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Filmtracks On Cue


On Cue for October, 2000:





10/31/00 - The #1 Most Overrated Score of the 1990s is a 1999 score by Don Davis... Read more about this score. As a recap: Filmtracks' October Theme of the Month list of the most overrated scores of the 1990s contains readily available titles by mainstream composers, and as the month progresses, more titles will be revealed, leading to the #1 most overrated score of the decade. Every three days in October, another entry in the list will be added, and a teaser for that score will appear in Filmtracks' On Cue. You might want to think twice before purchasing these albums... What's your list of overrated 90s scores?

10/30/00 - 1492: Conquest of Paradise: (Vangelis) --All new review-- "From somewhere in left field, this score comes. Never before has such great music belonged to simply the wrong film. In fact, this score comes so far from left field that it has left critics of film and music scratching their heads for almost a decade. All film scores are created for the sole purpose of complimenting their respective films, but in the case of 1492: Conquest of Paradise, Vangelis has managed to do just the opposite --an opposite that is quite difficult to obtain. With his synthetic and choral score for this film about Christopher Columbus and his discovery of the new world, he has produced a mass hit on the record store shelves and a completely inappropriate score for the film. It is no surprise that the album, with its surround sound new age contents, has sold incredibly well since 1992 while the film has gone largely forgotten by the international audience...." **** Read the entire review.

10/26/00 - The 2nd Most Overrated Score of the 1990s is a 1992 score by Danny Elfman... Read more about this score. As a recap: Filmtracks' October Theme of the Month list of the most overrated scores of the 1990s contains readily available titles by mainstream composers, and as the month progresses, more titles will be revealed, leading to the #1 most overrated score of the decade. Every three days in October, another entry in the list will be added, and a teaser for that score will appear in Filmtracks' On Cue. You might want to think twice before purchasing these albums... What's your list of overrated 90s scores?

10/24/00 - Welcome Entertainment Weekly readers! Filmtracks has been featured in the "Power Issue" (10/27/00) of Entertainment Weekly, and regular Filmtracks visitors have been discussing the review in the ScoreBoard Forum. For first time visitors, you can flip through our review listings for all titles from 1988 - 2000 or jump specifically to collectibles and rare items. As the review in Entertainment Weekly stated, one of Filmtracks' most popular features is the Viewer Ratings page, on which you can view how soundtrack fans like yourself have rated major scores during the past few years. For more info about this site, check out our wacky (and not to be taken too seriously) "about this site" page. Enjoy your visit at Filmtracks, and be sure to take a look at some of the other great film music sites listed on our links page!

10/23/00 - The 3rd Most Overrated Score of the 1990s is a 1993 score by Randy Edelman... Read more about this score. As a recap: Filmtracks' October Theme of the Month list of the most overrated scores of the 1990s contains readily available titles by mainstream composers, and as the month progresses, more titles will be revealed, leading to the #1 most overrated score of the decade. Every three days in October, another entry in the list will be added, and a teaser for that score will appear in Filmtracks' On Cue. You might want to think twice before purchasing these albums... What's your list of overrated 90s scores?

10/22/00 - Mark your calendars! On December 5th, the Varèse Sarabande label will release three scores of note. The most anticipated of them is an expanded, "deluxe edition" of Jerry Goldsmith's Total Recall. With over 30 extra minutes of previously unreleased score, this album will contain virtually every cue written for the film and extensive packaging and notes. Also released on the 5th will be a new "deluxe edition" of Goldsmith's Legend to coincide with Ridley Scott's recent restoration of the film (in which Goldsmith's score has now replaced the original "replacement" score by Tangerine Dream). Finally, Hans Zimmer's new score for An Everlasting Piece will mingle with a variety of songs on his newest album. Zimmer's music for the Christmas theatrical release is entirely Celtic, with traditional Irish styles performed by drums, fiddles, pipes and voices. For more information, visit the Varèse Sarabande site.

10/21/00 - The Rocketeer: (James Horner) --All new review-- "One of Horner's truly outstanding efforts, The Rocketeer is a bridge between his early, brass heavy scores and his more recent trend of the melodic string variety. The film is a whimsical account of a comic book hero in a pre-WWII era of adventure and innocence, with the very notion of a rocket propelled man bringing excitement to the comic and now the big screen. The film slacked off at the box office, but Horner's score continues to soar. It's too serious of a score to be classified along with Horner's great works for animated features, but it also has an undeniable touch of magic which reminds us that this is a Disney fantasy film. It is this tinkling of magic which makes The Rocketeer a score that can stand very well on its own..." **** Read the entire review.

