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1/17/18 The Russia House   (Jerry Goldsmith)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you can avoid becoming clinically depressed by the most painfully stylish and longingly beautiful score of Jerry Goldsmith's long career.
Avoid it... if bittersweet music for jazz trio, string orchestra, and snazzy synthetic rhythms are simply too sparse in construct to inspire you.
1/10/18 A Fish Called Wanda   (John Du Prez)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you can't resist the funniest, most effective orchestral sex cue in the history of cinema, for John Du Prez highlights his otherwise breezy and predictable parody score with a Wagnerian humping cue that is alone worth the search for the album.
Avoid it... if less than five minutes of monumental symphonic glory is not worth the badly dated light rock that inhabits much of the acoustic and electric guitar-led romantic and crime caper material that dominates the remainder of the score.
1/4/18 Robot Jox   (Frederic Talgorn)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you smirk when hearing Frederic Talgorn's campy, romantic style of thematic development or the brassy fanfares that often accompany this particular genre's gladiator-like duals.
Avoid it... if the cheese factor in these simplistic B-film scores, including somewhat sparse and imprecise orchestral performances, is just too great to overcome.
12/29/17 Thelma & Louise   (Hans Zimmer)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on any of the various score-only album releases if you desire the defiantly beautiful, gospel-laced finale cue to go with the commercially available presentation of the famous "Thunderbird" suite from the score.
Avoid it... if you expect to hear more than eight to ten minutes of truly meaningful material in this work, because outside of the stylish guitar performances and that finale, there isn't much to impress on any full presentation of the short score.
12/24/17 Die Hard   (Michael Kamen)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... only if you are a diehard fan of the movie and seek one of its collectible albums in order to hear the music that Michael Kamen originally intended for the film before the recording was butchered in the final editing process.
Avoid it... if you expect the few moments of memorable, original material you recall from this soundtrack in context to compensate for an otherwise mundane composition and extremely unsatisfying sound quality.
12/20/17 The Haunting   (Jerry Goldsmith)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you seek Jerry Goldsmith's last truly accomplished horror score, overflowing with creepy atmosphere and chilling themes meant to put you at unease rather than outwardly scare you.
Avoid it... if you expect the score to offer the complexity of structure and explicitly frightening bombast of Goldsmith's classic horror scores from decades before.
8/25/17 X-Men: Days of Future Past   (John Ottman)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on either album release if ten minutes of inspired material with the franchise's first sense of thematic continuity is enough to justify an hour or more of dull underscore and derivative bursts of electric guitar-laden action.
Avoid it... if you expect this franchise to finally transcend musically, the concept continuing to languish with singular scores that do little to tie together the complex tapestry of its characters.
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