Newest Major Reviews:.This Month's Most Popular Reviews: Best-Selling Albums:
. 1. The Lego Batman Movie
2. Fifty Shades Darker
3. Hidden Figures
4. La La Land
5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
. . 1. Star Wars: Force Awakens
2. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
3. Titanic
4. Avatar
5. Nineteen Eighty-Four
6. Gladiator
7. Star Wars: A New Hope
8. Animal Farm
9. LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring
10. Harry Potter: Sorcerer's Stone
. . 1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
2. Fantastic Beasts/Find Them
3. Willow
4. The Ghost and the Darkness
5. An American Tail
Filmtracks On Cue


On Cue for December, 2010:





12/30/10Family Plot: (John Williams) - All New Review
Buy it... if you appreciate John Williams in parody mode, because this score's references to the composer's 1960's humor tend to overwhelm his foreshadowing of dramatic rhythmic techniques heard in Black Sunday and beyond.
Avoid it... if you expect to hear anything better than archival sound quality, an unfortunate downside of even this score's best possible presentation that diminishes the impact of its more resounding material for the story's villains.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


12/27/10Marmaduke: (Christopher Lennertz) - All New Review
Buy it... realistically only if you were unfortunate enough to sit through this film and were impressed enough by Christopher Lennertz's orchestral music in the last third to merit the redundancy of the entire 52-minute presentation on album.
Avoid it... if you believe that once you've heard one lightweight talking animal film score, you've heard them all, because Marmaduke doesn't try to disprove that notion.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


12/24/10Unstoppable: (Harry Gregson-Williams) - All New Review
Buy it... if you are incapable of overdosing on Harry Gregson-Williams' sufficiently technological and basically rendered, rhythmic thriller scores, regardless of the fact that they sound as though they were written by a composer clearly on auto-pilot.
Avoid it... if you expect a score for a film about a runaway train to use appropriately creative samples relating to the railroad or, more importantly, any propulsive sense of progressive acceleration to match the growing intensity on screen.
Rating:**   Read the entire review


12/22/10Resident Evil: Extinction: (Charlie Clouser) - All New Review
Buy it... in the context of the movie if you're deaf; that way, you can appreciate Milla Jovovich's conveniently displayed thighs without being subjected to Charlie Clouser's awful music.
Avoid it... if you are an evolved creature of at least marginal intellectual development and have thus transcended beyond the usual kind of brainless, industrial video-game music aimed at horny teenage boys.
Rating:*   Read the entire review


12/19/10United 93: (John Powell) - All New Review
Buy it... only if you can satisfy yourself with about five minutes of deeply engaging, full ensemble heroism with an effective, propulsive touch of dread.
Avoid it... if an otherwise mundane, ambient environment for basic gravity threatens to bore you as thoroughly as the plethora of similarly conservative scores for television documentaries and second-rate dramas.
Rating:**   Read the entire review


12/14/10The Social Network: (Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross) - All New Review
Buy it... if you have won the lottery, found your dream mate, got ripped abdominal muscles, hit the maximum allowable number of friends on Facebook, and need some morbidly disillusioning, hideously ambient electronic music to bring you crashing back down to Earth.
Avoid it... if the sun don't shine no more and you're proofreading your suicide note.
Rating:FRISBEE   Read the entire review


12/11/10Green Zone: (John Powell) - All New Review
Buy it... if you seek the thrill of John Powell's scores for the Jason Bourne franchise in an even more percussively abrasive and oppressively propulsive environment.
Avoid it... if electronically enhanced, perpetually slashing rhythmic force for over fifty nearly-sustained minutes, despite organic muscularity from strings and brass, is simply too overwhelming for you, especially considering the depressing thematic constructs necessary to enhance the sense of victorious corruption.
Rating:****   Read the entire review


12/8/10Let Me In: (Michael Giacchino) - All New Review
Buy it... if you are curious to hear Michael Giacchino's first entry in the horror genre, a very subtle exercise in quiet dissonance, long sequences of near silence, and fleeting expressions of troubled romance.
Avoid it... if you hoped for Giacchino to emulate the tender and alluring romantic tone that highlighted Johan Soderqvist's score for the original 2008 Swedish variation of this same concept.
Rating:**   Read the entire review


12/5/10The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: (Howard Shore) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on the 2007 complete set if you seek one of the best scores of the digital age of film music in a DVD-quality presentation that will, if you are properly equipped, stun both you and the people living down the street.
Avoid it... on the 2007 complete set if you do not use a surround sound system for your regular listening enjoyment and would prefer, in terms of content, the 72-minute 2003 album of highlights from the score.
Rating:*****   Read the entire review


12/4/10The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: (Howard Shore) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on the 2006 complete set if you seek one of the best scores of the digital age of film music in a DVD-quality presentation that will, if you are properly equipped, stun both you and the people living down the street.
Avoid it... on the 2006 complete set if you do not use a surround sound system for your regular listening enjoyment and would prefer, in terms of content, the 73-minute 2002 album of highlights from the score.
Rating:*****   Read the entire review


12/3/10The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: (Howard Shore) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on the 2005 complete set if you seek one of the best scores of the digital age of film music in a DVD-quality presentation that will, if you are properly equipped, stun both you and the people living down the street.
Avoid it... on the 2005 complete set if you do not use a surround sound system for your regular listening enjoyment and would prefer, in terms of content, the 70-minute 2001 album of highlights from the score.
Rating:*****   Read the entire review







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