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Aisle Seat 3-19: March Madness Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 3/18/2019 - 9:00 PM
Big, colorful and refreshingly unpretentious, AQUAMAN (***, 143 mins., 2018, PG-13; Warner) finally sets the DC Universe on an upbeat, escapist course that’s far removed from the dread-inducing (and at times dreadful) Zach Snyder productions that characterized the post-Christopher Nolan era of the brand’s cinematic endeavors. Gone are the mopey Batman and guilt-ridden Superman, and in their place is Jason Momoa’s hard-drinking, charismatic Arthur Curry — the half-breed son of the Queen of Atlantis (Nicole Kidman) who finally battles for his rightful Atlantean throne just in time to prevent his half-brother Orm (Patrick Wilson) from igniting a war with the “surface people.”
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Film Score Friday 3/15/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 3/14/2019 - 9:00 PM
Varese Sarabande is announcing three new CD Club releases this morning. According to the label, one of them will be Varese's final "Encores" release, as from now on all CD Club releases will either be expansions or first-time releases.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Captive State - Rob Simonsen - Sony [CD-R]
The Cardinal - Jerome Moross - Kritzerland
Celebrating John Williams - John Williams - Deutsche Grammophon
Islam
 - Piero Piccioni - Beat
Le Chant de Loup - tomandandy - Milan (import)
L'Odio E' Il Mio Dio
 - Pippo Franco - Beat
Lonesome Dove
 - Basil Poledouris - Varese Sarabande
Masters of the Universe - Bill Conti - Notefornote
Valley of Shadows - Zbigniew Preisner - Caldera
The World of Hans Zimmer: A Symphonic Collection
 - Hans Zimmer - Sony 

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Aisle Seat 3-12: Ridley Scott Revisited, Oscar Wrap
Posted By Andy Dursin 3/11/2019 - 9:00 PM
This year’s reigning Best Picture winner, GREEN BOOK (***½, 128 mins., 2018, PG-13; Universal), is a winning “road trip” movie that provides stars Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali with two plum roles. It also manages to be heartwarming and unpretentious, preferring a humanistic, at-times comic approach to its subject matter – and in a year that saw “Black Panther” somehow net scores of award nominations, it’s unquestionably one of the most rewarding pictures of 2018.
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Film Score Friday 3/8/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 3/7/2019 - 9:00 PM
The legendary Andre Previn, a four-time Oscar winner among his many outstanding achievements, died in New York on February 28 at the age of 89. Websites that feature detailed pieces on his remarkable career include the BBCThe Guardian, The Hollywood ReporterThe Independent, The Los Angeles Times, NPRThe New York Times, Variety, and The Washington Post.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

BlacKkKlansman - Terence Blanchard - Backlot
Cold Pursuit - George Fenton - Varese Sarabande
Dedicato Al Mare Egeo - Ennio Morricone - Quartet
Il Sesso Del Diavolo
 - Stelvio Cipriani - Quartet
Ittefaq - BT - Kss3te Recordings
The Kid Who Would Be King - Electric Wave Bureau - Sony (import)
Krypton - Pinar Toprak - Varese Sarabande
Wonder Park - Steven Price - Sony 

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Film Score Friday 3/1/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 2/28/2019 - 9:00 PM
Ludwig Goransson won the Original Score Oscar for BLACK PANTHER (still not commercially available on CD, alas). Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt won Original Song for A Star Is Born's megahit "Shallow."

And composer/editor John Ottman won Film Editing for Bohemian Rhapsody.*


The latest CD from Intrada presents the score to Disney's 1957 Revolutionary War drama JOHNNY TREMAIN, composed by Disney veteran and four-time Oscar nominee George Bruns (The Jungle Book, The Aristocats). The Intrada CD features the original score tracks as well as the cues re-recorded for the original vinyl release. 

