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Filmtracks On Cue


On Cue for August, 2006:





8/29/06Major Filmtracks Revisions Nearing Completion
Filmtracks is finishing the changes to its content, layout, and interactive features that were scheduled for completion in 2006. The upgrades to the interactive features and layouts throughout the site are the most significant changes since 2002, and no further alterations are expected within the next few years. The bugs in the software for the Scoreboard, as well as the comment areas and voting booths on the reviews, have been ironed out. The "news" section has been turned into a "site status" section.

The format of the home page, including teasers of Scoreboard and site status posts, is also refreshed; On Cue entries will now feature the "Filmtracks Recommends" statements from the reviews rather than a portion of the reviews themselves. The Audio Library has been automated (with a new layout as well), and the only remaining significant project for Filmtracks is the transfer of all audio samples out of Real Audio (due to lack of continued Real encoder support for Mac's OS X).

The updating/expanding of old Filmtracks reviews will continue, however. All of the legacy reviews at the site (original 1996-1997 reviews that debuted with the site) are now revised, and the next oldest 400+ reviews are also in the process of revision. You'll see each of these announced "On Cue" on the home page. Look for the emphasis of the site to continue to be on these rewrites in the coming two years. Your feedback is always welcomed on the Scoreboard!


8/25/06 - In the Army Now: (Robert Folk) --Expanded Review-- "For fans of composer Robert Folk, films like In the Army Now are exactly the variety of trash to be cursed... the trash for which Folk has seemingly become accustomed to writing overachieving music. The 1994 embarrassment starred comedian Pauly Shore who, upon being bored and unemployed, joins the Army Reserves and immediately gravitates towards other misfits who will eventually make up a water purification team. When a crisis breaks out with Libya, these buddies are put in harm's way, and, not surprisingly, nothing bad happens to them. The film, written by no less than eight screenwriters, including director Daniel Petrie, Jr., seems to have lost all individuality in the editing process, leaving the film as a tool with which to connect stupid physical comedy by Pauly Shore himself. The film received its due thrashing by critics and has since disappeared, much like its lead comedian. One interesting point about In the Army Now were small protests by Arab communities..." ** Read the entire review.

8/22/06 - Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time: (Robert Folk) --Expanded Review-- "You really have to wonder what original "Beastmaster" novelist Andre Norton thinks of the wretched path this concept has taken through theatres and cable television over a two-decade span. With the original Beastmaster film (which was among the many fantasy adventure follow-ups to the surprising popularity of Conan the Barbarian) enjoying a significant second life on cable television, it was decided to haul a now aging Marc Singer into his title role on the big screen once again in the early 1990's, hoping (successfully, as fate would have it), that the film would rake in similar cash on cable. Halfway along that road to rebirth (not to mention another sequel after this, and a television series), the film stayed in the theatres just long enough to receive an appropriately brutal slashing from critics, who didn't need much intelligence to notice all the ways in which corners were cut to meet a smaller production budget...." **** Read the entire review.

8/19/06 - Toy Soldiers: (Robert Folk) --Expanded Review-- "Among the tragedies in modern film scoring has been the career of composer Robert Folk, whose work has qualified him for assignments far better than those he has received. Composing and conducting dozens of film scores since the early 1980's, Folk's career began to be noticed by film score collectors in the early 1990's, when several of his better known scores began appearing on the Intrada Records label. In the public eye, his longest-standing affiliation in film scoring has been with Police Academy and its numerous sequels and spin-offs. His output continues past 2000 with more B-rate comedy and action films, including Kung Pow: Enter the Fist and its sequel, with some his other works confined by the small screens of television or video projects. A promotional compilation of his usually overachieving orchestral scores has been a hot item for ten years. Meanwhile, Folk also continues his writing for concert works, conducting several of the most famous ensembles in the world...." **** Read the entire review.