10/20/00 - The 4th Most Overrated Score of the 1990s is a 1992 score by James Horner... Read more about this score. As a recap: Filmtracks' October Theme of the Month list of the most overrated scores of the 1990s contains readily available titles by mainstream composers, and as the month progresses, more titles will be revealed, leading to the #1 most overrated score of the decade. Every three days in October, another entry in the list will be added, and a teaser for that score will appear in Filmtracks' On Cue. You might want to think twice before purchasing these albums... What's your list of overrated 90s scores?

10/19/00 - Rudy: (Jerry Goldsmith) --All new review-- "A truly fascinating score, and an eventful entry in Goldsmith's career, Rudy has been the subject of much attention and discussion since its release. The film was a light, feel-good, true character story. Its highly predictable outcome and subject matter made it a sort of mockery for film critics to feast on. And although the film has its fair share of faults due to its simplicity, the score is no slacker. Jerry Goldsmith loves scoring films about adversity in sport; it's something he mastered with grace in Hoosiers, and it isn't surprising to know that Goldsmith was itching to score another Hoosiers-like film when Rudy came around seven years later. The resulting score for Rudy is an inspirational gem that has been used as the underscore for everything from the Academy Awards to the National Football League..." **** Read the entire review.

10/17/00 - The 5th Most Overrated Score of the 1990s is a 1996 score by Danny Elfman... Read more about this score. As a recap: Filmtracks' October Theme of the Month list of the most overrated scores of the 1990s contains readily available titles by mainstream composers, and as the month progresses, more titles will be revealed, leading to the #1 most overrated score of the decade. Every three days in October, another entry in the list will be added, and a teaser for that score will appear in Filmtracks' On Cue. You might want to think twice before purchasing these albums... What's your list of overrated 90s scores?

10/15/00 - Stargate: (David Arnold) --All new review-- "By the early 1990s, young British artist David Arnold had scored exactly one feature film: Young Americans. Having been impressed by that melodic score and more than willing to give a new, young artist a chance in the industry, director Roland Emmerich hired Arnold to score Stargate. So successful (and such a pleasant surprise for everyone involved with the project) was the score that the same collaboration would lead to such subsequent scores as Independence Day and Godzilla. Nobody was expecting Arnold to haul off and produce one of the most impressive ethnic sci-fi adventure scores of all time, but he did just that. His themes for Stargate would eventually appear prominently in the television spinoff series..." **** Read the entire review.

10/14/00 - The 6th Most Overrated Score of the 1990s is a 1999 score by Jerry Goldsmith... Read more about this score. As a recap: Filmtracks' October Theme of the Month list of the most overrated scores of the 1990s contains readily available titles by mainstream composers, and as the month progresses, more titles will be revealed, leading to the #1 most overrated score of the decade. Every three days in October, another entry in the list will be added, and a teaser for that score will appear in Filmtracks' On Cue. You might want to think twice before purchasing these albums... What's your list of overrated 90s scores?

10/13/00 - Batman Returns: (Danny Elfman) --All new review-- "So much promise, so little result. The original Batman score and film tore through the world with astounding financial, popular, and critical success, and the formula was seemingly set for a series of highly-anticipated sequels. And yet, even with Burton behind the camera, Keaton in front of it, and Elfman's score over the speakers, both the score and film were monumental critical and popular flops. At a casual glance, it's hard to say where Elfman went wrong with Batman Returns. For the winteresque setting of the plot, he introduced a new emphasis on a younger chorus and less classical orchestration. With the same haunting title theme entirely intact from the first film, in addition to Elfman's maturing handling of orchestral and choral elements, the score for Batman Returns promised to be one of the best sequel scores since the Star Wars and Indiana Jones series..." ** Read the entire review.

10/11/00 - The 7th Most Overrated Score of the 1990s is a 1996 score by a group of well-known composers... Read more about this score. As a recap: Filmtracks' October Theme of the Month list of the most overrated scores of the 1990s contains readily available titles by mainstream composers, and as the month progresses, more titles will be revealed, leading to the #1 most overrated score of the decade. Every three days in October, another entry in the list will be added, and a teaser for that score will appear in Filmtracks' On Cue. You might want to think twice before purchasing these albums... What's your list of overrated 90s scores?

10/10/00 - Filmtracks has received many questions about where the bootleg of David Arnold's Independence Day (recently reviewed on the site) can be purchased. There are three soundtrack specialty stores where you will want to check: Intrada Records, Screen Archives Entertainment, and SuperCollector. If you are interested in the double-CD set, I would highly recommend that you visit these stores with haste, because they are already running out of it. You can also, of course, search for the set on an online auction house like eBay, but you'll probably pay a lot more for it at those locations. Also be aware that there exist older bootlegs of Independence Day floating around on the secondary market (these albums contain more alternate takes than the recent mass-produced bootleg reviewed at Filmtracks). Be sure to read the expanded review for ID4.

