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Film Score Friday 4/13/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 4/12/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest from La-La Land is a new edition of Bernard Herrmann's classic, groundbreaking score for director Robert Wise's 1951 sci-fi drama THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL.


Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.

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Did They Mention the Music 2015
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 4/6/2018 - 9:00 PM
When I began this series over a decade ago, it was intended to sum up the critical view of the film scores of the year just passed. However in the last few years, between the increased number of films whose reviews I search, the increased number of publications I read reviews in, and other time constraints, the "Did They Mention the Music?" section of my Friday columns has gone from looking at the scores of just-released films to scores of films released two years ago, which is why it's taken me so long to finish this particular column. (And I don't want to think about when Did They 2016 will be ready, much less 2017.) So just think of this column as a nostalgic look at the long-ago scores of 2015.


THE PRAISE:
 
AIR - Edo Van Breemen
 
"What it is, in other words, is science fiction in quotation marks. That makes for some unquestionable aesthetic pleasures -- namely, a swooping, whizzing synth score that builds to a Vangelis-esque end theme, and some handsome camerawork by Norm Li, cinematographer of the similarly retro-genre-fetishistic 'Beyond The Black Rainbow'. But it isn’t much of a reason to be. Cantamessa’s background is game design ('Manhunt,' 'Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor'), and 'Air' is all environment and puzzles. However, unlike other recent movies that take their cues from game design -- namely Bong Joon-ho’s 'Snowpiercer' -- it doesn’t progress through its environment so much as circle it in repetitive tasks."
 
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, The Onion AV Club
 
ALEX OF VENICE - David Wingo
 
"Apart from the strong performances -- that do keep the movie afloat despite from the narrative breaks in your emotional suspension of disbelief -- other cinematic elements help support the movie. The film is well shot with naturalistic lighting, and composer David Wingo’s wistful score is also quite excellent and effective. However, the melancholy, plaintive score arguably does too much of the emotional heavy-lifting and that’s because, again, these moments don’t always add up genuinely. 'Alex Of Venice”' isn't a strong sum of its good individual parts and many moments feel unearned. We believe and empathize with Mary Elizabeth Winstead when she’s upset often as she’s a good actress that can sell a scene, but we don’t always believe the situation or the sequence that got her from emotional point A to B. And this obviously hurts the movie and the viewer’s engagement in it, and that's not all."
 
Rodrigo Perez, The Playlist
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Film Score Friday 4/6/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 4/5/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada is the premiere release of one of James Horner's final scores, for the 2015 National Geographic IMAX documentary LIVING IN THE AGE OF AIRPLANES.


Music Box has announced two new soundtrack CD releases -- an expanded version of David Shire's score for George Romero's underrated thriller MONKEY SHINES; and a disc pairing two scores by Claude Bolling, FLIC STORY and DOUCEMENT LES BASSES

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Jóhann Jóhannsson - 1969-2018
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 3/30/2018 - 9:00 PM
The quotes in this article, unless otherwise noted, are taken from interviews with Jóhann Jóhannsson. The sources are listed and linked at the bottom of the page:

I’ve been sort of playing music since I was probably eight years old or something like that. Even when I was studying piano, I always preferred to play around with my own improvisations rather than do my studies. So I’ve always been interested in writing music from a very early age. (3)
 
I had three older sisters, and my parents listened to a lot of classical music. Beyond what was heard on pop radio or whatever, my sisters and my sisters’ boyfriends’ record collections contained the first real music I was exposed to.  (14)
 
There are many stages of growing up musically. I remember one record that my siblings had when I was growing up, which was the first Velvet Underground record. That was a record that I listened to a lot when I was 10 years old for some reason. I was really fascinated by that album, mostly the first side which has all the pop songs, maybe less so the second side which is a little bit more abrasive and experimental. That was an early influence. And then, maybe 10 years later, I figured out what this record actually meant and what kind of significance it had in the history of music. When I was 10 years old, I just listened to it because it had these nice songs, but I didn’t fully grasp the meaning of them.  
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Film Score Friday 3/30/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 3/29/2018 - 9:00 PM
 Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Abbraccialo Per Me
 - Fabio Frizzi - Beat
The Cloverfield Paradox - Bear McCreary - Sparks & Shadows
A Doggone Adventure 
- Chuck Cirino - Dragon's Domain
I Kill Giants 
- Laurent Perez del Mar - Varese Sarabande
Isle of Dogs
 - Alexandre Desplat - Abkco
La Rivoluzione Sessuale
 - Teo Usuelli - Beat
Midnight Sun
 - Nathaniel Walcott - Lakeshore
Qualcuno Ha Visto Uccidere
 - Stelvio Cipriani - Pentamusic
Riusciranno I Nostri Eroi A Ritrovare L'amico Misteriosamente Scomparso In Africa
 - Armando Trovajoli - Beat
Stargate SG1: Children of the Gods
 - Joel Goldsmith - Dragon's Domain
That Good Night
 - Guy Farley - Caldera
Troy: Fall of a City - Rob - Sony (import)
A Wrinkle in Time 
- Ramin Djawadi - Disney 

