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. 1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
2. Inferno
3. The Accountant
4. The Girl on the Train
5. Sully
. . 1. Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan
2. Willow
3. The Land Before Time
4. Glory
5. Legends of the Fall
6. Apollo 13
7. Titanic
8. The Legend of Zorro
9. Avatar
10. The Amazing Spider-Man
. . 1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
2. Wolf Totem
3. Mission: Imp. - Rogue Nation
4. Jurassic Park
5. The Martian
Filmtracks On Cue


On Cue for September, 2011:





9/29/11Sleeping with the Enemy: (Jerry Goldsmith) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you have a soft spot for Jerry Goldsmith's airy, delicate themes of innocence performed by solo woodwinds over lofty strings and tingling electronics, regardless of the genre in which they flourish.
Avoid it... if you prefer your thriller scores to actually thrill you, for the synthetic suspense material in this one is completely generic and unmemorable compared to the delightful beauty of the many lightly melodic portions.
Rating:****   Read the entire review


9/27/11Commando: (James Horner) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you are attempting to maintain a complete James Horner collection and dauntlessly tolerate his early rhythmic action style pounded on electronic pads and steel drums.
Avoid it... if you expect to hear a superior, orchestral paramilitary superhero score along the lines of Predator or Rambo, because there is some tongue-in-cheek disregard at work in Commando's cheesy music.
Rating:**   Read the entire review


9/25/11Elizabeth: The Golden Age: (Craig Armstrong/A.R. Rahman) - All New Review
Buy it... if you're eager to be slapped across the face by a ballsy and accessible score of immense size, a surprisingly engaging merging of techniques from two respected composers from completely disparate backgrounds.
Avoid it... if you expect to hear either anything stylistically new from Craig Armstrong or enough of A.R. Rahman's far more darkly seductive music for the collaboration in the film or on its album.
Rating:****   Read the entire review


9/23/11Monte Carlo: (Michael Giacchino) - All New Review
Buy it... if you continue to adore Henry Mancini's 1960's comedy jazz, a sound emulated with great affection and technical precision in this lightweight affair.
Avoid it... if you can only handle that dated Mancini style for short periods, because Michael Giacchino goes overboard with forty cues of short, haphazard parody tributes on a static, tedious album presentation.
Rating:**   Read the entire review


9/21/11Explorers: (Jerry Goldsmith) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you desire a whimsical, optimistic twist on Jerry Goldsmith's usual action style, joined by a handful of exhilarating statements of redemptive fantasy themes in the composer's trademark synthetic and orchestral blend for the era.
Avoid it... if you require a significant amount of symphonic meat to accompany your Goldsmith constructs for this genre, for the composer keeps the environment in Explorers airy, undemanding, and occasionally downright wacky.
Rating:****   Read the entire review


9/19/11Knight and Day: (John Powell) - All New Review
Buy it... if your appreciation of John Powell's espionage mode compels you to seek this lesser cousin of Mr. and Mrs. Smith, a basically adequate but surprisingly uninspiring continuation of the same basic idea.
Avoid it... if the interesting fusion of discordant musical genres and international instrumentation in a handful of snazzy performances cannot carry action material that remains non-descript until the impressive finale cue.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


9/17/11Battlestar 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


9/15/11Squanto: A Warrior's Tale: (Joel McNeely) - All New Review
Buy it... if you have long sought to expand your collection of Joel McNeely's lesser known, quality film music, because Squanto: A Warrior's Tale is an early but solid orchestral score in his career.
Avoid it... if easily digestible lyricism and predictable instrumentation for the topic are not alone worth the cost of the limited album given that the music may be perceived by some as anonymous in its wholesome approach.
Rating:****   Read the entire review


9/13/11The Black Hole: (John Barry) - All New Review
Buy it... on the 2011 CD album if you, like most film score collectors, have long considered this memorable John Barry score to be one of the unreleased holy grails of this genre of music.
Avoid it... if you expect the decades of hype surrounding this music, mostly caused by its absence on CD, to mean that Barry leaves his comfort zone for what amounts to an entertaining but highly derivative and arguably underachieving score.
Rating:****   Read the entire review


9/11/11Killing Me Softly: (Patrick Doyle) - All New Review
Buy it... if you're curious to hear Patrick Doyle's keen melodic and instrumental sensibilities repackage techniques from Bernard Herrmann, Jerry Goldsmith, and John Ottman's music for the thriller genre into an engagingly intelligent hidden gem.
Avoid it... if Doyle's sometimes overstated dramatic sense predictably conveys too obvious of a narrative for you, because he painstakingly emulates the wildly varied emotional state of the protagonist in this otherwise awful sex romp of a picture.
Rating:****   Read the entire review


9/9/11Last Embrace: (Miklós Rózsa) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on the 1991 Varèse album if you are a Miklós Rózsa completist and are interested in two of his final scores that are solid in sound quality and compositional merit despite exhibiting some flimsy militaristic material.
Avoid it... if Rózsa's lush Golden Age romanticism doesn't impress you regardless of sound quality, despite its understandable application to films of the 1970's and 1980's that were attempting to resurrect the best of the noir thriller generation.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


9/7/11Up: (Michael Giacchino) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if your heart was broken by the tragic whimsy of Michael Giacchino's theme for the primary couple in the context of Up, its combination of vintage jazz and waltz rhythms both affably light-hearted and remarkably intimate at the forefront of the film's mix.
Avoid it... if you expect the compressed, download-only album presentation of this score to do any justice to the dynamic range of the original recording, in which case you'd be better advised to seek the tardy 2011 CD album with identical contents.
Rating:****   Read the entire review


9/5/11Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End: (Hans Zimmer/Various) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if, once again, you have accepted Hans Zimmer's modern, trademark action style as viable for the swashbuckling genre and want to hear an intelligent merging of thematic ideas from all of the first three films in this franchise.
Avoid it... if you're simply tired of predictable, simplistic bombast with a synthetically enhanced bass in a genre it never matched in the first place.
Rating:**   Read the entire review


9/4/11Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest: (Hans Zimmer/Various) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... only if you accepted The Curse of the Black Pearl as a viable entry in the swashbuckling genre and seek a slightly more orchestral and jaunty version of the same general sound for the sequel.
Avoid it... if more tired regurgitation from The Rock and The Peacemaker and an overwhelmingly awful bass-heavy mix are the last things you need to hear in yet another film involving pirate ships and swordfighting.
Rating:*   Read the entire review


9/3/11Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl: (Hans Zimmer/Various) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you enjoy truly brainless film music that not only ruins the film for some viewers but also popularly ushered in an era of brute masculinity over style in the genre of swashbuckling music.
Avoid it... if you've already heard quite enough imbecilic regurgitation from the old Media Ventures production house of Hans Zimmer and seek intelligence, finesse, or savoir-faire in your high seas adventures.
Rating:*   Read the entire review


9/1/11Soul Surfer: (Marco Beltrami) - All New Review
Buy it... if originality is your desire, for rarely do you hear traditional Hawaiian chants beautifully integrated into an inspirational, instrumentally creative and occasionally robust dramatic score.
Avoid it... if the idea of hearing absolutely nothing resembling Marco Beltrami's usual mannerisms makes you nervous about exploring this surprising and tremendous expansion of his career into the realm of melodramatic, tonal beauty.
Rating:*****   Read the entire review







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