mangodt's 1994 interview with the composer for Soundtrack)

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Film Score Friday 8/2/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/1/2019 - 9:00 PM
CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Planet of the Apes: Original Film Series Soundtrack Collection - Jerry Goldsmith, Leonard Rosenman, Tom Scott - La-La Land 


IN THEATERS TODAY

Coyote Lake - Fabrizio Mancinelli
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw - Tyler Bates
15 Minutes of War - Fabien Kourtzer, Mike Kourtzer 
The Ground Beneath My Feet - Kyrre Kvam
Is That You? - Owain Kelly, James Williams 
Jirga - AJ True
Ladyworld - Callie Ryan
Love, Antosha - Saul Simon MacWilliams
Luce - Geoff Barrow, Ben Salisbury
Moop - Arin Crumley, Andrew Peterson
The Nightingale - Jed Kurzel
The Operative - Frank Ilfman
Otherhood - Marcelo Zarvos
A Score to Settle - John Kaefer
Teacher - Alexis Grapsas
Tel Aviv on Fire - André Dziezuk
Them That Follow - Garth Stevenson
Union - Jimi Zhivago 
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