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Aisle Seat 3-20: Lion in Winter, The Burbs Revisited
Posted By Andy Dursin 3/19/2018 - 9:00 PM
One of director Joe Dante's weaker films, the Tom Hanks “comic thriller” THE ‘BURBS (**½, 102 mins., 1989, PG) has managed to net something of a cult following over the years. Between Hanks’ involvement and the movie’s engaging premise, it’s easy to understand, though the finished product – sabotaged by a writer’s strike that prevented a much-needed polish to Dana Olsen’s script – is markedly uneven and seldom more than mildly amusing.
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Film Score Friday 3/16/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 3/15/2018 - 9:00 PM

 - Nino Rota - Quartet
 - Georges Delerue - Music Box
Feud: Bette and Joan - Mac Quayle - La-La Land
Love Story 
- Francis Lai - Quartet
 - Georges Delerue - Quartet
The Silence of the Lambs - Howard Shore - Quartet
Tomb Raider
 - Tom Holkenborg - Sony 
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Aisle Seat 3-13: March Madness Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 3/12/2018 - 9:00 PM
When Jim Henson passed away in 1990, the creator of the Muppets left us with only a few, fleeting glimpses into his potential as a purveyor of fantasy projects beyond the scope of Kermit and Miss Piggy. Henson only directed three theatrical features in his career: the second, and best, Muppet movie (1981’s “The Great Muppet Caper”); the epic fantasy “The Dark Crystal” (1982), which he co-helmed with Frank Oz; and “Labyrinth” (1986), a live-action fantasy, produced with George Lucas, that flopped at the box-office.
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Film Score Friday 3/9/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 3/8/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a remastered and resequenced release of Jerry Goldsmith's third and final score for the Rambo series, the fittingly titled RAMBO III.

La-La Land has announced some of their upcoming CD releases for the rest of the month -- on March 13, the music for the recent TV series FEUD, starring Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford and Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis, which earned composer Mac Quayle (Mr. Robot, American Horror Story) two Emmy nominations; and on March 27, Bear McCreary's score to the recent Netflix sci-fi feature THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX, on McCreary's Sparks & Shadows label.

The latest release from Music Box is an expanded version of Georges Delerue's score for director Philippe De Broca's historical drama CHOUANS!, starring Philippe Noiret, Sophie Marceau and Lambert Wilson.

This last Sunday, Alexandre Desplat won his second Original Score Oscar for Guillermo del Toro's Best Picture winner THE SHAPE OF WATER, while Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez won their second Oscars for COCO's song "Remember Me" (which apparently makes Robert Lopez the first person to win more than one Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony). More about this year's Oscars at the bottom of this column.

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Aisle Seat 3-6: March Mayhem Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 3/5/2018 - 9:00 PM
It’s hard to imagine there are many major studio films left from 1970 onwards that have yet to receive a home video release, much less one with talents like Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward involved. Twilight Time has unearthed one of them this month, at last giving the oddly-titled THE EFFECT OF GAMMA RAYS ON MAN-IN-THE-MOON MARIGOLDS (101 mins., 1972, PG) a domestic home video release 46 years after its theatrical debut.
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Film Score Friday 3/2/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 3/1/2018 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land has announced two new soundtrack releases this week -- the first-ever release of Brad Fiedel's score for THE ACCUSED, the 1988 courtroom drama (inspired by the infamous New Bedford rape case) which won Jodie Foster her first Oscar for Best Actress; and THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND, a two-disc set featuring music from the History Channel TV series, from composers David Russell Alfonso, Allan Paul Ett, Jeffrey Hayat, Michael Keely, James Lum, Dennis McCarthy, Patrick O’Neil and Giuseppe Vasapolli

Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.

This year's Oscars will be telecast this Sunday evening. I have included my own, highly inaccurate predictions at the bottom of this column, along with what I would personally vote for in parentheses. 

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CineRadio Top 20 for January 2018
Posted By Kristen Romanelli 2/27/2018 - 10:00 AM
The CineRadio Top 20 has been released for January 2018, highlighting music played on soundtrack music radio specialty shows, online radio stations and podcasts.
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Aisle Seat 2-27: Tom Jones, Darkest Hour
Posted By Andy Dursin 2/26/2018 - 9:00 PM
A movie that’s often cited as being both boldly influential as well as dated and overpraised, Tony Richardson’s TOM JONES (128 mins., 1963; Criterion) is a picture that’s hard to classify. Is it a legitimate classic that served as a springboard to a renaissance of British cinema during the 1960s – or is it a silly, overlong confection that holds more relevance to its era than it does today? Criterion’s painstakingly restored Blu-Ray conveys that it’s a little bit of both, though its legitimacy is certainly enhanced by a transfer that does this Best Picture Oscar winner justice on home video at last.
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Film Score Friday 2/23/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 2/22/2018 - 9:00 PM
Quartet has announced four new expanded score releases, all from Oscar-winning films: Howard Shore's brooding score for 1991's classic THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, the most recent film to win all of the "big five" Academy Awards (Picture, Actor, Actress, Directing, Screenplay); Georges Delerue's largely unused score for 1986 Best Picture winner PLATOON; Francis's Lai's 1970 Best Score winner LOVE STORY, featuring a remastered version of the orignial LP tracks plus a restored version of the film's score tracks; and a two-disc edition of Nino Rota's score for Federico Fellini's autobiographical Foreign Language Oscar winner AMARCORD.

The latest CD in Varese Sarabande's limited edition "We Hear You" series is a two-disc set featuring Peter Bernstein's music for the popular undercover cop TV series 21 JUMP STREET, which later spawned two smash hit comedy feature sequels and helped make Johnny Depp a household name.

Alexandre Desplat's score for THE SHAPE OF WATER won BAFTA's award for Original Music.

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The February Issue of FSMO Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 2/22/2018 - 2:00 AM
The February edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. In this month’s cover story, LUDWIG GÖRANSSON takes us to Wakanda with his score to Marvel’s BLACK PANTHER. Also this issue are remembrances of the late JÓHANN JÓHANNSSON; a look at the film music of the SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL, including HOWARD SHORE’S score for the upcoming THE CATCHER WAS A SPY, IAN HULTQUIST’S ASSASSINATION NATION, and more; CLIFF MARTINEZ rolls initiative for GAME NIGHT; a discussion between Mike Matessino and LESLIE BRICUSSE for the 50th anniversary of DOCTOR DOLITTLE; BRANDON F. MOORE beams us up with ALIENS ATE MY HOMEWORK; Cary Wong breaks down the OSCAR NOMINEES for Best Original Score; more embedded audio clips, and more.?

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Today in Film Score History:
March 21
Alex North begins recording his score for Spartacus (1960)
Alexander Courage records his score for the Lost in Space episode "The Mechanical Men" (1967)
Alfred Newman wins his seventh Oscar, his second for Score, for Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1956)
Antony Hopkins born (1921)
Gary Hughes born (1922)
Jay Chattaway records his score for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Journey’s End “ (1994)
John Williams wins his fifth Oscar, for his Schindler's List score (1994)
Miklos Rozsa begins recording his score to The Green Berets (1968)
Mort Lindsey born (1923)
Nicola Piovani wins his first Oscar, for Life is Beautiful; Stephen Warbeck wins the final Comedy or Musical Score Oscar for Shakespeare in Love (1999)
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