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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced this year's nominees for the Golden Globes, including the following film-music categories:

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE - MOTION PICTURE

DUNKIRK - Hans Zimmer
PHANTOM THREAD - Jonny Greenwood
THE POST - John Williams
THE SHAPE OF WATER - Alexandre Desplat
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI - Carter Burwell

BEST ORIGINAL SONG - MOTION PICTURE
 
“HOME” - Ferdinand - Music by Nick Jonas, Justin Tranter, Nick Monson; Lyrics by Nick Jonas, Justin Tranter
“MIGHTY RIVER” - Mudbound - Music by  Raphael Saadiq; Lyrics by Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq, Taura Stinson
“REMEMBER ME” - Coco - Music and Lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez
“THE STAR” - The Star - Music and Lyrics by Mariah Carey, Marc Shaiman
“THIS IS ME” - THE GREATEST SHOWMAN - Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul

CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Bandes Originales Des Films De Laurent Heynemann
 - Philippe Sarde - Music Box
Borgia: Season 1
- Cyril Morin - Music Box
Ferdinand - John Powell - La-La Land
Heaven Can Wait/Racing with the Moon
- Dave Grusin - Varese Sarabande
I, Tonya
 - Peter Nashel - Milan
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
 - Henry Jackman - Sony [CD-R]
King Kong Escapes
- Akira Ifukube - Cinema-Kan (import)
La Crime/Marquis
 - Reinhardt Wagner - Music Box
The Mark Snow Collection vol. 1
- Mark Snow - Dragon's Domain
Mindhunter - Jason Hill - Milan
Paddington 2 - Dario Marianelli - Decca (import)
The Rebirth of Id (concept album)
- Penka Kouneva - Varese Sarabande
The Russia House
 - Jerry Goldsmith - Quartet
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
 - John Williams - Disney
Stranger Things 2
 - Kyle Dixon, Michael Stein - Lakeshore
12 Monkeys: Season 3
 - Stephen Barton - Varese Sarabande
IN THEATERS TODAY

Azimuth - Sharon Farber
The Ballad of Lefty Brown - H. Scott Salinas
Beyond Skyline - Nathan Whitehead
Birdboy: The Forgotten Children - Aranzaju Calleja
Ferdinand - John Powell - Score CD on La-La Land
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
 - Henry Jackman - Sony [CD-R]
The Leisure Seeker - Carlo Virzi
Permanent - Craig Wedren
Star Wars: The Last Jedi - John Williams - Score CD on Disney
Wormwood - Paul Leonard Morgan

COMING SOON

December 22
Gook - Roger Suen - Notefornote
Mr. Robot vol. 4
 - Mac Quayle - Lakeshore
January 5
The Death of Stalin - Christopher Willis - MKVA (import)
Howards End - Nico Muhly - Milan (import)
Lady Bird - Jon Brion - Lakeshore
January 12
All the Money in the World - Daniel Pemberton - Sony (import)
Downsizing - Rolfe Kent - WaterTower
The Post
 - John Williams - Sony
Thief of Hearts - Harold Faltermeyer - Varese Sarabande
January 19
Phantom Thread - Jonny Greenwood - Nonesuch
24 Hours to Live - Tyler Bates - Varese Sarabande
January 26
Babylon Berlin - Johnny Klimek, TomTykwer - BMG (import)
Maze Runner: The Death Cure - John Paesano - Sony
February 2
In the Fade - Joshua Homme - Milan
The Mercy - Johann Johannsson - Deutsche Grammophon
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) - Randy Newman - Lakeshore
February 9
A Fantastic Woman - Matthew Herbert - Milan
Date Unknown
Casino Royale
 - Burt Bacharach - Quartet
A Christmas Carol
 - Nick Bicat - Quartet
Christmas with a Capital C 
- Erwin Wendler - Howlin' Wolf
A Common Enemy
- Alejandro Roman - Rosetta
A Dream Come True
- Javier Quilis - Saimel
Drole de Petites Betes
 - Bruno Coulais - Quartet
Jose Nieto 75 Aniversario
- Jose Nieto - Saimel
La Dolce Vita
 - Nino Rota - Quartet
LBJ - Marc Shaiman - Lakeshore
Lisa
 - Gabriel Yared - Caldera
Lovemaker
 - Armando Trovjoli - Beat
The Orphanage (re-recording)
 - Fernando Velazquez - Quartet
Queen's Messenger 
- Stelvio Cipriani - Kronos
Reallive
- Lucas Vidal - Rosetta
Salvatore - Questa e La Vita
 - Paolo Vivaldi - Kronos
Shadow Girl
- Jorge Aliaga - Rosetta
Snofall
 - Henrik Skram - Quartet
Sweet Smell of Success
 - Elmer Bernstein - Verve
Un Gatto Nel Cervello
 - Fabio Frizzi - Beat
Una Sull'altra/Non Si Sevizio Un Paperino
 - Riz Ortolani - Beat 
Vai Avanti Tu Che Mi Vien Da Ridere/C'e Un Fantasma Nel Mio Letto
 - Piero Umiliani - Beat
Yokai Monsters Trilogy
- Chumei Watanabe, Sei Ikeno - Cinema-Kan (import)


