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Aisle Seat 1-17: THE LOVE BOAT's Winter Cruise
Posted By Andy Dursin 1/16/2017 - 9:00 PM
The best way for me to explain my fondness for THE LOVE BOAT is to flashback to my review of Season 1 of the series on DVD. My freshman – and, as it turns out, only – year at Ithaca College in central New York was packed with memories. Road trips to Syracuse to meet “Recordman” (FSM’s resident LP expert Mike Murray), snow-filled weekends watching laserdiscs in the dorm, and many weekends hanging out with friends – including Paul MacLean, who basically saved me from a life of boredom single-handedly – were the good times.
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Film Score Friday 1/13/17
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/12/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is the first ever score CD release of one of Michael Giacchino's first feature scores, the 2005 superhero comedy adventure SKY HIGH, starring Michael Angarano, Kelly Preston and Kurt Russell.


Music Box is releasing an expanded version of Georges Delerue's typically beautiful score for the 1988 period romance A SUMMER STORY, starring James Wilby and Imogen Stubbs.


This month, along with their previously announced expansion of Mark Mancina's Twister, La La Land plans to release the score for the documentary AN ACT OF LOVE, composed by animation veterans Lolita Ritmanis, Michael McCuistion and Kristopher Carter, and a two-disc expanded/remastered version of Trevor Jones' CLIFFHANGER.


The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced this year's nomination for their film awards, including Original Music:

ARRIVAL - Jóhann Jóhannsson
JACKIE - Mica Levi
LA LA LAND - Justin Hurwitz
LION - Dustin O'Halloran, Hauschka
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS - Abel Korzeniowski

Justin Hurwitz and La La Land won the Golden Globes for original score and original song ("City of Stars," lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul).

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Aisle Seat 1-10: January Chiller Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 1/9/2017 - 9:00 PM
Ben Affleck’s tenure as Batman may have already hit something of a snag – with the star/director apparently unenthusiastic over helming the next standalone film starring the Dark Knight – but in 2016, he starred in a superior, comic-booky thriller that legitimately warrants its own sequel: THE ACCOUNTANT (***, 128 mins., 2016, R), which bows on Blu-Ray this week from Warner.
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Film Score Friday 1/6/17
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/5/2017 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new CD next week. 
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Oscar Predictions and Other End of 2016 Lists
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/1/2017 - 9:00 PM
Predictions are in boldface, followed by those which I personally would nominate in italics. As with previous years' lists, for several categories I have NOT provided my own nominations, since frankly I know jack about costumes, sound and so forth. Films that I have listed as my own personal nominations yet which are not actually eligible in those categories are marked with an asterisk.
 

BEST PICTURE

(This year, there will be anywhere from five to ten Best Picture nominees, so I will rank them in order of likeliness -- my guess is that there will be eight.)

1. LA LA LAND
2. MOONLIGHT
3. MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
4. ARRIVAL
5. SULLY
6. SILENCE
7. JACKIE
8. 
LOVING
9. FENCES
10. HELL OR HIGH WATER

1. CHRISTINE
2. ELLE
3. MOONLIGHT
4. PATERSON
5. THE HANDMAIDEN
6. LA LA LAND
7. 20TH CENTURY WOMEN
8. THE FOUNDER
9. KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS
10. A MONSTER CALLS 

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CD Checklist 2016
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/31/2016 - 9:00 PM
AALTIO, PANU

TALE OF A LAKE (MovieScore Media)


ACREE, NEAL

REVELATION (Varese Sarabande)


ALESSANDRINI, RAYMOND

TRAVELLING AVANT/ESCALIER C (Music Box)


ALVAREZ, CARLOS JOSE

EXPOSED (Lakeshore - CD-R)
OF MIND AND MUSIC (Varese Sarabande)


ANDREN, PATRIK

THE DEPARTMENT Q TRILOGY: THE ABSENT ONE (MovieScore Media)
THE DEPARTMENT Q TRILOGY: A CONSPIRACY OF FAITH (MovieScore Media)
THE DEPARTMENT Q TRILOGY: THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES (MovieScore Media)


ARMSTRONG, CRAIG

SNOWDEN (Deutsche Grammophon) 

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Film Score Friday 12/30/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/29/2016 - 9:00 PM
On January 17, La-La Land will release an expanded version of Mark Mancina's score for the 1996 hit TWISTER, co-written by Michael Crichton and directed by Jan de Bont, starring Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Cary Elwes and the great Philip Seymour Hoffman in what may be his least memorable role.
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Aisle Seat 12-27: Christmas & New Year's Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 12/26/2016 - 9:00 PM
Another year has come and gone, incredibly, so as we bid adieu to 2016, I’d like to thank all of my regular readers for their comments and message board contributions! This final column is a Christmas/New Years special, so I will be updating it periodically with additional reviews as the few year-end releases trickle in. From the bottom of my heart, have a merry yuletide season and we’ll catch you back here in the New Year!
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Film Score Friday 12/23/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/22/2016 - 9:00 PM
La La Land won the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Music/Score (for Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul), while Jackie (Mica Levi) was the runner-up.

The Chicago Film Critics gave their Original Score award to Jackie (Levi).

The San Francisco Film Critics Circle gave their Original Score award to Jackie (Levi). Their other nominees were Arrival (Johann Johannsson), Hell or High Water (Nick Cave, Warren Ellis), La La Land (Hurwitz) and Moonlight (Nicholas Britell).

The Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association gave their Original Score award to La La Land (Hurwitz).

Among the London Film Critics' Circle nominations this year for "Technical Achievement of the Year" were the music for Jackie (Levi), La La Land (Hurwitz) and Sing Street (Gary Clark, John Carney).

The nominees for the Golden Globe music categories:

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Arrival
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
 
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Can't Stop the Feeling,” Trolls
“City of Stars,” La La Land
“Faith,” Sing
“Gold,” Gold
“How Far I’ll Go,” Moana

At the end of this column I have included the "shortlists" which have been announced for some of the Academy Awards categories. 
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December Issue of FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 12/21/2016 - 2:00 AM
The December edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. In this month’s cover story, actor PETER MACNICOL recounts his adventures in film-score collecting and recommending ALEX NORTH for DRAGONSLAYER. Also this issue, MARCELO ZARVOS takes a swing at Denzel Washington’s FENCES; a very special JOHN WILLIAMS Double Score Restore of JURASSIC PARK, plus a review of THE JOHN WILLIAMS JURASSIC PARK COLLECTION; an interview with LESLEY BARBER about her score to MANCHESTER BY THE SEA; JULIA HOLTER gets in the ring with BLEED FOR THIS; Cary Wong’s annual MEMO TO THE ACADEMY; the second installment in a series on MIKLÓS RÓSZA; and, of course, our review of ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY by MICHAEL GIACCHINO; more embedded audio clips, and more.


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