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Filmtracks On Cue


On Cue for December, 2001:





12/20/01 - The Blue Planet: (George Fenton) "Wildly popular in the United Kingdom, this eight hour long series of shows by the BBC Natural History Unit aired in 2001 after years of collecting breathtaking original footage to create one of the most comprehensive ocean wildlife films of all time. The ambitious project offers a look into nearly every element of marine life, and its spectacular cinematography has earned it both respect and popular success on the BBC. Three years ago, as the film was being assembled, the producers approached one of the foremost British composers of television and film, George Fenton, to compose the lengthy mass of music required for the shows. The event allowed Fenton the same opportunity to write for such a magnificent scope as he would for an IMAX project, leaving no instrument unused in an effort to adequately compliment the expansive elements of the sea. After the completion of the score, the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Choir of Magdalen College in Oxford were so impressed and enthusiastic about their own performances of the score that a live concert of music from the show was arranged...." **** Read the entire review.

12/19/01 - Jack the Bear: (James Horner) "Even as late as 1993, James Horner was still actively involved in smaller projects. At the time, his well known scoring assignments were mixed with several back shelf films which had shown promise in production, but which faded quickly upon release in the theatres. The film Jack the Bear was an example of such a project, with a reasonable cast, a serious subject matter, and a top flight composer on board. While it enjoyed moderate critical success, the film failed for a number of reasons, most of which related to the unnecessary move by the screenwriters to shake the story up with Nazi undertones and other violent and sufficiently scary scenes. For what was originally a heartfelt tale about a son saving a father from the depths of despair, the film was fragmented with too many sensational and unexplained twists. None of this, however, would ultimately help James Horner's score, which suffered an equally tepid response from film score fans...." ** Read the entire review.

12/16/01 - An American Rhapsody: (Cliff Eidelman) "An arthouse film that briefly gained international attention in the summer of 2001, An American Rhapsody is a character drama about a family torn apart by the political iron rule imposed upon Hungarians in the 1950's. The film hasn't yet maintained enough critical acclaim to propel it into mainstream awards status, and the score for the film by Cliff Eidelman has likewise faded into immediate obscurity. For Eidelman, An American Rhapsody is a return to the big screen that many of his fans had been awaiting for three years. His last feature film score and album release of his work was for One True Thing in 1998, and since that time, Eidelman has been occupying his time with television and concert pieces. Rumours as to why Eidelman has been left out of the opportunity to score a mainstream film have abounded, and some have scoffed at the small scale of An American Rhapsody. Nevertheless, Eidelman is back, and his touch for emotional writing with an orchestral ensemble has not been lost in that time...." ** Read the entire review.

12/9/01 - Ready to win a free CD? The December-January Cue Clue Contest is now under way! For the last contest, over a thousand contestants entered for twelve prizes, with winners from all around the globe. Filmtracks and Varèse Sarabande are proud to offer another ten prizes for this new contest. When you enter the contest, click the box in front of which of the following albums you'd like as a prize if you win: Shrek (this year's popular animation score by Harry Gregson-Williams and John Powell), Rush Hour 2 (Lalo Schifrin's exotic orchestral sequel score), American Outlaws, (Trevor Rabin's sction-packed score for snythesizer and orchestra), The Glass House (the suspenseful underscore by Christopher Young), or Ghosts of Mars (the newest John Carpenter entry). Listen to the Cue Clue Clips on the Filmtracks Cool Stuff page and give it your best shot. Remember, you only need to guess one of the three clips correctly to qualify. Good luck!

12/8/01 - Charlotte Gray: (Stephen Warbeck) "Scoring a host of European films and television productions, Stephen Warbeck is quickly rising as a popular composer in Western Europe. Even with his Academy Award win for Shakespeare in Love, it is taking a bit longer for that popularity to cross the Atlantic and catch on in America. For a project that was supposed to exhibit an original score at the heart of a film, Captain Corelli's Mandonlin turned out to receive a lower critical and popular response for Warbeck's score and the film as a whole than many had expected. Nevertheless, Warbeck's strong use of classical compositional style for considerable orchestral ensembles has continued to hold the curiosity of people everywhere who were introduced to his energetic work for Shakespeare in Love and have wanted to hear more of the same. Ironically, while Shakespeare in Love has set a template by which American fans might want to hear more, Warbeck's best known scores since haven't allowed him to explore that same comical line of writing...." *** Read the entire review.

12/3/01 - The November/December, 2001, Theme of the Month is an Audio Library Bonanza! When Filmtracks opened in 1996, it was a review site devoted only to textual content, and the number of audio clips with those reviews was limited to a sum of about 100. As part of the April/May, 2000, Theme of the Month, Filmtracks expanded the number of audio samples offered with its reviews to a total of 350, and created the library in which to list them. With the demand for audio samples always increasing, Filmtracks' November/December, 2001, Theme of the Month is devoted to the addition of 1,200 audio clips to Filmtracks, making it the largest and most eclectic film score audio library on the web. Each clip at Filmtracks is carefully hand chosen using our expertise of each score, which gives you a much better representation of the scores than the batch processed clips you often find at other sites. New clips are always being added, so check back for more!






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