Newest Major Reviews:.This Month's Most Popular Reviews: Best-Selling Albums:
. 1. Fifty Shades Darker
2. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
3. Moana
4. Fantastic Beasts/Find Them
5. Arrival
. . 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 October, 2012:





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10/31/12 Awakenings  (Randy Newman) - All New Review
Buy it... if you wish to place yourself in a catatonic state, in which case this innocuously inoffensive and pretty score on repeat for a week might do the job.
Avoid it... if you appreciate Randy Newman's feather-light touch when hearing his sensitive character themes but you also require interludes of deeper weight or much variation in tone throughout such scores.


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10/27/12 Three Newly Expanded Reviews Debut
Recently revised versions of the following reviews are now available:


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10/22/12 King Kong Lives  (John Scott) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on any album if you desire some of John Scott's best career adventure material, but especially on the 1997 bootleg if you seek a sampling of this superior music from several of his notable scores.
Avoid it... if you have no interest in engaging and massive orchestral action music, or if you're stuck on John Barry's score for the 1976 predecessor in the franchise and can't live without its themes.


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10/18/12 Black Rain  (Hans Zimmer) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you're curious to know where the action truly started for Hans Zimmer, Black Rain being the composer's first entry into a genre that eventually evolved directly out of the sound heard in this score.
Avoid it... on any album if you have no interest in hearing Zimmer's intuitively smart but not particularly well refined merging of Eastern solo instruments with his comfortably familiar rock-influenced tones.


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10/14/12 The Remains of the Day  (Richard Robbins) - All New Review
Buy it... if you desire one of Richard Robbins' few truly engaging and cohesive scores for a movie from Merchant Ivory Productions, this one generating more interest in its motifs and instrumentation than most of its peers.
Avoid it... if you demand a competent recording and mixing of your film music, this score absolutely butchered on its album presentation to such a degree that the bass region is completely mangled and distorted beyond recognition.


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10/9/12 Three Newly Expanded Reviews Debut
Recently revised versions of the following reviews are now available:


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10/5/12 Howards End  (Richard Robbins) - All New Review
Buy it... only if you specifically seek the traditional piano pieces heard prominently in the film, a stark contrast from Richard Robbins' tepid score for this tale of Edwardian entanglements.
Avoid it... if you have no wish to doze off unwillingly, an inevitable consequence of Robbins' extremely restrained orchestral score that meanders aimlessly without any warmth, personality, or sense of cohesion.


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10/1/12 The War  (Thomas Newman) - All New Review
Buy it... if you love the soulful vocal contributions to Thomas Newman's symphonic lyricism in Fried Green Tomatoes and desire a somber, more beautiful variation of that sound in the highlights of this score.
Avoid it... if Newman's experimental side often alienates you, because his use of striking specialty elements in the bass region for the dirty setting of America's Deep South here will be challenging to digest.







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