8/15/06 - Red Sonja/Bloodline: (Ennio Morricone) --Expanded Review-- "It was with great fortune that composer Basil Poledouris was able avoid an assignment on Dino de Laurentiis' Red Sonja in 1985, though Arnold Schwarzenegger wasn't as fortunate. The actor was contractually bound to appear in three Conan films, but by 1985, Schwarzenegger's career was headed elsewhere and the stunningly poor quality of Conan the Destroyer was enough of a deterrent for anyone. Amazingly, director Richard Fleischer from the failed sequel was brought back for a third installment of adventure from Robert E. Howard's Hyborian Age, and to satisfy the reluctant Schwarzenegger, the contract for another Conan film was dissolved in return for the Austrian appearing in a supporting role in Red Sonja. While the Red Sonja character never appeared in Howard's novels, she was a spin-off character written by David C. Smith and Richard L. Tierney in their six Red Sonja novels "based on Howard's Hyborian Age" in the early 1980's..." *** Read the entire review.

8/12/06 - Wolf: (Ennio Morricone) --Expanded Review-- "With a $70 million budget that would reunite director Mike Nichols with actor Jack Nicholson and cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno, Wolf explored the intriguing idea of inserting a classic monster movie fable into the world of corporate politics. After being bitten by a werewolf, a senior editor of a publishing company (good old Jack, of course) exacts his revenge against the rich investor that fires him from his post and the yuppie rat-like replacement who taunts him. Pairing up with the daughter of the investor who will befriend any enemy of her father, Nicholson and Michelle Pfeiffer present a "beauty and the beast" scenario of convenient romance despite the looming suspense of Nicholson's transformation. The film succeeded in its first half, when animal instincts provide the title character with an uncanny ability to stir up trouble in the human world, though the film devolved considerably..." ** Read the entire review.

8/9/06 - Samantha: (Joel McNeely) --Expanded Review-- "Among the plethora of other suburban family-related films of the late 1980's and early 1990's that attempted the delicate balance between insightful drama and wicked comedy, Samantha remains an anonymous entry. The heroine of the story discovers on her 21st birthday that she was left on the doorstep of her adopted parents' home as an infant. She had been the terror of the neighborhood all her life, enacting stunts that would drive any parent or neighbor insane, and she becomes worse after she makes her major discovery. The girl (Samantha, of course) launches a search for her biological parents, and in unlikely circumstances, finally confronts them in an awkwardly bizarre scene. Relevant to film music fans is the fact that girl is phenom on the violin, and a young neighbor is an aspiring cellist, allowing for several performance scenes in the film that required classical source music to be applied. The problem with the overall equation..." ** Read the entire review.

8/6/06 - Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire: (Joel McNeely) --Expanded Review-- "There was a time in the early 1990's when die-hard Star Wars fans had gotten wind of a second trilogy of films in the franchise, and enough time had passed since Return of the Jedi that they were practically frothing at the mouth in anticipation. With The Phantom Menace still several years away, fans were treated at the time to the first novels authorized to take place in the Star Wars universe, and as their popularity continued to grow, Lucas and his creative teams decided on an unprecedented event to take place in 1996. They chose one of the novels to adapt into a video game and commissioned a fully orchestral score to accompany it. Their choice was Shadows of the Empire, a story that takes place in between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, with the rebels on the run, Han Solo lost, and Luke attempting to come to grips with his newfound family member...." **** Read the entire review.

8/1/06 - Filmtracks has expanded its Scoreboard Forum to include several new features and layout options. Its default display still exists in the old-fashioned threaded, single-message form, however you can change its display to mirror the look of more current "boxy" message boards you typically see on the web. Messages at the old forum (from 2000 to 2006) have been archived and all post counts have been reset. Your profiles and avatars will carry over to the new board, and any user of the previous Scoreboard should have no trouble learning the features of the new board. The comment areas on each of Filmtracks' reviews will soon be adapted to a similar format, though the existing threads and messages in those forums will remain active. If you haven't visited the Scoreboard in a while, now's the time to check it out!






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