THIS WEEK IN FILM MUSIC HISTORY

December 15 - Gone With the Wind has its world premiere in Atlanta (1939)
December 15 - The Man with the Golden Arm opens in New York (1955)
December 15 - Alan Ari Lazar born (1967)
December 15 - Ennio Morricone begins recording his score for Days of Heaven (1977)
December 16 - Lud Gluskin born (1898)
December 16 - Noel Coward born (1889)
December 16 - Camille Saint-Saens died (1921)
December 16 - Marco Frisina born (1954)
December 16 - Adam Gorgoni born (1963)
December 16 - Recording sessions begin for Cyril Mockridge’s score for Donovan’s Reef (1963)
December 16 - Jerry Goldsmith begins recording his score for In Harm's Way (1964)
December 16 - Jerry Goldsmith begins recording his unused Timeline score (2002)
December 16 - Freddie Perren died (2004)
December 17 - Leo Erdody born (1888)
December 17 - Craig Safan born (1948)
December 17 - Winfried Zillig died (1963)
December 17 - Lalo Schifrin begins recording his score for Rhino! (1963)
December 17 - Don Ellis died (1978)
December 17 - John Debney records his score for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Pegasus” (1993)
December 18 - Joel Hirschhorn born (1937)
December 18 - Jean Musy born (1947)
December 18 - Maurice Jarre begins recording his score for The Last Flight of Noah’s Ark (1979)
December 18 - Out of Africa opens in New York and Los Angeles (1985)
December 18 - Ron Jones records his score for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Datalore" (1987)
December 19 - Paul Dessau born (1894)
December 19 - Robert B. Sherman born (1925)
December 19 - Galt MacDermot born (1928)
December 19 - Herbert Stothart begins recording his score for Northwest Passage (1939)
December 19 - The Thief of Bagdad premieres in London (1940)
December 19 - Recording sessions begin for Frederick Hollander’s score for The Bride Wore Boots (1946)
December 19 - Walter Murphy born (1952)
December 19 - Fred Karlin begins recording his score to The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1973)
December 19 - Elmer Bernstein begins recording his score for Going Ape (1980)
December 19 - Michel Magne died (1984)
December 19 - Roger Webb died (2002)
December 20 - Cyril Mockridge records his score for the Lost in Space episode "The Questing Beast" (1966)
December 20 - Alex North begins recording his score to The Devil's Brigade (1967)
December 20 - Jerry Goldsmith begins recording his score for The Red Pony (1972)
December 20 - Ned Washington died (1976)
December 20 - Jerry Goldsmith records his score for the Amazing Stories episode "Boo!" (1985)
December 20 - Richard Hazard died (2000)
December 20 - Arlon Ober died (2004)
December 21 - Derek Scott born (1921)
December 21 - Franco Micalizzi born (1939)
December 21 - Frank Zappa born (1940)
December 21 - David Michael Frank born (1948)
December 21 - Matthieu Chabrol born (1956) 
December 21 - Miklos Rozsa begins recording his score for Something of Value (1956)
December 21 - Eric Coates died (1957)
December 21 - Goldfinger opens in New York (1964)
December 21 - Thunderball opens in New York (1965)
December 21 - Frank Cordell begins recording his score to Mosquito Squadron (1968)
December 21 - Barry DeVorzon begins recording his score for The Warriors (1978)
December 21 - Waldemar Kazanecki died (1991)

DID THEY MENTION THE MUSIC?

OUR LITTLE SISTER - Yoko Kanno

"Because Kore-eda focuses on the minutiae of ordinary lives, his family dramas always risk shriveling into inconsequence, their wistful temperament sometimes hard to distinguish from sappiness. Composer Yoko Kanno’s piano-heavy arrangements lovingly underscore what occurs onscreen, although the music can occasionally tip over into mawkishness. And those familiar with Kore-eda’s recent films will recognize recurring themes of generational divide and romantic uncertainty."
 
Tim Grierson, Paste Magazine
 
"It’s perhaps his source material and its particular genre that make the film seem oddly mawkish by Kore-eda’s usual standards. Given his record, you would assume this to be an adult film about adult concerns -- it did, after all, compete in Cannes last year -- but on a stylistic level, at least, it seems partly to be playing to a younger audience, the readership of the original manga. Hence its playing up of immediate emotiveness both in its content and in a lush, assertively heart-lifting score by Yoko Kanno. Visually, the film easily flips into a register of youthful euphoria—as in the scene where Suzu is taken on a bike ride through a tunnel of white cherry blossoms as she tilts back her head in rapture. It’s no doubt also because of the manga series that certain, possibly familiar characters drop in and out, briefly giving hints of their biographies, but mainly passing through to give Suzu their blessing. Among them, a seafood café owner played by the character actor Lily Franky (he’s also seen in 'After the Storm' and Kore-eda’s 2013 'Like Father, Like Son') and best of all, livening up the film with her cantankerous presence, the doyenne Kirin Kiki as a testy but tender great aunt (she also steals the show in 'After the Storm' and brought a dash of edge to Naomi Kawase’s otherwise insipid 'Sweet Bean')."
 