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February Issue of FSMO Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 2/26/2019 - 2:00 AM
The February edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. This month’s cover story is, finally, a breakdown of the TOP 12 SCORES BY HANS ZIMMER. Also in this issue, GEORGE FENTON scores Liam Neeson with the icy tones of COLD PURSUIT; BRIAN TYLER brings the funk for WHAT MEN WANT; JOHN DEBNEY hits a sweet note on ISN’T IT ROMANTIC; ALEX HEFFES is driven in MISS BALA; KATHRYN BOSTIC dishes on her SUNDANCE experience, including her work on CLEMENCY and TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM; a walk through this season’s elephants' graveyard with WONG'S TURN; a brassy COMPOSER’S CORNER; lots of album reviews, including HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD, HARRY POTTER: THE JOHN WILLIAMS SOUNDTRACK COLLECTION, THE ORVILLE: SEASON 1 and THE THIN RED LINE: 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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Aisle Seat 2-26: 4K Rundown, Shout Wrap, New Releases
Posted By Andy Dursin 2/25/2019 - 9:00 PM
A number of 2018 releases saw a clear divide between audience reaction/interest and supposed critical consensus, and no film summed that up better than BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (***, 136 mins., 2018, PG-13; Fox). A movie with a troubled production history — one that reportedly included confrontations between the cast and director Bryan Singer, along with the latter’s eventual dismissal after being a no-show on-set – Fox’s musical biopic of the rock-band Queen nevertheless became the most surprising hit of the year. Generating over $800 million worldwide, this tuneful, mostly upbeat picture didn’t satisfy the critics who wanted a “Trainspotting”-like chronicle of lead singer Freddy Mercury’s famously troubled life, yet the accessible, PG-13 approach netted huge commercial gains, mixing music with a still-effective chronicle of Mercury’s struggles with his sexuality, drugs and fame in general.
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Film Score Friday 2/22/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 2/21/2019 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land has two new soundtrack releases this week.

One release pairs two mystery-thriller scores by Jerry Goldsmith. ARCHER was the short-lived TV series version of Ross MacDonald's acclaimed "Lew Archer" mystery novels, and the LLL CD features the first-release of Goldsmith's music for the series, totaling 19 minutes. The CD also features Goldsmith's score for the 1967 thriller WARNING SHOT; La-La Land had previously released this score on CD, but the new release features improved sound and additional music (but does not feature the Si Zietner re-recorded LP tracks).

Their other new release is a three-disc set of John Williams' beloved score for the 1978 superhero classic SUPERMAN, remastered with improved sound from the first generation recording masters. Discs One and Two feature the original score plus alternates, while Disc Three features the original LP sequencing, also remastered.


Varese Sarabande is releasing a limited edition (500 units) two-disc set of Jeff Beal's music for the sixth and final season of HOUSE OF CARDS.


BAFTA's award for Original Music for a motion picture went to A STAR IS BORN, for Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga and Lukas Nelson (the other four nominees were all for original scores which received Oscar nominations this year).


Intrada plans to release one new CD next week. 

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Film Score Friday 2/15/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 2/14/2019 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is an expanded edition of James Horner's popular score for the 1986 animated feature AN AMERICAN TAIL, which earned the composer an Oscar nomination for his hit song, "Somewhere Out There."


Brand new Oscar nominee Ludwig Goransson had a good night at the Grammys. Along with winning Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media for BLACK PANTHER (a score which still has no commercial CD release, just a 28-track download and a 13-track LP release), he won Record of the Year and Song of the Year for Childish Gambino's "This Is America."

The Greatest Showman won for Compilation Soundtrack, A Star Is Born's "Shallow" won for Song Written for Visual Media, and Terence Blanchard won Best Instrumental Composition for BlacKkKlansman's "Blut und Boden (Blood and Soil). 

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Aisle Seat 2-12: Valentine's Day Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 2/11/2019 - 9:00 PM
Burt Lancaster co-directed THE MIDNIGHT MAN (***, 119 mins., 1974, R), a Universal murder-mystery adapted from the book “The Midnight Lady and the Mourning Man” by David Anthony. The film’s plot was reconfigured to suit Lancaster’s talents with the veteran star playing an ex-cop from Chicago, out on parole after shooting his wife’s lover, who settles into a job working security at a southern college…only to find himself quickly embroiled in a co-ed’s murder and an eventual (and quite convoluted) conspiracy plot. While this production was much criticized for being little more than an extended, R-rated episode of “Columbo” at the time of its release – these days, you have to ask yourself, what’s wrong with that?
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Today in Film Score History:
March 21
Alex North begins recording his score for Spartacus (1960)
Alexander Courage records his score for the Lost in Space episode "The Mechanical Men" (1967)
Alfred Newman wins his seventh Oscar, his second for Score, for Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1956)
Antony Hopkins born (1921)
Gary Hughes born (1922)
Jay Chattaway records his score for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Journey’s End “ (1994)
John Williams wins his fifth Oscar, for his Schindler's List score (1994)
Miklos Rozsa begins recording his score to The Green Berets (1968)
Mort Lindsey born (1923)
Nicola Piovani wins his first Oscar, for Life is Beautiful; Stephen Warbeck wins the final Comedy or Musical Score Oscar for Shakespeare in Love (1999)
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