Newest Major Reviews:.This Month's Most Popular Reviews: Best-Selling Albums:
. 1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
2. Moana
3. Fantastic Beasts/Find Them
4. Arrival
5. Doctor Strange
. . 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 March, 2011:





3/31/11Fantastic Mr. Fox: (Alexandre Desplat) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on the regular CD album if you desire a faithful representation of the music heard in the film, from the plethora of likable songs from many decades ago to Alexandre Desplat's extremely perky parody score.
Avoid it... if you expect the twenty minutes of Desplat's plucky, bouncing score on the only lossless product available for the soundtrack to heal your schizophrenia, for it achieves its aim in providing a manic atmosphere for the film's characters at the expense of a sane listening experience.
Rating:**   Read the entire review


3/29/11Broken Arrow: (Hans Zimmer) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you wonder what Hans Zimmer would write if given a Spaghetti Western, because Broken Arrow is his best merging of his passion for Ennio Morricone's music and his early Media Ventures blockbuster sensibilities.
Avoid it... if you love being pounded into submission by the overbearing staccato movements and bass domination of Zimmer's later action scores, a sound that eventually had very little do with the kind of instrumental nuances heard in this surprisingly well-balanced score.
Rating:****   Read the entire review


3/27/11Link: (Jerry Goldsmith) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... only if you require the ultimate tool of derangement (a bizarre and unlikely stylistic blend of Gremlins and Hoosiers) with which to plunder the sanity of your dwelling partner or repel possible mates.
Avoid it... even if you consider yourself a faithful collector of Jerry Goldsmith's 1980's scores, because Link is a rare circumstance in which the composer nearly ruined an already suspect film with a totally inappropriate score.
Rating:*   Read the entire review


3/24/11Battlestar Galactica: (Stu Phillips) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on the 1999 re-recording released by Varèse Sarabande if you only casually seek the highlights of the 1978 pilot episode, conducted by the composer himself and featuring vibrant sound quality.
Avoid it... on the 2011 Intrada series or 1996 4-CD promotional set unless you truly consider yourself a devoted fan of the original show and its music, because these presentations can be both redundant and overwhelming when considered in sum.
Rating:****   Read the entire review


3/21/11Mrs. Doubtfire: (Howard Shore) - All New Review
Buy it... if you need conservatively pretty, fluffy, and cheery orchestral ambience to improve your mood without any significant deviations over the course of forty minutes.
Avoid it... if you value the creativity in tone and instrumental application evident in other Howard Shore works, for Mrs. Doubtfire is about as streamlined as light romantic comedy and drama scores can be.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


3/18/11Surrogates: (Richard Marvin) - All New Review
Buy it... only if you specifically noticed the strong brass performances of the score's compelling title theme or its more harmonious synthetic ambience in the context of the film.
Avoid it... if you expect Richard Marvin to provide a truly unique sense of creative style in his symphonic/synthetic blend to match the technological intrigue of the concept.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


3/15/11Tropic Thunder: (Theodore Shapiro) - All New Review
Buy it... if you want the rush of an explosive action parody score, one that touches briefly and haphazardly upon so many stereotypes in film music that it'll make your muscles spasm and head spin.
Avoid it... if you value continuity or originality, because both are practically nonexistent by necessity in Theodore Shapiro's otherwise effectively wild music.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


3/11/11Little Fockers: (Stephen Trask) - All New Review
Buy it... if you seek a competent extension of the franchise sound established by Randy Newman as well as material nearly identical to Stephen Trask's own recent score for The Back-Up Plan.
Avoid it... if five to ten minutes of energized, jazzy highlights for this film's primary theme can't salvage over half an hour of largely standard parody procedures.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


3/8/11No Strings Attached: (John Debney) - All New Review
Buy it... only if you are an extreme enthusiast of either this movie or John Debney's predictably contemporary light drama and romance style.
Avoid it... if you see no upside to 27 minutes of mundane but functional and, in its thematic and instrumental applications, intelligent music on a fragmented score album.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


3/5/11Solaris: (Cliff Martinez) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if an extremely conservative and alienating combination of tone, instrumentation, and rhythm typical to the scores of Clint Mansell, Jon Brion, and Philip Glass is your ticket to deep, quiet, and meaningful contemplation.
Avoid it... if you have feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness, pessimism, emptiness, anxiety, or hopelessness, in addition to suicidal thoughts, appetite loss, fatigue, persistent aches, excessive sleeping, or loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex.
Rating:**   Read the entire review


3/2/11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I: (Alexandre Desplat) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you are a genuine enthusiast of Alexandre Desplat's trademark mannerisms and seek what is essentially a very strong compilation of the composer's best techniques in a variety of individual settings.
Avoid it... if you expect to hear Desplat create a cohesive identity of his own for this film or extend existing ones from his predecessors, a monumental disappointment in terms of the continuing continuity issues that plague the music for this franchise.
Rating:***   Read the entire review







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