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Filmtracks On Cue


On Cue for February, 2012:





2/27/12 Gaku (Peak: The Rescuers)  (Naoki Sato) - All New Review
Buy it... if beautiful lyricism for orchestra and penny/tin whistle melts your heart without fail, Naoki Sato once again responding to the vistas of snowy slopes with melodic grace of immense resonance.
Avoid it... if you expect to hear Sato generate fresh new ideas for his suspense and action material in this circumstance, a functional facet of the work that does not rival the best of his prior efforts as well as the stunning melodic portions do.


2/26/12 Four Newly Expanded Reviews Debut
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2/25/12 Four Newly Expanded Reviews Debut
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2/24/12 Throw Momma From the Train  (David Newman) - All New Review
Buy it... if you were specifically impressed by David Newman's entertainingly quirky manipulation of Bernard Herrmann's suspense mode in the context of the film.
Avoid it... if a wild collection of sound effects (led by slide whistle), skittish woodwinds, mysterious harp and piano figures, and constant Herrmann borrowings in undulating strings on album could possibly make you contemplate killing someone.


2/23/12 Arachnophobia  (Trevor Jones) - All New Review
Buy it... on only the European album containing more score, fewer songs, and no dialogue if you seek a solid taste of an entertainingly eclectic Trevor Jones score that contains one of his most infectious title themes.
Avoid it... on the American album if you have no interest in beholding one of the most misguided and irritating soundtrack products in the history of the genre.


2/22/12 Being John Malkovich  (Carter Burwell) - All New Review
Buy it... if you don't want to live as Carter Burwell's normal self for fifteen minutes, for his music in this movie is uncharacteristically tonal, tender, and charming, a cleverly sinister and tragic approach to the demented personality of the script.
Avoid it... if you expect anything in Burwell's counter-intuitive approach to directly emulate the bizarre nature of the film's wacky plot, especially in the small doses available on album.


2/21/12 Predator 2  (Alan Silvestri) - All New Review
Buy it... if ten minutes of bravado in action and theme from the first score's glory can combine with a handful of Alan Silvestri's trademark, ballsy action rhythms to compensate for an otherwise challenging new atmosphere for this sequel score.
Avoid it... if you demand an even listening experience and brazen new identities, the album release for Predator 2 extremely disjointed and containing several completely unlistenable passages of percussive, vocal, and synthetic manipulation.


2/20/12 Mr. & Mrs. Smith  (John Powell) - All New Review
Buy it... if an overdose of Latin style from John Powell's spirited acoustic guitar and percussion reminds you of the carefree fun exhibited in the film's plot.
Avoid it... if you require any meaningful substance in your film music, because Powell missed a clear opportunity by failing to really enhance the comedic narrative flow of that story.


2/19/12 Four Newly Expanded Reviews Debut
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2/18/12 Four Newly Expanded Reviews Debut
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2/17/12 Wedding Crashers  (Rolfe Kent) - All New Review
Buy it... if you appreciate Rolfe Kent's ability to overachieve in these kinds of ridiculous romantic comedies, for Wedding Crashers maintains instrumental dynamism and melodic complexity beyond the call of duty.
Avoid it... if you always wither when you hear scores in this genre that inevitably gravitate back to standard orchestral drama of a light sappiness, though Kent does his best not to lose all the pizzazz with which he opens this score for the two leads.


2/16/12 Die Hard With a Vengeance  (Michael Kamen) - All New Review
Buy it... only if you can accept a very basic summary of this soundtrack on a hideously awful CD product that is missing nearly all of the most important original and traditional recordings made by Michael Kamen for this film.
Avoid it... if you're hoping that Kamen could exceed the quality of Die Hard 2 by providing significantly fresh original themes and structures for a director that basically precluded such a direction.


2/15/12 Die Hard 2: Die Harder  (Michael Kamen) - All New Review
Buy it... if you seek a more affordable album presentation of the same basic identity expressed in Michael Kamen's score for Die Hard, minus the classical and holiday song interpolations.
Avoid it... if a faithfully simple extension of most of the instrumentation and themes from the previous work, as well as an ineffective new villains' motif, deter you from a score overshadowed once again by the use of a prominent, existing piece of music.


