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January Issue of FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 1/23/2019 - 2:00 AM
Happy New Year! The January edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. The first issue of 2019 features our annual YEAR IN REVIEW coverage, including contributions from Jon & Al Kaplan, Kyle Renick, Cary Wong and Sean Wilson. Also in this issue, WEST DYLAN THORDSON breaks down the music to M. Night Shyamalan’s GLASS, including how he uses JAMES NEWTON HOWARD'S UNBREAKABLE score; SEGUN AKINOLA takes up the musical mantle on DOCTORWHO; a new COUNTERPOINT debates whether context is king in film music criticism; GOLD RUSH brings us all the way back to 1908 with CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS and L’ASSASSINAT DU DUC DE GUISE; a preview of the film music panels of SUNDANCE; lots of album reviews, including WELCOME TO MARWEN, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE and AQUAMAN; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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Oscar Nominations 2018
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/22/2019 - 6:00 PM
ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SCORE)

BLACK PANTHER - Ludwig Goransson
BLACKKKLANSMAN - Terence Blanchard
IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK - Nicholas Britell
ISLE OF DOGS - Alexandre Desplat
MARY POPPINS RETURNS - Marc Shaiman


I don't know if it should be taken as a bad omen for the soundtrack CD business that of the five nominated scores, only two of them have received commercial CD releases. Blanchard and Goransson are first time nominees (since two of the major titles in several categories this year begin with the word "Black", nominees will have to be extra careful not to walk to the stage for the wrong film), second time for Britell, sixth for Shaiman (though his first time not in the Song or Comedy Score category) and tenth for Desplat (and his third for a Wes Anderson movie). Shaiman seems a plausible winner, given the dominance of his music (songs and otherwise) in the film. 

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SONG)

"ALL THE STARS" - Black Panther - Music by Mark Spears, Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, Anthony Tiffith; Lyric by Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, Anthony Tiffith, Solana Rowe
"I'LL FIGHT - RBG - Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
"THE PLACE WHERE LOST THINGS GO" - Mary Poppins Returns - Music by Marc Shaiman; Lyric by Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman
"SHALLOW" - A Star Is Born - Music and Lyric by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthhony Rossomando, Anthony Wyatt
"WHEN A COWBOY TRADES HIS SPURS FOR WINGS" - The Ballad of Buster Scruggs - Music and Lyric by David Rawlings, Gillian Welch


Mostly first-time nominees, but a tenth nomination for Diane Warren, who seems almost certain to lose to "Shallow." Her RBG song is the seventh nominated song from a documentary. I thought it and "All the Stars" were remarkably forgettable, but I guess I'm in the minority. 
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Film Score Friday 1/18/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/17/2019 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a two-disc set of James Horner's score for director Ron Howard's Oscar-winning 1995 docudrama APOLLO 13. Horner was nominated for the film's score as well as for Best Picture winner Braveheart, but the disappointment of losing the Oscar to Luis Bacalov's Il Postino was probably pretty well forgotten two years later due to his work on a little film called Titanic. MCA's original soundtrack release of Apollo 13 was a frustrating mixture of score cues, period songs and dialogue excerpts, while a score-only CD was available only as a hard-to-find promotional release. Disc One of Intrada's Apollo 13 features the complete film orchestral film score followed by Horner's electronic cues, totalling 76 minutes, while Disc Two features the cue sequencing of the promotional CD.


The latest soundtrack CD from Kritzerland presents the first-ever release of the score for the 1971 horror film THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD. The film was produced by Amicus Productions, which specialized in anthology horror films like Dr. Terror's House of Horrors, Tales from the Crypt and The Vault of Horror. Despite its title, The House that Dripped Blood was a not-especially-gory entry from the studio and told four horror tales, written by Psycho novelist Robert Bloch, revolving around the same house -- Denholm Elliot played a thriller writer who believes his murderer character has come to life; Peter Cushing becomes obsessed with a wax museum; Christopher Lee has a mysterious relationship with his seemingly innocent young daughter; and Jon Pertwee plays the star of a vampire film whose costume causes him to take a "method" approach to his role. The score was composed by Michael Dress [1935-1975], whose few other scores include the Amicus-produced science-fiction drama The Mind of Mr. Soames, starring Terence Stamp and Robert Vaughn.


Next week, La-La Land will be releasing a two-disc set of music from Seth McFarlane's hit sci-fi comedy series THE ORVILLE, featuring the show's main theme by nine-time Emmy winner Bruce Broughton, plus selections from the episode scores by Broughton, Andrew Cotttee, John Debney and Joel McNeely.


