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Trouble With the Curve
(2012)
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Composed by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Co-Orchestrated by:
Rossano Galante
Dennis Smith
Jim Honeyman

Produced by:
Buck Sanders
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(October 16th, 2012)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if pretty and innocuous filler material is sufficient for your tastes, Marco Beltrami content to play this low-key assignment very safe.

Avoid it... if you expect a dramatic improvement over Clint Eastwood's own, insufferably boring compositional capabilities, for Beltrami's music also struggles to achieve warmth and enthusiasm.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,328
WRITTEN 9/20/12
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Trouble With the Curve: (Marco Beltrami) After starring solely in films he had directed for nearly 20 years, Clint Eastwood handed the helm over to his longtime producer, Robert Lorenz, and chose to only play the lead in 2012's Trouble With the Curve. Eastwood does his best snarling old coot routine in this baseball and family story, taking the grumpy old man persona to potentially obnoxious levels. It is fitting that the actor soiled his reputation and damaged the already-shaky campaign of Mitt Romney for America's president at the Republican National Convention not long before the debut of this film. After talking to an empty chair in front of millions at that venue, he opens Trouble With the Curve by having a conversation with his malfunctioning, unresponsive penis (in this case, though, an invisible Barack Obama seems absent from the equation). He later talks to his car and other inanimate objects in this film, completing the real-life sideshow theatrics. As a scout for the Atlanta Braves, Eastwood's lead is losing his eyesight and therefore his ability to find talent. Refusing to use a computer doesn't help. With the assistance of his daughter (Amy Adams), a former recruit and now fellow scout (Justin Timberlake), and a sympathetic boss with the club (John Goodman), the old scout takes one last assignment to find a good prospect. Ultimately, as you would expect, the movie is more about the healing of familial relations than baseball, and a certain amount of unrealistic sappiness is inevitable. The film did not meet with immediately favorable reviews from critics who have grown tired of Eastwood's growling and the script's formulaic character scenarios. For composer Marco Beltrami, Trouble With the Curve represented yet another opportunity to shake his reputation as an artist stereotyped into the horror and science fiction genres. To this end, he had succeeded with overwhelming results for the small-scale, religiously-conscious Soul Surfer in 2011, yielding incredibly effective and emotionally dramatic music that lifted the film enormously and stood among the best scores of the year. The same affirming personality exists in Trouble With the Curve , but it becomes clear from the start of the 2012 work that the filmmakers opted not to allow Beltrami's score to play such a pivotal role in enhancing the narrative. The result is at times a pretty and innocuous pleasure but ultimately an inconsequential dramatic effort that struggles to assert its identity until the very end.

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Average: 2.55 Stars
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*** 29 3 Stars
** 29 2 Stars
* 25 1 Stars
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You make me laugh, Christian.
Jockolantern - November 3, 2012, at 12:47 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 42:31
• 1. Good Mornin' Gus (1:48)
• 2. Flanagan (0:55)
• 3. Late Night Call (0:53)
• 4. Beautiful North Carolina (1:45)
• 5. Bo's Homer (2:35)
• 6. Mickey's Home Run (1:47)
• 7. Another Hit (2:50)
• 8. Post Clogging (0:56)
• 9. Walking and Talking (1:16)
• 10. Ballgame (0:48)
• 11. Wilson at Bat (3:11)
• 12. Off the Case (1:19)
• 13. He'll Wait (3:58)
• 14. They Choose Bo (1:32)
• 15. Horse With No Name (2:50)
• 16. Get on the Bus, Gus (1:19)
• 17. The Real Deal (3:12)
• 18. Trouble With the Curve (4:29)
• 19. Not All I've Got (2:04)
• 20. On My Way - performed by The Neighbors and Greg Camp (3:09)

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