10/8/00 - The 8th Most Overrated Score of the 1990s is a 1997 score by Basil Poledouris... Read more about this score. As a recap: Filmtracks' October Theme of the Month list of the most overrated scores of the 1990s contains readily available titles by mainstream composers, and as the month progresses, more titles will be revealed, leading to the #1 most overrated score of the decade. Every three days in October, another entry in the list will be added, and a teaser for that score will appear in Filmtracks' On Cue. You might want to think twice before purchasing these albums... What's your list of overrated 90s scores?

10/6/00 - The Closer You Get: (Rachel Portman) "You've got to love the spunk that Rachel Portman adds to these funky little romantic comedies... In this case, the film The Closer You Get is an arthouse sidestep into the lives of a group of small town Irish men who place an ad in an American newspaper inviting women to come join them at their town's annual St. Martha's Day Dance, and this, of course, stirs up the angst of the unmarried women in the town. At any rate, the local expert on scoring such films, Rachel Portman, throws in her upbeat, charming, and small-scale score to help the film along. With the popular and critical success of The Cider House Rules recently under belt, this score flips back away from her dramatic, string-dominated style and provides music that jumps from the speakers with provincial personality." *** Read the entire review.

10/5/00 - The Perfect Storm: (James Horner) "James Horner does a fantasic job in this score which is worthy of the name "Perfect". Many of the ideas that Horner uses in this score are some of the same ideas that he has always used. There are even some seconds of the score which stick out and you say to yourself, "That sounds like Apollo 13 or Willow." However fans of Horner (I really like Horner, but I am not an ecstatic fan) know that he will use the same sounds over and over. But this is OK because these sounds are pleasant to listen to. He does this in every score he creates. This soundtrack is "Perfect" because it does what every other composer does, but does it better. He takes the ideas which made him famous and added to them with new sounds, themes and familiar instrumentation. This is one of the best he has ever done, second only to Braveheart..." Read the entire donated review.

10/4/00 - The 9th Most Overrated Score of the 1990s is a 1995 score by James Horner... Read more about this score. As a recap: Filmtracks' October Theme of the Month list of the most overrated scores of the 1990s contains readily available titles by mainstream composers, and as the month progresses, more titles will be revealed, leading to the #1 most overrated score of the decade. Every three days in October, another entry in the list will be added, and a teaser for that score will appear in Filmtracks' On Cue. You might want to think twice before purchasing these albums... What's your list of overrated 90s scores?

10/3/00 - Filmtracks has received two e-mails requesting the identification of an underscore used by ABC during Monday Night Football's tribute to recently deceased Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Thomas. There were at least two such tribute segments aired by ABC during the Chiefs' game versus the Seattle Seahawks. We have confirmed that both segments used the same track from Gabriel Yared's 1999 score for Message in a Bottle. The three-minute track is titled "Where the Boundaries Are" (#11 on the album) and features an elegant, upbeat guitar performance. The same track has appeared during national television broadcasts before, including the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.

10/2/00 - The Prince of Egypt: (Hans Zimmer/Stephen Schwartz) "This is my favorite Zimmer score and I consider it to be one of the best scores for an animated picture in recent history. Track #6, "Goodbye Brother," is a very powerful and dramatic piece, heard in the film when Moses throws a guard from a building. The vocals by Ofra Haza in this track are haunting, and a highlight of the album. One grand track follows, "The Burning Bush". Opening with a female choir and soft electronic sounds, this track offers the noble and excellent "God Theme." I believe that this is the best theme Zimmer has written in his entire career. Zimmer's score (and some of Schwartz's songs) is very enjoyable and should appeal to most score fans out there..." Read the entire donated review.

10/1/00 - The October Theme of the Month identifies Filmtracks' choices for the 10 most overrated scores of the 1990s. Last month, Filmtracks provided the list of its Top Ten Most Underrated Scores of the 90s. The list inspired reactions ranging from pleasant surprises to casual indifference on the part of Filmtracks' visitors. This month, however, it's time to ruffle some feathers. The Filmtracks list of overrated scores also contains readily available titles by mainstream composers, and as the month progresses, more titles will be revealed... leading to the #1 most overrated score of the decade. Every three days in October, another entry in the list will be added, and a teaser for that score will appear in Filmtracks' On Cue. You might want to think twice before purchasing these titles... The first entry is a 1992 score by a duo of well-known composers. Read More.






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