Jonathan Romney, Film Comment
 
"The movie's only false note is Koreeda's repeated use of swelling strings and schmaltzy piano to underscore the more touching moments; the storytelling and the performances are subtle and dignified, yet the soundtrack is trite and grating. Because Koreeda trusts the viewer to draw his own conclusions about the sisters in every other way, it's puzzling that he would fall back on a cheap, emotionally manipulative score. But the strings and ivories eventually fade, which allows the sisters' story to fill the room like the fragrances of opened jars."
 
Dmitry Samarov, Chicago Reader

"Craft contributions, as expected of a Kore-eda film, is superb in an entirely unostentatious way. Especially worth noting is Yoko Kanno’s music, whose dulcet melodies and classical edge has a softening effect on the helmer’s usually austere tone. Lenser Mikiya Takimoto ('Like Father, Like Son') captures the genteel charm of Kamakura while filtering out its more touristy spots; his pristine visuals, enhanced by an elegant color palette of blue, gray and olive, has none of the artificial glossiness suggested by his long career in commercials. However, some of the framing, notably the sisters’ upright poses and profile shots, strain to reference Ozu’s compositions. Kore-eda’s professed homage to the master of family drama (a longtime Kamakura resident) feels a little superficial compared with 'Still Walking,' which captures Ozu’s spirit rather than rigidly adhering to his technique."
 
Maggie Lee, Variety

THE NEXT TEN DAYS IN L.A.

Screenings of older films, at the following L.A. movie theaters: AMPASAmerican Cinematheque: AeroAmerican Cinematheque: EgyptianArclightLACMALaemmleNew BeverlyNuart and UCLA.

December 15
EL LUGAR SIN LIMITES (Joaquin Gutierrez Heras, Jose Padilla) [UCLA]
KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE (Joe Hisaishi) [Nuart]
RESERVOIR DOGS [New Beverly]
A STAR IS BORN  (Ray Heindorf) [Cinematheque: Aero]
VICTOR/VICTORIA (Henry Mancini), MURPHY'S ROMANCE  (Carole King) [New Beverly]

December 16
NIGHT AND THE CITY (Franz Waxman) [UCLA]
SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS (MIlton Delugg) [New Beverly]
THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Richard Rodgers, Irwin Kostal) [Cinematheque: Aero]
TAXI ZUM KLO (Hans Wittstatt) [New Beverly]
TO ALL A GOODNIGHT, ELVES (Vladimir Horunzhy) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
VICTOR/VICTORIA (Henry Mancini), MURPHY'S ROMANCE  (Carole King) [New Beverly]

December 17
THE MALTESE FALCON (Adolph Deutsch), THE BLACK BIRD (Jerry Fielding) [New Beverly]
SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS (MIlton Delugg) [New Beverly]
WHITE CHRISTMAS (Irving Berlin, Joseph J. Lilley), HOLIDAY INN (Irving Berlin, Robert Emmett Dolan) [Cinematheque: Aero]

December 18
THE MALTESE FALCON (Adolph Deutsch), THE BLACK BIRD (Jerry Fielding) [New Beverly]
MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (Cyril B. Mockridge) [AMPAS]

December 19
BLACK CHRISTMAS (Carl Zittrer), SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT (Perry Botkin Jr.) [New Beverly]
RIDE THE PINK HORSE (Frank Skinner) [LACMA]

December 20
AUNTIE MAME (Bronislau Kaper) [Cinematheque: Aero]
THE CHILDREN'S HOUR (Alex North) [New Beverly]
GREMLINS (Jerry Goldsmith), GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH (Jerry Goldsmith) [New Beverly]

December 21
BAD SANTA (David Kitay), TRADING PLACES (Elmer Bernstein) [Cinematheque: Aero]
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (Georges Auric) [New Beverly]
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (Dimitri Tiomkin) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL (Paul Williams, Miles Goodman), SCROOGED (Danny Elfman) [New Beverly]
WATERWORLD (James Newton Howard) [Laemmle NoHo]

December 22
ELF (John Debney) [Cinematheque: Aero]
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (Dimitri Tiomkin), A CHRISTMAS STORY (Paul Zaza) [New Beverly]
RESERVOIR DOGS [New Beverly]

December 23
CHRISTMAS EVIL (Don Christensen, Joel Harris, Julia Heyward) [New Beverly]
ELF (John Debney) [New Beverly]
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (Dimitri Tiomkin) [Cinematheque: Aero]
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (Dimitri Tiomkin), A CHRISTMAS STORY (Paul Zaza) [New Beverly]
JINGLE ALL THE WAY (David Newman), DIE HARD (Michael Kamen) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]

December 24
DIE HARD (Michael Kamen), DIE HARD 2 (Michael Kamen) [New Beverly]
ELF (John Debney) [New Beverly]
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