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Aisle Seat 8-21: Kino Lorber Rundown & Scream Madness
Posted By Andy Dursin 8/20/2018 - 9:00 PM
The fall of 1984 brought movie-goers three different pictures all related to the struggle of American farmers – one a period picture (Robert Benton’s “Places in the Heart”), the others contemporary pieces (Mark Rydell’s “The River” and the Jessica Lange/Sam Shepard drama “Country”) that even share identical sequences of farmers, unable to pay back their loans, having to suffer the indignity of seeing their equipment sold off at auction. Their politics aside, however, it’s interesting to note that the film that received more mixed reviews – namely, Rydell’s Sissy Spacek/Mel Gibson vehicle – is actually a notably superior film, offering a grander cinematic scale than COUNTRY (108 mins., PG), which mostly plays out in a slow-going malaise before its grandstanding climax.
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Film Score Friday 8/17/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/16/2018 - 9:00 PM

Accident Man
 - Sean Murray - Dragon's Domain
Advise and Consent 
- Jerry Fielding - Kritzerland
Firewalker - Gary Chang - Varese Sarabande
Giuda Uccide Il Venderi
 - Nico Fidenco - Kronos
Here We Go Again, Rubinot 
- Andrew Powell - Kronos
The Prisoner of Zenda - Henry Mancini - La-La Land
The Return of Swamp Thing
 - Chuck Cirino - Dragon's Domain
Slender Man - Ramin Djawadi, Brandon Campbell - Sony [CD-R] 
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Aisle Seat 8-14: August Assault Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 8/13/2018 - 9:00 PM
There’s a certain irony involved with Warner Archive’s long-awaited Blu-Ray release of SUPERGIRL (**½, 125 mins., 1984, PG) this month. Warner Bros. was supposed to release the film in the U.S. during the summer of 1984, but decided after seeing the final product that they’d be better off not to. Tri-Star – then a fledgling studio funded by the triumvirate of Columbia Pictures, CBS and HBO — then rescued the movie, but cut some 20 minutes out of the completed print and released it during a busy Thanksgiving season during which it was all but lost in theaters.
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Film Score Friday 8/10/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/9/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a greatly expanded, two-disc edition of Trevor Jones' symphonic score for the 1983 swashbuckler NATE AND HAYES, starring Tommy Lee Jones and Michael O'Keefe.

Varese Sarabande has announced a limited edition CD of Gary Chang's score for FIREWALKER, the light-hearted 1986 action adventure from director J. Lee Thompson (The Guns of Navarone), teaming Chuck Norris and Lou Gossett Jr.; the CD features the same cues as Varese's original LP.

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Film Score Friday 8/3/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/2/2018 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.

La-La Land has announced their planned slate of releases for August. On August 14th, they will release a two-disc set of Lorne Balfe's score for the just-released blockbuster sequel MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT, and the first soundtrack release of Henry Mancini's score for the 1979 comedy remake of THE PRISONER OF ZENDA starring Peter Sellers, the second in La-La Land's new "Universal Heritage Collection" partnership.

On August 28th, they will release an expanded version of John Williams' Oscar-nominated score for Steven Spielberg's 1998 WWII epic SAVING PRIVATE RYAN; a CD of Ramin Djawadi's music for the new Amazon TV series JACK RYAN, with John Krasinski playing the Tom Clancy analyst-turned-field-agent character previously played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine; and a two-disc LP of John Williams' classic score for E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL

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Aisle Seat 7-31: Twilight Time, Arrow Round-Up
Posted By Andy Dursin 7/30/2018 - 9:00 PM
Leading off Twilight Time’s summer roster of limited-edition Blu-Rays is Mark Rydell’s CINDERELLA LIBERTY (***, 1973, 116 mins., R), a flavorful character study of a sailor (James Caan) who falls for a troubled call girl (Marsha Mason) while on an extended “Liberty” pass.
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Film Score Friday 7/27/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 7/26/2018 - 9:00 PM
Next week, La-La Land will release a two-disc set of music from the 1988 TV revival of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, featuring music from episodes scored by Lalo Schifrin and Ron Jones. The label plans to release Lorne Balfe's score for the just-released sixth feature in the movie franchise, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT, on August 14th.


Dagora the Space Monster
 - Akira Ifukube - Toho (import)
The Equalizer 2 - Harry Gregson-Williams - Sony [CD-R]
Flowers II - Arthur Sharpe - Silva (import)
The Imperial Navy
 - Katsuhisa Hattori - Cinema-Kan (import)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: Complete Recording [re-release]
 - Howard Shore - Rhino
Mosaic - David Holmes - Touch Sensitive (import)
Puzzle - Dustin O'Halloran - Sony 
Varan the Unbelievable
 - Akira Ifukube - Toho (import)

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Aisle Seat 7-24: Shout Summer Showdown Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 7/23/2018 - 9:00 PM
James Cameron likely wishes that his inaugural directorial outing was somewhat more distinguished than PIRANHA II: THE SPAWNING (**, 94 mins., R), the in-name-only 1981 sequel to Joe Dante’s 1978 cult classic. While nothing to write home about, there are far worse cheapjack horror movies from the early ’80s available on video, and Shout! Factory has delivered a superb Blu-Ray of the film with one of its most satisfying catalog transfers in recent memory.
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July FSM ONLINE Is Now Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 7/21/2018 - 3:00 AM

The July edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. In this month’s cover story, CHRISTOPHE BECK ups the ante for his score to Marvel’s ANT-MAN AND THE WASP. Also in this issue, STEVE JABLONSKY scores the towering SKYSCRAPER; part two of Erik Heine’s JAMES NEWTON HOWARD BUYER’S GUIDE looks at the late ‘90s and early 2000s; an interview with the one and only LISA GERRARD about her seminal work on GLADIATOR; a concert review of

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Arthur B. Rubinstein 1938 - 2018
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 7/20/2018 - 9:00 PM
The principal research source for this obituary, particularly the Rubinstein quotes, is “A Conversation with Arthur B. Rubinstein,” by Randall D. Larson, originally published in CinemaScore #13/14, 1985.
Arthur B. Rubinstein was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 31, 1938. Rubinstein cited as his greatest youthful influences composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein, Klezmer clarinetist Naftule Brandwein (Rubinstein’s own grandfather), and baseball shortstop Phil Rizzuto (whom Rubinstein hoped to someday replace on the New York Yankees).  After attending the High School of Music & Art, he earned a Bachelor of Music degree at Yale University, where his friends included John Badham, the older brother of To Kill a Mockingbird’s young star Mary Badham.
For the early part of his musical career, Rubinstein worked largely for the stage, providing incidental music for such acclaimed theater organizations as San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater, the Williamstown Theater Festival, and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. He served as musical director for two Broadway shows -- Gantry, a musical version of Elmer Gantry starring Robert Shaw and Rita Moreno, which closed immediately after its opening night performance in 1970; and 1975’s Goodtime Charley, an original musical with Joel Grey as the Dauphin of France and Ann Reinking of Joan of Arc. He performed similar duties for stage musicals in Los Angeles, earning an L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for his work on a production of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music.
Rubinstein felt his theater scoring experience was the perfect groundwork for his later career: "It’s the kind of training ground that not many film composers have had. It starts you with certain kinds of constrictions, to begin with, because music in the theatre is not approached in the same way as music in films. First of all, because of the kind of instrumentation that you’re limited to, and also because you’re not dealing as much with the technical end of making music, you’re dealing simply with dramatics, with character delineation in music. You don’t have to provide that kind of musical glue around a screen that you often do in writing film music. It’s really down to essentials. That was, really, my beginnings as a film composer." 
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