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Film Score Friday 3/23/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 3/22/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada is the first release of Bruce Broughton's score for Disney's 2004 direct-to-video animated film MICKEY, DONALD, GOOFY: THE THREE MUSKETEERS.


Tadlow's second volume of re-recordings of Jerry Goldsmith's Emmy-nominated music from the '60s anthology series THRILLER is available to pre-order, featuring suites and cues from the episodes "The Bride Who Died Twice," "God Grante That She Lye Stille," "Late Date," "Masquerade", "Terror in Teakwood" and "The Weird Tailor" (Amicus fans may remember that the latter story was remade with Peter Cushing and Barry Morse for the 1972 feature Asylum). 

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Film Score Friday 3/16/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 3/15/2018 - 9:00 PM
CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Amarcord
 - Nino Rota - Quartet
Chouans!
 - Georges Delerue - Music Box
Feud: Bette and Joan - Mac Quayle - La-La Land
Love Story 
- Francis Lai - Quartet
Platoon
 - Georges Delerue - Quartet
The Silence of the Lambs - Howard Shore - Quartet
Tomb Raider
 - Tom Holkenborg - Sony 
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Film Score Friday 3/9/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 3/8/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a remastered and resequenced release of Jerry Goldsmith's third and final score for the Rambo series, the fittingly titled RAMBO III.


La-La Land has announced some of their upcoming CD releases for the rest of the month -- on March 13, the music for the recent TV series FEUD, starring Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford and Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis, which earned composer Mac Quayle (Mr. Robot, American Horror Story) two Emmy nominations; and on March 27, Bear McCreary's score to the recent Netflix sci-fi feature THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX, on McCreary's Sparks & Shadows label.


The latest release from Music Box is an expanded version of Georges Delerue's score for director Philippe De Broca's historical drama CHOUANS!, starring Philippe Noiret, Sophie Marceau and Lambert Wilson.


This last Sunday, Alexandre Desplat won his second Original Score Oscar for Guillermo del Toro's Best Picture winner THE SHAPE OF WATER, while Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez won their second Oscars for COCO's song "Remember Me" (which apparently makes Robert Lopez the first person to win more than one Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony). More about this year's Oscars at the bottom of this column.

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Film Score Friday 3/2/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 3/1/2018 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land has announced two new soundtrack releases this week -- the first-ever release of Brad Fiedel's score for THE ACCUSED, the 1988 courtroom drama (inspired by the infamous New Bedford rape case) which won Jodie Foster her first Oscar for Best Actress; and THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND, a two-disc set featuring music from the History Channel TV series, from composers David Russell Alfonso, Allan Paul Ett, Jeffrey Hayat, Michael Keely, James Lum, Dennis McCarthy, Patrick O’Neil and Giuseppe Vasapolli


Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.


This year's Oscars will be telecast this Sunday evening. I have included my own, highly inaccurate predictions at the bottom of this column, along with what I would personally vote for in parentheses. 

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Film Score Friday 2/23/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 2/22/2018 - 9:00 PM
Quartet has announced four new expanded score releases, all from Oscar-winning films: Howard Shore's brooding score for 1991's classic THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, the most recent film to win all of the "big five" Academy Awards (Picture, Actor, Actress, Directing, Screenplay); Georges Delerue's largely unused score for 1986 Best Picture winner PLATOON; Francis's Lai's 1970 Best Score winner LOVE STORY, featuring a remastered version of the orignial LP tracks plus a restored version of the film's score tracks; and a two-disc edition of Nino Rota's score for Federico Fellini's autobiographical Foreign Language Oscar winner AMARCORD.


The latest CD in Varese Sarabande's limited edition "We Hear You" series is a two-disc set featuring Peter Bernstein's music for the popular undercover cop TV series 21 JUMP STREET, which later spawned two smash hit comedy feature sequels and helped make Johnny Depp a household name.


Alexandre Desplat's score for THE SHAPE OF WATER won BAFTA's award for Original Music.

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