2/14/12 Mouse Hunt  (Alan Silvestri) - All New Review
Buy it... if you seek a transcendent slapstick comedy score that remains fondly remembered because of Alan Silvestri's unnecessary but thankfully complex orchestral march for its titular character.
Avoid it... if you have little patience for spirited comedy music that tears through several genres and rarely stays rooted in any one sound long enough to appreciate each individual facet.


2/13/12 Vantage Point  (Atli Orvarsson) - All New Review
Buy it... if you adore the Hans Zimmer and Remote Control methodology of handling contemporary thrillers so much that you feel the need to pad that portion of your film music collection with another faithful regurgitation of that sound.
Avoid it... if you expect Atli Orvarsson to distinguish himself from his fellow Zimmer clones in this assignment whatsoever, his music almost robotic in its rearrangement of tired, stereotypical ingredients for this genre.


2/12/12 Four Newly Expanded Reviews Debut
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2/11/12 Four Newly Expanded Reviews Debut
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2/10/12 While You Were Sleeping  (Randy Edelman) - All New Review
Buy it... if you have always appreciated Randy Edelman's easily digestible romantic comedy sound and want to hear that simple and endearing orchestral and pop blend presented in one of its best forms.
Avoid it... if you are among the hoards of movie-goers seeking the songs from the film or look upon Edelman's characteristically simplistic themes and instrumentation for this genre with disdain.


2/9/12 In & Out  (Marc Shaiman) - All New Review
Buy it... as a heartwarming and affable extension of the movie's hopelessly optimist tone, Marc Shaiman clearly in his comfort zone for this spirited, dramatic comedy romp.
Avoid it... if any kind of unique variation on Shaiman's standard, fluffy techniques for wholesome orchestral writing is what you seek.


2/8/12 A Perfect Murder  (James Newton Howard) - All New Review
Buy it... for the eerie main title cue and nothing thereafter unless James Newton Howard's cold, ambient suspense techniques can do no wrong for you.
Avoid it... if you expect Howard to have taken any substantial chances in emphasizing the emotional swings of the film's intriguing plot beyond the usual, basic synthetic atmosphere, stock stingers, and understated orchestral motifs.


2/7/12 Fun With Dick and Jane  (Theodore Shapiro) - All New Review
Buy it... if you appreciate every instance in which 1970's funk is resurrected with enthusiastic zeal in a modern film score.
Avoid it... if, conversely, you hear funk in your nightmares and expect the contrived Latin and orchestral passages in Theodore Shapiro's score to save you from insanity.


2/6/12 Wild Things  (George S. Clinton) - All New Review
Buy it... as a faithful souvenir of the film, its sultry and seedy atmosphere representing the America's Deep South and the blatant sexuality of the plot with stewing, contemporary allure.
Avoid it... if you don't want the feeling that you need to take a shower after listening to thirty minutes of this rare blend of rhythmic sensuality and orchestral suspense.


2/5/12 Four Newly Expanded Reviews Debut
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2/4/12 Four Newly Expanded Reviews Debut
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2/3/12 The Grudge 2  (Christopher Young) - All New Review
Buy it... if you desire the best ten minutes of music that Christopher Young provided for this franchise, a better enunciation of ideas that were far more challenging in the first score.
Avoid it... if hearing originality is your primary goal, because other than a few Japanese instrumental accents, this sequel score is still extremely common to Young's standard methodology.


2/2/12 The Grudge  (Christopher Young) - All New Review
Buy it... only if you can accept Christopher Young's most understated and difficult atmospheric techniques for over forty minutes of aimless sound design and challenging, minimal melodic structures.
Avoid it... if you rely upon Young's characteristic habit of gracing his horror scores with at least a few minutes of gothic beauty, a lack of which here truly sinks this dispiriting music on album.


2/1/12 Back to Gaya  (Michael Kamen/Various) - All New Review
Buy it... if you seek a rousing tribute to Michael Kamen's career, a collaborative effort by his longtime associates to complete this animated fantasy score after his death with extensive adaptation of the composer's trademark mannerisms.
Avoid it... if you desire more than what plays in many regards like a compilation of concert recordings meant to honor the composer's memory, because despite the score's impressive saturation with nostalgic Kamen tones, its narrative flow suffers at times.







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