The latest limited edition release from Varese Sarabande presents the LP tracks from Lee Holdridge's score for the 1978 romantic docudrama sequel THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN, PART 2. Marilyn Hassett reprised her role as Jill Kinmont, a champion skier paralyzed in an accident, and the sequel depicts her romance with her eventual husband, played by Timothy Bottoms. (Beau Bridges played her ill-fated love interest in the first film, scored by Charles Fox who received an Oscar nomination for its song, "Richard's Window." Fun biopic trivia: the first film, released in 1975, takes place in the mid-late 1950s, while its sequel was made only 3 years later but takes place 20 years later) 

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Aisle Seat 1-15: January Rundown Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 1/14/2019 - 9:00 PM
Ringing in the new year with one of my favorite unsung movies of the mid ‘90s is Kino Lorber, whose Blu-Ray (eagerly awaited – at least by me) of Roland Joffe’s THE SCARLET LETTER (135 mins., 1995, R) gives viewers another chance to evaluate this handsomely produced, “freely adapted” take on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel – one that was derided both for the casting of Demi Moore as heroine Hester Prynne and ample alterations from its source material.
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Film Score Friday 1/11/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/10/2019 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.


The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced their latest nominations for their movie awards, including Original Music:

BlacKkKlansman - Terence Blanchard
If Beale Street Could Talk - Nicholas Britell
Isle of Dogs - Alexandre Desplat
Mary Poppins Returns - Marc Shaiman
A Star Is Born - Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Lukas Nelson


Justin Hurwitz won the Golden Globe for Best Original Score, Motion Picture for First Man, and "Shallow" from A Star Is Born won Best Original Song, Motion Picture.

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Film Score Friday 1/4/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/3/2019 - 9:00 PM
CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Bernie the Dolphin - Joshua Mosley - Lakeshore
The Box of Delights - Roger Limb - Silva (import)
I Familiari Delle Vittime Non Saranno Avvertiti
 - Francesco De Masi - Beat
The Sisters Brothers - Alexandre Desplat - Lakeshore (U.S. release) 
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Oscar Predictions and Other End of 2018 Lists
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/30/2018 - 9:00 PM
Predictions are in boldface, followed by those which I personally would nominate in italics. As with previous years' lists, for several categories I have NOT provided my own nominations, since frankly I know jack about costumes, sound and so forth, though more and more I try to pay attention to sound in particular. Films that I have listed as my own personal nominations yet which are not actually eligible in those categories are marked with an asterisk.
 

BEST PICTURE
 
(This year, there will be anywhere from five to ten Best Picture nominees, so I will rank them in order of likeliness -- my guess is that there will be eight.)

1. A Star Is Born 
2. Roma
3. Green Book
4. The Favourite
5. First Man
6. Black Panther
7. Mary Poppins Returns
8. BlacKkKlansman
9. If Beale Street Could Talk
10. Widows

 
1. Roma
2. Burning
3. Shoplifters
4. Isle of Dogs
5. Lean on Pete*
6. Cold War
7. The Favourite
8. First Man
9. Hereditary
10. Girl 
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CD Checklist 2018
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/29/2018 - 9:00 PM
AALTIO, PANU
 
95 (Quartet)
SUPER FURBALL (Quartet)

ABENI, MAURIZIO
 
RABBIA FURIOSA (Digitmovies)
ABRIL, ANTON GARCIA

EL HOMBRE Y LA TIERRA (Quartet)
AKINOLA, SEGUN

DOCTOR WHO: SERIES 11 (Silva)

ALIAGA, JORGE
 
ATONIA (Rosetta)
SHADOW GIRL (Rosetta)

ALLEN, MICHAEL
 
LAST DANCE (Dragon’s Domain)
ALLOUCHE, HARRY

AU BOUT DES DOIGTS (Milan - import)
AMAR, ARMAND

MIA AND THE WHITE LION (Milan - import)

AMARANTE, RODRIGO
 
7 DAYS IN ENTEBBE (Lakeshore)
ARNALDS, OLAFUR

PHILIP K. DICK'S ELECTRIC DREAMS (La-La Land) 
ARNOLD, DAVID

THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH (La-La Land)
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Film Score Friday 12/28/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/27/2018 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land plans to release a three-disc edition of John Williams' beloved, Oscar-nominated score for SUPERMAN in 2019. And according to Amazon, the label will be releasing a soundtrack for THE ORVILLE, Seth McFarlane's light-hearted homage to Star Trek, featuring music from the series by Bruce Broughton, Andrew Cottee, John Debney and Joel McNeely.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Aquaman
 - Rupert Gregson-Williams - WaterTower
Delitto Quasi Perfetto
 - Carlo Rustichelli - Digitmovies
Doctor Who: Series 11
 - Segun Akinola - Silva
Don Camillo
 - Pino Donaggio - Digitmovies
Fumo di Londra
 - Piero Piccioni - Beat
Once Upon a Time in the West
 - Ennio Morricone - Beat 

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Aisle Seat Christmas & New Year's Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 12/23/2018 - 9:00 PM
Chances are many of us have had long relationships with Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (149 mins., G) over the years on home video. From bulky, cropped VHS tapes – one of which I recall renting from our local Major Video to show in my 6th grade class – to the first widescreen presentations in Criterion’s laserdiscs, “2001” is a film that’s received endless video releases over the decades. While Warner Home Video’s 2007 Blu-Ray was certainly an upgrade on what we had available to us previously, the studio has one-upped that presentation in both Blu-Ray and now 4K UHD thanks to a stellar new remastering that presents a technical evolution for viewers in savoring the director’s 1968 masterwork.
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