Newest Major Reviews:.This Month's Most Popular Reviews: Best-Selling Albums:
. 1. Wonder Woman
2. POTC: Dead Men Tell No Tales
3. Alien: Covenant
4. Guardians of the Galaxy 2
5. The Fate of the Furious
. . 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 November, 2010:





11/30/10Patton: (Jerry Goldsmith) - Updated/Expanded Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on the 2010 Intrada 2-CD set to experience a comprehensive treatment of Jerry Goldsmith's original two recordings of this memorable but varied martial score.
Avoid it... on any of the presentations of Patton's original 1970 recordings if you demand resounding sound quality, in which case the outstanding, vibrant re-recording conducted by Goldsmith in 1997 is a satisfyingly faithful alternative.
Rating:*****   Read the entire review


11/27/10Alien Resurrection: (John Frizzell) - All New Review
Buy it... on the original 1997 commercial album if you desire only a sampling of John Frizzell's most impressive action and major thematic sequences for the film, adequate and workmanlike music not as memorable as previous scores in the franchise.
Avoid it... on the 2010 limited 2-CD set if you expect 95 minutes of music recorded by Frizzell for this film to sustain itself, because although that product adds some noteworthy references to Jerry Goldsmith's original ideas, the score on the whole may not be distinct enough to merit that length of presentation.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


11/24/10127 Hours: (A.R. Rahman) - All New Review
Buy it... if you desire a challenging score that competently emulates the aggressive brutality, somber desperation, and euphoric redemption on screen with A.R. Rahman's usual touch of unconventional instrumentation.
Avoid it... if it means cutting off your arm in order to acquire it, because only a small minority of the score and the original song co-written by Rahman are really accessible in an otherwise jumbled presentation of incongruous songs and deeply troubled score.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


11/21/10Fair Game: (John Powell) - All New Review
Buy it... if you like music that reminds you of the fact that government should make you feel uncomfortable, a sound competently conveyed by John Powell in this cold, prickly score.
Avoid it... if you value continuity of construct beyond just the instrumental palette, in which case this very light variation on the rhythmic movement and percussive slapping of The Bourne Identity will bore you.
Rating:**   Read the entire review


11/18/10Conan the Barbarian: (Basil Poledouris) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you seek one of the most powerful, robust fantasy adventure scores in the history of film music, especially on the incredibly faithful and resounding 2010 re-recording that will exceed your highest expectations.
Avoid it... on all the pressings of its original recording if slightly archival sound quality, questionable performances, and a difficult album situation outweigh your already marginal interest in the fantasy adventure genre.
Rating:*****   Read the entire review


11/12/10Lost (TV Series): (Michael Giacchino) - All New Massive Review
Buy it... on any and (more likely) all of the albums representing Michael Giacchino's immensely complex and impressive music for the concept if, as a fan of the show, you are able to understand and appreciate the development of his detailed associations contained within.
Avoid it... on all the albums except those representing Season Four and Season Six if you are only casually interested in beginning an exploration of the best music from "Lost."
Rating:****   Read the entire review


11/9/10Charlie Wilson's War: (James Newton Howard) - All New Review
Buy it... if you specifically enjoyed what you heard in the film, and especially if you seek James Newton Howard's exotic material for Afghanistan and his memorable adaptation of Handel's "The Messiah" into a battle cue.
Avoid it... if you have difficulty with eclectic scores that have no clearly cohesive direction, because the Handel piece so dominates the rest of this score's disjointed parts that it's not a particularly fluid listening experience.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


11/6/101408: (Gabriel Yared) - All New Review
Buy it... only if you're prepared to be blown away by how strikingly different the suspense portions of 1408 sound compared to everything you've heard before from Gabriel Yared.
Avoid it... if you think you can sit through the heavily manipulated, synthetically ambient half of the score and be in the mood for ten to fifteen minutes of Yared's more typically lush, orchestral tragedy mode.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


11/3/10Aliens vs. Predator - Requiem: (Brian Tyler) - All New Review
Buy it... if you appreciate Brian Tyler's brutally immense and frenetic action style that pounds and slashes with orchestral force in a film that didn't deserve such well-thought constructs.
Avoid it... if you expect to hear truly satisfying and clearly delineated references to the most memorable aspects of the scores from the two original franchises.
Rating:****   Read the entire review







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