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, 2012:





3/30/12 Predator  (Alan Silvestri) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you seek one of Alan Silvestri's most enduring and memorable scores, led by an extremely catchy percussive rhythm highlighting the score's menacingly primal thematic ideas.
Avoid it... if any horror score without grand, fluid themes, and especially one with a driving militaristic personality, isn't worth the price of any of its albums.


3/26/12 Speed  (Mark Mancina) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on any album if solid action scores excite you despite their somewhat underdeveloped electronic rendering, or if you wish to hear Mark Mancina's major action debut on the big stage.
Avoid it... if you prefer the more established and matured Media Ventures-related sound that would develop from this mould for action films a few years after Speed, in which case Mancina's own Speed 2: Cruise Control is a better place to start in this franchise.


3/23/12 Planet of the Apes  (Danny Elfman) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you expect a fair amount of chest-thumping aggression from the percussion and brass sections in a largely dissonant stew of brutally rhythmic stomping.
Avoid it... on the original commercial album if you demand a well-rounded presentation of the music actually heard in the film (some of which had not been written as of the product's assembly), in which case the outstanding, three-CD set of 2012 should be your goal.


3/20/12 Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country  (Cliff Eidelman) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you're tired of the formulaic habits of the scores in the Star Trek film franchise and seek a truly unique, melodramatic sound that perfectly matches the menacing tone and excellent pacing of the film's narrative.
Avoid it... on the original commercial album if you desire the roughly fifteen minutes of material in the film and its trailer that was omitted from that product, some of which quite noteworthy for enthusiasts of Cliff Eidelman's intriguingly intelligent score.


3/17/12 Four Newly Expanded Reviews Debut
Recently revised versions of the following reviews are now available:


3/14/12 Sweet Home Alabama  (George Fenton) - All New Review
Buy it... if five minutes of pretty, sentimental highlights for orchestra and acoustic guitar from George Fenton are enough to justify an otherwise rowdy and inconsistent blast of bluegrass and comedy spirit.
Avoid it... if you have no interest in hearing the British composer take a wild stab at humorous bluegrass outbursts, despite his success in producing several truly wild cues that perhaps unintentionally poke fun at the culture of America's Deep South.


3/9/12 Wilde  (Debbie Wiseman) - All New Review
Buy it... if you never fail to be impressed by grandiose expressions of melodramatic tragedy, Debbie Wiseman's immense orchestral presence for this biography a gripping reflection of the tortured beauty of life as seen by the titular character.
Avoid it... if you can't stand being pummeled by symphonic melancholy that hammers home its demeanor with little variation during its entire, lovely but tiring length.


3/3/12 Filmtracks announces its 2011 award nominees and winners
Filmtracks celebrates the best film music of 2011 with its annual nominees and winners in the categories of "Top Film Scores," "Top Composers," and "Top Film Cues." The nominees for "Top Film Scores" in 2011 are:







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